Remembering Dylan Rieder, 1988 - 2016
Dylan Rieder, 1988 - 2016
On Wednesday, the skateboarding world lost renowned street skater Dylan Rieder, 28, who died from complications of leukemia. Rieder, a style icon both on and off the skateboard, was a five-time X Games competitor and 2011 X Games Real Street contender. As news of his passing broke, friends and fellow pro skateboarders paid tribute to Rieder's life and legacy on a skateboard.
Made skateboarding better
Rieder, seen here skating Street League at X Games in Brazil in 2013, turned heads with a 2010 video part released for Gravis Footwear. The Gravis program ended shortly after, but Dylan Rieder's style and finesse on a skateboard remained. "Thank you for making skateboarding so much better while you were here, Dylan," friend and fellow pro skateboarder Tony Hawk said.
Through the ranks
Rieder's video part in TransWorld Skateboarding's 2006 film, "A Time To Shine," allowed the young skater to quickly rise through the ranks from amateur to pro. A product of the Westminster/Huntington Beach area of Orange County, California, Rieder began as a young member of the Quiksilver team but later broke out to find his own niche in the pro skateboarding world. Veteran Huntington Beach pro Ed Templeton, who watched Rieder grow from young skater to respected pro, paid his respects with a simple post that read, "Rest in peace Dylan Rieder," accompanied by an early photo of Rieder.
In 2009, Rieder appeared in the Alien Workshop film "Mind Field," and his individual style became apparent as he resembled an indie rock star more than a pro skateboarder. Despite the hearsay, Rieder's direction in style was unhindered and unforced. "My personal style is pretty black and white," Rieder told Hypebeast in 2011. Fellow street skater Trevor Colden posted a photo of Rieder to Instagram that read, "You won't be forgotten."
One of the best to ever do it
As Rieder's personal fashion evolved, the fashion world took note. Rieder appeared in the September 2012 issue of Vogue magazine. Around the same time, Rieder's shoe sponsor, Gravis, released the skate team from their contracts and shut down operations. Rieder's iconic signature shoe for Gravis, which resembled a stylish slip-on dress shoe more than a skate shoe, was later redesigned by Rieder's new shoe sponsor, Huf, after he joined the team in early 2013. X Games snowboard pro Mark McMorris, a longtime fan of Rieder, called him, "One of the best to ever do it."
Thank you for everything
Here, Rieder enjoys a moment of X Games-inspired downtime. Former Gravis teammate Arto Saari was quick to point out how vital Rieder was to the skate community. "I am going to miss [Dylan]," Saari said. "We went through a thing or two together over the years. I owe him big time. If it wasn't for you Dylan, I probably wouldn't have a family right now. Thank you for everything you've done for me, my family and skateboarding. You will be greatly missed."
"Dylan was one of those skaters I watched grow and bloom into a world famous professional skateboarder," fellow pro Sammy Baptista said. "It was a pleasure watching you, Dylan, and I know that you must have been stoked to be at an elite level of the thing you loved with everyone you looked up to admiring you. Can't ask for much more than that. One love."
Inspiration to many
Rieder was recognized as The Skateboard Mag's Am of The Year in 2006. Current amateur and X Games competitor Jagger Eaton was quick to point out how influential Rieder was to his skating: "We have lost a true legend. Thank you for being an inspiration to many. Skateboarding might never see anyone of this caliber again."
By 2014, Rieder had left the Alien Workshop team and released a part in the Supreme film "Cherry." He also joined forces with Anthony Van Engelen and Jason Dill on a new board brand dubbed F---ing Awesome. From his style choices to the way he simply pushed his board down the street, many agreed that Rieder's section was the best part of the video. Fellow pro skater Matt Berger called Rieder's skating "timeless."
Passion for life
By 2013, Rieder's fashion influence had transcended skateboarding, and he began appearing in fashion shoots for DKNY alongside model Cara Delevingne (left) as well as other fashion magazines, with the full support of the skate community. Following his passing on Wednesday, Rieder's manager, Michael Regan of GP Sports Management, released a poignant statement: "Today we lost someone very special to us. Surrounded by family and friends, Dylan Joseph Rieder passed away due to complications with Leukemia. His passion for life, art, music, fashion and skateboarding has always been contagious. Dylan will be remembered by all as a loving son, brother and friend."