Jim Thiebaud is an American skateboarder.
Thiebaud grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and during the 1980s was part of the San Francisco skate scene. Thiebaud not only participated in skateboarding during the early 1980s, but he also led, mentored, and encouraged a group of younger skateboarders at Albany High School during 1982-1983 while attending high school, teaching and demonstrating tricks such as jumping onto walls, over stationary chairs as the board rolled under, and down staircases and stair railings in the Albany High courtyard. Groups would gather around to learn from Thiebaud and watch him demonstrate his growing craft.
Jim rode as an amateur for Powell-Peralta, then turned pro for Santa Monica Airlines before he and former Powell-Peralta teammate Tommy Guerrero co-founded Real Skateboards in 1991. He also later founded Adeline Records in the late 1990s.
Thiebaud is a leader at Deluxe Distribution, the company that produces and distributes Real Skateboards, AntiHero Skateboards, Krooked Skateboards, Thunder Trucks, Venture Trucks, Spitfire Wheels, and other brands. Thiebaud is known as a very dedicated skateboarder who is very supportive of his team riders, skateboard shops, and anything that rings true to a simple, straightforward, "purist's" skateboarding ideal. Through "Actions REALized," Thiebaud was inspirational in the late 2000s movement of the skateboarding industry to look for and create worthwhile charities and causes within skateboarding that give back, support those in need, and perpetuate the idea of skateboarders taking care of their own.
Thiebaud currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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