Risking It All For Skateboarding Great­ness

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says the pro­fes­sional ath­lete. “I’ve had my share of con­cus­sions and bro­ken wrists, knees and an­kles.”

Heimana knows pain. Dur­ing the Vans Pool Party event in 2014, he suf­fered a vi­cious wipe­out.

“On my sec­ond run I did a back­side air and over-ro­tated, went straight to the back of my head and I got knocked out,” re­mem­bers Heimana. “The med­i­cal staff did some tests, and I told them, ‘This is the Vans Pool Party, I’ve waited all year for this.’ So I took my last run, felt good and ended up get­ting 10th.”

It was voted one of the worst wipe­outs of the year and earned him a spot in Thrasher Mag­a­zine’s “Hall of Meat.”

“I ended up with a con­cus­sion,” says Heimana. “Risk it for the bis­cuit, that’s one of my mot­tos. If you want the bis­cuit, you’ve to risk it.”

For Matt and Heimana Reynolds, skateboarding is a fam­ily af­fair.

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