In 1989 the legendary Ray Barbee joined the Vans family just as the world was seeing his classic Powell Peralta Ban This part for the first time; skating was never the same after that. The fluidity and style Ray exuded in that part was nothing short of poetry in motion; it is still regarding as a time capsule example of what skating should look like. Ray has spent the near 30 years since influencing generations with his style, grace, creativity and positivity. In 2017 Ray was awarded the Transworld Magazine Legend Award.
WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?
I got to go to South Africa one year; that was great and super cool to see. Never thought I would ever get a chance to go there.
FAVORITE VANS RIDER?
Although I dig everyone from Alva, Cab, Christian to Crockett, Berle and Lutheran, my fav is Cardiel simply because he inspires me the most. At the end of the day, I think that's what matters the most -- inspiring people with what you’re doing.
WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?
Nollie heel, switch heel. Could never figure that one out. Pretty annoying.
WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS/HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SKATING?
Love spending time with my wife and two boys, playing music and photography.
LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?
All I read when I get a chance is the Bible and the manuals for a lot of my gear (music and recording). I'll get a lot of info online; Google's my library, but not too many books or novels.