Ryan Sheckler

A SoCal kid who made his name synonymous with skateboarding

Ryan Sheckler on the rail against a blue sky background with the sun shining
© Ryan Taylor/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Ryan Sheckler. My discipline is skateboard street. My friends call me Shecky. I was born on 30 December 1989 in San Clemente, USA. My special talent is pulling off tricks with perfect control, speed and fluidity. My philosophy of life is skate life 'til death. My favourite food is Pad Thai. My favourite music is Guns 'n' Roses and The Cure.


Ryan Sheckler has been earning the “SKATE LIFE” tattoo on his forearm since he first set foot on a skateboard. In 2003, at the age of 13, he was the youngest competitor ever to win X Games gold. He repeated the feat in 2008 and again in 2010. To date, Ryan has won the Action Sport Tour’s (AST) championship three times and almost countless more contests, from his California Amateur Skateboarding League (CASL) championship titles to the ISF Skateboarding World Championships in 2010.

He’s just as comfortable skating in made-for-TV competitions as he is throwing down in the streets, and he’s nabbed sick street footage around the world.

But he wants to prove that the skate life is about more than just skateboarding. In 2008, he partnered with Red Bull, Oakley, Etnies, Nixon, and other sponsors to create the Sheckler Foundation, funding enrichment programmes for children in underprivileged communities, medical research towards curing spinal cord injuries and childhood diseases, and programmes for injured action sports athletes.

With all of his achievements, when and how will Sheckler know that he’s achieved his ultimate goal of being one of the greatest skaters ever? “I want to make a huge contribution to skateboarding,” he says after thinking for a moment. “The only way I will know that I have achieved legendary status is when my peers say I have. There is no other way.”

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: Dew Tour

      Also 3rd Place in Team Challenge with Plan B.

      Long Beach, USA

  2. 2015
    1. 3rd Place: X Games – Skateboard Street

      Austin, Texas, USA

  3. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Dew Tour Toyota City Championship – Streetstyle

      San Francisco, USA

  4. 2012
    1. 1st Place: Dew Tour Toyota City Championships – Streetstyle

      San Francisco, USA

    2. 2nd Place: X Games – Skateboard Street

      Los Angeles, USA

  5. 2010
    1. 1st Place: X Games – Skateboard Street

      Los Angeles, USA

  6. 2008
    1. 1st Place: X Games – Skateboard Street

      Los Angeles, USA

  7. 2007
    1. 1st Place Overall: Dew Cup – Skate Park

      The third time in a row that Ryan won the Skate Park Dew Cup, after winning both in 2006 and 2005.