Leo Romero

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Leo Romero
Born Leo Romero
(1986-11-28) November 28, 1986 (age 27)
Nationality American
Occupation Professional skateboarder

Leo Romero (born November 28, 1986[1]) is a professional skateboarder whose early skateboarding influences included Jamie Thomas[2] and Andrew Reynolds.[3]

Early life[edit]

Romero was born in Fontana, California, United States (U.S.)[4][5] and is the son of Mexican American immigrant parents. Romero first started skating around 1997 with his friendship crew "The Death Junkies".[3] Romero revealed in a 2009 interview that he "was ditching school and skating with" friends during his adolescence, while in a 2010 interview he explained that when he was growing up he knew what he wanted and did not let other people bother him.[2][4]

Professional skateboarding[edit]

Romero has credited his sponsor the Pharmacy skateboard shop ("The craziest family I've ever had ...") with facilitating his departure from his hometown for the purpose of commencing a skateboarding career. Conversely, Romero's father has believed that "he [Romero's father]’s the reason why I made it so far"—that "he’s the one who gave me all the inspiration behind my career" but Romero believes that his father is mistaken.[2][4] Romero has ridden the same skateboard deck shape for nearly a decade and the original board shape was provided by the Pharmacy shop.[6]

Romero appeared in the Foundation videos Madness & Mayhem (2002) and That's Life (2004).[7]

As an Emerica team rider, Romero lived at the "Emerica Mansion II" with professional skateboarders Heath Kirchart, Kevin "Spanky" Long, and Bryan Herman.[8] In May 2013, the Romero signature shoe model "The Troubadour" was released, and Romero explained that the shoe design was based on footwear that could be for both skateboarding and fashion.[9]

Romero became a professional team rider for Baker Skateboards, a company that was founded and is owned by one of his childhood skateboarding influences Reynolds—in a 2010 interview Romero explained that his motivation for joining the team was based on his perception that Baker was "cool".[2] Romero appeared in the Baker video production Baker Has A Deathwish (2008) that is a collaboration with "sister" brand Deathwish (as of May 2013, both companies are distributed by Bakerboys Distribution[10]).[7]

In 2009 Romero left Baker to join the Toy Machine company[4] and explained in a 2010 Thrasher magazine interview that "I just don’t think I fit in with that crowd. It’s not really my bag." Romero revealed to Mike Sinclair, a senior employee of Tum Yeto (distribution company for both Foundation and Toy Machine), that Toy Machine is "100% skateboarding".[2][6] Toy Machine and Emerica have collaborated on a Romero signature shoe line with Toy Machine founder/owner Ed Templeton, who is also sponsored by Emerica.[11]

Together with friend Griffin Collins, Romero launched the skateboard griptape company Bro Style in 2012.[12] While primarily a griptape company, thebrand also produces soft goods such as caps, socks, and shirts.[13] Bro Style has released video advertisements on the Internet that feature sponsored riders such as Matt Bennett, Dakota Servold, and Daniel Lutheran.[14]

Sponsors[edit]

Music[edit]

With his band Travesura, Romero released his first recording on the Scion AV label (a brand of the Toyota Motor Corporation) on March 1, 2014 at an event in Los Angeles, U.S. The recording is a self-titled EP and a music video for the song "Tenor" was also released.[20][21]

Awards[edit]

Romero won Thrasher Magazine's annual "Skater of the Year" award in 2010.[22] As part of the award ceremony, Romero performed karaoke for the audience.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Romero resides in California, U.S. in a "mock Spanish castle" property and owns a Harley Davidson motorcycle that he has ridden as part of the Emerica skateboarding tour "Wild Ride".[6][24][25] Romero explained his life outside of skateboarding in a 2009 interview: "I’m a pretty simple guy. Not too much shit bothers me but I hate going to overcrowded bars and they’re overcharging you for beer. I hate that. The same things as everybody else I think: Playing guitar, listening to music, barbecuing on a summer day, finishing up some cold ones, fucking girls."[22]

Videography[edit]

