John Cardiel has always had a lust for life. His raw energy, speed, and ability to skate everything command attention. In 1992, Thrasher magazine named him "Skater of the Year." Over the next decade, he charged harder than ever. While an accident in 2004 led doctors to believe he would never walk again, John proudly came to prove them wrong. Today, you're likely to find Cardiel skating the streets or exploring them on a fixed gear bike. His skills and his spirit continue to impress.