Evan Doherty Rides Like a Veteran at age 14
Evan Doherty prepares for skate competitions like everyone else -- getting in as much practice as he can. This can be limited by a number of factors, but for Doherty, one of those factors stands out. “I can't drive yet, so I am sort of limited to when my parents can take me,” he says. If you haven’t heard of Evan “Big E” Doherty, then you need to be paying more attention to what’s happening on the halfpipe. It’s kind of insane that we have to do an abbreviated career recap for Big E, since he’s only 14 years old, but here we go.
Doherty started skating at 4 and a half and entered his first comp at 5. Those aren’t typos. He landed his first 900 at age 11. Tony Hawk says Doherty represents the future of vert skating, and we’re not going to disagree with that guy. Big E has been to over 100 competitions in the last nine years, including last year’s NWG, where he finished fifth in Skateboard Best Tricks.
This year, he’s returning to Utah with a better idea of what to expect in the competition. “Last year, it was all new, and it was new to everyone. Different tricks were worth different points,” he says. “This year, the level of competition will just be insane. My mindset is essentially the same, though. Go out there, skate my best, and try to lay my hardest trick down.”
With a world-class lineup at this year’s NWG, Doherty is already sizing up the competition and knows he’ll have to bring it hard to place. So, who is he keeping a close eye on? “Beaver Fleming is the guy to watch this year," he says. "In practice, he made a 720 Christ air, which is absolutely insane.”
We think Big E will bring his own brand of insanity to the ramp this year, and we’re excited to see what he’s going to lay down. “I landed the switch backside 180 last year, and I have some others that I have in mind," he says. "As to what I will actually land, I guess we just have to wait for Nitro to come!” And it's coming fast. Tickets are on sale right now for the 2017 Nitro World Games, coming to you live from Salt Lake City on June 24th, broadcast on NBC and streaming online.