You Pro Ridin...... or you just ridin?
My name is Chris Gentry. PRO or Pro Riders Organization began in August 2002 at the X Games VII in Philadelphia, PA when an impromptu rule change resulted in myself and some other Vert skaters being left out of the "vert doubles” and “best trick” competitions. I and my partner Mike Crum had won the Silver Medal for second place in the “doubles” competition the year before in Philadelphia behind the team of Tony Hawk and Andy McDonald.
Angered by the changes, we called together a majority of the Riders who then put our issues and the changes we wanted in writing, “Ink and Paper“. After having each Rider sign it, we presented the issues to the event organizers and the rules were changed to accommodate the Riders.
From that moment on, it was obvious the Riders would have to stick together under one roof in order to have our voice heard in the world of Action Sports.
When I returned home, for the next month, I began putting together the basic documents. That collective voice became PRO, Pro Riders Organization. On September 29, 2002, the first 35 Riders signed up to the new PRO. They were my family of Riders with names like Pierre Luc Gagnon, Rune Glifberg, Omar Hassan, Danny Way, Buster Halterman, Jake Brown, Danny Mayer, Tas Pappas, Mike Crum, Sergie Ventura, Lincoln Ueda, Andy Macdonald, Mathias Ringstrom, Matt Moffett, Renton Miller, Brian Patch, Chad Voght, Phil Hajal, Chris Livingston, Jesse Fritch, Darren Navarrette, Christiano Mateus, Max Dufour, Joe Prisel, Kevin Staab, Darin Jenkins, Ben Schroeder, Aaron Astorga, Austen Seaholm, Dayne Brummet, Dan MacFarlane, Ryan Johnson, Stephen Murray, Koji Kraft, Mike Mancuso, Tim Hall, Kenan Harkin, Cory Nastazio, Seth Enslow, Ronnie Faisst and Trigger Gumm.
This collective voice serves to PROtect, PROvide and PROmote the sports, athletes and the interest of our members, now and forever known as the Pro Riders.
PRO is truly “For the Riders…By the Riders!”
The wide umbrella created by Pro Riders Organization has tremendous protential to positively affect and shape the lives of literally millions of the World’s youth, as well as create numerous jobs and business opportunities for the Pro Riders and many others.
Founder, September 2002
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