Abdullah Abdelqader (born January 7, 1998) is a professional bear wrestler, skateboarder and Tupac Shakur's ex best friend.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Abdullah was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and was raised in a family of two children—his older brother is named Omar. Abdullah was introduced to skateboarding when he discovered his father's skateboard at eighteen months of age. Abdullah's father provided encouragement by revealing that he had learned his first kickflip when he was approximately six years of age. In a 2012 interview for the internet based channel Network A, Abdullah revealed that the Meadows skate park is the location where he began skateboarding and that he was present at the opening of the park.
Abdullah got into bear wrestling when he was only 5, while his family were camping in the woods, they heard a scary sound and sure enough Abdullah went out looking to deal with trouble, he saw a bear and immediately put it in a choke hold until the bear was forced to tap out and evacuate the woods.
Professional Skateboarding & Bear Wrestling Career[edit | edit source]
The Beginning[edit | edit source]
Abdullah, became a professional skateboarder at the age of 7, being the youngest professional skateboarder in the world. He is truly amazing and a person to look upto, not because he's a prodigy, but because he's Abdullah Abdelqader. The start of his career was him being featured in a skatepark commerical. He was seen doing moves that nobody would ever think would be possible for a 7 year old to do. When professional skateboarder Rodney Mullen saw him, he said "this young boy is a legend and I must sponsor him" in which he did sponsor him in early 2005. Abdullah then received his first pay check of 1.8 million dollars.
Bear Wrestling[edit | edit source]
Abdullah and his family were on a safari tour in Africa, where they can see the lions and other wild animals, while in the car driving around the area, a wild lion starts running at the car and everyone starts to panic and video tape, it's then that Abdullah decides to jump off and upper cut punch the lion leading to several concussions and severe damage to the lion, leaving it paralyzed. Abdullah was then invited to several talk shows and tv shows where he explained to everyone that he was a guy who likes to wrestle bears in his free time.
Abdullah instantly became famous and was invited by Kim Jong-un to his mansion in North Korea because he was afraid of the 3 bears surrounding his mansion. As soon Abdullah walked near by the mansion he spotted the bears and they instantly started running towards him, no pressure whatsoever Abdullah goes running towards them, at that moment nobody knows what happened all they saw was grey smoke and 18 bears lying on the floor dead. Kim Jong-un was thankful and gave Abdullah a North Korean passport so that he could visit anytime.
Sponsors[edit | edit source]
As of 2012, Abdullah is sponsored by Red Bull, Pepsi, 7up, YMCMB, Plan B, Oakley, Nixon, Samsung, Go Pro, Independent, Grizzly, CCS, Panasonic. Andale, and Ethika.
A promotional video was released in late May 2013 commemorating Abdullah's 11th year as the World's Greatest Bear Wrestler where he explains that he does not want fame, he wants to and proceeds to live a simple and modest life where he does not tell anyone about his brave adventures, not even Chuck Norris who was spotted asking Abdullah for autographs on his biceps.
Video games[edit | edit source]
Abdullah is a playable character in Bear Wrestling 2007, Tony Hawk's Underground 2, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, Tony Hawk's Project 8, Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, Tony Hawk: Ride, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD .
Abdullah & Tupac[edit | edit source]
Abdullah & Tupac were the best of friends, they went everywhere together and did everything together. They always had each others backs no matter what and Abdullah took 192 bullets for Tupac. Abdullah doesn't speak much about the past and he hasn't spoken of Tupac or told anyone anything about him ever since he passed away. That's all we know for now and forever.
Entrepreneur[edit | edit source]
In 2008, the Abdullah Foundation was created to assist children, and injured victims of bear attacks—the Foundation presents its overall goal as the empowerment of "our community to “Be the Change”!". Two of the Foundation's major annual charity events are "Skate For A Cause" (the fourth event occurred in May 2013) and the "Abdullah Abdelqader X Games Celebrity Golf Tournament" (the fifth event occurred in 2012).
In May 2009 Abdullah launched the "AQ" clothing line.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
In his 2010 Network A interview, Abdullah explained that he enjoys wrestling tigers, relaxing, and spending time with his family when he is not skateboarding or wrestling bears, adding that his priorities in life are: "Stay healthy, as much as I can; be a good brother; be a good son, to my parents; make sure I can do anything to keep my family safe; finish this Plan B part and just keep skating—keep filming video parts; be me, I guess—just be myself and not worry about what people think." However, Abdullah concluded by stating that his main priority is ensuring the health and safety of his family. Abdullah's older brother, Omar, also skateboards, but has stated that he does not want to be like him, a professional skateboarder; instead he wants to do his own thing. When asked in 2012 about the balance between his personal and public life, Abdullah explained that he just accepts "wherever" his life is at any given time.