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 King Of The Road 2014: Team Profiles

Which team is going to take King of the Road in 2014? Check the stats...

Posted: September 2, 2014

BIRDHOUSE
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Aaron Homoki
Follow on instagram @aaronjawshomoki

aka: Jaws
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Age:  24
Status:  Pro
Sponsors: Birdhouse, Dekline, Bones, Independent, AYC, Glassy, Footprint Insoles, Neff, Bro Style, Swappow.com
KOTR experience: 2010 Alien Workshop (Mystery Guest, won), 2013 winner with Birdhouse
Strengths: Big gaps, big rails, big air, big doobies
Weaknesses: Lesbian hairdo, raving, injury rumors
Verdict: SOTY contender
 
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Clive Dixon
Follow on instagram @dixonormous

aka: Clyde
Age: 22
Hometown: Cocoa Beach, FL
Status: Am
Sponsors: Birdhouse, Spitfire, Thunder, SPoT, The Good Worth
KOTR experience: 2013 winner with Birdhouse
Strengths: hairball rails, obscure moves
Weaknesses: Two beers too loud, Florida
Verdict: Win it again and turn pro!
 
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Clint Walker
Follow on instagram @theclintorous

aka: Country Boy
Age: 24
Hometown: Altus, OK
Status: Pro
Sponsors: Birdhouse, Independent, Active Ride Shop, The Good Worth, Pig, Supra
KOTR experience: 2013 winner with Birdhouse (while injured, even)
Strengths: Non-stop road dog, DIY or die, the chin grab, stunt man
Weaknesses: "Hold my beer and watch this!", The Ride Channel
Verdict: KOTR or die!
 
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Mike Davis
Follow on instagram @mikedavisssssss

aka: Milky Mike
Age: 24
Hometown: Portland, OR
Status: Am
Sponsors: Birdhouse, Independent, Bones, Nike, Matix, Diamond, Nixon, Stance
KOTR experience: 2013 winner with Birdhouse
Strengths: Tech, gnar, tranny, switch trΓ©s
Weaknesses: that Firing Line, tho
Verdict: Now or never
 
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Ben Raybourn
Follow on instagram @choadped

aka: Ben
Age:  22
Hometown: Rosenberg, TX
Status:  Pro
Sponsors: Birdhouse, Nike, Indy, Bones, Plague hardware, Black Magic, Dakine, Neff
KOTR experience: 2013 winner with Birdhouse
Strengths: Classic '80s vert skills, pools, rough terrain, drops
Weaknesses: Corrective vision, manuals, devil's lettuce
Verdict: Dancing on the ceiling
 
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Adam Mills
Videographer
Follow on instagram @millsfilm

aka: Mills
Age: 27
Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Status: Masterlensman
KOTR experience: 2013 winner with Birdhouse
Strengths: incredibly strong
Weaknesses: blown out knee, Florida
Verdict: witness to history
 
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Jake Johnson
Videographer
Follow on instagram @jakedajeweler

aka: the Jeweler
Age: 26
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Status: filmer
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: PMA, down for anything
Weaknesses: untested, booze, confusing name
Verdict: Not THAT Jake Johnson

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Dan Zaslavsky
Photographer
Follow on instagram @danz

aka: Dan Z
Age: 31
Hometown: SF, CA
Status: Masterlensman
KOTR experience: 2011 Dekline, 2012 Toy Machine, 2013 winner with Birdhouse
Strengths: resourceful, gadget guy, East Coast spots
Weaknesses: can be very intense
Verdict: Z Best!


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Jerome Case
Team Manager
Follow on instagram @sweetjerome

aka: da damaja
Age:  31
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Status: team manager
KOTR experience: 2013 winner with Birdhouse
Strengths: road dog, DIY, check lists
Weaknesses: Dan Z
Verdict: dynasty builder
 

FLIP
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Curren Caples
Follow on instagram @currencaples

aka: Sprinkles
Age: 18
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Status: Pro
Sponsors: Flip, Vans, Monster, Independent, RVCA, Ricta, Mob, Swiss, Oakley, Nixon, Momentum Ride Shop
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: air time, big rails, throngs of female admirers
Weaknesses: Mr. Clean, rather be surfing
Verdict: Man up!

 

 
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Louie Lopez
Follow on instagram @louielo

aka: Lou
Age: 19
Hometown: Hawthorne, CA
Status: Pro
Sponsors: Flip, Converse, Volcom, Independent, Ricta, Mob, Swiss, Loud, Momentum Ride shop
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: PMA, skates everything, sleeping
Weaknesses: Golfwang, NOS
Verdict: MVP
 
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Alec Majerus
Follow on instagram @alecmajerus

aka: A-Maj
Age: 19
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Status: Pro
Sponsors: Flip, adidas, Volcom, Spitfire, Thunder, Rockstar, 3rd Lair, Mob
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: stone-faced assassin of rails, gaps, ledges, etc.
Weaknesses: sometimes mistaken for a foreigner, rookie pro, girlfriend
Verdict: Nyjah's stiffest competition
 
