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David Gonzalez: Too Young to Hang?

david gonzalezIn recent skate news, young ripper David Gonzalez has turned pro for Flip Skateboards. If I am not mistaken David is only 16 years old. He hails from Medellin, Columbia and absolutely kills it on a skateboard. There are some who argue that he is too young to be turning pro, but if his peers at Flip are confident enough to bestow him with this honor – who are we to argue?

He has two huge video parts that will be dropping in the near future; his Globe United by Fate section as well as his long anticipated Extremely Sorry appearance. He is one of the new generation of foreign rippers that have been taking the skateboard industry by storm. Shredding on every terrain you can think of, he is an all-around versatile skateboarding fiend.

About the only notable fact I could question as far as his pro rank status goes would be the lack of video footage prior to being sponsored. To date, Gonzalez hasn’t really released a full video part. On average, even the young pros today like Sheckler, Tony Tave, and Garret Hill have had significant video parts during there Am years. I almost feel like maybe there should be a line drawn just before one can turn pro. To be a professional, there is more to it than just possessing an amazing skill on a board. He is undoubtedly gnarly enough to be a professional skateboarder. The question is – did he truly earn it?

Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 in Skateboarding.


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2 Responses to “David Gonzalez: Too Young to Hang?”

  • sk8n8 Says:

    I don’t think video parts should determine a pro. I do agree that there is more to being a professional but I think that’s more in how mature an idividual is, how they interact with others, and how well they represent the brand. If those things are in place and the dude can rip, then why the hell wouldn’t he be a ‘pro’?

  • Milkdud Says:

    I got news fer ya – sponsoring a skater mostly has to do with selling decks. The dudes at Flip said “if we don’t scoop him now, our competitor will”. If the kids was 5 and could rip, they’d sign him. It’s dollars kiddies, don’t believe any hype about “supporting skaters”

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