Old guys skateboard, slightly different angle

The San Francisco Chronicle has a very short piece on 76 year old downhill enthusiast Lloyd Kahn who’s only been skating for about 11 years.

– Thanks to Eric Cherry for the tip.


  1. 76? I’d say he gets a pass on the longboard. Pretty awesome.

  2. is that WES??

  3. shvitz on May 25, 2011 - Reply

    Gramps would go…

  4. talentlessquitter on May 25, 2011 - Reply

    I can only pray I look that good when I’m his age….and still riding!
    You’re a hero,Lloyd. check in;I want to know what deck you ride!

  5. I met this old skateboarder Bill Dorr, at Skate City back in 1978. He was in his late 50’s back then, and killed it for an old guy. He passed away a few years ago when he was around 80. Here is a great photo of him skating the old Upland Combi.

    • Prickly Pete on May 26, 2011 - Reply

      I remember this piece on Bill Dorr in Transworld(?).

      The oldest skater I ever heard of is a guy named Louis Zamperini. He survived the Bataan Death march, lived in Malibu, surfed, and skated until he was in his mid 80s. His kids made him quit.

    • Gavin on May 26, 2011 - Reply

      I remember reading something about him too, but it might have been Thrasher. I think it said he didn’t start skating till he was 36.

    • zeno01 on May 26, 2011 - Reply

      Dang, I remember that Bill Dorr thing in Thrasher. Wow, awesome, thanks for the link!

    • Thank you for the picture. Bill and I were close friends when he was a procucer and art collector in the West Village. If you know any friends of his from the west coast would you ask them to contact me. Thank you. Ric

      • could you contact me regarding Bill Dorr pls?

        • Bill Door set himself apart from any of the other old man skateboarders. In 1980, he skated and ripped bowls, and he dressed like a skate punk way before you could purchase that look down at the mall. He always told me Dennis “Polar Bear” Agnew was his was favorite skater. He really knew what was up. He was way ahead of the times.

      • I am Bill Dorr’s niece. We stayed in touch when he was still here. I loved his emails. I was always inspired by Bill. He really lived life. I believe he would love know that he inspired many! I would love to have contact with someone who knew him. My father passed several years ago. My Dad was about 5’6″. Bill was very tall, like at least 6′. My Dad was a member of Mensa. Bill, was an inspiration. They were very different, but both great men. My Maiden name was Dorr. Contact me if via email if you knew him. Thanks! Diane Skate-on!!!

        • mike campbell on November 28, 2012 - Reply

          awww.. yes,,i use to see him at powell skate zone golet ca,in the early 90’s…he was an awsome skate boarder,,i was 15 at the time

          • mike campbell on November 28, 2012 -

            imean goleta 🙂 santa barbara ca

          • chris on April 22, 2013 -


          • Matt on August 14, 2015 -

            I too stayed at bills place in LA. He let us stay at his place to skate in a CASL tournament the next day. He used to skate at mcgill’s skatepark in Carlsbad in late 80’s. He even came to visit me when I moved to Las Vegas. Great skate memories with him.

        • Duke Perkins on December 5, 2012 - Reply

          Diane, I used to skate with Bill from 91-94. He sponsored me to do competition with CASL (California Amateur Skateboard League) in 93 and he really helped boost my skills in skateboarding as he would haul us around to many skate parks in Los Angeles and up to Goleta, CA for the Powell Peralta Skate Zone before it closed.

          Bill was a very cool cat and was down to earth. I cant say how grateful I was and still am that he offered his time and guidance to me and many other skaters in LA and abroad. Last I spoke with him was in 2001 and I never really got to get back in touch with him as I lost his phone number and address (lost my notebook and cell phone). I take it that he passed away. If he has or hasn’t, I would greatly appreciate you letting me know.