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Ben Nordberg
Follow on instagram @bennordberg

aka: Princess Daffodil
Age: 25
Hometown: Bath, UK
Status: Am
Sponsors: Flip, Filament, Thunder, Spitfire, Mob, Relentless
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: smoking fags, mini-ramp, male modeling
Weaknesses: oldest am on KOTR, shortness of breath, handrails
Verdict: Make it or naked
 
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Matt Berger
Follow on instagram @mattberger_

aka: Matt Burger
Age: 20
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Status: Am
Sponsors: Flip, Monster, Bones, Matix, Etnies, Thunder, Mob
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: ΓΌber consistent, handrails, to bigflip out
Weaknesses: poutine?
Verdict: Finishes the book by himself
 
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Layne Stratton
Videographer
Follow on instagram @laynestratton

aka: Ewan's protegΓ©
Age:  18
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Status: filmer
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: diligence, youth, ready to suck face
Weaknesses: Beauty sleep, rookie status
Verdict: you get what you pay for
 
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Dan Stolling
Videographer
Follow on instagram @danstolling

aka: Dad
Age:  23
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Status: filmer
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: if he can handle Fresno, KOTR should be a breeze
Weaknesses: budgetary constraints, inexperience
Verdict: Out of the frying pan into the fire!
 
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Chris Rooney
Photographer
Follow on instagram @rhino

aka: Rhino
Age: Old enough to know better
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Status: masterlensman, Indy team manager
KOTR experience: Black Label 2007, Nike 2010 (won), Nike 2011, Creature 2012, Real 2013
Strengths: KOTR vet, management, built to grind
Weaknesses: Thunder and O'Douls
Verdict: Fuck the rest

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John Nicholson
Team Manager
Follow on instagram @johnnicholsoniv

aka: Nicks
Age: 23
Hometown: Holden, MA
Status: rookie team manager
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: made it this far, youth
Weaknesses: beer, inexperience
Verdict: Who's the boss?
 

ELEMENT
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Nyjah Huston
Follow on instagram @NYJAH_HUSTON

aka: Nigel
Age: 19
Hometown: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Status: Pro
Sponsors: Element, Monster, DC, AYC, Stance, Mob, Ricta
KOTR experience: mom sent his dreads to the teams in 2011
Strengths: best contest and stunt skater of the modern era, can take a slam, millionaire
Weaknesses: noisy parties
Verdict: the only contest he hasn't won … yet
 
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Evan Smith
Follow on instagram @starheadbody

aka: Starheadbody
Age: 23
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Status: Pro
Sponsors: Element, DC, DC Apparel, Bones, Swiss, Independent, Creative Life Support
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: ATV destroyer, singer/songwriter
Weaknesses: open mic nights
Verdict: Secret weapon
 
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Julian Davidson
Follow on instagram @_julian_davidson

aka: Ju-Ju
Age: 22
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Status: Pro
Sponsors: Element, Independent Trucks, OJ Wheels, RVCA, Etnies, Furnace, Happy Hour, Mob
KOTR experience: 2010 with Converse
Strengths: rails and stairs, kickflips, milf bait
Weaknesses: no way he's cutting that beautiful hair
Verdict: time to get grimy

 
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Nick Garcia
Follow on instagram @nick_garcia

aka: Gnar Gar
Age: 25
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Status: Pro
Sponsors: Element, Etnies, Furnace, Stance
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: got family on the team (cousins with Julian)
Weaknesses: keeps the flip tricks on the low, married man (sorry gilfs)
Verdict: Sneak attack

 
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Dominick Walker
Follow on instagram @domowaka

aka: Dom
Age: 21
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Status: Am
Sponsors: Element, Spitfire, Thunder, Huf, Filmbot grip
KOTR experience: none
Strengths: Big rails, Nyjah's roommate
Weaknesses: untested on the road
Verdict: partner in crime

 

 

 
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Dave Hoang
Videographer
Follow on instagram @davehoang

aka: Wang
Age: 35
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Status: masterlensman
KOTR experience: 2010 with Converse
Strengths: pop shoves, up all night
Weaknesses: macular degeneration
Verdict: "I'm down!"
 
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Mark Stewart
Videographer
Follow on instagram @markaustinstewart

aka: Dark Mark
Age: 28
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Status: masterlensman
KOTR experience: 2010 with Converse
Strengths: pushing a button to record things
Weaknesses: reverse filming
Verdict: "Do the filmers get to share the prize money?"
 
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Michael Burnett
Photographer
Follow on instagram @burnout

aka: Burndog
Age: still younger than Phelper
Hometown: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
Status: Editor-at-Large, masterlensman
KOTR experience:  KOTR co-creator, 2003 Tum Yeto, 2004 Girl, 2005 Flip, 2006 Toy Machine, 2007 Foundation, 2013 Chocolate
Strengths: knows the formula, workaholic
Weaknesses: ice cream, never had a KOTR victory
Verdict: Seventh times a charm!
 
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Cole Mathews
Videographer
Follow on instagram @colemathews

aka: Coalition
Age: 30
Hometown: Atascadero, CA
Status: team manager, masterlensman
KOTR experience:  2010 with Converse
Strengths: BBQing
Weaknesses: personal stink, married
Verdict: Fire, Earth, Water, victory!






 
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