Richard (Rick) McCrank

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Richard (Rick) McCrank
Born (1976-01-23) January 23, 1976 (age 46)
Peterborough, Ontario
Rick, Crankers, Mckrills
💼 Occupation
Professional skateboarder, business owner, TV host
🌐 Website

Rick McCrank (born January 23, 1976) is a Canadian professional skateboarder, television host, skate shop owner, and skate company co-owner.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Early life[edit]

McCrank was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, but grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[8][9][10][11]

Professional skateboarding[edit]

McCrank's first deck sponsor was Cherry Bombs, a small Canadian brand. McCrank was discovered by professional skateboarder Colin McKay and invited to join Plan B Skateboards.[12] After Plan B, McCrank briefly joined Birdhouse, appearing in the 1998 video The End. After Birdhouse, McCrank joined the Girl Distribution Company and is currently a team member of the Girl brand.[13][14]

McCrank designed several signature skate shoe models for the éS brand, including the éS "Anti-Social" model.[15] Following the announcement of the brand's hiatus, McCrank has been filmed wearing the Lakai brand.[16] In 2019, McCrank announced he was leaving Lakai.[17][18] McCrank is part owner of Momentum Wheels with ex-Bones Brigade pro Kevin Harris.[19]

Contest history[edit]

McCrank competed in Street contests throughout his career. He was awarded one of the highest ever scores in a street skateboarding competition, scoring a 99.67 at ESPN's 2000 grand prix.[20] In the Summer of 2001, McCrank got 1st place in the X-Games Skateboard Street Best Trick contest.[21][1] Also in 2001, McCrank placed 2nd place at the Gravity Games, hosted in Providence, RI.[21][3] He won the Globe World Cup at Melbourne in 2002 [22] and in 2003, McCrank placed 2nd at the 2003 Gravity Games behind Ryan Sheckler.[23] In 2003, McCrank placed 2nd at the Slam City Jam.[4] In 2004, he came second to Ronnie Creager at the Globe World Cup.[24]


McCrank was voted "Best Street Skater" by Transworld SKATEboarding magazine in 2001.[25]


  • Sheep: Life of Leisure (1996)
  • Church of Skatan: Santa Barbara (1996)
  • Plan B: The Revolution (1997)
  • Birdhouse: The End (1998)
  • Transworld : The Reason (1999)
  • 411VM: Brazilian Vacation (1999)
  • The XYZ Video (1999)
  • Powell: Bones Bearings Class Of 2000 (2000)
  • éS: éSpecial
  • Dwindle : Rodney Mullen vs Daewon Song Round 2 (1999)
  • éS: Menikmati (2002)[26]
  • Girl: Harsh Euro Barge (2002)
  • Girl: Yeah Right! (2003)
  • Stereo: Way Out East (2004)
  • FuelTV: Riding The Long White Cloud (2009)[27]
  • Girl/Chocolate: Pretty Sweet (2012)[28]
  • Viceland TV: Abandoned - Skateboarder Rick McCrank explores abandoned places with the people who love them long after the lights have gone out. (2016)[29]
  • Viceland TV: Post Radical - Rick McCrank takes viewers on an exploration of skateboarding's varied subcultures.[30][31]
  • Girl Skateboards "Doll" (2018)[32]

Business owner[edit]

McCrank co-founded the Anti-Social Skateshop in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[33][34] McCrank co-owns the Momentum brand, a skateboard wheel company.[35]

Acting, hosting, and public speaking[edit]

McCrank has acted in the films Harvey Spannos (2006) and Machotaildrop (2009).[27]


McCrank hosted the television series Abandoned, which premiered on the Viceland network in 2016.[36][29][5][37][38] His most recent television project is Post Radical, which aired in 2018.[31][39][40]

Public speaking[edit]

In 2019, McCrank was part of a group of skateboard industry veterans who spoke at the Pushing Boarders conference in Malmo.[41][42]


McCrank is a teetotaler and claims to have never drunk in his life.[43]


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  2. O'Connor, Paul (2019-10-02). Skateboarding and Religion. Springer Nature. ISBN 978-3-030-24857-4. Search this book on Logo.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 Layden, Joe (2002). More to the Xtreme. Scholastic. ISBN 978-0-439-38574-9. Search this book on Logo.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 Higgins, Matt (2006). Insider's Guide to Action Sports. Scholastic Reference. ISBN 978-0-439-84780-3. Search this book on Logo.png
  5. 5.0 5.1 Yeusuff, Bahir (2020-07-03). "Abandoned - The Vice Docuseries is Not Poverty Porn". Goggler. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  6. Derdeyn, Stuart. "VIFF 2016: Abandoned skates the world". VancouverSun. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  7. Hunter, Rob. "How skateboarding changed popular culture". SBS TV. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  8. "RICK MCCRANK -- Route One Interview". The Berrics. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  9. "Post Radical: An Interview with Alex Craig and Rick McCrank". Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  10. "Rick McCrank Interview". Transworld SKATEboarding. 1999-12-21. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  11. "CrailTap 3: Rick McCrank Interview". Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  12. Lucas Wisenthal (4 November 2014). "Rick McCrank's Favorite Vancouver Skaters". RIDE. Complex Media. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  13. "Team: Rick McCrank". Girl Skateboards. THE GIRL SKATEBOARD COMPANY, INC. 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  14. "Rick McCrank". The Nine Club. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
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  16. Ride Channel (25 July 2013). "SKATE Vancouver with Rick McCrank" (Video upload). Ride Channel on YouTube. Google Inc. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  17. "Rick McCrank Leaves Lakai After 7 Years". The Berrics. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  18. "Rick McCrank Interview – Caught in the Crossfire". Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  19. "New Products Available from Momentum Wheels!". Warehouse Skateboards. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  20. "Rick McCrank's official X Games athlete biography". X Games. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
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  22. "Results From Globe World Cup, Australia". TransWorld SKATEboarding. A360 Media LLC. 18 February 2002. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  23. Hillman, John; Hillman, Kathy; Florea, Jesse (2004). The One Year Devos for Sports Fans. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8423-8711-8. Search this book on Logo.png
  24. "The 2004 Globe World Cup". TransWorld SKATEboarding. A360 Media LLC. 19 February 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  25. Shad Lambert (6 August 2001). "READERS – POLL BEST STREET SKATER RICK MCCRANK". Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  26. "10 TRICKS TO GET YOU THROUGH WINTER". Jenkem Magazine. 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
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  29. 29.0 29.1 "ABANDONED - VICELAND". VICELAND. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  30. "Post Radical - VICELAND". Viceland. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  32. "Rick McCrank". Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  33. "The It List: Vans Foot The Bill initiative". vancouversun. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  34. "A look inside the life of Antisocial's owner/operator". Vancouver Is Awesome. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  35. "Rick McCrank Vegetarian Ad". peta2. PETA. 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
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  37. "Viceland's Abandoned explores broken down America". CBC Radio.
  38. Aridi, Sara (2018-07-10). "What's on TV Tuesday: 'No Passport Required' and 'Drug Lords' (Published 2018)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
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  42. "Speakers 2019". Pushing Boarders. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  43. "On the Crail Couch with Rick McCrank, again" (video). Crailtap. 31 October 2011. Event occurs at 1:51. Retrieved 6 December 2017.

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