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.
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We know we sound like the boy who cried wolf but this might, just might, be the last chance to get your hands on one.
NERDING OUT WITH THREE RARE DECK COLLECTORS
If you ever wanted to reclaim a piece of your childhood and cop that one deck you saw in a CCS catalog, hopefully, this will be a solid place to start.
SKATERS RECOMMEND THEIR FAVORITE SKATE PANTS
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