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Where did I get my nick names ?

Back in the day when Ben was a rookie skater in the 80's Tim Payne ( know now as Team Pain ) was on the judges for amateur contests, nicknamed Ben "Ben10" because he said he always got 10's.

After winning his first pro contest as a rookie skateboarding kid at Raging Waters in 1988, Ben Schroeder rode for Dog Town and his Big Ben Clock graphic reads at 10 O'clock . During that contest Ben revolutionized skateboarding for many years to come. 

Tailslides

Alley oop Lipslide

Lipslide revert

Alley Oop 50/50 to Fakie

1989 was one of Ben's best skateboard year traveling the world and 1990 he had a compound fracture in his arm and by the time his arm healed 1991 street skating took over. 

 

1993 at 23 years old Ben's car broke down half way on the way to a Grateful Dead concert he waited all night for his car to be fixed and somebody said that his friend had truck that you all can hop into the back and head toward the show. Everyone was asleep in the pickup truck later to learn by the passenger that she saw a balloon fly in the air and had a head on collision going 60 on Blood Alley , the most dangerous HWY in the CA . A person in the other vehicle was killed and Ben was the second worst , flew on the road and was was ran over too. Ben was in a coma for 2 weeks then in the ICU for 6 months after. 

Ben proved the doctors wrong and was not expected to survive his injuries let alone come in 1st place in his second pro contest win at RVCA in 2006 . Ben never surrendered and with rigorous rehabbing his body and mind by skateboarding flat roads on mountain roads and neurology classes at Cal Tech to learn all about rewiring his dendrites ( rewire & grow new pathways in the brain - like a tree branch) . 

Ben focused on the what he loved , creative writing, designing skateparks & eventually was head of the Skate Park Design Division in a Southern California Landscape Architect Firm. 

Ben's eccentric brain & leg rehabilitation methods were preforming daily tasks switching hands to hold a fork and knife  , skate goofy & switch regular and balancing on a rope with a ilizarov apparatus attached to the tibia bone in his leg.  He was going to lose his leg if his bones didn't connect . 

Photo on the right from ESPN article is Ben working on stimulating his bones to strengthen and repair with slight pressure while in a bone stretching device.

SKATE MOVE : A LIEN GRAB SMITH STALL 

                         BEN CALLS THIS "A LIEN GRAB LOSI"

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ILIZAROV APPARATUS