Maxim Kruglov

The streets are unforgiving when you fall

Maxim Kruglov performs at the Simple Session finals in Tallinn, Estonia on April 19th 2015
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Hi, my name is Maxim Kruglov. My discipline is skateboard street. My friends call me Max. I was born on 3 May 1989 in St. Petersburg, Russia. My special talent is playing football. My philosophy of life is if you really want something enough, then it will happen. My favourite music is rap, and the sound of my wheels on asphalt.


Maxim Kruglov was born in 1989. The Chudovo native grew up in a small, quiet town – his only exposure to skateboarding was via American movies and cartoons. Up until he was 12, Max’s thing was football, but it was all-change when he got his first board.

At first, he began to hang out with a small posse of local skaters. At 15, his mother gave him a 'proper board', and things got serious.

Of course, skate spots were pitifully limited.

“There was only a piece of asphalt, and my desire-” he explains “the streets are unforgiving when you fall.”

His love drove the young Russian to progress really quickly, and after a couple of good comp results he showed his heart was matched by plenty of natural talent, too.

Since 2001, Max has given his all to skateboarding, and these days can be found encouraging the next generation to take up skating at workshops like Local Hero.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: WUB Open

      Innsbruck, Austria

  2. 2016
    1. 1st Place: Pro Freestyle The Hague

      The Hague, Netherlands

    2. 1st Place: Baltic Games

      Gdansk, Poland

    3. 1st Place: World Cup Skateboarding

      Tokyo, Japan

    4. 1st Place: Nike Skateboard Shelter Berlin Open – Best Trick

      Berlin, Germany

    5. 1st Place: Pro Freestyle – Element Skate Contest Best Trick

      Heerleen, Netherlands

  3. 2014
    1. Best Trick: Simple Session

      Tallinn, Estonia

  4. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Simple Session

      Tallinn, Estonia