Lewisville native turns skateboarding into 20-year career

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Neal Hendrix turned a 30-second sprint into a 20-year career, but it wasn’t easy.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the Lewisville native has overcome numerous obstacles en route to a steady life in the skateboarding industry.

Hendrix was a state champion swimmer as a child, but by the time he was 12, he said he gave up the pool to focus on skateboarding. Hendrix said he started skating with neighbors, riding boards found in garages over makeshift jumps in their backyards.

While his friends were quitting the fad, Hendrix said he was persuading his father to take him on weekend trips in search of better facilities. The Hendrix family was able to cut down on travel mileage when a skatepark was created in Winston-Salem when Neal was 16.

“That park was only open for about three years, but it was a really big time in my progression,” Hendrix, 39, told the Winston-Salem Journal. He now lives in Costa Mesa, about 30 miles south of Los Angeles. “It was the perfect time for me to have a facility and kind of go from the backyard to a really, really good skatepark.”

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.