Austin Keen

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Born (1998-05-30) May 30, 1998 (age 22)
Savannah, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Occupation
  • World Champion skimboarder
  • Professional wakesurfer
  • Lifestyle influencer

Austin Keen (born May 30, 1990)[1] is an American World Champion skimboarder,[2] professional wakesurfer,[3] and lifestyle influencer[4] Keen grew up on Tybee Island, Georgia,[5] learning to skimboard when he was 11[6] before moving to Laguna Beach, California in 2007 to chase his dream of skimboarding professionally. In 2013 he became a World Champion by winning the United Skim Tour Circuit.[7] He went on to win the 40th Annual VIC World Championship of Skimboarding.[8] In 2015, he branched into wakesurfing, quickly securing a sponsorship from wakesurf company, LiquidForce.[9] From there, Keen used his platform as an action-sports athlete to become a social media influencer, documenting his adventurous lifestyle on his Youtube and Instagram pages. He won the 2018 and 2019 GoPro Million Dollar Challenge,[10] securing the cover photo of the 2018 final video.

Sponsors

As of 2020, Austin Keen is sponsored by: Exile Skimboards, LiquidForce, Mastercraft, Ford, Blenders Eyewear, Protein Puck, CBDMD, Swelltech, and Gumout.

Early life

Keen lived on Tybee Island, Georgia, spending most of his childhood surfing. As he got older, he began skimboarding and started organizing local skimboard competitions to grow the sport in his hometown.[5] When he was 17, Keen packed up and moved across the country to Laguna Beach, California to chase his dream of becoming a full-time professional skimboarder. Before making it as a professional skimboarder, Keen worked many jobs including plumber's assistant, construction and waiting tables[11]

Accomplishments

  • 2013 United Skim Tour Circuit World Champion
  • 2016 40th Annual VIC World Championship of Skimboarding Champion
  • First person to skimboard Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch[12]
  • First person from East Coast to win Skimboarding World Championship[13]
  • SurferToday 2014 Top 25 Most Influential People in Wave Sports[14]

References

  1. Keen, Austin. "Austin Keen My Story". AustinKeen.com. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  2. "United Skim Tour Winners List". UnitedSkimTour.com. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  3. "Liquid Force Team: Austin Keen". Liquidforce.com. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  4. "Agency 133 Austin Keen". Agency133.com. Agency 133. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dominitz, Nathan. "Austin Keen rides waves from Tybee Island to world championship". SavannahNow.com. Savannah Now. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  6. "Austin Keen: Extreme Skimboarder". UnleashedWakeMag.com. Unleashed Wake Mag. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  7. "United Skim Tour Winners List". UnitedSkimTour.com. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  8. "Austin Keen adds his name to The Vic winners' list". SurferToday.com. Surfer Today. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  9. "Liquid Force Team Austin Keen". LiquidForce.com. Liquid Force. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  10. "THE MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE IS HERE: GO BEHIND THE SCENES AND MEET THE MAKERS". GoPro.com. Go Pro. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  11. Braun, Davey. "Austin Keen: Million Dollar Man". OutdoorJournal.com. The Outdoor Journal. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  12. Leontis, Matt. "Austin Keen Discusses Being the First to Skimboard the Surf Ranch". MensJournal.com. Men's Journal. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  13. "Austin Keen Extreme Skimboarder". UnleashedWakeMag.com. Unleashed Wake Mag. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  14. "Most Influential People in Wave Sports in 2014". SurferToday.com. Surfer Today. Retrieved 15 January 2021.

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