Who are some famous black skateboarders?

Who are some famous black skateboarders?

Skateboarding has mainly focused on white and non-POC skateboarders for a long time. This isn’t to say that most famous skateboarders haven’t worked hard and done great things for the skating community.

Because of this, we will look at some POC skateboarders who don’t get as much attention as they should despite their imporrtant contributions to skating, skating culture/subculture,  and awareness.

1. Samantha Brevard

Samantha Brevard
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Samarria Brevard was born in 1993 and is from the California city of Riverside. She made history when she won a medal at the X Games as the first black woman to do so.

She also has a line of boards with Enjoi, a famous brand of skateboards. Even though she is getting close to her thirties, her job isn’t slowing down. Many brands want to work with her.

2. Terry Kennedy

Terry Kennedy
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Terry Kennedy, who was born in 1984 or 1985 and is sometimes called “TK” or “Compton-Ass Terry,” used to be a professional skateboarder.

Baker Skateboards and Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club gave him money to do what he did. He is one of the people who started the clothes and music brand Fly Society.

3. Jordan Dashawn

Jordan Dashawn

Dashawn Jordan was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1997. People know him for his bold skating style and how charming he is. In 2021, Jordan won first place in the Men’s Street event at the USA Skateboarding National Championships.

This was one of his best achievements. His famous sponsers are Nike Skateboarding, Toy Machine, Essentia Water, ASHOC Energy, Bones Bearings, Faces Skate Shop, Thunder Trucks, and Spitfire Wheels, which he happily lists in his Instagram bio.

4. Dede Lovelace

Dede Lovelace
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Dede Lovelace is an American DJ, visual artist, SkateboarderSkateboarder, and actor. Lovelace’s first role was in the 2016 movie That One Day.

Lovelace played Janay in the 2018 movie Skate Kitchen. She is also playing Janay in the HBO version of Betty, which will air in 2020.

5. Ron Allan

Ron Allan skateboarder
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Ron Allen was born in 1964 and lives in the Bay Area of California. He was one of the first black skateboarders to get company support and become a well-known professional skateboarder.

Allen paved the way for skaters who came after him in many ways. He made room in the community for black skaters and was someone skaters could look up to and feel like they were like.

6. Ray Barbee

Ray Barbee
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One of the most popular professional skateboarders from the 1980s and early 1990s. Barbee was born in San Francisco, California, in 1971.

Ray started skating when his friend Danny got a Variflex Vectra for his birthday in 1983 when he was 12. “Seeing how much he was enjoying himself made me want a skateboard.

His dad used to skate in the 1970s and gave him the Variflex. He also gave me his old Sims Woodkick. “That was my first board,” Ray said about where he came from.

Ray’s friend Randy was a big part of how he developed the step-hop/no-comply family of tricks, which inspired a whole new generation of flat-ground skaters over the next few decades.

Ray has always liked skating on all kinds of surfaces, but when he went pro in 1989, it was mainly as a street skater for Powell-Peralta.

For most of the 1990s, he rode for Lance Mountain’s brand, the Firm. Next, Ray got a spot on Element. After that, he rode for Mark Gonzales’s brand, Krooked, and he still does. 

7. Elsesser Sage

Elsesser Sage
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Sage Elsesser is a young skateboarder from Los Angeles born in 1997. He is also a musician, record producer, visual artist, public figure, and model.

In the music business, he is known as “Navy Blue,” with close to 300,000 daily listeners on the Spotify app, and his fan base is multiplying monthly. He is also known for making deals with brands like Converse and Supreme.

8. Sal Barbier

Sal Barbier
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Skateboarding has been a big part of Sal Barbier’s life for a long time. He has done a lot, from being the Louisiana swamp rat for H-Street in Shackle-Me-Not to being the first African-American skater to get a pro-model shoe.

 As one of the original team members for Plan B skateboards, the founder of Aesthetics skateboards with one of the most influential teams, and the person in charge of 23 skateboards, the home of Dill and AVE Barbier and Elwood clothing, Sal Barbier is still a step ahead of the rest. Trends tend to follow Sal and his innovations rather than vice versa. 

Sal Barbier is a pioneer, and talking about the lives of skaters of color would only be complete with some of his knowledge. With a focus on his role as a global citizen and a person of color who grew up seeing racism and prejudice, it was essential to get his view on how racial politics work in different settings. 

Sal was one of the people I talked to for my book, Color in the Lines. This gave me a chance to talk about the flexibility of crossing lines, the worth of being black at different times and situations, and the promise of the Olympics. I want to introduce you to Sal Barbier, the original “Super Good” skateboarder and a live hero.

