From the run-down shacks and garbage-strewn vacant lots of Fontucky (also known as Fontana), California, comes the young whippersnapper Leo Romero. Plenty of filmers and fellow woodpushers alike admire Leo for his totally killer style--not to mention his uncanny ability to stomp the biggest sledghammers first try. He's a well-known handrail / stairs abuser who can--unbeknownst to many--punish lots of other terrain equally well. For example, Leo loves tranny--regularly slashing to pieces his local bowl paradise, Fontana Skatepark.
Sixteen year-old Leo first started skating about six years ago, thanks to his friends, The Death Junkies. Early influences included Jamie Thomas and Andrew Reynolds, which perhaps explains Leo's balls-out approach to shred-sledding today. Boyeee comin' up quick! Just a couple of years back, Leo had to ask permission to spend the night at a friend's house. Now, he's flown the coop to tour the world on his own, regularly skating with the top pros he grew-up influenced by--even receiving calls from former idol Jamie Thomas to ride for his latest shoe venture. Of course, staying on Emerica is a no-brainer.
In fact, Leo skates so much, he has to attend alternative school two hours per day, two days per week to get a diploma to keep his mom happy. Always down for business, it's not uncommon for Leo to call-up filmers and photographers as often as friends to go skating. For proof of his dedicated work ethic, scope Leo's parts in Emerica's This Is Skateboarding video and DVD, his massive sixteen-page amateur interview in Thrasher and the totally bicthin' section he's currently working on for the next Foundation video.
These days, Leo skates with Matt Allen, Bryan Herman and Ryan Reckenfield a lot, and his favorite skaters of all time include Erik Ellington, Andrew Reynolds, Heath Kirchart, Brian Summner, Brian Anderson and Eric Koston. Leo's future goal is to possibly turn pro someday later on. Always joking, super-funny, and making the most hilarious faces, this kid is totally easy to get along with. As Thrasher put it, "Everybody loves Leo".
That pretty much wraps it up for our man, Leo Romero. And always remember: take the "r" out of his last name and what do you have? That's right, ladies...Romeo.