Most 2-year-olds can barely maintain their balance enough to waddle around. But one Australian toddler is defying expectations to become a budding skateboard prodigy.
Coco Heath fell in love with skateboarding when she was just 5 months old. Coco’s mother, Molly Heath, who surfs and skateboards herself, started to let Coco ride at around 10 months old. These days the 2-year-old has a skate coach who trains her and ensures her safety. Heath documents Coco’s skate journey on Instagram at cocoskatergirl.
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A post shared by Coco (@cocoskatergirl) on Jul 5, 2020 at 8:45pm PDT
As you may have expected, Coco has got great form and skills well beyond her years. A compilation video shows Coco working with her professional coach on some skate ramps.
The trainer holds the front of Coco’s board and guides her down a half-pipe. But he’s not doing all the work. Coco maintains her balance as she rides down. The coach holds her hand to make sure the little one doesn’t fall, but after a few tries, she is able to land without him steadying her.
Hello from Coco’s mummy! Just a few quick notes. Please remember when you are watching cocos videos that she has been riding boards since 10 months old and is coached by a professional skate coach. She has learnt how to fall properly. She is confident and NEVER forced to skate. She has never had a fall. She always wears safety gear. We never take dangerous risks with her. Someone is always holding her hand or is right next to her while she skates. I just want her to have fun and be as safe as possible doing it! She was walking at 10 months, having incredible balance and leg strength so please be aware all babies are different and don’t put them on a board when they are not ready or if they don’t enjoy it. If coco wanted to stop skating tomorrow, that’s absolutely ok. But while she’s loving it and progressing so quickly, I will do anything I can to support her journey #safetyfirst
A post shared by Coco (@cocoskatergirl) on Jun 14, 2020 at 7:27pm PDT
“We never take dangerous risks with her,” Heath wrote on Instagram. “Someone is always holding her hand or is right next to her while she skates. I just want her to have fun and be as safe as possible doing it! She was walking at 10 months, having incredible balance and leg strength. So please be aware all babies are different and don’t put them on a board when they are not ready or if they don’t enjoy it.”
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