Skateboarder Ryan Decenzo of the Greater Vancouver area in Canada’s British Columbia province is one of the stars of “Shoot to Thrill,” a unique production organized through the Red Bull energy drink.
Ryan Decenzo is among Shoot to Thrill skateboarders who formed 10 teams, with three skaters each, in 10 Canadian cities. Each Shoot to Thrill team was given a limited 10 rolls of film and 72 hours to record their best productions. Ryan Decenzo’s team captured top prize money, and the compiled Shoot to Thrill footage made its debut shortly before Christmas in Vancouver.
Film for Shoot to Thrill was precious for Ryan Decenzo and other participants, because it would go to waste with a botched routine. “Sometimes it was hard to try and land a trick with the pressure of the 16mm film,” recalls Decenzo, 23, who is among a rising tide of Canadian skateboarders who are cracking the world scene. “Or it was hard because sometimes tricks take an hour and you have to think like, ‘OK, how long is this trick gonna take and when should I ask for these guys to use the 16mm?’ There was pressure for sure. I think it only sprinkled for a minute during the mini-ramp session, so we got lucky weather wise.”
For Shoot to Thrill, Ryan Decenzo came up with a skateboarding storyline based on a race. “The acting was minimal and funny, plus the story is sort of comical so it doesn’t matter if we sucked at acting,” Decenzo says in his usual modest and lighthearted way.
Greater Vancouver’s winters are mild, compared to most of the rest of Canada, and so Ryan Decenzo says that as a youngster, he was a skateboarder for all seasons. “If I’m somewhere where I have some free space and my board, I’m definitely gonna be rolling around jumping on and off stuff or kick flippin’ all over the place,” Decenzo says.
See him in Shoot to Thrill, and in an array of other videos on YouTube.