Early life & education
Williams was raised by his mother in Boston, Massachusetts with four other siblings. As a young kid in the early-to-mid 1980s, Williams was into breakdancing and graffiti writing. In an effort to stay out of trouble, Williams got into freestyle BMX biking. He brought his bike to the local skatepark and had it stolen. This lead Williams to buy a skateboard in the summer of 1988. His mother bought him a Thrasher magazine issue with Tony Alva on the cover, further encouraging his interest in skating.
Williams first sponsor was Beacon Hill Skateshop. T.V. skateboards came to Whitmen, Massachusetts on a tour. Williams befriended the team and ended up going on tour with them. T.V. team was Mike Vallely, Ed Templeton, Steve Berra, Ethan Fowler, Jerry Fowler, and Williams. Williams went pro for T.V.
After T.V. folded Williams joined Ed Templeton's new company, Toy Machine. After riding for Toy Machine for a number of years, Mike Vallely connected Williams to Powell. Williams rode for Powell for a number of years until he parted ways with the company.
|Skate Video Parts & Appearances||Year|
|The Fat Juicy Video||1991|
|Toy Machine Live!||1994|
|Hopps Commercial 1||2009|
|MIA Skate Shop Welcome to MIA||2010|
|Ride Channel Skate New York with Hopps||2012|
|Orchard Stone Soup||2014|
|Hopps The “Saturday” Project||2016|
|Welcome to Dial Tone MFG||2018|
|The Converse CONS X Hopps Collection||2018|
In 2007, Williams founded Hopps Skateboards.
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