You don’t have to be a skateboarder to know who Dylan Rieder was. His influence echoes throughout the worlds of scootering, BMX, fashion, and beyond. Today, those worlds were shocked by the news of Dylan’s passing due to complications from leukemia, which he had been fighting for the past couple years.
It’s easy to see the impact Dylan had on scooter riding. If you cuff your pants, he’s probably the reason why. See someone wearing a nice white button up while riding? That’s classic Dylan. But beyond the controversial fashion choices he brought to the action sports industry, Dylan possessed a skate style that transcended whatever he was wearing. His power, speed, and grace on a skateboard paved the way for scooter riders to realize there’s more to riding than tricks. He helped show that how you choose to ride a spot, the way your trick looks, can be just as, if not more rewarding as a rider and spectator than just adding another smith or whip into your combos. It was clear that this man was born to ride a skateboard, and that’s what so many of us have tried to emulate on our scooters. It’s an unthinkable tragedy for a person like this to go so soon, and I hope everyone takes a minute to remember and appreciate all he did for the world. Thank you, Dylan.