Josh Kalis (born April 27, 1976) is a professional skateboarder best known for putting in work on the streets of Philly. Kalis was sponsored by Alien Workshop for a significant period of time before switching to board sponsor, DGK, in 2009.
Prior to joining the Alien Workshop team, Kalis was planning to collaborate with fellow professional skateboarder Mark Appleyard on their own board company. Following his eventual recruitment to the Alien Workshop team, Kalis and Rob Dyrdek brought in Anthony Van Engelen (AVE) too.
Along with DGK co-founder Stevie Williams, Kalis is well known for his involvement in the "LOVE Park" scene in Philadelphia during the late 1990s. Kalis can be seen skating the park in "Photosynthesis", "The DC Video", and "Time Code".
Kalis has also been a longtime rider with DC Shoes. His "Centric S" model was released in mid-2012 and was incorporated into the DC "Rediscover" campaign with the tagline, "Rediscover Heritage".
Silver Trucks launched as a brand in 2003 under the guidance of Dyrdek, an original team rider. Kalis has released signature products with the company, including a skate tool, and other team riders include Brandon Biebel, Chaz Ortiz, and Nyjah Huston.
Kalis left Alien Workshop to join Williams on DGK; Kalis explained the decision-making process in 2009:
Me and Stevie were just talking one day and were saying, "Man, we gotta team back up on somethin'," you know? We were talking about how just stale skateboarding was and how people just don't really hang out with each other anymore. They just kind of skate for companies, whether it be because it's just a cool company or it's a solid paycheck. Whatever, you know? We were just talking about how skateboarding just lost its vibe of friendship and lifestyle, you know?
Kalis has released a signature collection through sunglasses company 9five Eyewear, entitled the "KLS Signature Collection"— the accompanying video was released to launch the products.
In 2011, Kalis launched the skateboard video upload portal "Hella Clips" in partnership with fellow professional skateboarder Colin McKay.
Unlike most professionals, Kalis has not remained in California for the entire duration of his career and has resided in various cities, both within and outside of the US. Kalis has lived in Grand Rapids in Michigan (where he grew up), Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Diego, Barcelona, and San Francisco. Dyrdek has stated:
He's truly lived in all of like the true skate meccas for pure street skating. You know what I mean? Like no one else has done that. When SF was cracking, he moved to SF. When Philly was resurging, he moved to Philly and blew Philly up. When LOVE Park went down, he made the move to spend six months a year in Barcelona. And then he desperately tried to turn Chicago into Philly. That didn't work out so hard. And he is pure of, wake up in your house and go skate raw street. And it's one of the purest, pure street skateboarding careers.
As of 2012, Kalis resides in Carlsbad, California, US, with his wife and daughter.
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