How long have you been Skateboarding?
8 years as of February 2018. I began at 11 years of age in my home city of Barcelona, and been hooked since – it’s too much fun.
What was the first trick you learned on a skateboard?
Ollies. When I began to skate, I was so fixated on the seemingly impossible feat of jumping and having your board magically stay glued to your feet. As a kid, it was the gnarliest thing I’d ever seen because of how real skater seemed to do them so casually and clean. It was all I cared about and all I would practice until I got good at them and moved on to better things.
What is your favorite skate spot of all time? Why?
MACBA hands down is the greatest spot I’ve ever had the pleasure of riding. There’s something about that floor that is magical – no bullshit. It’s the perfect composition between grip and give. I can always feel a vibe every time I go there: it’s just such a famous spot, pros are there constantly, and the city’s/ even world’s best skaters hang around there… It’s so OG you can’t help but get pumped. When I skate MACBA it feels like a never-ending competition jam session, in the best way possible. Plus, it’s got the infamous Big 3, several stair sets and our iconic ledge and ramp.
What do you prefer street or skate parks? Why?
Skateparks – specifically Sant Cugat’s. Never felt more connected to a place: it’s the park I grew up in. Everyone has known each other since our early teens, and the park itself is decked and has been improved by the community over the years. I love its setup and location. It’s in the suburbs on the outskirts of Barcelona, so we get plenty of quiet, space, and green. We have what I think is the perfect half pipe, a mellow quarter pipe, and the rest is a banger street park. I love skating the street, but home is home.
What is favorite stairs and rails, benches and manuals or Bowl or Vert? Why?
El Toro is my favorite stair set to see in a street edit. I have typical taste – it’s just become so famous and iconic in the skateboarding community, it’s hard not to jump on the hype train. Shit is humongous. Deadly. Plus it’s a spot close to the roots of skateboarding as it’s in Cali, so that’s dope. It’s a crazy spot to me because any trick down it is insane: ollie, 50, anything. I hope they never change it. R.I.P. Carlsbad Gap.
What is the last trick you landed or working on?
Impossibles, which seemed impossible up until recently. It’s an iconic trick and I’ve always had respect for it. I remember seeing it in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 for the first time and thinking, “wow, if only”.
Your favorite skate-video\skate-part? Why?
Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang – he destroys this part. Always loved his technical style and crazy pop. “How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy was the perfect music choice for the edit. It really emphasizes the explosive expression in his skateboarding.
Who is your favorite skater and why?
It’s always been Paul Rodriguez. When I started skateboarding, I was a mega fan of his, and still am. I wanted to be exactly like him. He was the perfect image of what a skateboarder should be in my head – determined, positive, and a fucking lunatic on a deck. Got mad respect for his switch game and how he dressed. Love his skate style, but I think what made him stand out from everybody else for me was the charisma.
What kind of music do you like to hear when you skate? Why?
Old School Hip Hop all the way. It helps me get into the pumped up mind-state one needs to really get their hands dirty wherever they’re skating, and there’s nothing more personal and expressive to me than hip hop. I vibe to. Sometimes I like putting on old school rock like the tracks thrasher puts in their videos when I’m skating transition.
I don’t really like stopping when I skate, so naturally there are periods during the sesh where I’m much more aggressive and ambitious, as well as times where I’m recovering and keeping it mellow, focusing on park flow. During energetic moments, I’ll listen to old school rock and hip hop, however, when in that slower zone, I love vibing to mellow hip hop. It brings out the emotion. I feel profoundly happy during it, cruising through the park with all the homies seshing. – AC