Dillon Ojo, 1995-2018—Gone Too Soon.
One of the most charismatic and talented riders to emerge over the last decade, Dillon Ojo, passed away in the early hours of Friday June 29th, 2018. Though his tenure in the snowboarding spotlight ended far too soon, there is no denying the indelible mark Dillon made on those who knew him or were inspired by his abilities. Ojo's meteoric rise began with a win in the pro division of the 2011 Ride Shakedown when he was still only 16. Within a few seasons Dillon had veered away from contests to channel his prodigious jib abilities into a prolific output as a film pro with standout segments in Snowboarder Magazine's Foreword, Deja Vu’s Encore, Nowamean's Bangarang and Pigeye as well as Vans celebrated Landline team video which was released last January. More than a persona, today snowboarding lost a person, one who's stoke and smile will be missed more than his skill or style. The thoughts and prayers of myself and of Snowboarder Magazine's staff go out to Dillon's friends and family. – Pat Bridges
“I texted Dillon Ojo just now after learning of his passing. I knew that he wouldn't reply back but as tears streamed from my eyes, I simply wrote, "I know that you're not going to answer this text but I want you to know that I love you Dillon. And I miss you."
Over the past few years, I've been able to enjoy his presence, and it was a massive presence. Dillon possessed the type of energy that stole a room the minute he opened the door. His laugh. His sense of humor. His swag. Everything. Dillon was the dude that everyone look to. He just had it. That something that's almost inexplainable. Almost. It's right there, but impossible to exactly pinpoint.
Last night, Dillon Ojo passed away, and I am crushed. Many people are. Most importantly, his family. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that they are feeling and the tears I shed are very much for them. They're also for the memories that I have of Dylan. He was always smiling, always laughing, always seeking out the positive in every situation. Simply put, Dillon was an incredible human being and I am so grateful that I knew him.
To his family, friends and fans, I want you to know that it's okay to be broken about this. I am, there is no doubt about that. But as time passes, the sadness will fade and I know that when I think about Dillon, I'll remember the smiles, the laughs, the fun, the snowboarding, all of it…and that will bring me comfort and it will make me smile. To Dillon, you lived an incredible life and you touched so many people. You progressed our culture and brought so much to it, and for that, I thank you. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Dillon. I love you, buddy. And I miss you.”
“I first met Dillon when he was 17. We worked together on one of the first SNOWBOARDER mag FOREWORD shoots, and he was basically our tour guide in Montreal. I learned really quickly that Ojo had an affinity for finding unique spots that only he would dare to hit. That's what made him so entertaining to watch, and it was so amazing to see him grow into his own right. I've worked with a lot of riders over the years, but it was so refreshing to see his savage approach to snowboarding.
The last time I really got to hang out with him was a couple years back at a house party. We commandeered the Ipad that was playing the music, and traded tunes back and forth, mostly R&B from the early 90's. By the end of the night, the whole party erupted into an epic dance party because of Dillon, and that was the type of person he was. He had that energy to get every stoked, whether it was him DJing a dance party, or sliding through multiple kinks.
It's absolutely mind boggling to me that someone so young and talented is gone. We love you Dillon, you are one of a kind, and there is no doubt that you will live in our memories forever.”– Mike Yoshida
“When I was hired on as the Art Director for SNOWBOARDER Mag, my first project tasked to me was coming up with identity of what would become "Foreword", SNOWBOARDER's first movie in 20 years. Four years later, I still sit as SNOWBOARDER's Art Director and I give a lot of credit to the success of that movie as what I am still here. Anyone who remembers that movie will remember Ojo's part, as it was everyone's sleeper favorite of the movie. His riding as an up and comer in the streets was unparalleled with his style and trick/spot selection and that only continued through the video parts he continued to produce throughout the years. Without his part, Foreword would not have been nearly as successful as it was, and therefor neither would've I. Thank you for everything you gave to snowboarding and to the people around you. I'll never forget surfing with you and Big Frank and others at Beacon's with Kyle Martin’s yellow banana board . I'll pour a Corona for you tonight my friend. <3” – David Steigerwald
“Snowboarding is a small, tight knit community, and the influence of an individual can resonate deeply, both on a personal level as well as in the general sense. Dillon was an archetype of this unique dichotomy, as he was both incredibly impactful through his video parts, interviews, and photos, and even more importantly, he was beloved among family, friends, and honestly anyone he met even just briefly. He was a bright talent, a big personality, and a person who made snowboarding better for his presence. Everyone in snowboarding who he touched—and there are so many—has poignant stories of his larger-than-life riding and character. I didn't know Dillon nearly enough, though I was always stoked to run into him during the winter and hear boisterous stories of his exploits—of which there always have been many. Dillon was genuine, kind, and so talented, and his absence is shattering. Thank you, Dillon, for everything you did, we all miss you.”– Mary Walsh