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Geoff Rowley

On Vans since 1999, this Liverpool-born legend has cemented his place as one of the most influential street skaters of all time.

Beyond the accolades, such as being named Thrasher Magazine's Skater of the Year in 2000, Geoff's video parts in each of the Flip Skateboards films demonstrate amazing technical skills and a freakish desire to attempt and land the biggest handrails, stairs and gaps he can find. Geoff's attacking style is often imitated but won't be duplicated in the annals of skateboarding history.

SIGNATURE STYLES

[Rowley] Pro Lite
Geoff Rowley shook the skate shoe industry to its core when he 50-50’d the Staples Center hubba in 1999 in a pair of Eras. In a time when every brand was making moon boots with zero boardfeel, Geoff turned back the clock to the 70s when Tony Alva revamped the Authentic to create the very first skate specific shoe in the Era. The following year Geoff revolutionized skate shoes with his introductory Rowley Pro, a smart, technical shoe built on our classic waffle grip sole known for it’s timeless boardfeel.

In 2013, Geoff turned the skate world on its heels, literally and figuratively, with the introduction of the [Rowley] Pro Lite by combining for the first time ever, a state-of-the-art stitch-less upper on a single-wrap vulcanized outsole. Advanced durability meets the leader in boardfeel and grip in the Rowley Pro Lite. And that’s only the beginning! A breathable neoprene inner glove and Vans’ Ultracush Lite sockliner all wrapped in a durable suede-where-you-need-it and breathable, lightweight mesh-where-you-don’t outer shell completes this ultra-lightweight performance package. You can always count on the fact that Geoff will be one step ahead in developing great skate shoes that meet the demands of every generation of skateboarder to this day.

Interview

WHAT’S BEEN THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?

The Flip Miami trip with Arto, Appleyard, Skin and Fred Mortagne in 2001 was rad. We filmed so much of the “Sorry” video that week it was nuts! It was one of those trips where the skating took over the reigns! The latest Flip Feast Tour was also killer, probably the most fun trip to date -- fingerboards, good spots, rad people, truck stop coffee and desert air.

FAVORITE VANS RIDER?

Tony Alva, the original bad ass!

WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?

Eggplant,hands down.

WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF SKATING?

Predator calling, hunting dogs [a type of dogs, not the activity - ed.] and camping.

LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?

Slash Ranch Hounds by Dub Evans has some serious insight into dog and human relations -- all first-hand knowledge. The other few books I read after this are also worth a mention: Cougar Killer by Jay Bruce, Mogollon Mountain Man by Nat Straw, The Grizzly by Enos Mills, Meet Mr. Grizzly by Montague Stevens and Lion Tales by Jonathan Kibler. The best book I have ever read is Life of the Greatest Guide: Hound Stories and others of Dale Lee written by Robert McCurdy. Until the day I die, this will hold true.