Ryan wins Thrasher’s Bust or Bail contest
By 2008, Ryan’s pedigree as a contest skater was indisputable. But Bust or Bail was no stadium event. Thrasher magazine had invited skaters to San Francisco’s Paul Revere School, where an intimidating 16-stair handrail awaited them. Ryan proceeded to rifle off backside lipslides coming out forward and fakie, along with a 360 flip, backside flip and hardflip down the set. Anyone who still considered Ryan a little-kid novelty at this point was forced to rethink what he was capable of.