Pro Skateboarder who pioneered the switch stance, Named Skater of the Year in 1993 by Thrasher Magazine, Most Influential Skater of the Decade (1990s) by Transworld Skateboarding, And Most Beautiful Skater by Big Brother Magazine
www.salmanagah.comI skated for probably 15 years before I ever put my leg over a bike. I got into motocross about ’93 or ’94 and I’ve been doing it ever since.Wade Speyer [I Ride, December 2007], who’s also a professional skater, was at a pro contest in Santa Clara. I went to see Wade race motocross at the fairgrounds, and then he came and skated in the contest, too. That actually was the thing that really turned me on to motocross. Because I saw Wade doing it and I was like, ‘Man, that looks so fun.’I find a lot of similarities with the motocross culture and the skate culture. It’s kinda like if you ride, you’re in. And it’s the same way with skating. If you’re a skater and you’re really into it, it’s apparent and it’s kinda like there are open arms there, they accept you.In skateboarding you have to overcome fear, you have to have perseverance and be dedicated, and you have to be willing to get up when you fall, and all those things really translate into riding dirt bikes.Skateboarding is one of those activities where there’s no teacher, and you really have to use visualization and self discipline in terms of wanting to progress. Most skaters develop a process for how they learn, and I just really took that same process and applied it to motocross.