I've been skateboarding since I was about 7 years old because of the best friend that lived on my street. He gave me a Black, Slick-Bottom mini for my birthday. He customized it with a "Trick" sticker that was missing the "T" so it read RICK(so boss). He had no idea what he had started, that moment, that was one of the most memorable moments I have ever had. I've loved it ever since, from using my skateboard as a means of transportation all the way to throwing myself down 15 stairs and boardsliding 10's. Down to the attitude style and culture it has created not to mention the jobs and revenue to keep comunities going. I didny want to be a Cop or a Firemen when I was young, I wanted to be a pro skater! Got close, I rode for a couple local shops when my body was still made out of rubber (LOL). Doing so has definitely taken a toll on my body though, so now I am slightly more critical and try to remember to skate with some wisdom. I also took the chip off my sholders and decided to try and help or manage pro skaters instead of be one. It's kind of a funny thing though, just in the past couple of months I found a completely new love for skateboarding, witch I am SO grateful for. It has honestly changed my life, I know it sounds cliche, but it really has. I'm in much better shape than I was not that long ago. I've lost almost 40 lbs and am back to skating basically everyday, eating healthy, surfing every week even changing the people I surround myself with. Definitely a positive change. It not only has opened my eyes to my own health and well-being but others as well now more than ever. I feal as if I just opened a new chapter of life so now I'm just tring to find out who's in it...