King of the Road Season 2: Teams Announced

Many are called, few pick up the phone – which is why we're proud to announce that Deathwish, enjoi and Creature will be jumping in the van for King of the Road this year (and Season 2 of the Viceland TV series.) Check the team profiles and let us know how you think each of these epic squads will do on the Highway to Hell!


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David Gravette
Follow on instagram @davidgravette

aka: Baby Lamb
Age: 28
Hometown: Issaquah, WA
Sponsors: Creature, Independent, Bones wheels, C1RCA, Bronson, Mob grip
Status: Pro
KOTR Experience: C1RCA 2010, Creature 2012, Birdhouse Mystery Guest 2013
Strengths: Tranny, kinked rails, KOTR face tats
Weaknesses: Injuries, emotional outbursts
Verdict: Why, God?! Why??!!
 
 
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Kevin Baekkel
Follow on instagram @kevinbaekkel

aka: The Hammer
Age: 20
Hometown: Hamar, Norway
Sponsors: Creature, Emerica, Independent, Bronson
Status: Amateur
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Destroys everything, viking blood
Weaknesses: Stranger in a strange land
Verdict: Pronunciation guide
 
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Sean Conover
Follow on instagram @seanconover

aka: Thin Lips
Age: 28
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Sponsors: Creature, Independent, OJ, Pacific Drive, Dakine, Union Leatherworks, Bones bearings, Brixton, Bull Taco
Status: Amateur
KOTR Experience: Creature 2010
Strengths: Street tech, hubbas, round bars
Weaknesses: Sunshine, oldest am on KOTR
Verdict: Red alert
 
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Chris Russell
Follow on instagram @chrisrussell_mbk

aka: The Muscle
Age: 19
Hometown: Hermosa Beach, CA
Sponsors: Creature, Independent, Bones, S-One, Skeleton Key, Vans, ET Surf and Skate, Layback beer, Smoker’s choice papers, Pizzanista, Hoax clothing, RedBull
Status: Amateur
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Big bowls, padlessness
Weaknesses: Shirts
Verdict: Concrete con carne
 
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Willis Kimbel
Follow on instagram @wheelbarrow

aka: Ginger Beetlejuice
Age: 28
Hometown: Portland, OR
Sponsors: Creature, Independent, OJ, Nike SB, Bronson, Dakine, Bassturdco, Skeleton Key, DAF, Shrunken Head, Mob grip
Status: Pro
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Big bars, andrechts, dad was a '70s pro
Weaknesses: Low ceilings
Verdict: It runs in the family
 
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Noah Quale
Videographer
Follow on instagram @dafnoah

aka: DAF
Age: 35
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Status: Masterlenseman
KOTR Experience: Creature 2012
Strengths: Sober benders
Weaknesses: Hot brews
Verdict: 'Til the wheels fall off
 
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Ewan Bowman
Videographer
Follow on instagram @bo_def_son

aka: Bo
Age: 41
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Status: Masterlenseman
KOTR Experience: Flip 2005, Chocolate 2013
Strengths: Burpees, air squats, lunges
Weaknesses: Missing gym days
Verdict: 2 Fit 2 Quit
 
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Chris Rooney
Photographer
Follow on instagram @rhino

aka: Rhino
Age: Old enough to whoop your ass
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Status: Masterlenseman, Indy TM
KOTR Experience: Black Label 2007, Nike 2010 (Won), Nike 2011, Creature 2012, Real 2013 and Flip 2014, Birdhouse 2015 (won)
Strengths: All of them
Weaknesses: None known
Verdict: Mess with rhino, get the horn
 
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Sam Hitz
Team Manager
Follow on instagram @larbvomit

aka: Shitler
Age: 42
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Status: Pro drafted into temporary management
KOTR Experience: Creature Stowaway 2012
Strengths: Pool coping, low-level street negotiations, Kinko's
Weaknesses: Dive bars
Verdict: Life sentence


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Mike Plumb
Follow on instagram @bigbizliz

aka: Lizard King
Age: 31
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Sponsors: Deathwish, Kr3w, Supra, Stance, Shake Junt, Thunder, Spitfire
Status: Pro
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Passion, fatherhood, one-footers, sobriety
Weaknesses: Homie tats, Beelzebub
Verdict: Six Six Sick!
 
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Jake Hayes
Follow on instagram @jakehayes

aka: Hazey
Age: 25
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Sponsors: Deathwish, New Balance Numeric, Dickies, Spitfire, Thunder, Sock Posse, Sunday hardware, Shake Junt, PD distribution
Status: Amateur
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Taking the drops
Weaknesses: Fresh fish
Verdict: The wonder from Down Under
 
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Jon Dickson
Follow on instagram @smokeeyes

aka: Big Jon
Age: 27
Hometown: Antioch, IL
Sponsors: Deathwish, Vol. 4, OJ Wheels, Psockadelic, Active, Happy Hour, Independent, Hard Luck, Shake Junt
Status: Pro
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Switch flips, overalls, sober living
Weaknesses: Library voice
Verdict: Silent but deadly
 
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Jamie Foy
Follow on instagram @jamie_foy

aka: Big Pinch
Age: 20
Hometown: Deerfield Beach, FL
Sponsors: Deathwish, Bones Swiss, Stance, Island Water Sports, Spitfire, Thunder, Shake Junt, Diamond footwear, Red Bull
Status: Amateur
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Street shredding, rail chomping, footage machine
Weaknesses: The Devil's lettuce, breaking boards
Verdict: Heavy duty!
 
