Now that Tony Hawk is turning 40, his heir apparent — 17-year-old Ryan Sheckler — is the new face of skateboarding. And let’s be clear, that face is dreamy. Teen girls are watching Sheckler’s MTV reality show en masse, making “Life of Ryan” the highest-rated new show on MTV this year. With the show greenlit for a second season, Sheckler’s fame is outgrowing the skatepark into new career possibilities. “I’ve been getting some interesting scripts and am definitely interested in doing more,” he says.
Turning a front blunt fakie into media opportunities is paramount to keeping the sponsorships coming. While other kids are thinking about prom and high school graduation, the youngest pro skater to take the gold at the X Games sees his future differently. “I will continue to skate and tour,” Sheckler says, “I am also looking to buy a house and launch a few new businesses.”