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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.


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.

Top 4 Skateboarding Songs

Music and Skateboarding go hand in hand. With the latest sad and shocking news of David Bowies passing I came to a realization that my memories of his music would give me flashbacks of the legendary skate video parts of past. He did more for skateboarding than he ever probably knew. For many skaters a video part is an introduction not only to skateboarders new footage but to an artist or musician as well. Bowie had so many songs in skateboarding videos and we as a skate community extend our thank you to him above for the great tunes. There is a long list of musicians that have brought our favorite skateboarders video parts to life but here are a few impactful recurring bands that have been awesome enough to lend their tunes to our pastime.

This band is a perfect example of skateboarding introducing you to music. There was a period of time when Built to Spill lent their shoe gaze beautifully guitar driven tracks to skateboarding videos left and right. It went so perfect with video parts and instantly added an emotional feel to the part almost giving it another life. Stand outs to watch would be two Transworld classic video parts.



I swear the first time I heard “Every You and Every me” in Mark Appleyards part in the Flip video it was embedded in my head. Even days after the part was over I kept humming it. It went so perfect with his video part. This was also one of the first times I saw the same song from a band get used twice. Their song “Bitter End” was used in both Mark Guttermans part in the 88 footwear video “Destroy Everything Now” and in Daryl Angels part in the Think skateboards video “iThink”.

Mark Appleyard – Flip Sorry

Daryl Angel – iThink

The guys at Pinkback have always been awesome enough to share their music as the soundtrack of some awesome skateboard shredding! From montages to full video parts Finback has always added an authentic feel to any video part it was bestowed upon. In fact everyone I know of that has heard of Pinback references them to a skateboarding video. Which goes to show that if your an artist you should take note and lend your music to skateboarding because you will be guaranteed a ton of new fanbase that is just waiting to share your music to their friends and one of the most youthful and impactful markets in the world. After all look at how many corporate companies try to emulate what we as skateboarders to authentically. We bleed authentic and real!



J. Mascis not only provides music for skateboarding videos but he personally actually skates and has even had guest board models with different brands. He goes pretty far back into skateboarding history itself. His riffs cry out of the screen and bring you into the action. They make me want to take a guitar lesson Sometimes I envision him purposely making songs knowing they will be used in a skateboarding video. Here are a few classics.



There are so many more bands out there and musicians that have lent their music to skateboarding almost to many to list honestly. What are some of your favorites? What bands did you specifically get into because of skateboarding? I leave it to you to make your own lists. Cheers my skateboarding brothers and sisters!