What can we say about Lenny Johnson? A speed skater who transitioned into the ramps in the early '90s and has since been redefining what it means to carve a bowl. We have yet to see a skater hit a line with as much speed and force as Lenny. This Burnside original learned to adapt and adjust to the skating culture yet managed to open his arms wide to skaters of all levels and has never shied away from sharing a session or insights into the ways of park skating.
We are excited to feature a bio on one of our favorite concrete shredders, Leon West. If you have not yet heard or seen this skater who pops up on our Instagram feed regularly by the alias @skeighty_8_legs then you must have been hiding under a rock - much like the ones he's been known to stall on *see below*. As we learned while interviewing Leon West, he might only have seven years clocked on his quad skates; it is rare to come across a skater with such a pure passion for the sport of quad roller skating. In his mere seven years on skates, Leon has become a staple of the local skatepark and spread the stoke in his local community. We are so stoked to share his story.
Jay Cloetens has been skating since the early '70s and is the maverick behind the RollerCon Skatepark tour which has now been rolling for over ten years! If you're planning on coming out to ANY of the late-night park skates, you'll get a chance to see this veteran of quad skates in action.
Ticia Weare is one of the original Vertical Roller Skaters of Venice, California. Ticia and her best friend Beth were some of the first women to represent the sport. Ticia was a stunt double in Roller Boogie and a sponsored skater for Venice Precision Roller Works, (later called Road Skates), Z-Flex and Ocean Pacific (OP). Despite pushback from the boys, this chick made a name for herself and quad skaters everywhere. Thank you, Ticia for being a strong, female roll-model for the next generation of skaters!
Brian Wainwright is the reigning champion of vertical roller skating. This multidiscipline skater combines his love of quads and skateboards to create the ultimate skating style. His style is defined by smooth airs, infinite spins, grinds, and slides and his "desire to go big, skate powerfully and fast." We catch up with Brian to find out more about his incredible career on quads.