Rest in Peace Biker Sherlock, Downhill Legend
Skateboarding is a young concept. Downhill even younger. As a competition, racing is the smallest part of it all. This youth and niche breed a tight community, especially amongst sponsored and/or traveling competitors. Even smaller still is the group that lives and breaths skate from competition to leisure to employment. As time goes on, inevitably we will lose some of those that have been a part of the story along the way. Biker Sherlock, legendary luge and downhill skateboarder, still young in life and at heart, was all of those things and lived his passions to the fullest. Sadly, he has passed away. Biker Sherlock is as OG as it comes and has influenced many of us with his efforts and antics. The outpouring from all over, and all ages, is real and across social media. He will be missed by all. I’d like to take this post to remember him briefly as I knew him and hopefully inspire you to learn more about Biker and the roots of downhill.
For anyone skating downhill, Biker and Dregs Skateboards have been a big part of how we have arrived where we are presently. Biker has been skating, making boards, organizing, and promoting since the early 1990s. Though we’d spoken on the phone a few times when I started working in the industry, I first met Biker in person at AGENDA Trade show. Personally, it was odd for me to just ‘talk’ to Biker at first. I was born in the 80s, so to me Biker was a bit larger than life, kinda like a Hulk Hogan or Mr. T. Despite him being very flesh and blood, he is a surreal being to me.
Biker was always open, direct and honest with me, something I really appreciate. Conversation was always lively. We had some good chats and he would fill me in on his perspective of downhill and memories of the past. Over the years we met at various events and he was always welcoming and I really enjoyed the time we had together and sought him out when I knew he was around to make sure I had the opportunity. Biker made me feel welcome and a part of something in special way and I know part of the opportunity I have is a direct result of things he did. He had incredible energy. It’s hard to imagine I won’t get to experience that again.
The last event Biker attended, that we were able to catch some photos of him, was the 2012 Laguna Seca Sea Otter Classic. I grabbed a couple from Jon Huey:
I want to note clearly, Biker wasn’t old, just OG in Downhill. As he was still so young in life and he is survived by his wife and young children who could use some support. Biker was their rock. Please visit their Go Fund Me Campaign and share your memories of Biker and anything you can to support. We are sorry for their loss and wish them the best in his passing and their future.
I also want to encourage you take some time this holiday season to look up more on Biker and the history of downhill skateboarding. Get to know your roots! Along with Biker Sherlock, you’ll find that Gary Hardwick, one of the first to go the fastest, has also passed away.
There’s lots to get to know about Biker and the history of his downhill and luge career. Here’s a bief bio on Biker, with info lifted and edited from his Athlete page:
In 1995, a friend introduced Biker Sherlock to street luging and he was hooked. By June 1996, only 8 months after taking upthe sport, Biker competed in the ESPN X-Games, his first professional race and won gold!
In 1996, after early success, Biker successfully sought business opportunities that complimented his competitiveness. Biker founded and ran Dregs Skateboards, specializing in the sale of street luge equipmentand longboard skateboards. He became president and owner of Extreme Downhill International (EDI), a sanctioning body of downhill skateboarding and street luging. Biker Sherlock was also team leader and owner of Team Dregs, a dominating force in downhill skateboarding. Under Biker’s leadership, Team Dregs was one of the best downhill racing team in the America.
Biker took EDI to the next level of sport organizing when he served as consultant to NBC Sports and helped organize the inaugural 1999 NBC Gravity Games. Following up with organizing the next few years of games as well.
Biker is the most decorated downhill skateboard and streetluge athlete in the history of the ESPN X-Games (4 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze) and NBC Gravity Games (2 gold, 3 silver). In 1998 Biker landed a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most gold medals won at the ESPN X-Games. He still holds the title of 2000 Extreme Downhill International (EDI) Downhiller of the Year and 2000 EDI World Champion Downhill Skateboarder and held the title of EDI National Street Luge Champion from 1996-1999.
Many of the people that are a part of our history are actively still in the game and still making an impact. I recommend checking out the Signal Hill Speed Run documentary from Tunnel Skateboards and all the great history in that film. The DVD is now available and I watched it the other night and it’s great, it’s easy to get by emailing Tunnel. With that, I also like to recommend checking out Jack Smith. Jack is a legend in his own rights having competed at Signal Hill and skated across America more times than anyone, but he is also curating the history of Skateboarding for us all at the Morro Bay Skate Museum. Not only do you get to know Jack, but he’s making sure we can remember Biker, Gary and others we’ve lost with the next generation.
With that, I’ll leave it with another Biker video.
Rest in Peace Biker Sherlock.