Baker Skateboards is an American skateboarding company founded in 2000 by artist Jay Strickland and professional Florida skateboarder Andrew Reynolds, who had decided to do his own thing after becoming dissatisfied with life at Tony Hawk’s Birdhouse Skateboards. The company’s main products are skateboard decks, including Reynolds’ signature ATL Positivity, Feather Skull and Tomahawk, as well as wheels, soft goods and accessories.
From its birth, Baker worked with Blitz, the distribution company formed by Hawk. However, in 2007, Reynolds and fellow pros Jim Greco and Erik Ellington established the North Hollywood-based Bakerboys Distribution, a company that now distributes Baker Skateboards, along with Shake Junt, Brigada Sunglasses, Deathwish Skateboards, Heroin and Volume 4, all brands associated with past or current Baker riders or associates.
A new fortnightly series called Baker Zone began on Hawk’s RIDE YouTube skateboarding channel in March 2013, featuring video productions from the Baker company, such as ‘Weekend Warriors’, ‘Piled Out’, ‘Trash Compactor’ and ‘Dumb Ass Park Footy’. Other notable films over the years have included Baker 2G (2000), Baker 3 (2005), Baker Has a Deathwish (2008) and Bake And Destroy (2012).
The Baker team features Reynolds plus professionals Riley Hawk, Don ‘Nuge’ Nguyen, Dustin Dollin, Terry Kennedy, Bryan Herman, Sammy Baca, Theotis Beasley and Justin ‘Figgy’ Figueroa. Also in the squad are amateurs Cyril Jackson and Tristan Funkhouser, as well as Dee Ostrander, whose brand new six-minute full part via the RIDE channel in December 2013 was full of blow-your-mind fast skating and fun.