Also bear in mind that grown professional skateboarders are notorious manchildren.this is just the result of decades of being a brat
Most successful pro skateboarders dropped out of high school before they were sixteen to skate full time and their lives from that point forward were a teenage paradise being surrounded and mentored by other manchildren. A lot of them stopped maturing altogether at this point because they never had to grow up and they’re surrounded by people exactly the same.
Add the fact that pro skaters are paid as contractors and don’t get taxes removed from their checks or receive health benefits, 401k, or how they usually move out of their parents long before they become adults, leading to easy access to hard drugs from people who also had easy access to drugs as a kid so it’s normal to them, etc. and you can start to see how many pros end up ruining their lives.
Bam is an extreme example of all this because instead of dropping out to becoming the darling of a niche subculture Bam dropped out and became a millionaire and one if the most recognizable faces in popular culture at the time.