When Torey Pudwill was named Best Street Skater at the 2011 TransWorld Skateboarding Awards, he was barely 21 years old -- yet he’d been killing it on screen and in competition for years. “T-Puds” is renowned for game-changing street skills, which are on view in videos such as “Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang,” and he’s climbed onto a variety of podiums, including wins at Matix Lord of the Lines, the Copenhagen Pro, the Tampa Pro and Maloof Money Cup. The native Californian is also an entrepreneur: he founded his own company, Grizzly Griptape, at age 12.
A positive mindset and kind nature have made Torey as respected for his attitude as he is for his talent. He’s always stoked to explore new locations during his travels for contests and video shoots. “I really believe that skating saves lives,” Torey says, “and I just want to encourage people to appreciate life and do what they love.”