Ray Barbee

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Ray Barbee
Born (1971-10-05) October 5, 1971 (age 47)
San Jose, California, United States
GenresJazz, indie, instrumental
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, skateboarder
Instrumentsguitar, bass, xylophone, drums

Ray Barbee (born 5 October 1971) is an American skateboarder from San Jose, California.[1] He was one of the first skateboarders to bring freestyle/flatland tricks to street, technical ollie combinations and numerous no comply variations. He is best known for his no complys.

He had memorable video parts in the Powell Peralta videos "Public Domain" and "Ban This." Barbee also appears in the video games Skate 2 and Skate 3 as a playable skater.

In 1991, Barbee left Powell Peralta for The Firm Skateboards (now defunct), headed by another Powell veteran, Lance Mountain.

Barbee has a signature shoe with Vans.[2] His other sponsors are Element Skateboards, Independent Truck Company, and WeSC.


A music writer and multi-instrumentalist, Barbee released his debut EP on Galaxia records in 2003, Triumphant Procession, a collection of jazz-influenced instrumental tracks which Barbee produced and engineered at home. His 2005 release, In Full View, also on Galaxia, featured guests appearances by drummers Doug Scharin (of HiM and June of 44) and Carlos de la Garza (formerly of Reel Big Fish) as well as saxophone player Glen Darcey. Barbee plays guitar, bass guitar, drums, harp and xylophone.

In March 2007, Ray Barbee recorded in Japan with the Mattson 2. That recording became Ray Barbee Meets The Mattson 2, a collaboration melding the guitar/drums of the Mattson 2 with Ray Barbee playing additional guitar. When playing live together, Ray sometimes assumes a dual bass line/lead role (both on his guitar) during the set.

Ray is also known for his live performance solo work using looping delay pedals and drum machines.

His music has been featured on NPR and has been used in a number of surf videos.

Ray is sponsored by Fender Guitars.

Video game appearances[edit]

Barbee is a playable character in the Electronic Arts video games: Skate 2 and Skate 3.


  1. ^ "Ray Barbee". Vans. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-03-17. Retrieved 2006-02-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)


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