When skateboarding had nearly disappeared in the early 1980s, Allen Losi was one of the young pros who stuck with it. He pushed the technical limits and helped reinvent skateboarding for a new generation, which included many of us who were inspired by him and have now come together to help Allen.
It was on a foundation of technical vert skating pioneered by Allen, his Variflex teammate Eddie Elguera, Tony Hawk, and others that skateboarding re-emerged and was re-invented in the ’80s. Throughout the decade, Allen was at the forefront of both the competitive and cultural scene, continuing to push skateboarding’s limits and promote it around the world. Allen’s on-board exploits were well documented in the pages and on the covers of iconic publications like Thrasher Magazine and TransWorld Skateboarding, and in 2018 earned him an induction to the Skateboarding Hall Of Fame.
This gifted athlete and skate pioneer, who was once among the best in the world, has been debilitated by CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), a progressive disease of the Autonomic Nervous System that has him fighting to manage intense chronic pain. While CRPS is usually limited to one’s limbs, Allen has full body Type-2 CRPS, so every cell in his body is affected.
After being accepted for a new experimental treatment, Allen's doctors believe that he is on the verge of a technological and medical breakthrough. A new treatment has shown extreme promise in cases just like Allen’s. With this highly specialized therapy, and his complete commitment, Allen may be able to find a better quality of life. But maintaining his insurance and facing thousands of dollars in costs for these therapies and other uncovered medications have proven too much for Allen to do alone.
Since 2012, Allen’s so far spent over $350,000 on just medical bills, liquidating everything he owned, including his life insurance policy.
With the specter of gaining control of his condition, Allen is determined to improve to a degree that allows him to resume regular work and even get back on his skateboard, to relish the sensation of rolling and flowing—perhaps not as he once did, but enough to experience the stoke of skateboarding once again.
The international skateboarding phenomenon we see today has its roots in the innovations that Allen and his generation contributed. This GoFundMe campaign is an opportunity to show our gratitude for Allen’s contributions to skateboarding and the rich experience it’s been for all of us, and to help him return to a thriving and sustained quality of life.