Peggy Oki grew up in West Los Angeles. She started surfing and skating early in life. While attending Santa Monica City College, she met Jay Adams and he took her to the Zephyr shop where she soon found herself the only female member of the Zephyr team. She took first place in the 1975 Del Mar Nationals, won first place in the slalom event in the Santa Barbara Skateboard contest later the same year, competed one last time at the LA Sports Arena. Peggy subsequently quit competitive skateboarding. Peggy Oki stated that she did not like the waiting and structure of contests. Currently, she is a public speaker inspiring listener with the story of her journey from pro skateboarder to painter and environmental artist.