5 Surprising Facts About Pros You Know

by Ruben Najera

If Skateboarding is everything then what comes second?

We all come to a point in our skateboarding when we get hurt, sidelined or just plain need a small break. Its normal.



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It may not be for very long, but have you ever wondered what some of our industries most recognizable pros do as a side hobby other than skateboard? Here are 5 professional skateboarders with some side ventures or hobbies you may or may not have known about.

5 Surprising Side Hobbies of Top Pros

Don’t worry. They’re not cheating. 🙂

5. Chris Cole is a Pretty Gnarly BMX Rider

Yes you read that correctly above BMX. Chris Cole is actually a pretty gnarly BMX rider and is close with the Cult Crew he can full on do 360’s and everything. This is a surprise and not a surprise at the same time, because he is a skilled and technical skater so you would think that almost anything else he would master. I wouldn’t be surprised if you handed him a scooter and he would seriously do some groundbreaking tricks on it. He can probably pick up anything that easily no joke. I am just glad he holds skateboarding near and dear to his heart as his #1 though.

I would never want to loose Chris Cole the Skateboarder he’s one of the greats! Always been a fan since day one.




4.Eric Koston is a Competitive Golfer

Your pretty on point if you ever thought Eric Koston’s pro Nike SB shoes looked like golf shoes. This was actually intentional since he’s a huge fan and participant of golf. In the video below, you can catch some of his skills on the green turf.

Now although golf is less adrenaline of a sport than skateboarding, it’s not to say its not “difficult”. Sometimes it looks downright just as frustrating to try and get the ball anywhere remotely near the hole to be honest.

I can see where the challenge is within golf and while it may not be most skateboarders alternate to skateboarding. We can all agree miniature golf is pretty fun, right?




3. Steve Caballero Kills it in Motocross

Steve actually has numerous side hobbies next to skateboarding. Everything from collecting action figures to drawing and painting amazing works of art. Steve is a man of many talents and is just as classic as his Vans Half Cabs. For a legend and man that has been in our skateboard industry for decades now many would be surprised to know that he is also a big time motorcycle enthusiast.

Steve loves to race motocross and actually founded “Skatercross” with another legendary skateboarder Salman Agah. They invite numerous other skateboard pros who share the same common interest to race in an all skate/motorcross race for gold! Its pretty awesome!




2. Ed Templeton is an Award-Winning Artist

This is probably the least surprising one on this list, because we all know Ed is an incredible artist. We just had to mention him. He has a unique, instantly recognizable style to his paintings and drawings. He is also known for his photography, but I was always more drawn to his art. I always felt it would fall perfectly into place of like an adult swim cartoon.

If you have seen any of the past Toy Machine videos, you are aware of his animations of his characters. How cool would it be to see a cartoon of the sect character or turtle boy? Come on Ed lets see it happen the worlds first skateboard cartoon show. It would be amazing and you got the skills and awesome ideas dude!




1. Ray Barbee is a Talented Guitarist

Still one of the best Heelflips in the game, in my opinion, and boy can Ray play a mean guitar! Seriously, I first heard one of his songs in a 411video magazine. I believe Kenny Anderson was skateboarding to it. I was so impressed when I found out it was Ray Barbee. In fact, I was more than impressed I was inspired and started to try and make music of my own.

Like why the heck not make your own music for your skateboard videos?

Ray is a man of many talents, if you didn’t know before, now you know check his guitar shredding below and prepare to be blown away.