Kevin Harris
Professional Skateboarder, Contest Organizer, Promoter, Distributor

Introduction Biography Accomplishments
& Competitions
Skateboard Decks, T-Shirts & Stickers Photos Contact Info

Introduction to Kevin Harris

Introduction by Russ Howell

Kevin Harris started skateboarding in 1975. He is Canada's first professional skateboarder and has poured out his life into the service of Skateboarding as one of the best Ambassadors for the sport.

He won 1st Place at the 2007 WFSA World Freestyle Skateboard Championships. He owns Ultimate Skateboards, Canada's first and largest skateboard distribution center and started Canada's first skateboard magazine, "Concrete Skateboard Magazine." Kevin owned the Richmond Skate Ranch (1986) and was Co-Owner of the RDS Skatepark (2003). He was a Team member of Powell/Peralta and toured with Per Welinder and Rodney Mullen. He was also on the Ripping Squad Skateboard Team. Kevin started the the annual World Round-Up Skateboard Championships in Cloverdale where over fifteen countries are represented each year.

Kevin continues to do Skateboard Demos and promotes Skateboarding all across Canada. Kevin is the epitome of what a "Great Skater" should be. He not only skates well, but he serves others continually by promoting the sport and spreading the Stoke of Skateboarding.

Kevin Harris - Biography

Kevin Harris - Wikipedia

Kevin Harris (born August 14, 1962) is a professional skateboarder from Vancouver, British Columbia. He specializes in "freestyle" skateboarding. Harris is known for his fluid style, which incorporated complex manual variations with exceptional footwork. Stacy Peralta has called him "the most natural skater I knew." He was most active in competitions during the 1980s but is still involved with the skate scene. He owns and operates Canada's largest skateboard distribution center and continues to perform demonstrations.

Early career

Harris was born in Richmond, British Columbia. He began skateboarding at 13 years old and like most skaters of the 1970s, he started on a mass-produced, plastic "banana" board. At first he rode all types of terrain and built what most local skaters agreed on as the best half-pipe in the Vancouver area. Even with a ramp in his backyard, he eventually focused on flatland freestyle.

Harris was first sponsored in 1977 by Nippon Cycles, a Vancouver bike and skate shop. Sponsorship meant more than discounted merchandise—wearing a Nippon team shirt was like walking around with an Olympic medal hanging off your neck. He began skating demonstrations with the "Ripping Squad," a group of Canadian skaters that rode a portable half-pipe painted with the Yin/Yang logo.

Mid career

By 1979 Harris’ skills caught the eye of Steve Cathey, a professional skater from California. Cathey, who represented the Gordon & Smith skateboard company, offered Harris amateur sponsorship. This was particularly ironic because Harris would eventually crush Cathey's world-record for two-board "daffy" 360s. Cathey managed to rotate almost 400 times while Harris stopped spinning from exhaustion after twenty minutes and 1,032 spins later.

Underground scene and the rise to popularity

In the early 1980s skateboarding was destitute, viewed as an embarrassing fad by non-participants. The Canadian contest circuit dried up and Harris often drove over 24 hours to California just to remain involved in competitions.

In 1982 Harris competed in the freestyle competition in Del Mar, California as a sponsored amateur. There weren't enough amateur contestants so he skated against the pros and finished in third place. Stacy Peralta, Harris' idol stopped him in the parking lot and asked him to ride for the Bones Brigade, Powell Peralta's skate team. The Brigade quickly became the most dominant team in skateboarding and Harris found himself teammates with Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, and Rodney Mullen among others.

Harris enjoyed his greatest success as a professional during this period. Skateboarding was also becoming popular again and by 1984 a legitimate subculture had begun. In 1985, Harris placed first in Venice, California and second at Del Mar. During the preliminary round of the Del Mar competition Harris actually scored higher than Rodney Mullen, one of only two skaters to exceed Mullen's score during a contest. ("Of course, Rodney killed me in the finals," Harris said with a laugh later.) His consistently high contest results ranked him second in the world during this year.

In 1986 Powell/Peralta issued Harris' first professional skateboard model. The deck’s design featured iconic Canadian graphics: a skeletal Mountie, in front of a backdrop of maple leaves, holding a beaver by the tail. It is still considered a classic today, and original pressings are quite collectible.

