These days, when a skater says he lives in Long Beach, California, that usually means he moved there from somewhere else. For Robert Neal, this is not the case. Born and raised in the LBC, Robert got his first skateboard in elementary school, when he realized he was the only kid on his block that didn’t have one. Robert was sponsor-less and penniless, until one day in 2015 he skated a best trick contest that was being watched by Paul Rodriguez. A week later Paul sent Robert his first box from Primitive Skateboards, and then the packages from Nike SB started rolling in, too. After a few years of mind-blowing progression, Robert was officially announced as a member of the Primitive Skate Team. He is living proof that following your dreams and working hard will lead to positive results. When Robert isn’t skating, you can find him at home working on his drawing skills, or on the court playing basketball in a fresh pair of Jordans.