Ron Allen (skateboarder)

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Ron Allen
Personal information
Full nameRon Allen
EthnicityAmerican
Born1964 (age 54–55)
Visalia, California, U.S.
ResidenceOakland, California
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportSkateboarding

Ron Allen (born 1964) is a goofy-footed American skateboarder from Visalia, California.[1] Allen, living and working in Oakland, California, is a well-known California street and vert skater who had parts in H-Street videos, Shackle Me Not and Hokus Pokus.[2][3]

Skateboarding career[edit]

Allen is one of the nation’s first black professional skateboarders and one of the first to obtain a major corporate sponsorship.[4] The first company to sponsor Allen was Gullwing Trucks.[2] After placing third in an amateur contest in Santa Barbara, Vision Street Wear started to sponsor Allen.[5] In 1989, Allen left Vision for the newly founded H-Street, alongside John Schultes, Colby Carter, Art Godoy, Tony Magnusson, Danny Way, Chris Livingston, Aaron Vincent, John Sonner, David Nelsen, Matt Hensley, Sal Barbier, and others.[3][6]

After H-Street, Allen started his own company with Mike Ternasky called Life, a name based on the De La Soul song called Living In a Fulltime Era.[5] Soon after starting Life, Sean Sheffey joined the team. Two years later, Ternasky left Life for Plan B Skateboards.[5] Life ended because Allen and the other members of the company weren’t happy being associated with H-Street, so they moved to Deluxe & called it Fun Skateboards.[1][7] The team consisted of Jesse Niehaus, John Reeves, Keith Hufnagel and others.[1] After Fun, Allen founded American Dream Inc with the artist Alyasha Moore, who Allen met in 1996. Moore designed a deck for Allen with Dexter Woods of the San Francisco chapter of the Black Panthers on it. In 1999, Allen founded and released a bamboo board on his new company Energy, standing for: Enough Nonsense Every Rider Get Yours.[8]

In 2007, H-Street reissued Allen's Ben Outlook board with art by Jeff Klindt.[5] In 2008, Allen joined Creation skateboards at the age of 44.[9] Additionally, Allen work as team manager at High Grade Distribution, the company that distributes Creation; however, as a stint as team manager, Allen went back to being strictly a Pro.[10]

Allen had a part in the 2016 documentary “The Blackboard”. The film by Marquis Bradshaw, a Minot, North Dakota attorney and filmmaker, explored the issue of racial identity among African Americans through the lens of skateboarding.[4]

Allen is recognized for his unique variation on the Ollie North.[11] Allen is known for his unique style where he often leans back on his rear leg.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ron Allen". www.48blocks.com.
  2. ^ a b "chrome ball interview #31: ron allen". the chrome ball incident. 21 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Ron Allen Profile < Skately Library". skately.com.
  4. ^ a b "Attorney skates into film fame with new documentary | News, Sports, Jobs - Minot Daily News". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  5. ^ a b c d "Ron Allen : "I learned a lot about my own culture from doing American Dream Inc."". Memory Screened. 24 March 2009.
  6. ^ Ackbar, Dadmiral (2017-02-09). "The Parking Block Diaries: 53 'Til Infinity: Ron Allen Part One". The Parking Block Diaries. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  7. ^ Group, Vibe Media (1993). Vibe. Vibe Media Group.
  8. ^ "Into the Grime: A Milwaukee Skateboarding Legend". Media Milwaukee. 31 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Ron Allen". www.creationskateboards.com.
  10. ^ "High Grade Distribution < Skately Library". skately.com.
  11. ^ Badillo, Steve (2010-03-01). Skateboarding: Legendary Tricks 2. Tracks Publishing. ISBN 9781884654794.
  12. ^ Colberg, Tait (2013-06-21). The Skateboarding Art. Lulu Press, Inc. ISBN 9781300097099.