Later career

In 1985 Harris began distributing Powell Peralta skateboard products in Canada and quickly grew Ultimate Skateboards into Canada's largest skateboard distributorship. Today he co-owns Ultimate with his wife Audrey. Harris has never needed to venture outside of the skateboard industry to make a living.

In 1986 Harris took possession of the half-pipe built for the world championships held in Vancouver for Expo 86 and used it as an anchor for the Richmond Skate Ranch, an indoor skateboard facility featuring multiple ramps and wooden park features, including the "mini Chin", a complex multi-ramp structure designed by Lance Mountain. This provided Vancouver skateboarders a safe haven from the winter rains and nurtured a handful of skaters (Colin McKay, Rob Sluggo Boyce and Rick Howard among others) that continue to impact the skateboard industry. The Ranch closed in 1993 but Harris joined forces with Colin McKay and opened the RDS indoor park in 2003.

Harris' pro model was re-issued from Powell Skateboards. He lives in Ladner, British Columbia, Canada and is married and has two children Aaron and Kolby. He paid a concrete company almost $40,000 to create his ideal skating surface in his backyard and continues to skate daily with his son Kolby.

In 2007, Kevin stepped back into the competitive scene, and entered the WFSA world freestyle skateboard championships, (being held in Vancouver). His natural flow, and style had not faded over the years, and after being 'retired' for over a decade, Kevin placed 1st, claiming his very first world championship crown.

Skateboard Accomplishments & Competitions
1st Canadian Professional Skateboarder

Skateboard Accomplishments & Competitions

  1. Aug 29, 1979 - Set the World Record for Two-Board 360's at 1,032

  2. 1982 - Canada's 1st Pro Skater

  3. 2007 - 1st Place - WFSA World Freestyle Skateboard Championships

  4. Owns Ultimate Skateboards, Canada's first and largest skateboard distribution center

  5. Started Canada's first skateboard magazine, "Concrete Skateboard Magazine"

  6. Owner of Richmond Skate Ranch (1986) and Co-Owner of RDS Skatepark (2003)

  7. Team member of Powell/Peralta and The Ripping Squad

  8. Helped start and promote the annual World Round-Up Skateboard Championships in Cloverdale

Skateboard Decks, T-Shirts & Stickers

Skateboard Photos

Kevin was featured as a Master of
World Round-Up Contest - May 2018 - Kevin Harris Display - 1 of 7

World Round-Up Contest - May 2018 - Kevin Harris Display - 2 of 7

World Round-Up Contest - May 2018 - Kevin Harris Display - 3 of 7

World Round-Up Contest - May 2018 - Kevin Harris Display - 4 of 7
Per Welinder, Kevin Harris, Rodney Mullen

World Round-Up Contest - May 2018 - Kevin Harris Display - 5 of 7

World Round-Up Contest - May 2018 - Kevin Harris Display - 6 of 7

World Round-Up Contest - May 2018 - Kevin Harris Display - 7 of 7

World Round-Up Contest - May 2018 - Powell/Peralta Booth

World Round-Up Contest - May 2018 - Kevin Harris - Announcer

World Round-Up Contest - May 2018 - Kevin Harris - Announcer

Troy Derrick (RCMP) & Kevin Harris - World Round-Up - May 2016

Monty Little & Kevin Harris - World Round-Up After Party

Kevin Harris & Andy Anderson - World Round-Up - May 2016

Pre-Contest Judges' Meeting
Kevin Harris, Lillis, Andy, Ryan - World Round-Up - May 2015

Kevin Harris & Lyle Chippeway - WorldRound-Up - May 2016

Kevin Harris - May 2013 - Cloverdale, Canda - Moose Antlers

Kevin Harris - World Round-Up - May 2015 - Announcer

2018 World Round-Up Banner Logo
Kevin Harris and Monty Little started the World Round-Up in 2012
Fifteen countries are respresented every May at the World Freestyle Championships

2018 World Round-Up Belt Buckle Logo

Contact Information

Kevin Harris
World Freestyle Round-Up Web Site

Kevin Harris Wikipedia Biography

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