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Steve Berra
Born 10 May 1973 (1973-05-10) (age 36)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Skateboarder
Spouse(s) Juliette Lewis (m. 1999–2003) «start: (1999)–end+1: (2004)»"Marriage: Juliette Lewis to Steve Berra" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Berra)
Website
theberrics.com
steveberra.com

Steve Berra (born May 10, 1973) is an American professional skateboarder. Berra ranks among the legends of Street skateboarding.

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Career

Steve Berra began his skateboarding career in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 14.[1] In 1989, Steve Berra met skating legend Tony Hawk in Nebraska. The two forged a friendship over their love for all things skateboarding. At the age of 18, Berra turned pro for Blockhead Skateboards. Later that year, Berra quit his affiliation with Blockhead to start Birdhouse Skateboards, along with Hawk, Jeremy Klein, and Willy Santos.[2] While with Birdhouse, the 23-year-old Hawk counseled Berra on many things, leading to his initial forays into acting. In 1992, Berra left Birdhouse Skateboards, a move he admits, was due to being "young, misunderstood, and silly."[3] Several months later, Berra joined the Foundation Skateboards team, skating in their 1993 video Super Conductor Super Collider.[3]

In 1998, Berra teamed up with Birdhouse Skateboards again to create the best-selling skateboarding video of all time, The End.[4] In one of the most notable scenes of the movie, Berra's death is simulated with a shot of his decapitation, filmed with the aid of a professional-quality dummy.[5]

Soon thereafter, Berra left Birdhouse Skateboards to join Alien Workshop, the company he still skates for today.

In 2003, Berra struggled with severe ankle pain that kept him from skating for most of the year, and forced him to have reconstructive surgery in January 2004.[6]

Berra has been featured in MTV shows Rob & Big and Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory. Season 2, Episode 6 of Rob & Big revolves around the Tampa Pro professional skateboarding competition. Berra and Rob Dyrdek engage in a $5,000 bet to "up the ante" of the competition.[7] In Season 2, Episode 8 of Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, titled "The Berrics vs. Fantasy Factory", Dyrdek pitted his own Fantasy Factory skate park against Koston and Berra's The Berrics' skate park.[8]

Today, Steve Berra does a majority of his skateboarding at his skate park, The Berrics.

Steve Berra's sponsors include DVS Shoe Company, Alien Workshop, Venture Trucks, and Active.[9] Berra and Alien Workshop have teamed up to create several signature decks and wheels. He currently uses the Berra "Berrics II" deck, and Berra 50mm "Strobe" wheels.[10] In conjunction with DVS Shoe Company, Berra has put out a signature shoe, as well as several subsequent updates of the "Berra" shoe.

Skateboard Videography

[11] [12]

Year Title Skate Company
1989 Splendid Eye Torture [13] Blockhead
1990 Adventures in Cheese [14] Blockhead
1991 The Brotherhood Tracker
1991 Stacked Tracker
1992 Feasters Birdhouse Skateboards
1993 Super Conductor Super Collider Foundation
1993 Lick H-Street
1994 The Dreams of Children Transworld Skateboarding
1994 Tentacles of Destruction Foundation
1994 Issue #05 411 VM
1995 Rolling Thunder Foundation
1996 Uno Transworld Skateboarding
1996 Skateboarding Video 96 Airwalk
1996 4 Wheel Drive Transworld Skateboarding
1997 Interface Transworld Skateboarding
1997 Cinematographer Transworld Skateboarding
1998 Wild in the Streets Church of Skatan
1998 The Sixth Sense Transworld Skateboarding
1998 The End Birdhouse Skateboards
1999 Misled Youth Zero Skateboards
2000 Issue #41 411 VM
2000 Anthology Transworld Skateboarding
2001 Issue #48 411 VM
2001 Hallowed Ground Hurley
2001 Best of Volume 7 411 VM
2002 Issue #48 411 VM
2002 In Bloom Transworld Skateboarding
2002 Chomp on This None
2002 Around the World 411 VM
2003 Yeah Right! Girl Skateboard Company
2003 Winter 2003 ON Video Magazine
2003 Mosaic Habitat
2005 Skate More DVS Shoe Company
2009 Mindfield Alien Workshop

The Berrics

The Berrics is the brainchild of Berra and close friend and fellow pro skater Eric Koston. Together, they created The Berrics, a private skatepark named after the duo (Berra + Eric = Berrics.) The private "training facility," located in Los Angeles, gained notoriety as a skater's "mecca." In 2009, ESPN skateboarding contributor Chris Nieratko gained entrance to the skate park, reporting on the ultra-exclusive warehouse-turned-skate park and its cardinal rule: "you have to film while you're skating The Berrics."[15] The footage is later posted on The Berrics' content-laden website, TheBerrics.com. TheBerrics.com has grown to one of skateboarding's most popular Web sites in only a few months. "In January, the site had more unique visitors than sites for all of the major skateboarding magazines, and ESPN.com's action sports page, according to comScore, a market research firm."[16]

Rob Dydrek’s skatepark and MTV show Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory is reportedly inspired by Berra and Koston’s skatepark.[17] Dyrdek has gone so far as to place a statue of Koston and Berra inside the Fantasy Factory as "inspiration."[18]

