Video: Loose Riders Sign 57 Year Old Skateboard Legend Turned Mountain Biker Mark Partain

Jan 6, 2021
by Sarah Moore  


bigquotesSkateboard legend turned mountainbiker Mark Partain is joining the Loose Riders family. 57 Years old and not showing any signs of slowing down. Mark Partain has been living the life for a long time. Once a fulltime skateboard pro, now digging and riding bikes everyday.Loose Riders



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  • 120 1
 I’m going to turn 60 this summer.
Still building trails on Cypress ( North Shore).
Still riding the North Shore double blacks.
You have to keep moving, especially as you get older.
The only time I really feel old is when I pass a mirror !
  • 8 0
 "The only time I really feel old is when I pass a mirror !" haha thanks for the laugh out loud moment.
  • 1 0
 I am going to remember your last line forever. Keep givin' er!
  • 1 0
 yes! this is rad!
  • 1 0
 yeaa! thanks mate. you made my day! Another 10 years of riding
  • 2 0
 Momentum with age is the truth. Had a family friend that was still kite skiing (no not that modern social media style shit, the type on a stars n stripes handglider with no harness and 800 foot of cable behind a ski boat) on the fourth of July at age 83 just a few months before he passed. Keep on moving at 99.8%...100% you won't last long, but better than 0% and decaying. Keep getting after it!
  • 107 1
 Dammit pinkbike! First you post a videos of a bunch of children who ride way better than I do. Now you post a video of a guy twenty years older than I am who also rides way better than I do! Sheesh!
  • 31 0
 Ya, my self esteem was struggling after the grom video, but hey, I'm older and have adult responsibilities. Its ok. When they get old they will slow down too. Then this video dropped.
  • 32 0
 @hamncheez: first #PBgroms and now #PBgramps
  • 5 0
 after seeing these clips, I don't have any excuse for being too old.. #lifegoals.. keep on keeping on!
  • 3 0
 I have aspirations to be like this guy in 20 more years!
  • 2 0
 Maybe you will be as good as him when you turn 57 Wink
  • 2 0
 @PaulWolf: a person can dream!
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: just goes to show...There really is no excuses...I'm 40 plus...Realized after this....I need to get after it way harder..
  • 66 0
 A friend of mine died a couple years ago in a car crash. He was only 33.

The summer he died, he watched me wreck hard off of a decent-sized drop with a janky entrance (got hung up and wound up nose heavy on the landing, hitting the stem with my chest took the longest to heal from) at the start of a big group vacation trip. It ended my riding for the weekend and took a month to feel right again on the bike.

The night of the wreck around the fire pit he told me that if he ever got as old as me he hoped he'd be going as hard as I do. I think about that almost every day.

You're never too old to send it.
  • 27 0
 Love it! My oldest student was Fred Schmidt, he was 78 when I coached him and he went on to do the Leadville 100 in under 12 hours when he was 80. You don't stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing!
  • 27 0
 I'm 50 this year.... So your saying there's a chance! haha
  • 46 1
 I turn 48 this year so I have 9 years at least to pick up a sponsor. Hopefully it doesn't turn out to be Depends
  • 16 1
 my pops got into dh at... 57? hes in his mid 60s now and I think last season was when he started clearing moon booter on a line every lap. every time we ride hes faster and sending everything bigger
  • 15 0
 I got a group of mates all around 40 who talk themselves down about everything for being “too old”. It’s lame AF
  • 2 1
 @commentsectiontroll:
You’re too old for this Eddy
  • 5 0
 @hangdogr: At 46 I joke that I have 4 more years to turn pro... It's never going to happen because I don't have the time or motivation, but I am committed to improving my technique and getting faster! I do plan on racing Enduro in the 50+ category... Smile
  • 3 0
 @hangdogr: Agreed... I mean if your going to use the product anyway you might as well get paid. Team Depends/ CBD/ Advil/ Hair Club for Men/ Viagra!
  • 1 0
 @commentsectiontroll: I hate that shit man...I got mates making fun of me for still wearing flannels and vans at way past 40...Let alone the bike thing...I've come to realize, we just live in different worlds...
  • 14 1
 Goofy footers always go harder!
  • 1 0
 Real talk!
  • 7 0
 So Rad! Here in the UK I go some many of my mates I have skated with all my life who also ride and push just as hard as we did skatin!!! we all still skate and ride most of us over 45 and 50 but give it hell everytime we shred. Keep pushing Mark!!!
  • 6 0
 You don’t stop skating cuz you get old, you get old cuz you stop skating. At 43 and still riding all the things that go fast and get air, this guy is a f&$king inspiration! P.S. Skate or die.
  • 2 0
 I’m 42 and I REALLY want to build a half pipe in the yard...I’m just scared I wouldn’t ride it much....
  • 4 0
 @unrooted: you'd ride it less if there isn't one.
  • 7 0
 Man, this was really great to see!! Oh, to be 57 again.
  • 6 0
 Once a shredder...always a shredder. Totally Rad. (Lingo for the 50+ crowd here.)
  • 3 0
 Mark Partain....I had his Blockhead pro model board when I was just a skate rat at 14 years old......now he’s almost pushing 60 and still shredding harder than me. Way too cool
  • 5 0
 He rides better than Mike Levy
  • 1 3
 He is just as good as Kirt Voreis who is 47 I believe.
  • 3 0
 @cteichert: That's pushing it..Voreis does table 3s and bonks vertical off trees ... Fast plant 360s amongst a bunch of other crazy shit..Don't get me wrong This guy shreds hard..
  • 1 0
 Had no idea he rode MTB. Transitioned from skating to MTB at 54 and still riding over a year later at 56. Glad to see an 'old guy' sending jumps. Most of the time I'm riding jumps with much younger riders because most riders my age don't jump at all or do very little. I'm not talking huge jumps either. More like the jumps at Kanuga, Riveter, some at Santos, Alafia and Carter Road in FL.
  • 4 0
 contrary to many peoples beliefs, you can teach and old dog new tricks!
  • 4 0
 Sick! I remember this guy from the 80's and his Blockhead boards!
  • 4 0
 Mark Partain is my spirit animal.
  • 1 0
 Yeah Mark!!

