Raised by a father with a passion for surfing, Woolley grew up in Queensland, Australia dividing his time between the waves and concrete skateparks. “Just outside having fun in the surf. Skating, riding a motor bike and just hanging out with family and friends,” said Woolley. But after his father broke his neck in a surfing accident when Woolley was only 11, the focus shifted entirely to skateboarding. “After dad had the accident, he couldn’t take me surfing anymore. So, I just started going to the skatepark a whole lot more and it all just went from there.”
Drawing inspiration from iconic all-terrain skateboarders like Grant Taylor and Cardiel, Woolley developed a ‘skate everything’ approach at a young age and began ruling contests as a young teen. “It went from having fun with the mates to skating competitions, winning competitions, traveling to America. And now I’m pretty much living out here and traveling the world,” said Woolley.
What’s more, Woolley is part of a rare breed of skateboarders to master the latest technical kickflip variations and switchstance tricks, while also throwing down powerful classics like boneless ones and Miller Flips in the same line. On UNLEASHED, he credits his diverse approach to being raised by older skateboarders at Mondo Deluxe skate shop who taught him about trick history.
His skills earned Woolley a chance to represent Australia in skateboarding’s debut as an official discipline in the Tokyo Olympics, where he finished in fifth place in the Men’s Skateboard Park event. He earned a moment of mainstream fame at the games by knocking down a cameraman in his run and responding like a true sportsman. “Honestly, the Olympics were the least pressure I ever felt in a skateboard competition. Because my goal was to make it into the Olympics, and after I made that, I was just trying to go as hard as possible in practice.”
Speaking on the overall impact of the Olympic Games, Woolley said: “The Olympics have had a good effect on skateboarding, but hasn’t affected the core side of skateboarding, I don’t think. But it’s brought a lot of new people in and overall brought more mainstream recognition to skateboarding."
It’s safe to say that Woolley is getting recognition and having the ride of his life in 2022. After clinching silver in his X Games debut in Spring, he rose all the way to the top at X Games 2022 and walked away with gold.
Right now, Woolley is traveling to the world’s best parks and filming highly anticipated video parts with his sponsors, including Monster Energy. “I have a bunch of projects going right now. My main goal is to film a full pro part for Monarch [skateboard company]. Deadline is coming up quick, so I have a few trips in mind.”