Rob Smith is a pro rider for the UK’s Death Skateboards and is sponsored by Monster Energy, Supra Footwear and Carhartt. He’s been riding with Death since April 2006, and has appeared in a number of their films, including 2005’s Escape From Boredom and 2007’s full-length movie Better Than Life. His first real full-length DVD video part was in 2012’s Ordinary Madness.
He spends his time travelling the world with his skateboard, moving from event to contest to tour, but it’s not only skating itself that Rob excels in – he writes a monthly column for Front magazine about his travels, and also DJs under the name DJ Dogger, playing at the events and contests in which he takes part.
Rob was born on 23rd February 1989 in Manchester, and had his first skateboard at the age of five. With Kareem Campbell an early hero, he began skating seriously at the age of ten, showing off his skills at the weekend at Bolton Bones skate park. After leaving school, he worked for his Dad as a plasterer for four years, then did some skate coaching and worked on Hollyoaks and other TV sets, before turning pro.
He is well-known for his chilled-out view of life, and his rare sense of humour. Above all, he really does like to hurt himself and skates like a lunatic, once breaking both his arms at the same time trying a 360 over the spine.