Stab Magazine | Stab High Ladybird Falls From 20 Feet In Near-Tragic Skating Accident

Live Now: Episode 3 Of Stab In The Dark With Kolohe Andino


Stab High Ladybird Falls From 20 Feet In Near-Tragic Skating Accident

Fortunately, Sky Brown will be just fine. 

news // Jun 4, 2020
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Brace yourself. 

When you first watch the video of Sky Brown’s vert-ramp crash, you think, there’s no way in hell an 11-year-old child can survive that.

Dropping from 20 feet onto concrete would leave an average human disabled for life. Luckily for Sky Brown, she is in no way average. Nor, potentially, human. 

The multi-sport prodigy confirmed her surfing prowess by tying Sierra Kerr (who is three years her senior) in last year’s Stab High Ladybirds event. Sierra took out the win via tiebreaker, but this did little to break a then-10-year-old Sky’s spirit. 

Unbeknownst to some at Stab High, Sky is even more renowned for her abilities on a ramp than in the surf. In fact, despite being just 11 years old, Sky was provisionally qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Were she to compete in the Games this summer, she would have been the youngest Olympian in any sport since 1896. She’s also the first female to land a frontside 540 on a skateboard, and to top it all off, Sky is a Dancing with the Stars winner. 

Again, the girl is eleven

But then last week, in a single, terrifying moment, all of these achievements were put in context as Sky plummeted from two stories, risking not just limb, but life. 

“I held her in my arms and she bled helplessly moaning in and out of consciousness waiting for the helicopter to take her to the hospital,” Brown’s father, Stewart, wrote on Instagram.

“We spent the night sick and terrified not knowing if Sky was going to make it through the night, as the ICU team tried to get her conscious and kept her alive,” he continued.

What Stewart describes would be intolerable fear and torment for any parent. But Sky doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

“This will not stop me,” she said. “I am going for gold in Tokyo 2021.”


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Checking The Mail With Our SSOTY Winners

Gallery: "And the wooden block goes to..."

Feb 21, 2024

Why Did Sawyer Lindblad Get A Paddling Interference Today At Sunset, If Jack Robbo Didn’t In 2019?

A critical analysis of WSL judging past and present. 

Feb 21, 2024

Brisa Hennessy Has The Best Sunset Rizz, Caity + BLSJ Sample New Sticks

Day three recap of the Hurley Pro.

Feb 21, 2024

Stab In The Dark With Kolohe Andino, Episode 3

Four boards face off for two Finals spots and Jon Pyzel infiltrates the set to…

Feb 21, 2024

Can We Reverse Engineer The 100-Foot Wave?  

We calculated the buoy reading for the surf to reach triple digits.

Feb 20, 2024

Stab High Site + World Surfing Reserve Playa Hermosa Is Under Threat

What’s happening in Costa Rica?

Feb 20, 2024

Brazil + San Clemente Crumble, Florence Puts The Mandoline To Work

Ewing, Slater and Medina sliced on day two of the Hurley Pro @ Sunset.

Feb 19, 2024

Soupy Sunset Skewers Three Wildcards, Jordy Smith Nicks Top Score Donning A Single Bootie

Day one recap of the Hurley Pro.

Feb 18, 2024

The D-Bah Session Heard Around The Internet

Cue the arrival of Dane Henry.

Feb 17, 2024

What The Super Bowl Taught Us About Filipe, Carissa, And Steph

And how the WSL Finals may cost us even more champions.

Feb 16, 2024

Nathan Florence, Matt Meola, Rob Machado Start All-American Light Beer Company

"It's cheap, it's light, and you can drink it all day if you want. We’re…

Feb 16, 2024

Stab Edit Of The Year 2024: Sierra Kerr In “Pre-Kerrsor”

Plus, we ask Sierra if World Titles belong exclusively to Gen Z now.

Feb 16, 2024

Watch: The Emphatic Progression Of A 21-Year-Old Australian Surf/Skate Talent

Oscar Berry floats lofty rotations, compares boardsports, and reflects on the Melbourne wavepool contest.

Feb 15, 2024

A Pipe Hangover, A Mega-Swell, And An Old Guard Desperate For Validation

This is your 2024 Hurley Pro Sunset preview.

Feb 15, 2024

Full Frame: Two Nearby Spectators Ended Up On Kook Slams Shortly After This

James McKean tail taps Shippies’ bottom stair, image by Paul Hoelen. 

Feb 14, 2024

Post-Pipe Predictions: Millennial Women Won’t Win Another World Title + If It Swells (XXL) The Woz Is Riding It

The Stab team waxes prophetic.

Feb 13, 2024

Breaking: Filipe Toledo Withdraws From 2024 CT

“Competing at the highest level for the past decade has taken a toll on me,…

Feb 11, 2024

“Pipeline’s For The Fucking Girls” — Caity Simmers And Barron Mamiya Win First CT Event Of 2024

In undeniably top-tier Pipe/Backdoor.

Feb 11, 2024