Ken Block: The Original Hoonigan 1967-2023

Shawn Hensley

Ken Block was a co-founder of DC Shoes and a well-known rally driver.

He died in a snowmobile accident on January 2, 2023 at the age of 55.

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Block co-founded DC Shoes with a friend in 1994, which became known for its durable skateboarding shoes and eventually expanded to sell clothing and shoes in 52 countries.

The company was sold to Quiksilver in 2004, and Block turned his attention to motorsports, particularly rally racing.

He became known for his exuberant and enthusiastic approach to life and racing.


Block was born in Long Beach, California and grew up skateboarding, riding BMX bikes, and racing motocross.

He also tried team sports but preferred individual sports and eventually took up snowboarding.

Block is survived by his wife and three children.

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