Monday, June 15, 2009
What happens when a pro street skater with a penchant for humor and storytelling gets noticed by the world at large? How about when that same skater gets embraced by the mainstream and becomes a celebrity? Can that same skater stay true to streets that defined him? Rob Dyrdek is certainly going to try.
At nearly 35, with a pro career spanning two decades, Dyrdek has seen skateboarding go through a lot of changes. He's been in it for the ups and downs, and he's made legitimate contributions to the progression of the sport. Today he straddles two worlds: one of Hollywood fame and hit TV show fortune, the other of raw street skating -- an activity that, despite widened acceptance and mass popularity, is still outlawed in many places and frowned upon in others. With "Street Dreams" (which premieres Sunday, June 7, in New York City), Dyrdek leverages Hollywood to tell street skating's true story to a broader audience. But, as far as Dyrdek's come from the streets, does he still know them well enough to tell their story?