John’s Grandparents Gini and John Ingram, lovingly named Gaga and Pappy, have lived in Myrtle Beach since the 1970s. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina in the 1980s, John spent every summer of his childhood in the Myrtle Beach area patronizing beloved staples such as the Akel’s Breakfast Restaurant and the Snak Shack inside the motel off Ocean Boulevard. In the early 90s his father purchased him his first pro-model skateboard from Surf City Surf Shop, Myrtle Beach’s only true core surf shop. Shortly thereafter, John began to ride at Matt Hughes Skatepark off 33rd Avenue. He learned to drop-in on the big corner quarter pipe that has since been replaced. Taught to surf as soon as he could walk, John used skateboarding as a placebo for surfing when he was home during the school year.
Skateboarding filled a void within John that couldn’t be addressed through team sports. Though he enjoyed and was active in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, skateboarding offered him the freedom to express himself both physically and creatively. Some of his best memories are from skateboarding in Myrtle Beach and specifically from Matt Hughes Skatepark where he progressed and began to master transition skating as well as flat ground. His favorite skateboarders include Rodney Mullen, Guy Mariano, Jeremy Klein, Daewon Song and Brian Anderson.
John has a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University in Political Science. He minored in History and focused many of his studies on Business Administration. He is a lifelong member of the Eta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity International as well as a founding member of a 501c non-profit, The Eastern North Carolina Alumni Club of Sigma Pi which he currently serves as Secretary of the Executive Council. Senior year at ECU, he was inducted into the Political Science Honors Society of Pi Sigma Alpha. After college he continued to focus on skateboarding and has worked in cooperation with several skate shops, boutiques and sneaker stores offering rare and unique items to the general public.
Daville Skate Shop Myrtle Beach is the culmination of nearly three years of groundwork and a lifelong dream of operating a truly core skate shop. He is excited to offer a unique shopping experience to the people of Myrtle Beach as well as the opportunity to give back to a community that has given him so much. Looking forward to working in conjunction with Friends of the Skatepark Foundation, John hopes to one day make Myrtle Beach a premier destination for skateboarders from all over the world.