It wasn’t that long ago that pro skaters retired or slowly disappeared by the time they hit 30. Skating is physically punishing and most company owners believed an “old geezer” skating into their 30s wouldn’t be marketable. Matt Hensley famously retired before he turned 21. But over the last couple of years, we’ve proved that model wrong: Andrew Reynolds is as dominant now as he ever was and Tony Hawk just got on Vans.
What’s more inspiring is pro skaters aren’t just having longer careers, but they are actually getting better at skateboarding. Alexis Sablone just dropped the best part of her life at 34 years old, Brandon Turner did his biggest switch hardflip down Wallenberg at 38, and Josh Kalis looks as good as he ever did at 44.
DIY Josh Kalis showcases Kalis still in top form, filmed entirely in Michigan at Clemente Park DIY Park. Skating to Nina Simone and completely at ease, this heartwarming little edit deserves a nod and watch for anyone that is scared of getting older.
DOES SIZE MATTER?
I hit up physical therapist Dr. Kyle Brown for some insight on whether or not our height plays a noticeable role in how we skate.
A FIRST LOOK AT OPERA AND SKATEBOARDING’S NEWEST GROUP OF BRANDS
Bill Weiss and a few of his close friends are picking up the pieces from the Dwindle rubble and starting fresh with a new slew of brands.
PREMIERE: VIVIEN FEIL AND SOY PANDAY IN MAGENTA’S “JUST CRUISE II”
We hope to skate half as good as these dudes when we are in our 40s.
HOW CHAD CARUSO SKATED ACROSS AMERICA
Chad did it the way most skateboarders would: independently and without much of a plan.
SECRET HOBBIES WITH ELI REED
Enjoy episode 2 of our new series that finds out what things skaters secretly fan out on (besides kickflips and pants).
December 4, 2020 5:39 pm
December 4, 2020 7:34 pm
Representing Philly with them sweatpants! Kalis is sick!
December 6, 2020 7:24 am
Kalis is not from Philly!
December 8, 2020 11:25 pm
Dallas, but he put in the hours!
December 15, 2020 11:16 am
he was born in grand rapids michigan yall wrong
December 4, 2020 10:39 pm
Really good!! Nina S killed it too!
December 6, 2020 1:01 pm
Alexis is style