Kansas City native Sean Malto is a world class professional skateboarder. At the age of 20, Sean won his first international title as Transworld Rookie of the Year. Two short years later he was named Street League Champion, a title that boosted Sean’s name into professional circles with the likes of Rob Dydrek and others. In 2013 Sean won the silver medal at the X Games in Brazil.
Sean as also worked in video production with Spike Jonze and Girl Skateboards. His rapidly growing career has earned him sponsorships with Nike, Mountain Dew, Oakley, Skullcandy and more.
What makes Kansas City a great place for creativity and innovation?
For starters, I have an amazing, proactive group of friends in the area and two, it’s small and affordable. I have a loft, a private skate park, and work with Escapist skate shop - all within a three mile radius of each other.
When and where are you happiest?
I’m happiest when I’m home in KC. I travel so much for skateboarding that being home is almost like a vacation. I love my family and friends.
Where is your favorite place in Kansas City?
I love the River Market area, it’s quiet and nice to walk around the different booths on the weekend. Quay Coffee is definitely a must everyday I’m home!
Where’s your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
I love Barcelona, Spain. The food, the beach and the skate spots in that city are amazing. It’s just an overall fun place for skateboarding and life.
What’s your most treasured personal possession?
I think it probably has to be the Street League championship watch and ring I won in 2011. I'm not much of a jewelry person but winning a street league championship was a big achievement for me and my career.
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
I always liked Wolverine from X-Man only because I was jealous of how fast he healed. I wish my body recovered that quickly!
Who do you most admire in real-life?
I’m a big Eric Koston fan. His impact on skateboarding is second-to-none. He’s elevated skateboarding by not only doing tricks no one’s done before, but also on the innovation of footwear and creating the Berrics website. He’s the Michael Jordan of skateboarding.