Meet India's first female skateboarder


Skateboarding Today, Revolution Tomorrow – A TEDx talk by Atita Verghese


Like most countries, there exists a big gender gap when it comes to skating. In India this is gap is more pronounced. As if in a fairy tale, all of these roadblocks were completely shattered when Atita Verghese saw other girls skating at an international event. She decided to become the best, and it didn’t stop there for Atita. She decided to try her best to introduce more girls into the sport of skateboarding.


Atita Verghese is India’s most prominent female skateboarder. She began skating at the age of 19, in Goa, and since then there has been no looking back. With about three and a half years of experience now, she is a professional skateboarder, and trains many of Bangalore’s budding skateboarders.


In her early days as a skateboarder, being the only female skateboarder in a male dominated sport got Atita questioning herself at times about whether she could ever succeed.



This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organised by a local community. Learn more at


See Atita Verghese in the trailer for the “Girl’s Skate India Tour’:

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Hiya, I'm Alexa. Always on some sort of adventure! I'm excited to share my stories & introduce you to other rad women, also living the dream.
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