Google “Jeremy Wray” and words like “rock star,” “respected icon,” and “superhero” show up on the first page.
For more than 30 years, professional skateboarder Jeremy Wray and his brother, Jonas, have inspired legions of fans around the world to perfect their ollies, kick flips and bolt landings. To see what those words mean, view Jeremy in action here.
In his private world, however, Jeremy is a devoted husband and father to two small children, one of whom already has a fascination with skateboards, even though he is only three years old. While the Wray brothers are fan favorites within the global skateboard culture, Jeremy likes the fact that, outside that world, few know who he is, which allows him to live a low-key, humble life.
On Oct. 4 at Super Saturday at Inspirada, Jeremy and Jonas Wray and their legendary skateboarding friends, Pat Channita and Paul Luna, will show off their outrageous skills and test the limits of Inspirada’s new skate element with a thrilling demonstration of ollies on the quarter pipe and 360 kick flips, among other tricks.
Check out the action at Potenza Park at the 10:30 a.m. demo, 11:30 a.m. autograph signings and second demo at 1:30 p.m. The skate element is just one of many venues that will be packed with family fun and food during Super Saturday at Inspirada, when the growing Henderson community opens its two newest parks – Capriola and Potenza Parks – and showcases 18 new home models.
Free sports clinics, pet adoptions and a chance to win an elaborate pet home from Project Playhouse Pet Edition will fill the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For Jeremy, who has traveled globally including Europe, Australia and Japan, to demonstrate for skateboarding enthusiasts, having a skate element within walking distance of home is pretty cool.
“To have this park designed into Inspirada is rare, but I think it’s going to become the norm. You have to make sure everyone has what they need, and everyone has a good time,” he said. “If you don’t give kids a place to skate, they will create one.”
Jeremy and Jonas started skateboarding in the streets and used their boards to get home from school quickly, down the slopes of Glendale, CA. Before the age of YouTube and Facebook, he learned how to perfect his tricks from watching other kids, using magazine illustrations, and studying video on VHS tapes.
When his 3-year-old son, Jaxon, is ready to skateboard standing up and outside of the living room, he will only need to look up his father and uncle online and find plenty of instruction on how to fly down stairwells, off handrails and over sidewalks.
“I don’t feel old, and I don’t look old,” said Jeremy, 39, the first inductee into the Hammer Hall of Fame. “As long as you keep doing it (skateboarding), it keeps you pretty young.”