Aaron Astorga

Aaron Astorga grindMy skateboarding was sparked through surfing while growing up in Del Mar,CA where I was a member at the Del Mar Skate Ranch. I was only about 8 or 9 years old when the Ranch opened and I had skated other parks like Sparks Carlsbad and Spring Valley skatepark in San Diego. My older brother is some what responsible for getting me into the park scene and was a great skater at the time. After my first year of real park skating I was really into it and was progressing at a rapid rate. The skate ranch had a park team which would compete against other park teams throughout Southern California and I was able to skate most of the best skateparks of the late 70's and early 80's. It was places like the Big O, Skate City Whittier, Marina Del Ray and Upland's Pipeline skatepark that bred me into a serious competitor and a stand out for my age. In 1980 after my tenth birthday, Brad Bowman on of the best pro's at the time and one of my favorite skaters hooked me up with Sims Skateboards.I was so stoked to be sponsored by a big company and this really charged me up. I was placing in the top 3 in all the contests I had entered and was recognized as a future pro. After another year of solid skating the Skate Ranch became unstable and only a year later the Skate Ranch would close. This was a hard time for skaters and we were forced to build our own backyard ramps which I did with the help of my skater friends. This was the beginning of the vert ramp craze of the mid and late 80's. With the majority of the good cement parks gone we were forced into the streets and backyards to find skateable terrain.

I was able to stay motivated despite the lack of terrain we had to ride which forced me into the streets and schoolyards for a good session. This is what made me a well rounded skater which helped me out in the future. Around '86 skating began to surge again with more and more ramps to ride. The famous Fallbrook ramp and others around the LA county area were popping up and skateboarding was resurging back to the strength it had. After years without a sponsor and free product I was able to acquire another board sponsor to help me out with product. The company back then was called Schmitt Styx which is now New Deal and Element Skateboards. This was my ticket to ride for a few years and kept me stoked and motivated through the mid to late 80's till I left to ride for another company with my friends called the Better Board Company, BBC which was part of the Life's a Beach clothing company. I was so stoked on BBC and Life's a each and they sent me and the other riders on killer road trips across the U.S. three months at a time. Over this time I learned a lot about living and what a big place we live in.

By this time I was more recognized in the skate industry as a future pro and in 90 I moved to San Francisco to pursue a pro model on Real skateboards. I was with Real till about 93 when our relationship dissolved due to lack of communication on my part. It was a hard time for me as I had yet to get a pro model and was working to support myself on my own and still skate and be progressive. It was also a hard time for the industry and skateboarding was on a downward spiral. Luckily in 94 I hooked up with Think skateboards and thing started to look a lot better for me. I was skating hard as ever and had a high paying job with Think doing sales for them. I was with think till about 96 when I quit my sales job and formed a new board company with some friends called Generation. I launched a pro model and competed and traveled for the next two years. Unfortunately the direction of Generation was different from what the financial backers were looking for and we all went our separate ways.

Around this time I began my relationship with the World Cup Skateboarding organization which to this day I still have. World Cup is all about Skateboarding for skaters and that is what keeps me involved. Through World Cup I have been able to participate in most all major skateboard functions around the world. I am fortunate to be a part of World Cup and be a part of something involving my life long passion of skateboarding. I still compete occasionally and have sponsors to support my habit Thanks to Powell Skateboards, Hurley International Clothing and World Cup and the Bosticks I still eat sleep and breath skateboarding. This is my life and a lifestyle I would not change for anything.