Progress has been rapid for 23-year-old Sean Malto. After turning pro in 2008, he claimed Transworld Skateboarding magazine’s “Rookie of the Year” award for 2009, and was then nominated for the “Reader’s Choice” award in the same magazine in 2010. Also in 2010, he earned a third-place spot in both the Copenhagen Pro and the Maloof Money Cup in New York City. However, his biggest prize to date came in 2011, when he won the second edition of the Street League Skateboarding championship, taking home the $200,000 first prize. He followed up that triumph with an overall ranking of fifth in 2012, which included a third place finish in Ontario, California, and in 2013 he took fifth place in the season-ending Super Crown World Championship at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Hailing from Leavenworth, Kansas, he began skating in the late 1990s with his brother, and was supported in his early career by the Escapist Skate Shop in Kansas City. He first came into the spotlight when going amateur for Girl Skateboards and he was already a well-known name in the skate community before turning pro with tons of footage and magazine coverage. Sean’s casual, effortless style makes him look cool skating any type of spot, whether transitions, rails, ledges, or any combination of those. Unmatched technical precision combined with mind-boggling consistency, makes it’s easy to see why he has been so successful since turning pro only a few years ago.
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