Ryan Kenreich, a professional skateboarder who was known for his technical skills and innovative tricks, died on November 4, 2014, at the age of 35. The cause of death was an opioid overdose, according to his family. Kenreich was a half-Japanese, half-American skater who grew up in Hawaii and California. He was sponsored by Globe, World Industries, Venture, and other brands. He appeared in several skate videos, such as Opinion, Trilogy, and Feedback.
A Career That Inspired Many
Ryan Kenreich started skating at the age of 12, and quickly developed a passion and talent for the sport. He moved to California in his teens, and joined the World Industries team, where he skated alongside legends like Daewon Song, Rodney Mullen, and Kareem Campbell. He also traveled the world, competing in contests and filming parts. He was known for his smooth style, his technical prowess, and his originality. He invented tricks such as the nollie backside 180 to switch nosegrind, and the nollie backside 180 to switch crooked grind.
Kenreich was featured in several skate magazines, such as Thrasher, Transworld, and Slap. He also appeared in video games, such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 and Skate. He inspired many skaters, both young and old, with his skills and personality. He was described as a humble, friendly, and generous person, who always had a smile on his face.
A Struggle With Addiction and Depression
Ryan Kenreich’s life was not without challenges and difficulties. He struggled with addiction and depression, which affected his career and his relationships. He was addicted to painkillers, which he started using after injuring his ankle in 2001. He also suffered from bipolar disorder, which caused him to have mood swings and suicidal thoughts. He tried to overcome his problems, and sought help from rehab and therapy. He also found solace in his faith, and became a Mormon in 2008.
However, Kenreich’s addiction and depression proved to be too much for him to handle. He relapsed several times, and lost his sponsors and his income. He also lost his wife and his son, who divorced him and moved away. He became homeless, and lived in his car or on the streets. He isolated himself from his friends and family, and felt hopeless and alone. He died of an overdose in his car, in a parking lot in San Diego.