Back in 2006 the Wild in the Parks contest was just beginning and there was this kid in Texas who was not only crushing it but winning all the contests. His name was Kyle Walker. He handed us a DVD with his footage on it and ever since then he’s been sporting the stone. Almost exactly a decade later there are no words that can express how proud we are of Kyle on winning one of the most prestigious awards in skateboarding, Thrasher Magazine’s ‘Skater of the Year’. Joining the ranks of his fellow Volcom teammates such as Grant Taylor (2011) and Arto Saari (2001), Kyle Walker can also call himself a Thrasher Magazine ‘Skater of the Year’!

Every year skateboarding seems to progress to a point where you believe it can’t get any gnarlier, but skateboarding seems to consistently progress every year and 2016 was no different. Coming off turning pro in 2015 and a HEAVY part in Vans’ first feature skate film ‘Propeller’, Kyle Walker showed no stopping in 2016. After turning pro in June 2015, he hit the road with his teammates and homies on a tour around the US ending in his hometown in Oklahoma. After a few summer tours with the Vans crew, he started to stack footage for our 4K full length feature skate film Holy Stokes! a Real Life Happening. Filming for one video part alone is difficult so you can imagine how difficult it was filming for two!

Beyond his epic footage (that smith grind alone was crazy!) he also had footage in Real Skateboards’ “Surveillance #02” and more recently in Vans’ “No Other Way” which ends on one the GNARLIEST grinds ever done on a skateboard.

Beyond the footage Kyle also received coverage in the mags, earning himself not only the latest cover of Thrasher Magazine but also the cover of The Skateboard Mag #148 with his boardslide from Holy Stokes! a Real Life Happening.

Massive Kickflip on the cover of the January issue of Thrasher Magazine Photo: Burnett

Massive Kickflip on the cover of the January issue of Thrasher Magazine Photo: Burnett

4th try boardslide in Las Vegas while getting kicked out! Photo: Rodent

4th try boardslide in Las Vegas while getting kicked out! Photo: Rodent

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Kyle and are so STOKED for him and his career with Volcom! Congrats Kyle!

FS 180 of a massive bump to bar from Holy Stokes! Photo: Keppens

FS 180 of a massive bump to bar from Holy Stokes! Photo: Keppens

Threading the needle on this kickflip in Seattle. Photo: Saari

Threading the needle on this kickflip in Seattle. Photo: Saari

At first glance this out ledge dosen't look like it should be skated, but Kyle put it down like a CHAMP! Photo: Mapstone

At first glance this out ledge dosen’t look like it should be skated, but Kyle put it down like a CHAMP! Photo: Mapstone