Netflix’s Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story – Where is Skateboarder Leo Baker Now? On August 11, 2022, Netflix will premiere the biographical film “Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story.” In the run-up to the 2020 Olympics, professional skateboarding legend Leo Baker is followed in a raw and immersive feature film from Pulse Films, a division of VICE Media Group, and Flower Films.
The documentary’s running time is around 1 hour and 13 minutes. The film, which was produced by Alex Schmider (Changing the Game, Disclosure, Framing Agnes), directed by Nicola Marsh, and features a skateboarding athlete, follows him from a few years ago to the present.
In the documentary, Leo describes his self-discovery journey and living as a trans person in the world of professional sports. You may be wondering where all of these experiences have brought him today. In light of this, where is Leo Baker today? Stay On Board offers an exciting look into the legendary figure’s past and career for those who are unfamiliar.
Where is Skateboarder Leo Baker Now?
Although Leo Baker (previously Lacey) has been skating since he was 3 years old, it is clear that his current skating style is very different from his previous ones. He is concentrating more on street style to explore his actual, honest self without having to worry about much, as opposed to competing in the competition after competition to assure financial and career stability. He felt it was literally now or never for him to fully embrace himself, which is another reason he quit the US Women’s Olympic Skateboarding Team in February 2020.
Leo recently said to Pride, “Skating is its own [creative] thing. It’s really hard to judge and put points on things when so much is contingent on, like, style and choices that you make.” He then explained his perspective on the entire event by stating, “Not to mention that the [International Olympic Committee] is actually really messed up as an institution. I’m like, ‘Nobody wanted them there.’… For so many reasons, I was like, ‘I am so glad that I’m not there participating in this toxic sh*t.’ I just can’t stand it.”
Leo started taking hormones in microdoses as a result in June 2020, and in October of that same year, he underwent top surgery, which was something he had always wanted. His smooth semi-transition was partly influenced by fan reaction to his new name and the healing time he was able to receive as a result of his decision to stop competing completely (and covid). His support network helped him get through it even though he was openly concerned he might lose everything he had worked so hard to achieve over the years, and the entire process had a negative impact on his mental health.
The best news, though, is that the skateboarder from New York City’s professional career is actually thriving; his coming out appears to have had little to no negative repercussions. Leo appeared in Tony Hawk’s video game, starred in a significant Nike commercial about defying convention, and was given a signature shoe. He also appeared in the music video for Miley Cyrus’ “Mother’s Daughter.”
“She was really nice to me for the brief moment I got to meet her,” he said. “I was like, ‘Wow, this is a crazy day.’ It was obviously a huge honor to be recognized in that space because the message in the song is honoring people who are fighting for stuff that matters.”
Leo began the NYC Skate Project as a global community for queer, trans, and nonbinary people, as well as cis women, but he has since founded Glue. The latter is a queer skate brand he owns with two of his closest pals in the business and where he reportedly dabbles in graphic design. His main goal here is to create a secure environment and an honest representation.
Leo recently explained his endeavor, “The idea is to create skate videos and show us doing whatever we want as skaters and as creatives.” “Our goal is to sell more than just boards. It should motivate people to pursue their goals. When I was younger, I got the notion that these firms I looked up to were doing fascinating things and that they each had their own style. When I was younger, I wanted to do that. That’s what I’m finally doing, which is undoubtedly a fulfillment of a desire.
And if that weren’t enough, the 30-year-old (born November 24, 1991) former skater turned businessman is also slowly transitioning into a musician. The Netflix original features his song “Hold Me Till We’re Home,” and he is expected to release his debut EP some time in late 2022. In fact, Leo revealed to Them that this film represents the beginning of a new phase in his life, one that “feels really great to step into; a more private area in my life where I’m not constantly talking and discussing and tearing apart who I am.”
“Stay On Board: The Leo Baker Story” is now streaming on Netflix.