LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A 19-year-old self-taught skateboarder from Lee’s Summit is on the move.
“I watched different pros do their tricks, and I studied what they`re doing,” said KJ Dillard, who taught himself how to skateboard when he was 12, after a friend introduced him to it.
“Me and my friend Cory, when we were younger, we just skated all the time, and that`s all we did all summer,” added Dillard.
He said he was playing basketball and football in middle school and high school, but skateboarding was his passion.
“I really picked up on skateboarding a lot, just started getting good at a young age, and progressed with it, and now I`m trying to hopefully do it as a career one day,” Dillard said.
Now he's ranked 22nd in a world based YouTube performance report after a video of him skateboarding went viral.
“I did this never before done trick, and it got recognized by big skateboard channels, like The Berrics and Street League Skateboarding, which is powered through Fox Sports,” Dillard added.
He now has more than 209,000 views on YouTube.
“What I did is a one foot crooked grind,” said Dillard, “I did the trick, one foot crook, and that`s already been done before, but what I did out of the crooked grind, no one`s done before, and the Berrics reposted it on their Instagram and they labeled it 'NBD' and within a few hours it was at 200,000 views.”
Dillard said Fox Sports Street League Skateboarding contacted him and asked if they could submit his trick for Street League Trick of the Year.
The move could land him a $10,000 prize.
He`s shocked by the reaction he`s gotten.
“At first, when I filmed it, I was just like I`m going to post this to Instagram, thought nothing of it, I was just going to see , like maybe some local guys would think it’s cool or whatever,” Dillard said.
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