Steve Berra Skater Profile
Hometown: LA Ca, Stance: Regular, Age: 40, Status: Pro
Last Update: Thursday, April 26, 2012 Submit an Update
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When I was in 9th grade I weighed 95 lbs and went to Oakville Senior High in St. Louis, Mo. I had no girlfriend, no prospects for one and the friends I did have didn't either. Nothing about me or my few friends were cool because we were skaters. Every day I'd gingerly walk the halls between periods fearing almost every step. There were 3 people I was most afraid of, Steve Robertson, Todd Tonkel and Phil Derker. Hulking teenagers who would become very upset at the mere sight of me and my stupid skater clothes, so much so they'd scream at the top of their lungs "SKATER'S SUCK!!" every time they saw me. Sometimes they would punch me. And it was in those moments I had wished that everyone knew what I knew about skateboarding so that maybe it would make my survival a little easier. It was in those moments I didn't feel part of some exclusive club that I hear these writers opining about today. I felt ridiculed and I felt lonely and I'll never forget that. Being a skater in those days was worse than being anything else. You were the bottom of the barrel and lots of people made sure you knew it. Flash forward to today, driving down the freeway to the Berrics and seeing this Diamond billboard and marveling at just how far we've come. Diamond is a skateboard company no matter who wears its What they're doing isn't just a win for themselves, it's a win for a culture that was spit on, beat up, and sometimes left for dead not that long ago. Be proud of these guys. Be forkin proud. I am. @nickydiamonds @jeronwilson #diamondlife
You may have already seen this because grant, Jeremy and tony already posted this but I thought I would too. This is us on our first birdhouse tour in 1992. It's in Tony's driveway. I lived in that house behind us with tony and his wife, Cindy. It was my first residence in California after moving from Nebraska. I was a little brat back then who could not appreciate the Hawk's kindness. I've spent a great deal of my life trying to follow in the footsteps of tony and Jeremy by being as kind as I can, as supportive as I can and as helpful as I can to my friends, my family, my kids and especially now, through the Berrics, a new generation of skaters that need it like I once did. Thank you @tonyhawk @hookupsofficial, @willysantos and @grantbrittain for being you and being people I still look up to and admire.
As many of you know my love for film and telling stories is as strong as my love for skateboarding. Over the past year I've been really lucky in that @target has allowed me to tell stories about their incredible athletes, Ryan Dungey, Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore, Torin Yater Wallace, Roz Groenewoud and Paul Rodriguez. These people, who I really knew nothing about prior to working with them, have become people I deeply respect and admire in so many ways because they are all so determined and talented and just good people. Two of them might even come home from Sochi with gold medals this week. Yesterday, Target released the newest piece I did on a racecar driver named Kyle Larson. He's 21 years old and a NASCAR driver. His story particularly hit home because the support he had from his family and his obsession with cars started at birth. His love for what he does reminds me so much of a skateboarder and so many young skateboarders out there and I only hope that someday my son can look back at me and site me as being an inspiration for him to do what he absolutely loves and succed at it. Please take a look at what I made, the link is in my bio. I'd appreciate it.
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