The world of Rob Dyrdek
Rob Dyrdek is much more than just a skateboarder who took a gamble in 1993 to move from his hometown of Kettering, Ohio, to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a pro skateboarding dream while living on a $1,000-a-month salary from his sponsor, Alien Workshop. Today he's a media personality, an entrepreneur and a visionary who is changing the face and future of professional street skateboarding competitions. He's also just as affable as he appears on television, as XGames.com recently found out.
Nyjah Huston, Rob Dyrdek
Thanks in part to Street League, the competition series Dyrdek founded in 2010, Nyjah Huston (left) has become one of the highest-paid and winningest street skateboarders in the history of skateboarding. "The goal for Street League is to grow skateboarding worldwide," Dyrdek said.
Dyrdek is not only the idea man behind the Street Legue series. He's also on the ground at each competition, ensuring that all moving parts run smoothly. "For us it's about playing a part, having a voice and making sure it's done in the most authentic way it can be," Dyrdek said.
Dyrdek and SLS competitors
Dyrdek jokes with various SLS competitors during the Global X tour in 2013. "We've come a long way, especially in the format and the evolution of where we're headed [with Street League], but I think we've got a ways to go," Dyrdek said.
Dyrdek the skateboarder
Dyrdek takes a moment to test out a Street League obstacle during practice. "I am still skating, but not nearly as much as I'd like. And not on any impressive level, that's for sure," Dyrdek said.
SLS Pro Open 2014
"This year we did a pro open qualifier to get into the league, so it wasn't just handpicked guys, and we did video qualifiers before," Dyrdek said about the most recent Street League season, which kicked off in Los Angeles.
Dyrdek the celebrity
In 2006, Dyrdek went from professional skateboarder to household name almost overnight thanks to an MTV reality show dubbed "Rob and Big." These days, Dyrdek has two shows on MTV: "Ridiculousness" and "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory."
Rob Dyrdek, Ryan Sheckler
While Dyrdek's first reality show on MTV captured him late in his career as a professional skateboarder, Street League competitor and friend Ryan Sheckler (right) starred on an MTV reality show dubbed "Life of Ryan," which featured Sheckler's rise into the pro ranks. Dyrdek's influence on the newer generation of pros is evident throughout Street League.
Street League takes focus
"Unlike most traditional sports that have little league to high school to college to the pros, with minor leagues in between, we've got to establish that infrastructure in order to grow and showcase how you get to the highest level," Dyrdek said. Street League is well on its way to making that happen.