Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How Mental Illness Derailed the Career of a Promising Young Skateboarder




[VICE] Paul Alexander was a young British skateboarder full of charisma and drive. He discovered the opportunities of sponsorship, traveling and recognition during a move from Leicester to Bristol in his late teens. Living with professional skateboarder Danny Wainwright he began engulfed in the fun, responsibility free lifestyle that came with his chosen pursuit of becoming a pro skateboarder. Paul seemed destined for success then something came to get him, something he'd never experienced before that would take his personal goals and freedom far away from his grasp in a seemingly never ending battle. This is his story, directed by friend and skateboarding companion Tim Crawley.