Back in 2003, a young Canadian by the name of Ryan Smith was ripping up the streets for Zero and graced the cover of our Am Issue with a gnarly lipslide. Read up on how he became a pro for Mystery and got a coveted signature shoe with DC soon after.
How did you find out you had the cover of TransWorld?
I don’t know, I don’t remember who told me. At Black Box it’s usually a surprise. It was like, “Oh, I’m on the cover, sweet.”
How did it impact your career at the time?
Oh, so good. Well, I got that and the cover of a couple other magazines and then I got a shoe. When I went in to resign my (DC) contract, Ken (Block) was like, “Okay, we’re going to give you a shoe, people are asking for a shoe.” So it definitely impacted my life pretty heavily.
So you went pro soon after that cover?
Yeah, it was already in the works. It was like, “We’re going to start a new company (Mystery), and you’re going to be pro.”
Who shot it?
Was the trick filmed?
Yeah, it was one of my last tricks in The DC Video.
Were you consciously going for a cover on that day?
No, I didn’t even think about it. When you do something like that you’re not thinking “cover,” you’re just thinking, “Do this trick because I’m out in California to skate.” I wanted to do it because I wanted to do it, I could care less if it was a cover or not.