We’re all getting older and there isn’t a damn thing we can do about it. The passing of time is a hard thing to come to grips with. It’s something that cannot be escaped or outran…and, apparently, it also flies when you’re having fun. I’m calling BS on the latter! In short, I believe, having fun is a vital component to staying young…at heart at least. Admittedly having fun all the time is easier said than done, but it’s worth a shot. What’s more fun than skateboarding? Nothing. This probably explains why we’re watching our favorite pros skateboarding for longer and longer. In no particular order, here is a look at some of my favorite “aging” skateboarders.
To be fair, Lance isn’t just one of my favorite “older” skateboarders, he’s one of my favorite skateboarders ever, bar none. Imagining skateboarding without Lance’s contributions is something I can’t fathom. From his time as a Bone’s Brigade member to running The Firm, or even hosting 411VM, his skateboarding and personality solidifies him as an all-time great. With all the accolades he’s received, you’d think he’d be living on easy street. Wrong! Lance is still putting out great video parts and keeping us stoked. I can only hope to skate half as good as Lance does at age 53.
Here’s Lance kickflipping along with his son Cyrus in Nike SB’s Chronicles, Vol 3.
At the beginning of adidas’ “Away Days” Mark Gonzales proclaims, “If you don’t see me having fun, you’re not gonna see me skateboarding.” Good news for us because it appears that he is still having fun. Whether it be at skateboarding, riding bikes, creating art, or, hell, even roller skating, Mark is constantly on the move. At 48 he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Although adidas’ “Away Days” lacked a full Gonz part, he had plenty of footage sprinkled throughout. I was super stoked to find that someone compiled all of Mark’s cameos in “Away Days” and put it into one edit. Thank you, internet.
I couldn’t begin to write this article without thinking of Chris Miller. Without fail, every year the Vans Pool Party pops off and, like clockwork, Miller finds himself on the podium in the “Legends” division. However, one could argue that he is still good enough to skate in the “Masters” or even “Pro” divisions. Yep, and that’s even at 49 years old. Maybe he could even place higher than his son, Zach? Who knows. Regardless of division, we always look forward to Chris’ skateboarding.
I would be remiss not to mention the Birdman when it comes to this. Seriously, who in their right mind is still spinning 540s at 48, let alone LANDING 900s? Kudos, Tony. I look forward to hopefully watching you land another at 50!
Real talk, Ron Allen is the man and doesn’t need any introduction. But, for those of you who don’t know, I’ve gone ahead and done the “Googling” and “YouTubing” for you. Just watch his early parts from his time on H-Street…and then his most recent effort, which he dropped last summer at 53! If that doesn’t inspire you, nothing will. Ron is definitely one of the best to ever step foot on a skateboard.
Now I don’t know a lot about Neal Unger, and some may argue if he is worthy of this list. Nonetheless, there are a couple reasons watching him skate gets me stoked. For one, most things get harder to learn the older you are ,especially when you are a true beginner. For instance, a 60 year old who has been skateboarding for decades may have no problem doing the fundamentals, but for a 60 year old beginner to learn to front board fakie on a flat bar is pretty mind-blowing. Secondly, it seems like he truly enjoys skateboarding. Why else would someone that age risk getting hurt? Super rad.
This is a super condensed version of what could easily become a very long and arduous article, so don’t be disappointed if your favorite aging skate hero didn’t make the cut. After all, this is a look at some of my favorite “aging” skateboarders. Obviously, I have mad love/respect for the Alvas, Cabs, Barbees, and Dressens of the world who are still having fun and killing it. So, if you’re starting to feel old, just grab your board and smile because you already found a continuous source of fun…and maybe even the fountain of youth.