Steve Caballero

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Steve Caballero
Steve Caballero Feb 3 2012.jpg
Born (1964-11-08) November 8, 1964 (age 50)
San Jose, California [1]
Occupation Skateboarder
Height 5'3"
Steve Caballero blog

Steve Caballero (born November 8, 1964, San Jose, California) is a professional skateboarder and musician. Caballero is known for the difficult tricks and air variations he invented for vertical skating and for setting the long-standing record for the highest air achieved on a halfpipe.[2] In 1999, Thrasher Magazine named Caballero the "Skater of the Century".[3]


Steve Caballero in Amsterdam circa 1987.

Caballero was born with scoliosis, a condition which causes a curvature of the spine, although he has stated that the condition "really hasn’t affected me too much."[4]

Caballero began skating in 1976 at the age of 12 and started his career at age 14.[2][5][6] His first sponsor was Campbell Skate Park. In 1979, Caballero entered a national skate contest in Escondido. After finishing fifth place, he was approached by Stacy Peralta who offered him sponsorship with Powell Peralta.[7] He turned pro in 1980 during the Gold Cup series at the Oasis Skatepark, Southern California.[8] By this time, Caballero had invented the 'Caballerial' (also known as 'Full Cab'), a skateboarding trick also known as the fakie 360 ollie.[9]

In 1987, Caballero won both street and vert titles at the World Championships in Munster, Germany. The same year he set the one-time world record for highest air achieved on a half pipe, which was 11 feet. Caballero's record was beaten by Danny Way in 1997. In 1999 he set another record for the longest board slide on a 44 step handrail.[10]

Caballero is a member of the Bones Brigade, and has appeared in many of their videos, including The Search For Animal Chin. His current sponsors include Powell Peralta, Bones Bearings, Independent Truck Company, Autobahn Wheels, Vans Skate Shoes, Skull Candy headphones, Ohana Boardshop and Protec Helmets.[11] His past sponsors included Tracker Trucks, Standard Trucks, Bones Wheels, and Red Dragon Apparel.

During the early 1980s, Caballero featured on the cover of Thrasher Magazine several times. He also features as a character in four of the Tony Hawk video games, from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 to Tony Hawk's Underground, and as a downloadable skater in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD.

Caballero featured in Stacy Peralta's 2012 documentary film, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, which chronicles the life stories of members of the Bones Brigade skate team such as Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Tommy Guerrero.[12]

Other Projects[edit]

He has been a member of several punk bands including The Faction, Odd Man Out, Shovelhead, and Soda, and released a compilation CD of the various bands he has appeared in titled Bandology through Sessions Records. The Faction's song "Skate And Destroy" featured on the soundtrack of Powell Peralta's eponymous Bones Brigade Video Show.[13]

Caballero also paints, collects toys and comic books, rides motocross, and is a hot rod enthusiast.

Personal life[edit]

Caballero divorced from his first wife Susan, with whom he had a daughter, Kayla Leslie. He married his second wife, Rachael, on July 15, 2006 and together they have a son, Caleb Bela, and daughter Clover Lavie.

Caballero was brought up as a Catholic, studied Zen/Taoism for 6 years, and in 2005 returned to a non-denominational Christian church.

Abridged contest history[edit]

  • 2nd in 1979 Winchester Open, San Jose.
  • 1st in 1983 Upland Pro-Am, California: pro pool.
  • 1st in 1988 Titus World Cup, Germany: streetstyle.
  • 1st in 1989 NSA Contest, Hawaii: mini ramp.
  • 1st in 1990 Mini-Ramp Pro Challenge, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • 1st in 1991 Vision Vert ramp finals, Southern California.
  • 1st in 1999 Vans/G-Shock Finals, Huntington Beach : masters bowl
  • 1st in 2012 Protec Pool Party, California: pro pool.[10]
  • 1st in 2013 Bowl-a-rama Wellington: masters.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Steve Caballero". Powell-Peralta. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Vanessa Wilson (Dec 7, 2001). "X marks the spot for pipe dreamers and high rollers". Sydney Morning Herald. p. 39. 
  3. ^ "Steve Caballero – A Skateboarder With Talent, Depth, and a Continuing Presence In The Sport". Extreme Sports Magazine. 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Skate Anatomy: Steve Caballero". Skateboarder Magazine. 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Mountain, Lance (2006). "Steve Caballero". Juice Magazine (60). 
  6. ^ Peterson Kaelberer, Angie (2005). Skateboarding Greats: Champs of the Ramps. Capstone. p. 16. ISBN 0736833137. 
  7. ^ Levy, Dan (2012). "BONES BRIGADE CHRONICLES: STEVE CABALLERO". Juice Magazine (70): 40–41. 
  8. ^ "Steve Caballero Biography". Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Marcus, Ben (2010). The skateboard : the good, the rad, and the gnarly : an illustrated history. Minneapolis, MN: MVP Books. p. 216. ISBN 9780760338056. 
  10. ^ a b "Tony Hawk 2 Exclusive: The Skaters". IGN. August 1, 2000. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Steve Caballero". Vans. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (April 2012). "Stacy Peralta's Bones Brigade". Digital Video 20 (4): 42–44. 
  13. ^ Kevin Duffel (November 2010). "Skate Bands and the pros they feature". Transworld Skate 28 (11): 68. 
  • Brooke, Michael (1999). Concrete Wave: The History Of Skateboarding. ISBN 1-894020-54-5.