We all got into skating because of somebody-who got you into it?
My older brother Matt started skating before I did. I mostly played T.H.P.S. Video games. I remember being about 9 years old with him and I skating around on our Walmart boards. I would try whatever he was doing. Eventually we both got pro boards from CCS one year for Christmas.
What was your first memorable trick?
I don’t exactly remember landing my first kickflip but I remember my first switch heel when I was like 13 and I was so excited because I could never ride switch very well. I think there’s a clip somewhere on Youtube.
Your first ad and/or hookup (brand or shop)?
I grew up skating at Altered Skates (shop/indoor park) from Oklahoma. They’ve been closed awhile but Steve used to hook it up a lot when I was a grom. My first shop sponsor was Flip’d Action Sports in 2011. That lasted about a year until they closed down also then I rode for Industrial Skatepark until I moved to California.
What’s a personal highlight in skating up to this point?
My personal highlight would be a variety of things I’ve accomplished.
I believe moving to California has not only progressed my skating level but how I view skateboarding as a whole especially as a Christian. I’ve realized that I can use skating as a source to help others. Whenever I do demos, it brings light onto the kids and if I can help motivate a beginner skater to keep going than that’s a highlight for me.
What’s your favorite spot (city, country, diy) to shred and why?
My favorite spot to skate right now would have to be Dwyer. It’s a school in downtown Huntington Beach famous for having a ton of spots all around it. It’s worth checking out.
A spot you wish you could of skated but never did?
For some reason I’ve never been to JKWON ledges in LA. They just got knobbed recently and that’s a huge bummer.
Who in your crew deserves some shine and why?
I don’t exactly have a crew but I can think of some guys back in Oklahoma who deserve way more recognition. Shout out to Rocky Sheaffer a local Legend. Gage Pennanen and Eric Chinneth are on the come up.
If you’re not skating, what else do you like to do?
I’m usually just working a lot or spending time with my girlfriend. I’m kind of a youth leader for Lost Boys Project skate ministry and that’s been going well. It’s slowed down a lot lately but I think next year we’re going full force.
What are your plans for the next 12 months?
I’m not the best at making plans but I’m going to make sure I’m still progressing, staying healthy, and having fun. Maybe gain some new sponsors next year and just see where life takes me. A new video part is always a must and whatever contests I can make it too.
Anything you want to say to the upcomers or any shout-outs?
Skate to have fun and just do things your own way. You don’t have to copy anybody or have a bunch of followers on Instagram to be cool. You’re already awesome for skateboarding so just stay humble and try not to rush yourself. Shout out to Dylan at Varsity Shades and the whole crew! Always positive energy from those guys. Oh and stay in school – JD