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Baker Skateboards is an American skateboarding company founded in 2000 by professional skateboarder Andrew Reynolds and artist Jay Strickland. The company's main products are skateboard decks, soft goods, accessories, and wheels.
In 1999, Andrew Reynolds left Birdhouse Skateboards and started Baker Skateboards along with other professional skateboarders from Stereo, Zero, and other companies. The company was named after a lifestyle in which a person "gets baked" (smokes and experiences the effects of the drug, cannabis) and skateboards every day. In 2007, Reynolds provided a detailed account of the company's beginnings:
Well, I was living in Huntington, riding for Birdhouse. We just thought to ourselves, all these companies are really lame. Like, Birdhouse doesn't promote piles, you know what I mean? Like, Zero's [skateboard deck brand] not promoting, like, what we're all about. You know, we met up with Jay Strickland, we started telling him about our ideas, like, "We wanna do something. We wanna do a company." And we're, like, "All of us, together.", you know? It was just, like, a big mess, you know? I went and talked to Tony [Hawk] and Per [Welinder]—"It's either, I quit, and take a bunch of guys and do something, or, you guys help me start a company, you know?"
The skateboard deck brand signed a distribution deal with Blitz Distribution, the company that, at the time, was distributing Birdhouse and other brands, such as Fury and Hook-Ups (Blitz had originally been formed by Per Welinder and Hawk to distribute their own products). As of 2008, the brand was the top-selling brand under the Blitz Distribution umbrella. In regard to the original Baker logo, Reynolds has credited the design to Strickland and stated that it represented a motley company that consisted of talented skateboarders.
An interview with former Baker professional Shane Heyl on September 27, 2013 confirmed that Heyl, Kevin "Spanky" Long, Jeff Lenoce, and Braydon Szafranski are no longer members of the Baker team as of the date of the interview. Heyl declined to speak on behalf of the other former Baker riders, but explained that he initiated the decision regarding himself with Reynolds, whereby he stated to the company owner that his knee is an ongoing issue.
The RIDE Channel, a YouTube skateboarding channel cofounded by Hawk, announced on March 15, 2013 that a new series, entitled "Baker Zone", would commence on March 18, 2013. The series features video productions from the Baker company, such as "Weekend Warriors", "Piled Out", "Trash Compactor" and "Dumb Ass Park Footy".
- Andrew Reynolds
- Dustin Dollin
- Terry Kennedy
- Bryan Herman
- Justin "Figgy" Figueroa
- Theotis Beasley
- Don "Nuge" Nguyen
- Riley Hawk
- Sammy Baca
In 2007, Reynolds and fellow professional skateboarders, Jim Greco and Erik Ellington, established Bakerboys Distribution, a company that distributes six companies that are owned by past and current Baker riders/associates. These companies are:
- Baker Skateboards
- Shake Junt
- Brigada Sunglasses
- Deathwish Skateboards
- Heroin skateboards
- Volume 4
Formerly with the Blitz distribution company, Baker's distribution was newly managed by Bakerboys in 2011.
Former Professional Riders
- Antwuan Dixon (Projected Release Date: 07/26/2014)
- Jim Greco (Deathwish)
- Erik Ellington (Deathwish)
- Leo Romero (Toy Machine)
- Braydon Szafranki
- Kevin "Spanky" Long
- Jeff Lenoce
- Shane Heyl
- Baker Bootleg (1998)
- Baker 2G (2000)
- Summer Tour 2001 (2002)
- Baker 3 (2005)
- Baker Has a Deathwish (2008)
- Baker Has a Deathwish Summer Tour Video (2009)
- Bake And Destroy (2012)
- The Deathwish Video (2013)
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