Skateboarder Hoffart living the dream in California

Tue Feb 7, 2012 8:40am EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ever since Jordan Hoffart decided to turn his back on the seemingly incessant rain of his native Vancouver, he has been living his dream as a professional skateboarder in the perpetual sunshine of southern California.

The 27-year-old Canadian, who briefly worked in construction and also as a stunt man in the movie industry to help pay off a mortgage, is now able to twin his ideal career with a near-perfect lifestyle.

Whether he is competing on the professional circuit, filming video footage for one of his brand sponsors, giving advice to up-and-coming skateboarders or simply trying out a new trick, he is exactly where he wants to be.

"Eat, sleep and skate, it is just how I pictured it," Hoffart, who has lived full-time in the United States since early 2009, told Reuters. "You get this feeling when you skate, a sense of freedom to create and do whatever you want. It's like a thrill.

"When I first stepped on a board, it just struck me as very intriguing. It was the only thing that held my attention long enough for me to progress at something. And now here I am, living the dream.

"I believe San Diego has the best weather in the world. It's sunny and 80 degrees every day. I was miserable working up there in Vancouver and sick of the rain."

Hoffart, who is renowned for his "Big Spin Heel Flip" where he blunt slides down a handrail, has excelled in competition but he is happiest when exploring the more artistic side of skateboarding.

"My priority is to keep it interesting, new and fun as opposed to being competitive and making a lot more money," said the Canadian, who played a minor role as a vampire skater in the film "Blade: Trinity," which starred Wesley Snipes.   Continued...

<p>Professional skateboarder Jordan Hoffart of Canada takes some air off a transition in Oceanside, California December 14, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>