A little over two years ago, Mystery skateboards pro Ryan Smith was given a five percent chance of survival after getting in a disastrous motorcycle wreck. The proverbial road to recovery was proven a rough one paved in physical and mental anguish. Through the ensuing loss of friends, career momentum and at times sanity, the Smith of today is one thoughtful and grounded individual.
Most recently, Smith parted ways with long-time shoe sponsor DC. For some, the loss of a sponsor can fuel bitterness. But Smith's outlook is nothing if not thankful and humble for what he's been given. Not only is Smith grateful for the chance to continue skateboarding, he's thankful to be alive.