What do you write about someone who is the best at everything? That was Dylan Rieder. He was Christian Hosoi, David Bowie, and James Dean all mixed up in one—the definition of cool. Dylan’s skating did the talking but he also had the best style, he could do any trick and skate anything: transition, ledges, gaps, and rails; there was nothing he couldn’t do. The one thing that I noticed was when he really changed skateboarding with his Gravis part in 2010; after that, everyone wanted to skate, dress, and be Dylan. I had not seen mania like that since The Muska.
Most skaters really become greats in their 30s (Tony Hawk did the first 900 at 31). Not Dylan. He was already one of the greats at 24 years old and he was just getting started. Then he came out with a part in the Supreme video, Cherry, and it was over—he became a man. Right when he was on top he got sick and was diagnosed with leukemia. We all knew he was going to beat it. He is the most stubborn dude but also the strongest fighter—whether it was a trick or cancer. Nothing was standing in his way, that’s the way he lived life. And just like that, Dylan does what he puts his mind to. He beat leukemia not once but twice with the help from his amazing sister Makenna Rieder, who was his bone marrow donor.
It was a two-year fight. I was able to see a man never change. He never let it stop him from being the great friend that was always there for you, the great son and brother that loved his family more than anything. But like with all great fighters, some fights are too tough and that’s what happened on October 12, 2016, from complications due to leukemia. We lost the brightest star in our universe.
Dylan, thank you for always being there for me. I’m always here for you.
2006 Year's Best back lip. Dylan Rieder hits the bricks at San Pedro's best-the Channel Street Skatepark. | Photo: Anthony Acosta