Rob Dyrdek’s street skating first gained notoriety in 1991 when Alien Workshop’s first film Memory Screen was released. After moving to San Diego in 1994, he went on to score prominent skateboarding parts in 411VM, Alien Workshop’s Time Code, and Photosynthesis.
However, Rob is now equally well known as an entrepreneur and television star - his big TV break came in 2006, when he broke 21 skateboarding world records for the MTV reality show “Rob and Big”, in which he starred with Christopher “Big Black” Boykins. In 2010, he also helped create the first professional street skateboarding series, Street League Skateboarding, which recently completed its fourth touring season.
Dyrdek was born in Kettering, Ohio in 1974 and began skateboarding at the age of eleven when he received his first skateboard from pro skater Neil Blender. Within a month, he won his first competition and became the youngest member of the G&S skateboard team, of which Blender was also a member. A few years later, Dyrdek and Blender quit G&S and created the legendary Alien Workshop - Dyrdek’s current skateboard deck sponsor and a company that he now owns. 1n 1991, at the age of sixteen, he moved to southern California and turned pro.
Rob’s advanced handrail skating and technical street tricks were first seen in those early Alien Workshop videos, but these days he is more concerned with giving something back to the skateboarding community - the Rob Dyrdek Foundation encourages the construction of legal street skating areas across the United States.