2017 – Eric Dressen

2017 Inductees

Eric Dressen was born Sept. 16, 1967 in Los Angeles, CA and got his first skateboard at the age of eight. Only a year later, Eric was discovered by Laura Thornhill while skating a pool in Torrance.

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Impressed by his obvious natural talents she introduced him to Skateboarder magazine Editor Warren Bolster and landed him a spot on the Logan Earth Ski team. After shooting photos at Skatopia on the opening day of the park, Dressen became the youngest skater ever to be featured in a Who’s Hot! at age 10. At age 12, he turned pro and spent the next three years riding for Alva. Then in ’81, skateboarding all but died.

At 18, as the late ‘80s boom began to revitalize the industry, Dressen returned from exile to join Dogtown Skates. Over the next six years he would become the back-to-back World Street Champion (87/88), is credited with inventing the Salad grind (AKA Salad Dressen/dressing) and pioneering wallrides, and emerged as one of the biggest name pros with some of the bestselling boards and iconic graphics of the ‘80s and early ‘90s. His high speed, all-terrain style as showcased in ‘89’s Speed Wheels video Speed Freaks set the
template by which all others would be judged and directly influenced anyone from AVE and Andrew Allen to Donny Barley and Brian Lotti. After originally joining Santa Cruz in 1989 (then rejoining their legends division in ’06)—Dressen remains one of the longest riding active pros (spanning five decades) to represent the holy trilogy of Santa Cruz, Independent, and Vans today.

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