  • Emerica: Made (2013)
  • Thrasher: King Of The Road 2012 (2013)
  • Toy Machine: The Subhumans (2011)
  • Toy Machine: Brainwash. (2010)
  • Emerica: Stay Gold (2010)
  • RVCA: Dick Moves (2010)
  • RVCA: Promo (2009)
  • Transworld: Skate & Create (2008)
  • Baker: Baker has a Deathwish (2008)
  • Emerica: Wild Ride 2007 (2007)
  • Streets: LA (2007)
  • 411VM: Volume 3, Issue 4 (April 2006) – shared part with Tommy Gurrola[26]
  • Foundation: Gareth Stehr's Go-Go Toe Jam (2006)
  • Thrasher: King Of The Road 2006 (2006)
  • Transworld: First Love (2005)
  • Foundation: European Tour (2005)
  • 411VM: Volume 13, Issue 4 (2005)
  • V7: Teenage Tour (2004)
  • Foundation: That's Life (2004)
  • Emerica: Kids In Emerica (2004)
  • Emerica: This is Skateboarding (2003)
  • Pharmacy: Chilly (2003)
  • Digital: Fajsha (2003)
  • Foundation: Madness & Mayhem (2002)[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Happy Birthday Leo Romero!". Emerica. Emerica. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Michael Burnett (10 December 2010). "Leo Romero Interview". Thrasher Skateboard Magazine. High Speed Productions, Inc. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Emerica Stay Gold B-Side: Leo Romero". Shock Mansion. Shock Mansion. February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Mike Sinclair (7 April 2009). "Little Leo interview". Tum Yeto. Tum Yeto. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "LEO ROMERO SKATER PROFILE". Skatepark of Tampa. SPoT. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Mike Sinclair (21 June 2010). "Uphill Battle: The Leo Romero Interview". ESPN Action Sports. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Leo Romero skate videos". SkatevideoSite.com. SkatevideoSite.com. 2005–2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Truth About Leo Romero". Skateboarder. GrindMedia, LLC. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Brickharbor (10 May 2013). "Brick Harbor Presents: Leo Romero reviews the Emerica Troubadour" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "About". Bakerboys Distribution. Bakerboys Distribution. May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Furqan Khan (12 January 2010). "Emerica & Toy Machine Collab For Leo Romero New Signature Shoe". Kicks On Fire. Complex Sneakers. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Mike Sinclair (26 October 2012). "Don't Trip, It's Just Grip". X Games. ESPN. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Products". Bro Style. Tumblr. May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  14. ^ TWS (16 October 2012). "BRO STYLE TEAM COMMERCIAL NO. 2" (Video upload). Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Network A (3 August 2012). "ESWIC: Exclusive Interview with Leo Romero of Emerica & Laced by Leo" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Team – Leo Romero". Toy Machine. Toy Machine. May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Transworld (1 July 2009). "LEO ROMERO AND FIGGY SIGN WITH INDEPENDENT". Transworld Business. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Team – Leo Romero". Pig Wheels. Pig Wheels. May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  19. ^ Neff Headwear (11). "In the Parks with Neff | Leo Romero & Dakota Servold" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  20. ^ TWS (21 February 2014). "LEO ROMERO’S TRAVESURA RECORD RELEASE". TransWorld SKATEboarding. Grind Media. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "TRAVESURA “TENOR” MUSIC VIDEO". Scion AV. Toyota Motor Corporation. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  22. ^ a b Rob Brink (29 November 2010). "An unseen interview with Skater of the Year, Leo Romero". Rob Brink. Rob Brink. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  23. ^ ThrasherMagazine (14 December 2010). "Leo Romero - Thrasher Skater of the Year 2010" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  24. ^ Josh Brooks (13 April 2010). "LEO ROMERO HOME PAGE: LETTER OF DISCONTENT". Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  25. ^ Dustin Aron (May 2009). "Emerica Wild Ride (2008)" (Video upload). Dustin Aron on Vimeo. Vimeo LLC. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  26. ^ johnny mcdonald (22 November 2005). "Leo Romero and Tommy Gurrola" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "Leo Romero skate videos". Skatevideosite.com. Skatevideosite.com. 2005–2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 

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