By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Skateboard is often referred to as a sport with levels depending on the difficulty of tricks you are able to pull off, level of risk and overall cleanness in performance and landing, there are very few skateboarders which could be put on the higher scale on this somewhat imaginary level chart, and O’Neill is one of them.
Born January 3, 1990, in Melbourne Australia, sponsored since age 14 by Nike SB, Shane recalls in a recent interview how he started skateboarding at age 10, seeing this one older dude from his neighborhood going around with a board, O’Neill was fascinated and one day the older guy who had quit skateboarding, just gave him his old board, little knowing he was planting the seed of one of the biggest names in skateboarding in current years, ironic huh?
After a while of just skating around in his neighborhood, he finally decided to hit the skateparks, but the closest one was almost 2 hours away from his home and to get there he had to take a bus AND a train and were talking about a 12-year-old boy, however, he states that he knew his way around and made plenty of friends during this time so he was never at real risk. Growing up in rough circumstances gave him from a very young age the independence he needed to carry him through life and his skating career.
Currently sponsored by some of the biggest names in skateboarding industry such as Nike SB, Thunder, Spitfire, and Diamond supply, he has made a name of himself by the difficulty of the tricks he has managed to pull off, back in a 2015 skating video called "Shane Goes Skate Mental" Shane performed a nollie backside heelflip down the steps at Wallenberg wich is one of the most dangerous and sick tricks done at this particular location, and one of the most important Shane is known for.
He is also a member of the SLS "9 Club" this means he has scored an average of 9 or better in the Street League competition among other achievements such as getting a silver medal in 2016 X games in Olso, getting silver at the 2017 World Skateboarding Championship and GOLD in 2016!
A Skaters Dream Come True
Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)
He was actually able to build his own skatepark in the backyard of his home by California Skateparks and he recalls it as an “expensive lesson” since he had drawn his dream skatepark about a year before and he had not noted the dimensions on it, the skatepark even had an 11! (stairs) among other obstacles of extreme difficulty designed by O’Neill himself and he states that he was not even able to skate on it due to the difficulties, after some years he realized that the park had to get changes and structural updates which cost him a few bucks, just a few HAHA!
Imagine having your own skatepark in your backyard?! That’s some sick SHIT® and did we mention he also has “The Shane”? His own custom made shoe by Nike SB.
The Future of Nugget
Last year He announced he was leaving Primitive skateboards and starting his new skate company called “April” focusing currently on skateboarding decks, a project in development that we are pretty sure he will succeed in as most endeavors in his life.
O’Neill is living proof of what you could call a natural skateboarder, and how effort and independence will get you far in life, we are certain that we will be hearing more of this dude in the future and we will be looking forward to that SHIT®!
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