Check Out: Ryan Smith

Age: 19

Home: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Sponsors: Powell, Bones, DC, RDS Apparel, 184

I’m going to try and keep this brief so there’s lots of room for the pictures: The difference between Ryan Smith and other super good skateboarders is that when most people look at something treacherous they’d like to try and say, “I think I can do this,” they mean “I think that someday if all the forces in the universe are aligned and the temperature is just right, I’ll try this … if there’re two filmers here.” When Ryan utters the same familiar phrase, what he really means is, “I’m going to do this right now.” Ryan is a rare breed. He’s honed his skills on the crummy terrain of a tiny town in the interior of B.C. Now that he’s traveling around and skating better terrain, he’s going off the Richter.¿Scott Pommier