Brit Paul Shier began his mighty skate life at Panic Skateboards, where he came through with a full part for the company’s second joint production with Blueprint in 1998, called Anthems. Shortly after, he switched to Blueprint full-time, and over the next 14 years he appeared in many of the company’s full-lengths videos, including Lost and Found (2005) and Make Friends WIth The Colour Blue (2010).
Following the departure of the entire Blueprint team in 2012, Paul joined forces with old friend Nick Jensen to form the skate/art collective Isle Skateboards, which was soon receiving good reviews for a series of eye-catching experimental films. As well as Isle, Paul is also currently sponsored by DVS, Diamond, Broadcast wheels and Remind Insoles.
Born in Croydon, Paul set foot on a board for the first time when he was thirteen after seeing a friend at school with a neon blue and pink Santa Cruz Rob Roskopp. His skating brought him into touch with a whole new circle of friends, and, at the age of twenty-one, while working as a airport check-in agent, he secured his first sponsorship deal. He quit his job soon after.
After all these years, Paul is still pushing himself in the creativity department, and still taking some serious slams before getting up and keeping going. Following an accident many years ago, he has developed chronic arthritis in his left ankle which makes it difficult for him to skate from cold and which encouraged him to move first to Spain and then Los Angeles.