Muscle Hamster, The Man Bear Child

Chris Russell

Part of the next generation of rule-breaking transition skaters

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© Chris Russell competes in the Men's Skateboard Park Final during X Games at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, USA

Hi, my name is Chris Russell. My discipline is skateboarding. My friends call me Muscle Hamster, The Man Bear Child. I was born on 25 November 1996 in Hermosa Beach, California. My special talent is I bring a lot of tricks to disaster, not a lot of people do that. My philosophy of life is whatever you put out into the universe, you receive. The most important person in my life is my parents, my sister, my dogs, my close friends who I grew up, and all of the friends I skate with. My favorite food is classic French-American fusion cuisine. My favorite music is I’m all over the map when it comes to music. I like to mix it up and keep it fresh.

Bio

Chris Russell is part of the next generation of rule-breaking transition skaters. He doesn’t follow any formula, but rather charts his own path and makes his own style. You’ll find him scoring big at bowl and transition contests and making headlines for his progressively radical video parts.

Man Bear Child

Chris Russell was born into skateboard culture, a product of Hermosa Beach, California. But it was actually in Seattle, on a road trip through the north-west with his parents and his younger sister when he was about seven, that he first discovered skateboarding.

“I’d never seen huge skate parks before, and then I saw the parks in Seattle and they were these amazing pieces of concrete,” he says. “That opened my eyes to a bigger world.”

He grew up playing soccer and basketball, but by age 10 he gave up his other sports to pursue his passion for skateboarding. His dad even started to learn to skateboard alongside him (“It was real father and son bonding,” Chris says). But after a couple of broken wrists, Chris’s dad was relegated to the sidelines.

Chris started entering skate contests around age 10 and did his first big transition contest, the Oregon Trifecta, against much older skaters soon after. Plus, he’d film with his friends in nearby skate parks.

By his teenage years, he was travelling around the US and the occasional international trip for skate contests, so by his freshman year of high school, he switched to online school so he could travel and study at his own pace.

A world of opportunities soon began to open up for him. “I’ve been to Europe and South America,” says Chris, who hopes to learn Portuguese thanks to all of his travels to Brazil.

Smile on his face

Chris took the transition contest scene by storm, with top spots at contests like the Copenhagen Bowl, the Van Doren Invitational, Vans Combi Pool Party, Bowl-a-Rama Bondi, and others.

“I love skating so much and I’ve wanted this so bad,” Chris says. “It’s all fallen into place for me.”

In between his busy contest schedule, he’s at work putting out headline-worthy video parts, like 2015’s Halloweekend Massacre and American Psycho and 2013’s The Hype Train. His American Psycho part led Thrasher magazine to call him a “teenage wrecking ball.”

At home in Hermosa Beach, Chris loves to surf, go on adventures, and eat good food. But mainly, you’ll find him on his skateboard, doing what he does best.

“I’ve put my all into it and it’s all worked out,” Chris says. “I’m here, skating and living life with a smile on my face.”

 

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: Vans Pro Skate Park Series

      Melbourne, Australia

  2. 2016
    1. 3rd Place: Oi Bowl Jam Finals

      Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

    2. 3rd Place: Bowlzilla

      Ritoque Beach, Chile

  3. 2015
    1. Film part, American Psycho

    2. 3rd Place: Red Bull Skate Generation Pro

      Florianópolis, Brazil

    3. 3rd Place: Van Doren Invitational

      Huntington Beach, California

    4. 2nd Place: Vans Combi Pool Party

      Orange, California