32-year-old Jimmy Lannon is sponsored by Magenta Skateboards, Krux Trucks, Lakai shoes, Paradise Wheels, Coalatree Organics and Westside skateshop. He joined Magenta in 2010, with an impressive welcome edit filmed by Ryan Garshell, Bryan Reynolds, DJ Brethauer and Mike Atwood, and his first pro board, released in 2011, featured in the company’s Animal Race series.
Prior to joining Magenta, Jimmy had been putting out sick footage for years, including amazing parts in Joe Perrin’s The Good Life for Westside in 2006, and Romain Batard’s Frame by Frame from 2010. More recently, he has appeared in Magenta’s SF Hill Street Blues 1 and 2, Panic in Gotham and 2013’s full-length Soleil Levant, as well as Mike Atwood’s independent film Incognito.
Jimmy was born and grew up in Sarasota, Florida, an hour’s drive south of Tampa, but is now based in Gainesville in the north of the state, where he spends much of his time on his friend Shawn Larson’s backyard ramp. He says his favourite people to skate with are ‘anybody that’s down to earth,’ but he can’t do that all the time – he is also a big fan of martial arts.
Jimmy is a powerhouse skater who has produced more amazing video parts over the past ten years than most seasoned vets put out in a lifetime. Originally inspired by Florida dudes such as Andrew Reynolds, as well as parts such as Reese Forbes’ in Underachievers, he has developed a constant focus on no-nonsense street skateboarding, famous for doing head-high ollies with perfect style and form.