With her beaming smile and frilly pink dress she looks like any other six-year-old on her birthday. But at her feet sits a skateboard propped at a jaunty angle and she’s about to do what she does – and loves – best. Next thing she’s soaring 3,6m into the air, hair and frills flying – expertly ramping, spinning and landing.
Not surprisingly, little Paige Tobin of Lake Macquarie in Australia, has turned into a viral sensation with her daring skateboarding stunts. She started the sport when she was a toddler, her mom, Emma, says.
"Paige was about two when she picked up an old skateboard in the garage and started standing up on it," Emma says. "It kind of started there."
Paige first gained the world’s attention after a video of her dropping into a 3.6m bowl at a skateboarding park went viral.
In the clip, which was captured on 29 March on her sixth birthday, the mom-and-daughter pair visit their local skate park.
"Is it your birthday today?" Emma asks Paige who responds excitedly, "Yeah!"
"How old are you today?"
"Six!" responds the youngster.
Moments later, Paige is off, wowing with her cool tricks as she dips in and out of the bowl – all the while protected by black kneepads and a helmet with leopard markings.
"Happy birthday," says her mother before handing the triumphant little girl a chocolate-frosted cupcake for the special day.