Geoff Rowley is one of the legendary names of British skateboarding – a huge star for many years in the US, he remains in touch with his roots, as demonstrated by his willingness to hook up with Liverpool’s Lost Art Skateshop in 2013. He is also a big fan of Liverpool FC, and used the club’s anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone as the music for his part in Flip’s Really Sorry from 2003.
Currently sponsored by Volcom clothing, Independent trucks, Ricta wheels and Mob Grip, he has been with Vans since 1998, getting his first shoe with the company a year later. He is also the co-owner of Flip skateboards and was crowned Thrasher’s Skater of the Year in 2000.
Geoff was born on 6th June 1976 in Liverpool, and says he realised that skateboarding was going to be his path in life from the very first moment he slammed at the age of 13. After grainy footage spread around the city of a little kid leaping off roofs and down rails, he soon joined up with Deathbox Skateboards, the company that was to later become Flip. In 1994, he moved to California, where he has been based ever since.
Originally influenced by riders such as Natas Kaupas, Kris Markovic and Danny Way, there is little doubt that Geoff has developed into one of the most influential street skaters of all time. His video parts for Flip demonstrate amazing technical prowess and a jaw-dropping desire to attempt and land the biggest stairs, rails and gaps he can find.