Why did I want to talk with Brandon Turner? Brandon Turner is a skateboard prodigy and addiction recovery coach, who is proving that age doesn't have to slow you down; it can actually make you better. Brandon has come a long way from his early years of substance abuse and over-the-top partying and recently partnered with San Diego-based rehab center Healthy Life Recovery to create a skate recovery program for individuals struggling with addiction. He also just broke a skating record, completing his biggest switch hardflip down Wallenberg at the age of 39.
Brandon and I talk about skate culture, the upsides, the downsides, and why he's chosen to dedicate his life to helping others within the skate community, all while bucking the long-held notion that skaters retire or slowly disappear after the age of 30. He shares how his unresolved childhood trauma which included finding out that who he thought was his mom, was his grandma and who he thought was his sister is his mom. This led to Brandon drowning out the emotional pain with alcohol and other substances. Eventually landing Brandon in prison.
Brandon Turner skateboarded with heavy hitters like Andrew Reynolds, Elissa Steamer, and Arto Saari who have all opened up about their addiction struggles. Many veterans with similar experiences are now using their passion for skateboarding as a point of reference for a more sober approach to life.
This is Brandon Turner Knockin' Doorz Down.
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