Birthplace: San Clemente, California
Ryan Allen Sheckler (born December 30, 1989) is an American professional skateboarder and entrepreneur, and was the star of the MTV-produced reality television series Life of Ryan. Sheckler was listed in Fox Weekly's "15 Most Influential Skateboarders of All-Time" article. Sheckler starred in 4 seasons of the short-format video series Sheckler Sessions on Red Bull TV.
Sheckler was raised in a family of three children—his two younger brothers are named Shane and Kane. Sheckler was introduced to skateboarding when he discovered his father's skateboard at the age of two years. Sheckler's father provided encouragement by revealing that he had learned his first kickflip when he was approximately six years of age. In a 2012 interview for the internet-based channel Network A, Sheckler revealed that the San Clemente skate park is the location where he began skateboarding with his best friend Jered Marburger and that he was present at the opening of the park.
Sheckler's sponsors were the etnies skate shoe company and Oakley, Inc., both of which made contact with Sheckler when he was around seven years old. etnies invited both Sheckler and his brother Shane to the company's Californian headquarters, where he was given his first pair of etnies shoes; however, his official relationship with the brand commenced in 1998.
In 2003, professional skateboarders and entrepreneurs Rodney Mullen and Daewon Song founded the skateboard company Almost—Sheckler, together with Greg Lutzka, was a foundational member of this team and was promoted to professional status during his time with the company. Almost team member Chris Haslam explained in January 2012: "Almost is when Rodney came together with Daewon ... and Lutzka, and Sheckler."
Sheckler appeared in the inaugural Almost video Almost: Round Three alongside Cooper Wilt, Haslam, Lutzka, Mullen, and Song; Sheckler's video part is edited to the Cure song "Why Can't I Be You?"
After appearing in Almost: Round Three, Sheckler resigned from the company to join the relaunched Plan B Skateboards deck and apparel company in 2007—at that time, the team consisted of Brian Wenning, Pat Duffy, Ryan Gallant, PJ Ladd, Paul Rodriguez, Colin McKay, and Danny Way. Sheckler's MTV reality series, Life Of Ryan, premiered in August 2007. Jason Carbone and Sarah Kane were the show's executive producers, and both of Sheckler's brothers starred in the series, alongside his childhood friends Tony, Casey and Taylor.
Following his recruitment into the ranks of Plan B, Sheckler successfully cleared a 55 feet (17 m) gap on Bob Burnquist's Mega Ramp construction (a segmented ramp that typically consists of 50 feet (15 m), 60 feet (18 m), or 70 feet (21 m)-foot gaps, and a 27 feet (8.2 m)-tall "quarterpipe" ramp) in April 2008, with Way also in attendance. Sheckler appeared in the final section of Plan B's Superfuture promotional video, released in 2008, which also consisted of footage from Sheckler's Mega Ramp skateboarding.
The Superfuture part also featured a historic trick that Sheckler completed at a location known as the "Costco gap." Skateboard photographer Atiba Jefferson and filmer Ricki Bedenbaugh were present when Sheckler completed the trick, and both recalled in 2013 that they were very nervous due to the degree of difficulty involved. The trick was finalized on the fourth try and led to Sheckler appearing on the cover of The Skateboard Mag magazine, which Jefferson shot. Jefferson later described what he observed: "No hands down, no nothing. He just, like, once he caught it, he just ... set it down."
The Life Of Ryan series concluded in 2009 after three seasons, with only half of the planned episodes completed in the final season. Sheckler later explained the decision to cease production, which was entirely his own:
When I started the show I said, "If it gets me away from my actual skateboarding fans and gets me away from skateboarding, then I'm not going to do the show anymore." That's why our third season was only six episodes; we cut it in half. I was, like, "I can't do it anymore! It's going to be more detrimental to my career than positive." We just quit. We stopped it.
The Red Bull online series "Sheckler Sessions" was launched in June 2012 and the first episode featured the Plan B team at the Zumiez "Couch Tour" event. In an online interview that was published in September 2012, Sheckler revealed that, at the time of the interview, he was in the process of building a new skateboard training facility.
