Steve Caballero hails from San Jose, California, and joined the Bones Brigade in 1979, after being discovered by Stacy Peralta at a contest held at Winchester Skatepark. Steve turned pro in 1980, and was voted Rookie of the Year. During the finals at a skateboard contest in Upland, CA, Steve unveiled his signature maneuver, the Caballerial, a 360 degree Ollie air above the coping of a pool or ramp. CAB ruled the contest circuit for several years after this, inspiring many of the Bones Brigade’s present and future members to innovate their own tricks. CAB’s first Powell-Peralta pro model featured a dragon illustrated by Vernon Courtlandt Johnson (VCJ) and was inspired by a concept sketch provided by Steve himself, perhaps foreshadowing his recent success in the art world, where he has participated in a number of art shows with his original paintings.Steve has followed skating’s many turns and changes flexibly enough to reinvent himself over and over during his 35 year career. No one else in the industry has been as successful over this long a period or has remained with his original team sponsor. He has been with Powell-Peralta since 1979, making Steve the most loyal professional skateboarder of all time. In addition to being one of skateboarding’s most famous practitioners, Steve has also had careers as: a rock musician, appearing with the Faction Band, a skate photographer, being published in skate magazines, a painter, currently displaying his paintings at art shows several times a year; a motocross rider, recently sponsored by Honda; a collector of pop cultural items over the years; a devout Christian, testifying with fellow skaters and friends; and a husband and father, mentoring his three young children.2012 marks the 20th one of the most copied and longest lasting shoe designs in skateboarding. Steve was also one of the first skaters to be sponsored by a shoe manufacturer, pioneering a formula for financial success that continues to this day.
CAB continues to skate, complete and win masters’ division skate contests around the world, to play music with his friends, and generate paintings for his art fans. Steve has many pro models with Powell-Peralta Skateboards and continues to live in the San Jose area with his wife Rachel. Steve is sponsored by Powell-Peralta, Vans, Independent Trucks, Bones Bearings, and Jimmy’z.
In 2010, Steve Caballero was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.