Coast Mesa’s legendary hometown hero, Omar Hassan, has been a part of our Vans family longer than anyone not named Van Doren. Omar began riding for our skate team over 30 years ago, starting back in 1986, and he’s been rocking the Sidestripe ever since. Hassan is widely regarded as the blueprint to the modern day all-terrain skater. Omar doesn’t just dabble in different disciplines he destroys them. He’s never been a bowl skater or a vert skater or a street skater – Omar is simply a skateboarder and one of the best ever.
WHAT’S BEEN THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?
There have been too many trips! I can’t say just one. They’ve all been good experiences.
FAVORITE VANS RIDER?
John Cardiel, for sure. He’s got a lot of soul and heart and he’s an awesome skateboarder.
WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?
There are too many to name.
WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF SKATING?
Hanging out with the homies, barbecuing and going to the beach.
LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?
Thrasher Magazine because my friends were in there acting stupid.