Thrasher’s 2008 skater of the year award goes to Silas Baxter Neal! Of course, how could I have forgotten how many covers this man has graced within the past year. A gnarly full fledged part in the habitat video, and tons of ads and photos in countless magazines. Silas Baxter Neal isn’t your usual household name. You won’t find him competing in the Dew Tour or spot him making an appearance in any video game or television show. Silas Baxter Neal is the skater’s skateboarder.
He is raw and 100% real and he is now officially our Thrasher Skater of the Year. Silas came in to the scene so fast. He had always been around but within the last year and even in 2007, he was stepping it up. His exposure grew to tremendous heights and he let his skateboarding do the talking.
Silas is from Oregon which may explain a lot of his gnarly terrain skills. There are so many amazing skate parks in Oregon and there is no doubt why an amazing skateboarder like Silas came out of there. And actually, the first time I heard of this guy, I seriously thought he was from the east coast or something. His style is quick fast and adaptive. He has a mean wall ride and the innovation he puts into his skateboarding is amazing.
Congratulations Silas I am sure we will be seeing tons more from you in years to come.
Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Monday, November 24th, 2008 in Skateboarding.