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Neen Williams
Follow on instagram @neenowilliams

aka: Neeno
Age: 30
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Sponsors: Deathwish, C1rca, Altamont, Shake Junt, Thunder, Satori wheels, Stance, Loud headphones, Deathlens
Status: Pro
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Flicking and flying, fitness
Weaknesses: Doesn't skate at night
Verdict: Heel do great
 
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Ryan Ewing
Videographer
Follow on instagram @beagleoneism

aka: Beagle
Age: 35
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Status: Masterlenseman
KOTR Experience: Baker 2005
Strengths: PMA, hype man
Weaknesses: Drive-through chicken shacks, lean
Verdict: Yee-ahhh!
 
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Jon Holland
Videographer
Follow on instagram @jon__holland

aka: J-5
Age: Sporty 40s
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Status: Masterlenseman
KOTR Experience: 2015 Toy Machine
Strengths: 20-plus years in the game
Weaknesses: Trackers
Verdict: On the road again
 
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Sam Muller
Photographer
Follow on instagram @sammuller

aka: Muller
Age: 26
Hometown: Hollywood, CA
Status: Masterlenseman
KOTR Experience: 2015 Chocolate
Strengths: Grace under pressure
Weaknesses: Chronic jetlag
Verdict: 26 going on 40
 
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Jay Thorpe
Team Manager
Follow on instagram @jboneson

aka: J-Bone
Age: 37
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
Status: TM
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Road dog, back tails
Weaknesses: Mellow fellow
Verdict: Even Steven


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Ben Raemers
Follow on instagram @benraemers

aka: Benny Boy
Age: 25
Hometown: Colchester, England
Sponsors: enjoi, Converse, Volcom, Lost Arts Shop, Independent, Castle bolts, OJ, Mob grip
Status: Pro
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Rails, bowls, stairs, tea
Weaknesses: Strange American customs
Verdict: Oververt!
 
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Louie Barletta
Follow on instagram @louiebarletta

aka: Sweet Lou
Age: Somewhere between 30-50
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Sponsors: enjoi, Pig, Mob grip, Krux, Globe, Bones Swiss
Status: Pro
KOTR Experience: enjoi 2013
Strengths: Oddball moves combined with classic tranny/street skills
Weaknesses: Barstools, someone put a ring on it
Verdict: Flip your wig
 
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Jackson Pilz
Follow on instagram @jacksonpilz

aka: Jacko
Age: 24
Hometown: Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia
Sponsors: enjoi, Volcom, Vans, Independent
Status: Amateur
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Vert baby roots, benihanas
Weaknesses: Benihanas
Verdict: MVP
 
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Enzo Cautela
Follow on instagram @enzo_cautela

aka: Benzo
Age: 18
Hometown: Escondido, CA
Sponsors: enjoi, KR3W, Supra, Pharmacy, Bones, Krux
Status: Flow
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Big, big flip tricks
Weaknesses: Maiden voyage
Verdict: Highest, Longest, Most
 
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Zack Wallin
Follow on instagram @zackwallin

aka: The Foreman
Age: 27
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Sponsors: enjoi, Bohnam, Independent, Pig, Bones bearings, Mob grip, Remind insoles
Status: Pro
KOTR Experience: enjoi 2013
Strengths: Gaps, handshakes, hammers
Weaknesses: Getting super silly
Verdict: This panda packs a punch
 
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Dan Stolling
Videographer
Follow on instagram @danstolling

aka: Dad
Age: 25
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Status: Masterlenseman
KOTR Experience: Flip 2014
Strengths: Done it once
Weaknesses: Only done it once
Verdict: Live and learn
 
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Carson Lee
Videographer
Follow on instagram @falcor408

aka: Viper
Age: 24
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Status: Juniorlenseman
KOTR Experience: None
Strengths: Youthful optimism
Weaknesses: Transworld refugee
Verdict: Feet to the flames
 
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Joe Brook
Photographer
Follow on instagram @photojoebrook

aka: Fatback
Age: 44
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Status: Masterlenseman
KOTR Experience: Lakai 2011 (won), Alien Workshop 2012 (won), enjoi 2013
Strengths: Intimate knowledge of the van life, teetotaler
Weaknesses: heavy lifting, snack attacks
Verdict: Grin and bear it
 
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James Craig
Team Manager
Follow on instagram @jamescraig24

aka: Cliff
Age: 37
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
Status: TM
KOTR Experience: Blind 2007 (won)
Strengths: Still shreds
Weaknesses: Basketball shorts
Verdict: Party dad
 
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