Video Check Out: Ray Maldonado

Ray Maldonado
Home: Los Angeles, California
Sponsors: FTC Sac, Girl, Fourstar, Royal, Nike, Autobahn wheels

Years skating: 7 or 8, something like that.
After a skate session I’m: Hungry for some T-Bell.
Show I can’t miss: Always Sunny in Philadelphia, reruns of Scrubs, and Family Guy on adultswim.com.
Web site you visit everyday: TransWorld of course! Theskateboardmag.com, theberrics.com, and I’m a victim of the myspace.com epidemic.
Dream Sponsor outside of skating: BMW and gasoline. Non-stop skate missions.
Best Pro: So many amazing pros, but hands down Eric Koston, Mark Appleyard, and Stefan Janoski.
Favorite person to film with: My baby boo Jesus Grajeda and Chris Ray.
I spend too much money: On junk food and my cell phone bill!
Beverage of choice: Dr. Pepper makes the world taste better.
All time skate video: Modus Operandi, MJ and MC just amazing! The new fav of course Fully Flared.
Road trip must-have: Sacramento, then from Sac head up to Seattle, Washington. Arizona would be tight just because I’ve never skated out there.
What skateboarding means to you: Having fun with the homeys. Just to be out skateboarding and not thinking or worrying about anything else and just skate.

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You ever see that guy skating and think to yourself, “This dude is so damn good, how is he not hooked up?” Ray Maldonado is that “Dude.” I could be at fault for this—the day before he was supposed to fly out to Tampa Am, Ray and I were out filming at a three-block and I suggested he do a fakie tre down it. That fakie tre nearly broke his ankle and he didn’t make it to Tampa. Ray sends me footage all the time and I always think the same thing to myself, “Yeah, I’ll check out the couple cool clips he has,” but Ray sends me a new full part all the time! Hey Ray, Tampa Am is coming up again and if you feel like rolling up to session a three—block, I’ll be here waiting for you.—Chris Ray

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Crooked grind nollie frontside flip out. Photo: F Martinez.