Rick Howard


As a skater he helped put the polish on the technical side of tricks in an era of huck and pray. Consistently putting out parts that pushed what we thought was possible, and doing so with a silky smooth style that is instantly recognizable. While he's never been awarded any official accolades, he's more focused on continuing his contributions to skateboarding than accepting a dust collector for the mantle or frame on the wall anyway. His role behind the scenes at Girl has been equally important as his time on the board. From hiring and overseeing the uber-talented Art Dump to filming on trips and being the guy that handles the nuts and bolts of daily operations, you'd almost never notice it by the quiet and humble way he does business. Not a man of outward flash, his skating does all that for him. Simple shirts, plain pants and a fairly sedate sticker job combine to force your eyes to pay attention to what he's doing. Intentional or not, the regular guy feel that he personifies gives us the impression that he'd not only be fun to skate with, but also be down to get a beer and some potato skins at the bar afterwards.



What is your full name, your age, and where do you come from?
Rick Howard, trying to be a teenager, from Vancouver Canada

How long have you been skating?
32 years.

Which skaters inspired you the most growing up, and which inspire you today?
Friends from Vancouver, Mark Gonzales, watching vert skating.  Today: Girl & Chocolate fam, Ishod Wair,187

What does your perfect day look like?
Fluorescent lights & whiteboards.

What are you bumping on the jambox at a good session?
Hopefully a Phawt Mench playlist.

How do you feel about Instagram/social media and skateboarding?

What is a bad habit you need to kick?

Favorite place skateboarding has taken you, and place you want to travel to the most?
The back panel, South Africa, Europe, Japan, Australia.  I’d like to see Iceland and more Natural Wonders.

How did you get your spot on Lakai?
Tim Gavin

Who is your favorite Lakai rider, past or present?
Adam Spiegel

What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t skating for a living?
Clearly Canadian

Favorite thing about riding for Lakai?
The Flare

Any last words?
Never last words.