Stoked to finally see some proper video of you and to see you on the LR team!

Hope we can meet this summer or the next when travel becomes more easy again.

Keep shreddin’..!!
  • 2 0
 So much for me telling my kids "I'm 46 but when I was younger I sure could ride a bike!"
  • 1 0
 @wapope74 Ya,that doesn't cut it anymore unfortunately...haha
  • 1 0
 I tip my cap to his guy, for his age he is Going-For-It! I am 60 and lucky if I can make it down the trail without hurting myself:/
  • 3 0
 Wayne Devingo is 60 and still going huge.
  • 1 0
 That dude shreds - his footage from Highland is always solid. I couldn't believe he turned 60 this summer. I thought he was years younger than me!
  • 3 0
 I grew up in the 80’s watching him skateboarding. So happy to see this!
  • 3 1
 Riding is easy compared to skating - he is crazy good on a bike but damn that Rock n Roll at 0:24 is the real deal!
  • 5 1
 Needs a YT...
  • 1 0
 Great clip and hats off to this guy. Wicked skater and truly sending it on the the bike! Cool to see this sort of video on PB.
  • 1 0
 Way to go Loose Riders for sponsoring this dude. Mark, your riding is amazing....I look forward to continue watching you progress!
  • 2 0
 Damn dude rips! All of us over 50 + , should have our own rampage , style event.
  • 2 0
 Typo. Should say 57 years young!
  • 1 0
 I heard this from a kid in a lift line... it's my Anthem with me and my kids now. "Shred for life!"
  • 1 0
 LGAR jerseys are rad, I got this one: ep1.pinkbike.org/p6pb16095432/p6pb16095432.jpg
  • 1 0
 Who else saw the shot of him at 1:11 and thought to themselves : I didn't know Aaron Gwin did skate professionally.
  • 1 0
 At least now I know I can push trying to be good a little longer, and it's still possible.
  • 2 0
 So rad. Way to go Mark! And way to go LRGA!
  • 1 0
 HaHa I’m from his era, I remember back then “who do you think you are”? Mark Partain ?? Hahahahaha
Cheers ripper
  • 1 0
 Idolized this guy when I was a young punk...Im 65 now ..still trying to shred and I still idolize this guy..Congrats Mark!
  • 3 0
 All time shredder!!!
  • 1 0
 so sayeth the lord^^
  • 2 1
 Awesome story, great content!
  • 1 0
 YESSSSSSSSS!!!!! Pushing 60 and still ripping. This is inspiring.
  • 1 0
 More people like this needed in MTB nowadays! What an absolute hero.
  • 1 0
 Mark is a rad dude. Solid video and story telling.
  • 1 0
 Yes. And yes!
  • 1 0
 I'm 48 and when I grow up I want to be like this guy.
  • 1 0
 Mark, that flatdeck Tundra is SICK!
  • 1 0
 You're only as old as the Lip you Huck.
  • 1 0
 Awesome :-)
  • 1 0
 #lifegoals
  • 1 0
 Siiiiick!!!!
  • 1 0
 Getting some, Mark!
  • 1 0
 I'm old, but I'll hold
  • 2 1
 old but gold
  • 1 1
 I am now concerned that my lowers are going to fall off.
  • 1 0
 Sending like a boss.
  • 1 1
 Grew up in ventura. Nuff said.
  • 3 0
 I remember looking up at that crazy Mark Partain deck at 5 Points Skate n Surf before grabbing an ice cream and a skate session behind Vons. That was a long time ago!
  • 1 0
 #pureinspiration
  • 1 0
 Goals!
  • 1 0
 Wow.That is awesome!!!
  • 1 0
 R.A.D
  • 1 0
 Ride on!
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