RIP in Peace: Dave Abair
Like many before him, David Abair set out from his small hometown (St. Albans, Vermont) for the great city of San Francisco, determined to bomb every hill, comb the streets for cutty spots and befriend every skater he met. Unlike many others, however, he actually stayed, and over 15 years later he remained set on the same path—to feel the rush of the hills and to work his ass off on his next video part. But beyond his drive to film and skate, Dave had a thirst for human connection. His heart was almost too big for his body, and he loved his friends and family with an unimaginable loyalty. I mean, who else gets their best friends’ names tattooed all over their body? If he loved you, you knew it, and he was never too shy to call and let you hear it. I’ve never met a man so unashamed to wear his heart on his sleeve, sing the sad songs and show true kindness and vulnerability. But he also wasn’t afraid to call you out on a sloppy trick or let you know your pants were looking a little too tight. Better yet, he’d tell you in a freestyle rap, rhyming in ways that made you cry with laughter. And his stories! Only a person as open to the world as Dave could get himself into the situations he did, and only someone so humble and hilarious could animate them with such charm and excitement that he made you feel like you’d been right there with him. David Abair was a true original, someone who was taken from us far too soon. He’ll be remembered not only for his incredible skateboarding (there’s over 15 insane video parts to choose from!) or his slams (the kind you wish you were bold enough to take), but also for his compassion, his empathy and the love he gave his friends and family. Oh, and his smile. I mean, c’mon! Look at that thing! —Walker Ryan
Return to some of Dave's more memorable moments in this beautiful mash-up part
Check out his extenstive collection of full parts on Instagram.
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7/28/2021Abair put his body on the line every time he went out in The City. See the shake ups and glorious makes from his final part. His spirit’s still in these streets.
5/11/2021Roman Pabich drops his Sponsor Me Tape, Manny Santiago’s California part, Supreme’s Stallion video, Jordan Taylor’s WKND part, Walker Ryan and more in today’s episode of Skateline.
3/12/2021Since moving out to SF, Dave’s established himself as an underground hero of the hills. We talk to the man himself to learn how The City vibes with his East-Coast sensibilities, sobriety and his undeterred work ethic.
3/11/2021Dave clashes with the hills and houses of The City, with Walker Ryan popping in for backup on the castle steps. Strap in for one helluva ride.
12/15/2020Wanna know all about Walker Ryan’s new book, Top of Mason? We did too, so Sieben hit him up to get the scoop. Read on, readers.