American Ben Gore is a pro skater riding for Magenta Skateboards, Dekline, Stereo Sound Agency, Venture Trucks, Billabong, MIA skateshop, HiFi Wheels and Bones Swiss. Since first appearing in the Skate FL 1 compilation from 2004, he has featured in some great videos including HiFi’s Full Frequency promo (2009), MIA’s Welcome to MIA (2010) and Magenta’s San Francisco-set Hill Street Blues 2 (2012).
In 2013, he returned to San Francisco for Magenta’s Old Woops New Groove, filmed by Zach Chamberlin, in which Ben and teammate Leo Valls brought new life to the driveway bumps (or ‘woops’) once cherished by San Francisco downhill pioneers such as Tommy Guerrero.
Ben was born in the town of Pompano, Florida, and first got interested in skating after borrowing a friend’s board. Inspired by Floridian skaters such as Joel Meinholz and Danny Renaud, he soon got his hands on a hand-me-down Alien Workshop board, and it wasn’t long before heestablished himself in the state. He is now based in San Francisco, California.
As becomes quickly obvious from his footage in Old Woops New Groove, Ben is a downhill master who loves the freedom of skateboarding. With a preference for smooth flatground, San Francisco’s terrain perfectly suits his style of skating, and it was his early parts in the city that made a lot of people first sit up and take notice of his raw power and style. He is also a talented photographer, who says that his most treasured possession is his camera.