Hometown: Hillsboro, OH
Joe Hook grew up in a small town in Ohio. He eventually took his skills out west for the better part of a decade and, after finishing his degree at CSU, decided to move back to the Midwest where he currently resides. Joe loves skating, playing guitar, painting, and taking photos. He's a bit of a recluse these days, but if you see him say what's up and he probably won't stop talking to you.
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Inspirations: Lucas Puig, Marc Johnson, PJ Ladd
Started skating: 1999
Hometown: Goiânia, Brasil
Inspirations: I find inspiration in a lot of the music I listen to, but as far as skateboarding inspirations, Dylan Rieder has always been a go-to since his Quicksilver days. He always had the best flow and style. It was special to watch his style grow and mature, and it really inspired my skateboarding.
Age started skating: I got my first board when I was 4, but I didn't start doing tricks until I was ten years old.
What got you started: I witnessed skateboarding for the first time in teenage mutant ninja turtles. Also seeing Bart Simpson skate made me want to try it out.
Things you like to do in your spare time: When I am not skating I really enjoy taking photos, drawing or trying to play guitar. Also, going to drift events/driving, riding bicycles, and being in nature are some of my favorite things to do. I also love collecting old things from vintage to antiques.
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
I started skating in 2011 thanks to the inspiration of P-Rod and my homie Joey (R.I.P.) Without him I probably wouldn't be on a board today. In my free time I like to read books at the library, play piano at local music shops, and collect old school hip hop records.
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
Inspirations: Strange Notes, Fish Banks, Bro-Ray vids 'n the big dawgs: Raven x GT x Oski x Greyson, No Complies & wall rides+shuvits.mp4 (by Polar Skate Co.) & Yamo Beef House Noodles.
I started skating in 2008, ditching 4th period & lunch to go to Sunnyvale Skatepark.
First board was a Toys R Us setup with fighter jets on it & classy bearings that didn't spin.
Embarrassing moment: I was bombing Hyde St. in SF and hit a pot hole on Sutter St. & slapped an iced coffee on the intersection. When I got up my belt had been ripped in half leaving my pants down, in an intersection, in the Tenderloin. Classic.
First Hand: Jake Burns from Utility Boardshop (at the time). Thanks for getting me motivated to stay up after surgeries & some health issues. I hope all is well with you and your family buddy!
After UBS went out of business, I was very fortunate to be sponsored by Skateworks the last three years. Shoutout to Jason, Taylor, and Tyler for the warm welcome back to the Bay!
Outside skating, I am a drafter for a small architecture fir, which allows me to save just enough to fix my cars that keep breaking down. I also dabble with shooting film wherever I'm at, but have been focusing more on shooting skating at night.
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Napa, California, United States