The legend of the first ever skater to cross the Atlantic, Paul Ryan, is celebrating his 85th birthday with a birthday party for which he is not only famous, but also a hero.
Ryan, who invented the skateboarding genre in the 1930s, died in London in 2014 and was buried at St Mary’s Cathedral.
Ryan’s son and namesake, Shane Ryan, also played a part in the history of the sport.
Ryan’s life was marked by many tragedies, but the legend of his first skateboarding event was the most notable.
He had been suffering from depression at the time of his death.
He was a big fan of the London skateboard scene and travelled to England to skate in his backyard.
In a book entitled ‘The Irish Skateboarders’, published in 1980, Ryan describes the first skateboard event in the early 1930s.
Ryan was an avid skateboarder who was involved in many skateboarding events and in the mid-1950s he started working as a model at a skate park in Glasgow.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Ryan was an active skateboard instructor, but in the 1970s and 1980s he became a film actor, having appeared in numerous films.
Shane Ryan was a skater himself and was famous for his work as a skateboard coach.
In an interview with the Irish Independent, Shane said: “I had to go through a lot of trials to be able to do it.
I was so young, so I couldn’t really do anything like that in the UK at the end of the 1960s.”
In the mid 1960s and 1970s, Shane was part of the famous ‘Skateboard Army’ of skateboard enthusiasts, who would travel around the world to perform their first skateboards, but this wasn’t Ryan’s first time travelling.
He went to the United States to skate with his family, and later to Europe.
The first time Ryan went to Europe, he spent a week there, where he met a boy called Johnny Blythe, who became the first known American to skateboard in Europe.
In his book, ‘The Skatebook Army’, Shane described the moment when the two met: “We sat on a balcony and we talked about the skateboards.
The kid said ‘I like the idea of having an English style skater.
He said ‘Yeah, that’s nice.
I’ve been wanting to skate skate with you for a while.
And I’ve always wanted to meet you.’
I was like ‘Oh my God, this is so exciting.
I want to skate for you.’
Ryan’s father, the actor Richard Ryan, told The Irish Times in 2016 that his son would have been proud to skate at the event.””
It was a beautiful moment and a great day, because we got to meet the man behind the legend.”
Ryan’s father, the actor Richard Ryan, told The Irish Times in 2016 that his son would have been proud to skate at the event.
“He would have liked it,” said the actor.
“I think he would have loved it.
It’s not like he would’ve been the first to skate, but it was definitely his idea.”
In 2012, Shane shared his memories of the event on social media.
He said: We were in a car, and we were heading down to a skatepark in Scotland.
There was this huge crowd waiting for us, but I think we just missed them, so we just turned around and went home.
We were at this skate park, in the city centre, which is in the Highlands, and it was the best day of my life, I think.
“I was like, ‘I’m going to go skate in Scotland today,’ but I couldn