In 2009, Skateboarding company DVS Shoe Company hosted a skateboarding competition at The Berrics, pitting 32 skaters against each other in a "March Madness" style SKATE battle called The Battle at the Berrics. Competitors included Berra and Eric Koston themselves, as well as skating notables Rob Dyrdek, Andrew Reynolds, Jeron Wilson, Mike Carroll, Arto Saari, Marc Johnson, Erik Ellington, Bryan Herman, PJ Ladd, and Sean Malto, among others.[19] True to The Berrics' m.o., all of the footage was collected and displayed at theberrics.com. The first winner of the The Battle at the Berrics was Mike Mo Capaldi, an 18-year-old pro skater sponsored by Girl Skateboard Company.[20] For his efforts, Mike Mo was awarded a $10,000 prize courtesy of DVS Shoe Company.[21]

Battle at the Berrics 2 began in June, 2009. The second installment of Battle at the Berrics allowed fans to choose 32 skaters, of more than 150 potential skaters, to participate in the event.[22] Chris Cole won the Battle at the Berrics 2 competition, and Paul Rodriguez came in second. Upon winning second place, Paul Rodriguez donated his second place winnings of $5000 to the Nick Mullins Fund.[23] .

Personal life

On September 9th 1999, Berra married actress Juliette Lewis. The couple were initially introduced by Lewis' assistant, Brandy Lewis, and had dated only a few months prior to tying the knot.[24] In 2003, Berra and Lewis split. Lewis' publicist told the AP that "the divorce was mutual and amicable."[25]

Berra is a member of the Church of Scientology.[26]

Acting

Berra has maintained an interest in acting since the age of 18.[27] He was a series regular on the short-lived Fox drama 413 Hope Street, portraying Quentin Jefferson, a young man infected with the HIV virus.[28] Berra has also held brief roles in the television shows Felicity and Nash Bridges, as well as a minor role in the 1999 film Anywhere But Here.[29]

Since the age of 18, Berra has juggled his interests in skateboarding and acting, although he maintains that skateboarding has always been his primary passion.[30]

In the winter of 2006, Berra began his role as director of The Good Life, a film he penned starring Mark Webber, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Paxton, Harry Dean Stanton, Chris Klein, Patrick Fugit, Drea de Matteo and Donal Logue. On his website, Berra acknowledged: "it had been my "other woman" for many years, but because of my commitments as a professional skateboarder I couldn't pursue it 100%."[31] The film was coined "a coming-of-age tale set in Lincoln, Nebraska, portrayed as a grim town of vacant lots, shuttered buildings, sidewalk drug dealers and deep poverty, all accented by overcast skies." It premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, receiving a positive reception.[32]

References

  1. ^ Hammeke, Joe (February 25, 2009), "Music: Broken Spindles", Thrasher Magazine (High Speed Productions, Inc), http://www.thrashermagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2009&Itemid=41, retrieved November 16, 2009  
  2. ^ Berra, Steve (2004), "Imprint: The Age of Innocence - Tony Hawk", The Skateboard Mag: 176-177, http://www.steveberra.com/articles/writingA.jpg, retrieved November 16, 2009  
  3. ^ a b Swift, Dave (August 2, 2009), "Steve Berra–On Fire by Dave Swift", Transworld Skateboarding (Transworld Media), http://skateboarding.transworld.net/magazine/steve-berra-on-fire, retrieved November 16, 2009  
  4. ^ http://www.snowboards-skateboards.com/2007_04_01_archive.html
  5. ^ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123568608719787029.html
  6. ^ Berra, Steve (2004), "Imprint: Where is my Mind?", The Skateboard Mag: 176-177, http://www.steveberra.com/articles/writingA.jpg, retrieved November 16, 2009  
  7. ^ http://www.mtv.com/shows/rob_and_big/season_2/episode.jhtml?episodeID=115334
  8. ^ http://www.mtv.com/shows/fantasy_factory/season_2/episode.jhtml?episodeID=160117#moreinfo
  9. ^ http://www.alienworkshop.com/team/steve-berra
  10. ^ http://www.alienworkshop.com/team/products/21
  11. ^ http://www.skimthefat.com/skaters/showskater.cgi?skaterID=1084
  12. ^ http://skateboarding.transworld.net/magazine/steve-berra-on-fire/
  13. ^ http://skateboarding.transworld.net/2002/10/31/blockhead-re-releases-classic-videos-and-skateboards/
  14. ^ http://skateboarding.transworld.net/2002/10/31/blockhead-re-releases-classic-videos-and-skateboards/
  15. ^ http://espn.go.com/action/news/story?id=3906007
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ http://espn.go.com/action/news/story?id=3906007
  18. ^ http://www.mtv.com/photos/rob-dyrdeks-fantasy-factory-season-2-ep-8-fantasy-factory-v-the-berrics/1623970/4319058/photo.jhtml
  19. ^ http://www.theberrics.com/batb.php
  20. ^ http://www.girlskateboards.com/mike_mo.html
  21. ^ http://www.dvsshoes.com/skate/blasts/berrics_final/
  22. ^ [2]
  23. ^ http://www.theberrics.com/batb2.php
  24. ^ [3]
  25. ^ http://www.hollywood.com/news/News_April_21_Possible_End_for_Raymond_Dangerfield_Moved_From_ICU_Grammys_AMAs_Shuffle_Dates_More/1713673
  26. ^ http://www.48blocks.com/steveberra/
  27. ^ http://people.activerideshop.com/speaking-out-the-steve-berra-interview-2007/
  28. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118249/
  29. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0077284/
  30. ^ http://people.activerideshop.com/speaking-out-the-steve-berra-interview-2007/
  31. ^ http://www.steveberra.com/goodlife.html
  32. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/article/park_city_07_review_beautiful_squalor_steve_berras_the_good_life/

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