Tony Trujillo is a bit of a rebel known for his anti-corporate attitude and love of heavy metal music, as well as his aggressive skating style. But he turns skateboarding into a sport of grace – even as he pushes it to the outer limits of extreme-ness.
Born in August 1982, Trujillo started skating at 7 years old. At the age of 12 he began competing in the California Amateur Skateboard League, winning a competition. By the age of 14 he had got himself his first sponsor – Anti-Hero, and by the age of 16 he had turned pro. More sponsorship followed and Vans gave Trujillo his own signature shoe line and put Tony in two commercials shot by Stacy Peralta to advertise the shoe.
He now rides for Independent Trucks and Spitfire Wheels. The actual skateboarding starts a few minutes into the video – but hang in there – it’s a pleasure to watch.
In the good old bad days, skateboarders had to hold down regular jobs and skate in what spare time they could find. Nowadays, of course, with sponsorship and winnings, things have changed for top skateboarders.
“Today a pro can make anywhere from $1000 to $10,000 a month,” says Danielle Bostick of World Cup Skateboarding and the X Games. The income comes from winnings and depending on how well a skater places in any given competition and how many competitions a skater competes in during any given month plus, most skaters who are sponsored, also earn a monthly salary from one or more companies, which sponsors them as team riders.
The majority of pro skaters’ range from early teens to early twenties. Most skateboarders don’t train in any usual sense of the word, and they don’t even think about their diet. They just do what they love to do: skate, all the time. Pretty cool.
Skateboarders do other things for fun as well, such as surfing and snowboarding, which is good extreme sports cross-training for them.
I think life as a pro-skateboarder sounds a lot of fun!