Sad news has reached us that Dylan Rieder has died as a result of complications with Leukaemia.
At times like this, the temptation to stray into rampant hyperbole is great, but what’s irrefutable is that his passing is truly a loss to skateboarding. But to simply call Rieder a skateboarder – to throw him in with everybody else that’s ever stood on a board – is to do him a disservice.
Dylan Rieder had a fluid style when skating, a grace that belied his explosive power. He was genuinely iconic, in so much as he represented an entire generation – not just of skateboarders – but of 20 something’s, call them millenials, hipsters, whatever buzzy phrase is in favour today.