Jordan Richter is an American born professional skateboarder and youth advocate. He is widely respected for his early innovative work on vertical ramps that would help revolutionize vertical skateboarding. By the age of fifteen his career enjoyed rapid success as a member of the elite Blind Skateboarding Team, a part in the Spike Jonze documentary “Video Days,” sponsorship contracts, and an abundance of media coverage.
Jordan went on to turn professional at the ripe young age of 16. The next five years would witness multiple contracts, several near death experiences, and an extreme drug overdose. In 1996, Jordan converted to Islam and paused his Skateboarding career to focus on spiritual growth and disrupting the cycles of addiction and sabotage that he had grown accustomed from being placed in such high profile spaces at such a young age. After ten years, he returned to the professional skating scene, and launched the Jordan Richter Skateboarding academy: a pop-up camp to support youth and people of all ages to cultivate a love for skating and innovation absent of addictions.
The global phenomenon of Jordan’s skateboarding skills has taken him to Japan, Europe, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, and Costa Rica. He has his name on skateboards, designed skateboard parks, and trained thousands of people how to skateboard. A documentary of the ways his journey to Hajj intersects with his skating career will appear on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network in 2015.