Born: 30 December 1989
Birthplace: San Clemente, California
Best known as: Youngest-ever pro skateboarder and star of TV's Life of Ryan
Ryan Sheckler took the skateboarding world by storm when he won a gold medal at the age of 13 at the 2003 X Games. Sheckler grew up in California and began competing in amateur events in 1996, and by the time he was 8 years old he had his first sponsor. In 2003 he became the youngest skateboarder to turn pro, and ended the year with victories at the X Games, the Gravity Games, the Vans Triple Crown and the Slam City Jam, wowing audiences and seasoned pros with his skill and ambition. A familiar face in skateboard-related media, his early appearances included brief bits in MVP2: Most Vertical Primate
(2001) and Grind
(2003, starring Adam Brody
and featuring an appearance by Bam Margera
). Sheckler toured with Tony Hawk
in 2004 and appears in the Hawk Underground 2
video game. Still one of the top-ranked skateboarders on tour, Sheckler's life as a young man on the pro circuit is chronicled in the cable TV series Life of Ryan
, on the air since 2007.
Sheckler’s skateboard sponsor is Almost Skateboards… His signature trick is known as the “Shecklair.”
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