A long-time fixture in the professional skateboarding world, Kanten is a lead designer for our Action Sports Group. Growing up in Southern California—the birthplace of skateboarding—Kanten quickly became a leading figure in the region’s skateboarding scene and was a professional skateboarder for 13 years, traveling all over the world endorsing his pro model shoes and signature skateboards as well as appearing in several skateboarding videos and on magazine covers.
After retiring from skateboarding, Kanten studied civil engineering and landscape architecture as he transitioned into park design. He worked in both the public and private sectors before joining Mike McIntyre at Action Sport Design to plan, design, and manage the construction of skate parks and skate plazas.
Kanten has led the design process of over 100 skate parks across the country including the world’s first green skate park in St. Cloud, Minnesota; a skate plaza in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, which converted a brownfield into an active space to help combat childhood obesity; and the new Alga Norte Community Skate Park in Carlsbad, California.
When he isn’t designing or skateboarding, you can find Kanten taking photos or spending time outdoors with his wife and three daughters in San Diego, California.