Once a young skating prodigy from Inglewood, California, Theotis Beasley now travels the planet as a professional boarding phenomenon. But he still keeps his feet on the ground—when he’s not performing his insane tricks.
Moving to Southern California is all but a rite of passage for many world-class skateboarders. Maybe they make the move to Los Angeles as an amateur to pick up sponsors, or maybe it’s a necessary decision later in their pro career to be in the global headquarters of their sport, but pretty much everyone has to do it at some point.
Everyone except Theotis Beasley, that is, because he had already grown up in Inglewood, California—where his journey began with the gift of a skateboard and watching any skate videos he could get his hands on in the early 2000s.
Within a matter of months, the preteen Beasley was starting to outshine the other kids and teenagers at his local skate park—and it didn’t take long for veteran skateboarder Andrew Reynolds to realize that he was looking at a serious prospect for his new company, Baker Skateboards.