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Rob Dyrdek
Rob Dyrdek.jpg
Dyrdek in 2017
Born
Robert Stanley Dyrdek

(1974-06-28) June 28, 1974 (age 47)[1]
Occupation
  • Skateboarder
  • actor
  • entrepreneur
  • producer
  • television personality
Years active1991–present
Television
Spouse(s)
Bryiana Noelle Flores
(m. 2016)
Children2
Sports career
SportSkateboarding
Turned pro1991 (age 16)[2]
Websitedyrdek.com

Robert Stanley Dyrdek (born June 28, 1974) is an American entrepreneur, actor, producer, reality TV personality, and former professional skateboarder. He is best known for his roles in the reality shows Rob & Big,[3][4] Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory[5][6] and Ridiculousness.[7][8] He also is the creator of the animated series Wild Grinders, in which he voices the series' main character, Lil Rob. In 2014, Dyrdek was labeled as one of the "most influential skateboarders of all-time" by FoxWeekly.[9]

Early years

Dyrdek was born on June 28, 1974, in Kettering, Ohio, to Gene and Patty Dyrdek.[10] He was involved in sports as a child and began skateboarding at the age of 11, when he received his first skateboard from professional skateboarder Neil Blender.[11] Of his early interest in the sport, Dyrdek has stated, "I was so focused on becoming a pro skateboarder. I would sit in school and think about all the tricks I was going to do, then I'd get out of school and skate until they made me come inside."[12]

Professional skateboarding

Alien Workshop

At the age of 12, Dyrdek acquired sponsorship from the same company endorsing Blender and began his skateboarding career.[13] A few years later, Dyrdek and Blender quit their board sponsor and created Alien Workshop.[14] At the age of 16, Dyrdek decided to forgo his senior year of high school and instead moved to Southern California to continue with his professional skate career.[15] He would later acquire the company during his post-riding career as an entrepreneur.[16]

DC Shoes

Soon after moving to California, Dyrdek began to ride for Droors Clothing (the precursor to DC Shoes) and sponsored him from 1995 to 2016.[17] Both Droors and DC were founded with the involvement of professional skateboarder Danny Way.[18]

Other sponsors

Dyrdek has been sponsored by Silver Trucks (a company that he helped establish in 2003[19]), EA Skate,[20] and Monster Energy.[21]

Street League Skateboarding (SLS)

Dyrdek is the founder of the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) skateboard competition enterprise, which has become an international event.[22] The league offered the highest overall purse in the history of the sport ($1.6 million) for its championship event broadcast on ESPN in 198 countries.[23] The league also partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of America to develop new skate parks in California.[24] The organization was also the focus of Dyrdek's documentary film The Motivation, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.[25]

Film and television

Dyrdek in 2010

Dyrdek first starred in the MTV reality series Rob & Big (aired November 2006 to April 2008) with his best friend and bodyguard Christopher "Big Black" Boykin,[26] as well as his cousin, Chris "Drama" Pfaff, and friend Rashawn "Bam Bam" Davis.[27]

In February 2009, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, featuring Dyrdek, Pfaff, and his Dyrdek Enterprise staff, was first broadcast. It covered Dyrdek's "Fantasy Factory", a converted warehouse where Dyrdek runs his businesses.[28] He also built a recording studio for Pfaff inside the factory.[29] During the course of the first season, he opened his first SafeSpot SkateSpot.[30] At the grand-opening, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa rode with Dyrdek on the world's largest skateboard.[31] Fantasy Factory aired a total of seven seasons, with the season finale airing on March 13, 2014. The show mainly featured a cast of Dyrdek, Chris Pfaff, Boykin, Scott Pfaff, Chanel West Coast, and Sterling "Steelo" Brim.[32] Episodes featured Dyrdek being bitten by a shark[33] and attacked by a trained tiger.[34] Other stunts included the first kickflip with a Chevrolet Sonic, filmed as a part of a television advertisement for Chevrolet.[35] He co-invented the first "skateboard car," a customized Ford Mustang which appeared on the show.[36]

Dyrdek was also featured in the video games skate., Skate 2[37] (which also featured Boykin), and Skate 3.[38] In Skate 2, the player is able to purchase an early version of the Fantasy Factory as an add-on, allowing the player to skate within the factory premises.[37] In 2008 Dyrdek appeared in the film Righteous Kill, playing the character of Rambo alongside Robert de Niro and Al Pacino.[39]

