Skate culture has always been characterized by strong elements of individuality, creative expression and a certain misfit mentality that places the industry in a league of its own. The sport’s long love affair with alcohol and drugs serves as another distinctive feature, making high addiction rates within the community little surprise. Heavy hitters like Andrew Reynolds, Elissa Steamer and Arto Saari opened up about their struggles with addiction, and many veterans with similar experiences are now using their passion for skateboarding as a point of reference for a more sober approach to life. San Diego skateboard prodigy Brandon Turner also got sober after years of substance abuse and run-ins with the law, proving that age doesn’t have to slow you down; it can actually make you bett
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