Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. But like water through a drain hole, so go the vast majority of professional skateboarding careers. While most come and go in a flash, riding high in April only to be shot down in May, a select few are able to perpetually levitate—maintaining their peak long enough to become permanent fixtures. Chris Haslam is one of those few individuals talented enough and lucky enough to have become an institution in his own right.
At the turn of 2015, Chris had officially notched 11 years as a pro, out of 21 years of riding a skateboard. Already linked to some of the most legendary and influential pros ever—Rodney Mullen and Daewon
Song via his decade-plus stint at Almost—Haslam has spent the better part of his pro paycheck-dom traveling the globe on a mission—carving out his signature niche of nomadic-bearded-Yeti-tech/gnar in his wake.
Grounded from international travel pending his transition from a US work permit to a bonafide green card, the following was the Almost Canadian’s take on his run to date, skateboarding as the fountain of youth, and his challenges at filming an entire video part on domestic soil for the first time since Deca. Welcome to the Chris Haslam Pro Spotlight. Dedicated to Axel Berny and the Invisible road to Perdition.