CJ Maldonado

C.J. Maldonado
From: Vancouver, Washington, USA
Division: Am Division
Sponsored by: N/A
Age:  22
Skating:  20 years

My father Victor, who is also my mentor, sat me on my first skateboard, a Steve Caballero Dragon II deck, when I was only 2 years old. From then on, I was hooked. I was introduced to freestyle at a young age as well, but never attempted to learn it until I was 20. My family attended the World Freestyle Round-Up in 2015 and I fell in love with the atmosphere of the competition and how happy all the competitors were. I love the freestyle skateboard community. Now after two years of spectating at the event, I am ready to compete this year in the Amateur Division. I was even more motivated to enter after meeting Freestyle Legend Kevin Harris and seeing his skate videos. It’s still surreal to me that I can call him a friend of mine among many other freestyler’s at the contest.

I finished my AA Degree at Clark Community College and have just transferred over to Washington State University where I plan to pursue a Business Administration degree or Marketing degree. When this semester ends I plan to earn a few bucks this summer working at a manufacturing plant. In my spare time I enjoy snowboarding, fishing, collecting things, and playing my Ukulele. Maybe Monty Little and I will play Duelling Ukulele’s at the contest. Ha Ha

Speaking of the World Round-Up, this an event that I love attending each year, and not only because of the incredible skating. Freestyle is an element of skateboarding that still surprises me to this day. I can never determine what the next trick the contestants will pull off in their routines. The people who run the contest are also the reason why I want to keep coming back. I love the Brotherhood / Sisterhood that this contest brings and can hardly wait to see and skate with everyone.

RECENT CONTEST HISTORY:

2011 Dew Tour VIP Passes Contest – 3rd Place Amateur