Photo: Jim Goodrich
|Location||San Diego, California, USA|
|Home Town||San Diego, CA|
|Pushing Method||Regular Push|
|Awards||Inducted into the Florida Skateboard Hall Of Fame on Saturday May 4th, 2013|
Jim Goodrich got his start in skateboarding in 1976 as a skateboarder. When a skateboarding accident sent him to the hospital with a broken arm, it started him on a path that changed his life when he began shooting photos of his skate buddies while recovering from the accident.
In 1977 he met Warren Bolster, the editor of SkateBoarder Magazine, and in 1978 was hired as a staff photographer at the magazine. For many years he photographed the wealth of top skate talent around the world and chronicled the golden age of skateboarding. Years later he went on to work as manager and team coach at Gullwing Products, and then as managing editor at TransWorld Skateboarding Magazine.
Since leaving the skateboard scene in 1986, Jim pursued other career interests, but never lost his love and passion for skateboarding. In 2000, he once again became active in the skate scene, attending and photographing various skate events, and has donated his time and skate photographs to raise money over the years for a variety of charity causes.
In 2012, he was brought on as the staff photographer for The World Freestyle Round-Up competition in Vancouver, Canada, which he continues to shoot each year.
Jim’s love of skateboarding had originally drawn him into photography, and now the love of his work over 30 years later has brought him back into the skateboarding world. His biggest stoke in skateboarding now is experiencing the new generation from a fresh perspective, and seeing others enjoying his work.
- Skateboarder Magazine Legend: Jim Goodrich Photographer - AXS Longboard Retailer Magazine - July 6, 2012
- Jim Goodrich – My life in skateboarding from 1976 to 1986 - I Skate Therefore I AM (ISTIA) Blog - November 2009
- Skateboarder Magazine Photographer Jim Goodrich - CalStreets Skateshop's Jim Goodrich gallery