Kevin fell in love with skateboarding the minute he stepped foot on one. It was a fun outlet, and being raised by a single, working mom, Kevin had plenty of time to learn how to do it. And do it well. At just 10 years old, Kevin placed 2nd in the first contest he entered at Innerlight Surf & Skate Shop in 1989. Soon after, due to his mom’s health complications, Kevin went to live with his aunt in San Francisco, California, who happened to work just minutes from the world famous Embarcadero Center or EMB. Kevin spent every minute he could skating the curbs, steps, gaps and fountains at EMB, meeting pros, making friends and learning valuable lessons that stayed with him to this day, like freedom, independence, creativity, effort, bravery and perseverance, to name a few.
But as Kevin became a teenager and discovered girls and music and partying, skateboarding took a back seat but never abandoned him altogether. He would revisit his first love here and there, but college, his career in advertising and his hobby of DJing and throwing music events became his focus. It wasn’t until having kids and introducing them to skateboarding that Kevin’s passion for skateboarding reignited. He built a mini-ramp in his backyard, kickers and rails in his garage and takes trips to skateparks with his kids whenever he can.
Seeing his kids’ friends without skateboards or with beat up gear, Kevin began stoking decks and gear to kids in need. When he heard the Heart of Stoke Foundation was doing the same, only on a much larger and more impactful level, he knew he wanted to be a part of it, and now proudly spreads the stoke on their behalf in his home state of Florida.