9. Harold Atkins Hunter

Harold Atkins Hunter
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Harold Hunter was born in New York City in 1974 and died there in 2006. Huntor was actre as well as a skater.

He was the main character in the movies New Jersey Drive (1995), Kids (1995), Mind Games (1996), Hand on the Pump (1998), Fresno Smooth (1999), Save the Last Dance (2001), Kung Faux (2003), and Man Under Wire (2005).

Sadly he died of a heart attack, and in his honor, the Harold Hunter Foundation was set up to help skateboarding-interested kids in the city.

10. Marty Grimes

Marty Grimes
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Marty Grimes started riding in a rough part of Midtown, Los Angeles, California, in the early 1970s. In this area, skateboarding was the main thing that kept him out of gangs. Marty tried to surf on any surface that looked like a wave.

 He joined the EZ Ryder team and, through Jay Adams, got on Z-Flex. Jay’s mom wrote “Who’s Hot?” about him in Skateboarder.

He often skated legendary banked schoolyards like Bellagio and Revere, pools like the original Key Hole (which his brother Clyde found), and the famous Dog Bowl. Marty’s sister Angela drew the panther on his Z-Flex pro model deck. 

 He makes some of them himself, and Watson Laminates makes others. Marty lives with his wife Mary, boys Raith and Hollis, and daughter Eliana. He works in the props department in Hollywood.

11. King, Briana

King, Briana
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Briana King was born in East Los Angeles in 1993. She is gay, a woman, and black. As a skater, she has done much work to make skating a more welcoming place for everyone.

She works hard to make room for people who don’t feel they belong, and we could always use more.

She is also a model and has worked for Dior, Prada, and Jordan Brand in addition to her skating job and impact.

12. Huston Nyjah

Huston Nyjah
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Nyjah Huston was born in California in 1994. He is from the city of Sacramento. Huston is a well-known skater. He has more than five million fans on Instagram.

Besides Nike Skateboarding, Disorder Skateboards, Monster Energy, Black Plague Brewing, Chaotic DJs, and ROG are among the companies that support him.

Nyjah Huston won the overall tournament series In 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017, and 2019,.

According to his Wiki page, he is also the best-paid skateboarder in the world. As of May 19, 2013, he has won more prize money than any other skateboarder in history.

13. Bea Domond

Bea Domond
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Beatrice Domond is from Miami, Florida, where she was born in 1995. She is a strong woman in an area where men usually do most of the work.

Because of her work in the skating community, companies like Supreme, Fucking Awesome, Spitfire, Venture, Boys of Summer, and Vans have sponsored her.

She is also an artist who works on many different projects at once.

14. Wair Ishod

Wair Ishod
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Ishod Wair was born in Bordentown, New Jersey, in 1991. Ishod is a skater but also a well-known person who has worked on design projects with Nike and Drake.

He finished third in the Super Crown World Championship in 2014. Since then, his career has been going up, and he has worked with companies like Bronson Speed Co., Real Skateboards, Nike Skateboarding, Pacifico Cerveza, Spitfire Wheels, Stance Socks, Monster Energy, Thunder Trucks, Dime, and Shake Junt.

15. Chuck Treece

Chuck Treece
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Chuck Treece is a session drummer and pro skateboarder from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born on May 30, 1964. In 1984, he was the first African-American Skateboarder to be on the cover of Thrasher magazine.

This made him famous. He started the skate punk band McRad in the 1980s, remixed songs for Amy Grant and Sting, played bass on Billy Joel’s “The River of Dreams,” filled in on drums at a Pearl Jam show, and toured with Urge Overkill, Underdog, and Bad Brains.

In 2010, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts was given to him. Chuck is in a thrash metal band called ACTiVATE, where he plays bass. Bedouin Soundclash, a Canadian ska band, released a record called Mass. Treece played drums.


There are many more black skaters than just the ten this piece discusses. Their successes, awards, and efforts show that black skaters are a force to be reckoned with and deserve as much attention, press, and exposure as any other skater. We hope you liked learning about some skaters you might have yet to learn about. As always, happy skating!


Q: Who is the most well-known SkateboarderSkateboarder who is a man?

A: Tony Hawks

Q: What does it mean to be a skater boy? 

A: A skater boy is a slang term for a guy who dresses and acts like a stereotypically rebellious skateboarder. It can be used both in a mean and an excellent way.

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Q: What makes boys want to skate?

A: Accept your fun side and try new things.

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