About the Founder

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Daniel Jon Gesmer grew up in Rockford, Illinois (birthplace to the founders of the seminal 1970s brand Bahne), two hours west of Chicago, where he was born in 1963. In the mid-1980s, he became known throughout the skateboarding world as the innovator of a highly artistic approach to flatland freestyle, founded on advanced turning techniques and comparable to ice figure skating. Starting in 1983, Dan’s personal need for better steering performance led to many years of R&D on technologies that let skaters make tighter turns with more power, control and stability. Dan incorporated Seismic Skate Systems in 1992, and the first result of his ongoing efforts was the original composite Seismic truck. Dan is also a prominent figure in the current renaissance of slalom and freestyle skateboarding. His writings on both subjects have been printed far and wide. Dan also manages timing data at many of the world’s premiere slalom competitions. In 1986, Dan earned a degree in philosophy and psychology from Yale University, writing his thesis on the legendary turn-of-the-century Russian artist Vaslav Nijinsky. Dan’s writings on Nijinsky have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and specialty arts publications around the world. He intends to eventually complete a major book on this subject.

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Dan at 20, ripping a G-Turn on an experimental board. Yale University campus, 1984.