Ryan Decenzo rides his skateboard along a railAP Photo/Andrew Medichini
AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

Ryan Decenzo


  • Has been competing at the X Games since 2010; won street bronze in his debut
  • Won street gold at the 2016 X Games in Austin; won street bronze at the 2023 X Games in California 
  • Was overall champion of the Dew Tour in 2011 after winning events in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas
  • Has been competed on the SLS World Tour since 2014
  • Turned pro in 2010 after winning the 2008 Tampa Am, considered the world’s most prestigious amateur skateboard contest
  • After making a name for himself on the Canadian skateboard scene, had to basically start all over again after moving to California where he currently resides

A Little More About Ryan

Getting into the Sport: Started skateboarding in 2000 and began competing in local events around Vancouver in 2003… As a 14-year-old, took the bus to downtown Vancouver to skate all over the city with friends… Loves the freedom and creativity… Outside Interests: Enjoys snowboarding, riding dirt bikes, cycling… Earned a Certificate of Arts at Kwantlen University College in Surrey, B.C. in 2006… Odds and Ends: Inspired by Paul Machnau, who mentored him as a young skater and showed him the ropes of professional skateboarding… Favourite quote: “Can’t stop, won’t stop!”…

Palmarès international

World Skate World Championships: 2022 – 11th (Sharjah - street); 2021 – 15th (Rome – street); 2019 – 35th (Sao Paulo – street); 2018 – 11th (Rio de Janeiro – street)

X Games: 2023 – BRONZE (California - street), 13th (Japan – street); 2018 – 8th (Sydney – street); 2017 – 6th (Minneapolis – street); 2016 – GOLD (Austin – street); 2013 – GOLD (California - SLS Selects Series) 2012 – GOLD (California – Game of SK8); 2011 – GOLD (California - Game of SK8); 2010 – BRONZE (California – street)