Steve Cabarello to visit Skatopia

By Dean Wright -

RUTLAND — Skateboarding legend Steve Caballero is coming to Skatopia to visit with skateboard enthusiasts and discuss skateboard history.

He’ll be there at 4 p.m. Friday with Museum of Skateboard History curator, Skatopia owner and fellow professional skateboarder Brewce Martin.

Martin expects the visit to be a treat for those who appreciate skateboarding history and culture.

“Amazing. He’s Christian, straight-edge and just an amazing skateboarder,” Martin said. “I just want to get the word out there that Steve Caballero is coming to Skatopia.”

Caballero began skating in 1976 at the age of 12 before starting his professional career in 1980. In 1987, he won both vertical and street titles at world championships in Munster, Germany. Caballero has been featured in skateboarding magazines as well as made multiple appearances in the Tony Hawk video game franchise over the years. “Thrasher Magazine” once named him “Skater of the Century.” He would then go on to also be featured in the 2012 documentary, “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography,” which told the tale of the Bones Brigade skate team which consisted of members Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen.

While being a skateboarder, Caballero is also a musician and has played in several punk bands such as Odd Man Out and The Faction.

Caballero was known to have set a world record for the highest achieved air on a half pipe at 11 feet at the time. He set another record with the longest board slide on a 44-step rail in 1999.

By Dean Wright