Ryan's biggest accomplishment came with a first place at the most important Amateur contest in the world. The Tampa Am is the proving ground for all the greatest up-and-coming skateboard talents -- The Holy Grail of amateur skateboarding. By winning this contest, Ryan solidified his spot in Canadian Skateboarding history.
In describing the opportunities that have helped the Delta, BC, native foster a successful young skate career, Decenzo is quick to give it up for his home province. “BC is rad because you can skate year-round. Even in the soggy old winter months, there are always a couple days in Vancouver when you can skate outside. Not many other spots in Canada can offer that.”
The temperate climate has given rise to making Vancouver a collector for the best talent in the nation, one which likely has a talent level on-par with any other place in the world. Many of Decenzo’s most valued memories as a skate fan are a reflection of the talent in his backyard. “I’ll never forget watching (Mike) Hastie and sometimes McCrank annihilate Ladner Skatepark back in ’04,” he says. “They were crazy. After that I started following Machnau in Van(couver) -- that guy has taught me tons about skating, and career stuff too.”
“Watching (Toronto native Mark) Appleyard at the Globe Photo Shoot in Vancouver last year -- wow. Then I got to skate with (Richmond, BC’s Chris) Haslam in Barcelona last year, which was nuts. But as much as anything, watching (Ottawa’s) Wade D(esarmo) at Plaza in ‘05 changed the way I skate. His pop and floatiness showed me what’s really possible on a skateboard.”