Chris Cole (skateboarder)

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Chris Cole
Personal information
Full name James Chris Cole
Born (1982-03-10) March 10, 1982 (age 32)
Statesville, North Carolina, U.S.
Height 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m)
Weight 180 pounds (82 kg)
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Skateboarding

Chris Cole (born March 10, 1982) is a "regular-footed" professional skateboarder. As of July 2014, his sponsors are DC Shoes,[1] Thunder, Spitfire, Reign Skate Shop, DC Apparel, Stance, Kershaw Knives, and Mophie.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cole was born in Statesville, North Carolina, United States (US), and grew up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, US.

Career[edit]

Cole gained attention following the completion of a number of difficult tricks: a 360 flip down the staircase at Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, California, United States (US); a backside 360 kickflip down the Carlsbad gap in Carlsbad, California, US; and a backside 360-degree rotation down the "Love Park" fountain in Philadelphia, US.[3][4]

Cole was formerly a member of the G-Spot Skate and Snow team, before being sponsored by Enjoi and then the Zero Skateboards company.[5] Reflecting on the early stage of his career, Cole stated in a 2009 Thrasher interview:

I really like enjoi. The brand is a breath of fresh air. I was on the East and detached from any team member so I was kind of a guy who rode the products, but not on the team. Especially ’cause they are a group of friends. I hung out with Marc Johnson a couple times. He was totally cool. I have always been a huge fan of his, so that was great.[6]

Cole's other past sponsors include World Industries, Circa Shoes, eS Footwear, and Fallen Footwear.[4][7][8]

In May 2013, following a bet between Cole and professional skateboarder Mike Mo Capaldi, Cole became a team rider for the Glassy brand—Capaldi and Cole, who are teammates on the DC Shoes team, agreed that Cole would join the Glassy team if he lost to Capaldi in any contest. The pair competed in the Battle at the Berrics 6 contest on May 18, 2013 with Capaldi being the winner;[9] however, as of July 9, 2014, an announcement had not been made regarding the new sponsorship arrangement and Cole does not appear on the brand's "Team" page.[10]

On June 27, 2014, Cole posted an announcement of his departure from Zero on the social media platform Instagram, without a corresponding reason; however, a reply from the Zero Instagram account thanked Cole for his "loyalty & dedication".[11] A segment on Tony Hawk's RIDE Channel, published on July 6, 2014, asked Cole—who was riding a blank, black-colored skateboard deck at the time—if he knew of any possibilities for his next skateboard deck sponsor and he indicated that he was not aware of any options at the time.[12]

Company owner[edit]

Cole is the co-owner of Reign Skate Shop in Philadelphia, U.S. and a former shareholder of the Zero skateboard company.[13] Cole parted ways with Zero in June 27, 2014, after three years as a shareholder and 13 years as a team rider. Cole explained:

I have had so many amazing years on ZERO. I can’t explain to anyone how awesome these years have been. With a heavy heart, it is time for ZERO and I to part ways. My decision has absolutely nothing to do with the partnership with Dwindle. I believe that partnership will do great things. Hold tight to see what the future holds … Where we’re going, we don’t need roads …[11]

Cole was the founder of skateboard clothing company Omit Apparel. Started in 2011 and based out of Irvine, California, US, Omit Apparel ceased to be an operational company in late 2012 and Cole's sponsorship deal with DC Apparel was announced in April 2013.[14][15]

Cole is also an avid BMX rider and co-owns Cult, a BMX company that sponsors a team of riders.[16] Team members include Chase Dehart, Dakota Roche, and Chase Hawk.[17]

Awards and contest appearances[edit]

Cole was awarded Thrasher Magazine's "Skater of the Year" accolade in both 2005 and 2009 (a feat achieved by only Cole and Danny Way).[18] He has also received the "Reader's Choice" award from Transworld Skateboarding magazine.

Cole's team, Zero, won Thrasher Magazine's "King of the Road" contest three times consecutively and he won the gold medal at the X Games on two consecutive occasions.[19] Cole has also been victorious in other contests, including Back to the Berg and the DC Copenhagen Pro.[20] In late June 2013, Cole won the gold medal at the Street League Skateboarding contest at the Munich leg of the X Games.[21]

Cole came first place in the second round of Battle at the Berrics, the flatground competition run by The Berrics.[22]

Maloof Money Cup[edit]

Cole was victorious in the first three rounds of the Maloof Money Cup and, in the wake of his winning run, the event owners, the Maloof brothers, offered US$1 million to the first person who wins four Maloof Money Cup titles. As of July 9, 2014, a further announcement on the offer had not been made.[23]

Video games[edit]

Cole has appeared in the skateboarding video games: Skate, Skate 2, Skate 3, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD.[24]

Personal life[edit]

As of August 2012, Cole lives in Escondido, California, US, with his wife and children.[citation needed]

Timeline[edit]