        • Hi Diane,

          I knew Bill Dorr very well when he lived in Greenwich Village, NY back in the 70’s. I was in a rock band that he was producing and managing. I knew his roommate Eddie and his cats Moonhaze and Raticator. He had a “playpen” in his living room filled with thousands of little foam rubber cubes. When you partied at his house sometimes he would give you a silk tie-died shift to put on before diving into the playpen. I can’t tell you how many times I fell asleep in that thing. Did you know that Bill appeared in the Dustin Hoffman movie “Midnight Cowboy”? Bill’s friends on the east coast would like to know about his final years. When did he pass away? You can write me at nbdtc@aol.com. Thanks and regards, George Chen

        • Pietro Balducci on June 3, 2016 - Reply

          Hi Diane Johnson,

          My name is Pietro Balducci from Brasil, professional skateboarder in late 90’s and i used to live with William in Santa Monica. I understand right, William Dorr passed away? What a sad news for me these weekend. I need to talk to you. Send me some news in my email
          Sincerely yours,

        • Gonçalo on October 21, 2016 - Reply

          Hi Diane,
          My name´s Gonçalo, I´m 41 and I´m writing from Lisbon Portugal.
          I met Bill while skating the local skatepark in Huntington Beach in August 2000.I went for a month with a friend to skate all around Cali. When we met Bill he was so fiendly, and he even said that if we pass by LA he was open to let as stay at his place. He stayed there for a week, going from spot to spot and skateparks around. We never lose contact after that. Always sending e-mails letters for each other.In 2007 I got back to Cali to skate for a month and Bill was open to let me stay again. When I went to his place in South Bundy Drive I was in shock. My dearest frind Bill had passed away. So so sad about that. I have so many many good memories about him and those days. Always the coolest guy. I said to him severeal times that I wanted to be like him when I got older.
          I´m writing this because I dreamed about South Bundy Drive, La last night. And I instantly tought about Bill. Thanks Bill for the good memories.

      • vic wheatman on April 18, 2014 - Reply

        I worked for Bill dorr at New York City liaison films in the 60’s. on a whim I started to look for him. I’m sad that he has passed away to the great skateboard city in the sky.

  6. Cool, 26 more years for me.

  7. CCKEN on May 26, 2011 - Reply

    It would be cool to be 76 and still skating 53 and trying.

  8. I have 32 beautiful years left… ie I am midway in my skating years.

    • talentlessquitter on May 26, 2011 - Reply

      Hah! 40 years to go,but severely lacking body balance…

      Bevil,quest’ce que c’est? Did you do the Ultraskate 24hrs last weekend?

      • nonono – too bad – I am not a Parisian , I live 8000 km away from Paris, in Guadeloupe, French West Indies.

        • talentlessquitter on May 27, 2011 - Reply

          I should have known,sorry! Well,I wasn’t there either.I just read it on your site.

  9. Isn’t Duane Peters almost 76?

  10. talentlessquitter on May 27, 2011 - Reply

    Apparently famous surfer Doc Ball skated well into his 80’s.

    A guy in cw vol.3 #3 started skating at 50.

    “old men are on the rise”,Kilwag,you said it here:


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  12. I’m 25 and I’m gonna start skateboarding right now, this has inspired me

  13. So I’ve been thinking. Old guys skateboarding used to kind of freek me out. I mean there is always that thought in the back of your head that there is something wrong with that old dude that frequents the skatepark. Flashforward 35 years from the time that I met Bill Dorr, and I’m that old dude at the skatepark. Married almost 20 years, I march to my own drum, I wont conform to society’s standards either. Bill had his own thing going and thats cool. Blaze your own trail, do what you want. Anarchy! Skateboarding Rules!

  14. 2views on April 23, 2013 - Reply

    To K.C.
    “I mean there is always that thought in the back of your head that there is something wrong with that old dude that frequents the skatepark.”

    What could you mean? MSNBC/Fox/CNN BS perhaps? Funny that such ‘new concepts’ seemed to ONLY happen in the states. In other words; I know a different language/culture…. and those concepts ARE STILL NOT THERE.

    Obviously, the corporate US media has put those thoughts in your head.

  15. 2views on April 23, 2013 - Reply

    Translate to understand:

    Fernsehen fickt deine Seele!

    • talentlessquitter on April 23, 2013 - Reply

      Television f*cks up your mind? (from the top of my head.)

  16. 2views on April 23, 2013 - Reply

    Close: Actual translation is TV fucks you soul!

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