Neal Hendrix

Neal Hendrix (born May 12, 1973) is an American professional skateboarder, commentator, and brand manager.

Skateboarding careerEdit

Hendrix grew up in Lewisville, North Carolina, and started skating backyards and parks across the mid-Atlantic in 1986. While In the Winston Salem area Neal did A lot to promote skateboarding and was an inspiration to many young skaters coming up behind him. He let young skaters skate the half pipe In the back yard of his parents house. In 1991 he turned pro for New Deal and two years later moved to southern California,[1] where he resides today.

Career highlights include five X Games medals and earning titles in 2005 at the Skatepark of Tampa Pro Vert Contest and China's' Shanghai Showdown. Hendrix ranked 2nd in the 2007 World Cup of Skateboarding and Pro Vert World Rankings. He also skated for 11-years on the Vans Warped Tour. Hendrix was a featured skater on Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck jam and in recent years he's done various demos with Hawk and his crew around the world.

Hendrix still competes. In 2016 he won Vert Attack X in Sweden and placed 3rd at the GoPro Beach Bowl in Australia.[2][3]

In 1996, Hendrix skated in the Olympic Games closing ceremonies in Atlanta, Georgia.[4]

In October 2018, Hendrix was suspended from his role on the USA Skateboarding executive committee pending a police investigation into sexual assault allegations.[5][6]

http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/25295553/district-attorney-drops-case-usa-skateboarding-neal-hendrix

By Alyssa Roenigk | Nov 16, 2018 ESPN.com The Orange County district attorney is declining to pursue a case against USA Skateboarding executive committee member Neal Hendrix after allegations of improper sexual contact with a then-14-year-old skateboarder.

Other career highlightsEdit

Hendrix started out as a visiting pro at Woodward Camp in Pennsylvania back in the 1990s. He remained a visiting pro for many years and is now the Brand Manager for the camps worldwide, which include camps in Pennsylvania, California, China and Colorado.[7] Camp Woodward placed Hendrix on administrative leave while the sexual assault investigation is being conducted.[8]

He is a broadcaster and commentator for various skateboard contests and series including Dew Tour, X Games and the upcoming VANS World Championship Series.[9] Hendrix was formerly a reporter for Fuel TV's The Weekly Update.

Hendrix is a photographer in his free time, documenting the various cities and countries he has visited through his sport. He has had several photography exhibits in the surrounding Los Angeles area including the Lab, in Costa Mesa and UCLA's Kerckhoff Gallery.[10][11][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oliva, Jason (March 6, 2007). "114: More from Neal Hendrix Dog psssssr to fakie 2006 Woodward West".
  2. ^ "Vert Attack X: Final result". skatemalmo.se. Skate Malmo. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Who are The GoPro Beach Bowl Masters Finalists? Here's your answer…". Australian Open of Surfing. March 4, 2016. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Hendrikx, Eric (2012). "Interview with Neal Hendrix". www.revoltinstyle.com. Revolt in Style.
  5. ^ Roenigk, Alyssa (October 24, 2018). "USA Skateboarding's Neal Hendrix accused of sexually assaulting teenage skater". ABC News – via ESPN.
  6. ^ Boren, Cindy (October 24, 2018). "USA Skateboarding's Neal Hendrix suspended amid investigation into sexual assault allegation". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ Feldman, Jacob (January 19, 2013). "Lewisville native turns skateboarding into 20-year career". Winston-Salem Journal.
  8. ^ Musumeci, Natalie (October 24, 2018). "Pro skateboarder suspended after allegations he sexually abused 14-year-old girl". New York Post.
  9. ^ "Vans Park Terrain World Championship Series - TransWorld SKATEboarding". Transworld Skateboarding. February 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "Neal Hendrix Photography Show". thelab.com. February 7, 2012. Archived from the original on May 6, 2016.
  11. ^ Hamm, Keith (December 4, 2012). "Skaters turned photographers". X Games.