  • 2000: Attained professional status
  • 2002: Transworld's VideoRadio
  • 2002: Transworld's In Bloom
  • 2004: Cole and Zero team win Thrasher's King of The Road
  • 2004: 1st place in Street Best Trick, Tampa Pro contest (4th place in Street)
  • 2005: Gold medal in Street, Gravity Games
  • 2005: 16-page spread in The Skateboard Mag (June)
  • 2005: First signature shoe, "The Trooper" (Fallen)
  • 2005: Cole and Zero team win Thrasher's King of The Road
  • 2005: Final part in Zero video New Blood
  • 2005: Thrasher Magazine's "Skater Of The Year"
  • 2006: Cole and Zero team win Thrasher's King of The Road (three times consecutively)
  • 2006: 2nd place in és Game of Skate
  • 2006: Gold medal in Street, X Games
  • 2007: Gold medal in Street, X Games[19]
  • 2007: Winner of és Game of Skate
  • 2008: 3rd place in Maloof Money Cup
  • 2008: Cole and Team Regular won Etnies "Goofy vs Regular"
  • 2008: Winner of és Game of Skate
  • 2009: Winner of Back to the Berg
  • 2009: Winner of Maloof Money Cup (US$100,000 prize money)
  • 2009: Readers Choice Award from Transworld Skateboarding
  • 2009: Winner of Dew Tour
  • 2009: Battle Commander for TheBerrics.com
  • 2009: Winner of Battle at The Berrics 2
  • 2009: Thrasher Skater of the Year (Cole is the second person to win the award twice, after Danny Way)
  • 2010: Third signature shoe, "The Hi-Volt" (Fallen)
  • 2010: Cole joins the Monster Energy team
  • 2010: Winner of Maloof Money Cup in Queens, New York (US$100,000 prize money)[20]
  • 2010: Winner of Maloof Money Cup in Costa Mesa, California (US$100,000 prize money)
  • 2010: Winner of 14th Annual Johnny Romano Skate Jam for Make A Wish, Best Trick (US$2,000.00 prize money)
  • 2010: 2nd place in Street League Skateboarding, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 2010: Cole joins the Stance Team
  • 2011: Cole is announced as DC Shoes' new professional
  • 2011: Cole releases his inaugural DC shoe, the Chris Cole S
  • 2011: Cole starts Omit Apparel clothing label
  • 2011: 6th Place Street League Seattle
  • 2011: 1st Place Wonka Free Ride Street League Seattle
  • 2011: 2nd Place Street League Kansas City
  • 2011: 1st Place Wonka Free Ride Street League Kansas City
  • 2011: 3rd Place Street League Glendale
  • 2011: 1st Place Wonka Free Ride Street League Glendale
  • 2011: 3rd Place Street League Newark
  • 2011: 2nd Place Wonka Free Ride Street League Newark
  • 2012: 2nd Street League Glendale
  • 2012: 1st place Street League Glendale Chevi Overdrive
  • 2012: 1st in Copenhagen Pro contest
  • 2012: 2nd Street League Newark, New Jersey
  • 2013: 1st Street League Munich, Germany
  • 2013: 1st Street League Super Crown Championship
  • 2014: Cole leaves Zero and Mob Grip

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blair Alley (14 January 2011). "DC Welcomes Chris Cole". Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Skatepark of Tampa (27 July 2012). "CHRIS COLE SKATER PROFILE". SPoT Skate Shop. Skatepark of Tampa. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Blair Alley (30 April 2010). "Black Fridays: Chris Cole & Wallenberg Uncut". Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b the Messageboarders (22 April 2009). "Chris Cole Interview". Thrasher. BNQT Media Group. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Chris Cole Bio". EA Skate. Electronic Arts Inc. 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Messageboarders (22 April 2009). "Chris Cole Interview". Thrasher Skateboard Magazine. USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties High Speed Productions, Inc. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Adam Salo (28 January 2011). "Chris Cole on DC Shoe Co.". ESPN Action Sports. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Skyler Wilder (23 August 2010). "BEHIND THE SCENES AT CHRIS COLE’S REIGN SKATE SHOP". Transworld Business. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "CHRIS COLE vs MIKEMO CAPALDI". The Berrics. The Berrics. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Team". Glassy Sunhaters. Glassy Sunhaters. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Zac (28 June 2014). "Chris Cole Leaves Zero Skateboards". Caught In The Crossfire. Division Media. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Behind the Scenes at Street League Chicago with Chris Cole, Andrew Reynolds, and More!" (Video upload). RIDE Channel on YouTube. Google Inc. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  13. ^ michaelgoodwin (25 January 2011). "Chris Cole Now a Shareholder of Zero Skateboards SKATEBOARDS". Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Kevin Duffel (24 June 2011). "NEWSHIT INTERVIEW: CHRIS COLE DISCUSSES OMIT". Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "DC Welcomes Chris cole to Apparel Team". DC. DC Shoes, Inc. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  16. ^ RIDEChannel (8 February 2012). "Chris Cole's best advice, Cult BMX, and a stupid story - Free Lunch (Part 2 of 2)". YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Crew". Cult Crew. www.cultcrew.com. 2009–2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  18. ^ Shelley Lee Jones (7 December 2009). "Chris Cole Skater Of The Year". Huck. The Church of London. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  19. ^ a b Singleton, K. J. M. (2007-08-03). "Cole wins another skateboard gold". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  20. ^ a b Salo, Adam (2010-06-21). "Maloof Money Cup NYC finals". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  21. ^ TWS (30 June 2013). "Chris Cole Wins Street League at X Games Munich". Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Chris Cole wins Battle of the Berrics 2". Allisports. Alli, Alliance of Action Sports, LLC. 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  23. ^ Bernie Wilson (17 May 2011). "Skateboarder Cole to get shot at $1 million bonus". UT San Diego. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD - Chris Cole Slow-MoTrailer". Gamespot. CBS Interactive Inc. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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