Dyrdek made a movie entitled Street Dreams in 2009. He developed it with Nino Scalia in response to their belief that modern films focused on skateboarding were too unrealistic. They completed the script over a span of six months. While pitching the script, he decided to fund the film with his own money and appeared in it as a main character.[40]

In 2011, Dyrdek appeared in Jackass 3.5 in a scene with Johnny Knoxville.[41] Later that year, on August 29, 2011, Dyrdek started another show with the MTV network, Ridiculousness, where he comments on internet videos that are mainly mishaps.[42] Dyrdek hosts this show alongside friends Chanel West Coast and Steelo Brim.[43]

In 2012, Dyrdek was on the TV show Punk'dJustin Bieber tried to execute a prank on Dyrdek and failed.[44] Dyrdek was also featured in the 2012 documentary, Waiting for Lightning, about his friend and fellow skater Danny Way.[45]

Through his production company Superjacket Productions he has produced Ridiculousness; as well as the CMT series The Dude Perfect Show,[46] based upon the work of the eponymous Internet video comedy troupe;[47] Crashletes and Jagger Eaton's Mega Life on Nickelodeon;[48] and Snack-Off.[49] In 2017, Dyrdek served as a judge for the talent show series Amazingness. His production company produced the show.[50]

Dyrdek will also appear in Jackass Forever (2022).[51]

World records

Dyrdek set twenty-one separate Guinness World Records for skateboarding as part of his former show Rob & Big. Big Black also set two eating records on the show: most bananas eaten in one minute and the most powdered donuts eaten in three minutes.[52]

As part of the Fantasy Factory series, Dyrdek set the record for the largest skateboard (according to the Guinness World Records website, it is listed as the "Longest Skateboard in the World"). However, the World Records Academy website reports this record was broken in 2010.[53]

Dyrdek's personal bests—some of which have since been surpassed—include:

  • Longest board slide: 100 feet 5.75 inches (30.6261 m) (2007, WR)[54]
  • Highest skateboard ramp jump into water: 10 feet 8 inches (3.25 m) (2007, WR)[55]
  • Farthest reverse ramp jump by a car: 89 feet 3.25 inches (27.2098 m) (2014, WR)[56]

Business career

Dyrdek's first business was Orion Trucks. During his time with DC, Dyrdek began his exploration of entrepreneurship through shoe design and this led Dyrdek to launch various short-lived companies, including a hip hop record label and a skate shop.[14] Dyrdek's properties have included Wild Grinders (an animated series on the Nickelodeon network)[57] and Street League Skateboarding (SLS).[22] In addition, Dyrdek has partnerships with various brands, including Rogue Status (with musician Travis Barker).[58]

Wild Grinders was a fictional animated skate crew and toy set.[59] Dyrdek is also the founder of the business incubator Dyrdek Machine[60] and acquired DNA Distribution, the holding company of Alien Workshop, before selling it back to its founders.[23] Dyrdek is also an investor in UFC,[61] Beach Whiskey (where he also serves on the advisory board),[62] Beatbox Beverages,[63] and Stance.[64] In 2017 Dyrdek became a co-founder of Black Feather Whiskey.[65] Dyrdek is also a co-founder and board member of Ultracast,[66] which has partnered with NASCAR to produce live 360 virtual reality broadcasts.[67]

Race horse owner

In an episode of Fantasy Factory, Dyrdek jockeyed a race horse for his friend Joe Ciaglia Jr. It led to his own run as a race horse owner, having up to thirteen at one time during his career. His horses have raced in stakes including the Breeder's Cup.[68][69]

Personal life

Dyrdek has one sister. His cousins Christopher "Drama" Pfaff and Scott "Big Cat" Pfaff are featured in Rob and Big and Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.[70] He also has two bulldogs named Meaty and Beefy, and a Pomeranian named Gretchen Weiner.[58] Dyrdek became an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church in order to perform his sister's wedding in December 2011.[71] The ceremony, which was featured in an episode of Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, took place at the Fantasy Factory in Los Angeles. He became engaged to his girlfriend, Filipino–American model Bryiana Noelle Flores, after proposing to her at Disneyland. They married and have two children.[72][73][74]

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