By the beginning of 2013, discussion continued, among both skateboarding fans and the industry, regarding whether the relaunched Plan B team would release its first full-length video. Way confirmed that the production process was underway in a January 2013 interview for the online magazine Jenkem, during which time he mentioned Sheckler:
They are doing the best tricks consistently with every variation of it down the biggest stuff. And it doesn’t take them long, so they have a lot of it. For example when we went to China recently, Sheckler alone has more footage from his one trip than all of the Girl team from their China trips combined. I’m not trying to diss on Girl, just trying to put it in perspective, what I think his strengths are.
Sheckler then appeared in the second teaser for the inaugural full-length video, which was published online in February 2013. Sheckler is filmed performing a kickflip in a street-based setting, while teammates Torey Pudwill and Duffy are also present. A promotional video was released in May 2013, commemorating Sheckler's 15th year with the etnies brand. Sheckler explains in the video that he received his first pair of free skate shoes from the company and skated in etnies shoes ever since.
The final episode of the second season of the "Sheckler Sessions" online series was aired in November 2013 and signaled the conclusion of the entire show. Titled "Southern Comfort," the episode was filmed in the U.S. state of North Carolina, and featured fellow professional skateboarders Zered Bassett and Bobby Worrest.
The Volcom clothing and apparel company announced in January 2014 that Sheckler rejoined the brand's team of sponsored skateboarders after a period of sponsorship during the early part of Sheckler's career. The announcement was made in the form of a 15-second online video in which Sheckler signs the Volcom contract on January 21, 2014.
The first official trailer for the Plan B full-length video was published in July 2014, and served as the announcement of the video's title: "True." Following victories at the 2012 and 2013 Dew Tour Streetstyle events, Sheckler won the contest for the third consecutive time in August 2014. The Streetstyle event was a new downhill concept added to the tour in 2012 and spanned across four blocks above San Francisco's Bay Bridge. The event returned to San Francisco in 2013 and was held in Portland, Oregon, U.S., in 2014.
As of November 2014, Sheckler is sponsored by Volcom, Red Bull, Etnies, Plan B, Lume Cube, Oakley, Inc., Nixon, GoPro, Independent Trucks, Grizzly Griptape, CCS, Andale, Diamond Supply Co., and Ethika.
Sheckler is a playable character in Tony Hawk's Underground 2, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, Tony Hawk's Project 8, Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, and Tony Hawk: Ride.
In 2008, the Sheckler Foundation was created to assist children, and injured and recovering athletes—the Foundation presents its overall goal as the empowerment of "our community to “Be the Change!”." Two of the Foundation's major annual charity events are "Skate For A Cause" (the fourth event occurred in May 2013) and the "Ryan Sheckler X Games Celebrity Golf Tournament" (the fifth event occurred in 2012).
A November 12, 2013 press release introduced the foundation's inaugural "SkateBOARD" members. Consisting of professional skateboarders Greg Lutzka, Christian Hosoi, Fabrizio Santos, Filipe Gustavo, and Manny Santiago, the group will "help support and promote the Sheckler Foundation’s projects", as the organization seeks to increase its exposure.
In May 2009, Sheckler launched the "RS" clothing line, but as of November 2013, the brand is not featured on Sheckler's personal website and an official website does not exist.
In a 2012 interview by Network A, Sheckler explained that he enjoys surfing, relaxing, and spending time with his family when he is not skateboarding, adding that his priorities in life are: "Stay healthy, as much as I can; be a good brother; be a good son, to my parents; make sure I can do anything to keep my family safe; finish this Plan B part and just keep skating—keep filming video parts; be me, I guess—just be myself and not worry about what people think." However, Sheckler concluded by stating that his main priority is ensuring the health and safety of his family. When asked in 2012 about the balance between his personal and public life, Sheckler explained that he just accepts "wherever" his life is at any given time.
Sheckler first participated as a competitor in a skateboarding contest in 2002.
|2001||MVP 2: Most Vertical Primate||Neil Nellis|
|2003||Grind||Rod St. James|
|2003||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Himself||"The San Franpsycho" (season 2: episode 7)|
|2004||Almost: Round Three||Himself||Documentary|
|2007-2009||Life of Ryan||Himself||Reality TV series|
|2008||True Jackson, VP||Himself||"Ryan on Wheels" (season 1: episode 4)|
|2009||Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory||Himself||"Dusty Monkey" (season 1: episode 12)|
|2009||Street Dreams||Eric Jones|
|2010||Tooth Fairy||Mick Donnelly|