In the pantheon of skateboarding’s greats, Mark Gonzales has claim to its throne. His influence, creativity, and masterful madness have kept him relevant for 30 years––over half of those with adidas. He’d prefer to shy away from those superlatives though, and instead lug his launch ramp around the NYC streets.
Dennis Busenitz skates like he’s late for work, tackling all obstacles with a speed and precision that leaves onlookers in awe. Over his career his distinct hard-charging technical style has set a precedent for street skating that few can ever hope to reach.
Owning nearly all the accolades and awards skateboarding has to offer, Silas Baxter-Neal achieved them without gimmick, without pomp, by being a skateboarder’s skateboarder––with style, trick selection, and absolutely no bias towards what he skates.
Lucas Puig is a technical virtuoso on a skateboard, and in an age where LA is still the center of the skateboarding universe, the Toulouse FR native is also redefining his own career. Using social media he’s able to constantly remind us of just how damn good he is and that living in LA is no longer a necessity.
Rodrigo TX was one of the first on the wave of wildly talented Brazilians to bust onto the scene in the early 2000s, and he’s remained at the top of the game 15 years later. His smooth style, laid back approach, and inclination for innovation the likely reasons why.
From the never-ending schoolyard lines to the mini ramp mayhem of Cheese and Crackers, Daewon Song has the unique ability to perceive terrain differently. His emphasis is always on fun, which is easy to do when you have board control like his. His energy, talent, and experience bring a new dynamic to the adidas program.
A nomadic Brit, Benny Fairfax has been taking his smooth style from one end of the Earth to the other over the course the last few years, constantly in search of the best spots the planet has got to offer.
One doesn’t need to look further than the mags or video parts he puts out to see that Nestor Judkins just looks good on a skateboard. Calling NYC home for a number of years now, if you visit you may just be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of his smooth, effortless style cruising through the Big Apple.
The TWS Reader’s Choice and Best Rookie 2014 award winner is as prolific as he is technical and stylish on his board, having put out seven video parts in the last five years. All that work has paid off in the form of his first shoe, the Suciu ADV.
Be it the rough spots or lack of spots altogether, there is something about the way the East Coast rears its skateboarders that seems to gift them with a deep well of pop, style and creativity – all of which Buffalo, New York’s Jake Donnelly possesses in abundance.
The absolute destruction Alec Majerus inflicts upon any spot or contest he hits belies the true kindness of the young man. From Rochester, Minnesota to travelling the world, he’s kept true to himself and only seems to know one way to go-up.
Na-kel Smith has gone from the streets and schoolyards of LA to travelling the world skating the best spots it has to offer as FA’s newest pro. The future's looking bright for him, and judging by his perma-smile, he knows it too.
Tyshawn Jones isn’t even old enough to vote and he’s already laid the groundwork for a lasting legacy. With standout footage in Supreme’s Cherry and subsequent web edits, things are looking good for TJ.
Jack Fardell took his gritty all-terrain Aussie style from his motherland and brought it stateside a few years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Conquering spots long thought unconquerable, Jack is on a path of destruction and isn’t showing signs of slowing down soon.
Magnus Bordewick skates like a man who’s known his fair share of long winter days of no sun and isn’t wasting time any chance he gets on his board. Hailing from Oslo, Norway he approaches every session with speed, spontaneity, and massive pop that keeps his skating fresh as a sheet of arctic snow.
Big airs, big bowls, and no hesitation for any spot she has in her sights, Nora Vasconcellos has quickly carved out her place in skateboarding with an enigmatic energy and signature style on all terrain. Originally from Pembroke, Massachusetts, she now resides in Southern California.
Chewy Cannon’s quick feet, unique style and tricks have been bringing attention to the London streets for years. Now living in Barcelona, the Palace pro is without a doubt one of the UK’s best exports.
Australia’s Dennis Durrant has been innovating with power and grace since he first came on the scene with Popwar skateboards. His welcome to adidas part a few years back still blows minds – Fakie Flip Crook on a handrail? Yikes.
Quiet Canadian killer Kevin Lowry is something special on a skateboard. Style, pop, trick selection, and the drive to root out hidden skate spot gems - it’s no wonder Habitat made him an International pro.
Coming through the ranks of the highly successful Swedish skate brand Sweet, this humble, quiet Norwegian has let his skateboarding do all the talking. Like many European skaters, Gustav migrated to the skate mecca of Barcelona. Now riding for Sour and making his full debut in Away Days, we can’t wait for the next installment.
Blondey served his apprenticeship in the flourishing London skateboard scene. Already an established artist and model, Blondey takes inspiration from the diversity found on the streets of London. After traveling extensively with the adidas team during 2015, Blondey was officially announced in Away Days.