Nick Garcia, Tyler Bledsoe, Jose Rojo, David Reyes, Aidan Campbell and Axel Cruysberghs Interview

 

On March 16th, the SPoT held a free day to benefit BOARDS FOR BRO, a charity based in Tampa that collects skate gear for young skaters in need of it. Etnies hooked up the event by allowing free admission in exchanged of old boards and by bringing in their team. I got the chance to talk to Nick Garcia, Tyler Bledsoe, Jose Rojo, David Reyes, Aidan Campbell and Axel Cruysberghs aka Crusher about their careers, personal lives and how they afforded their boards before ‘making it’. Turns out this charity hit close to home for most of them.

 

 

DAVIDREYES

 

 

EDDIE CASTILLO: So I’ve been stalking your Instagrams, how was Atlanta?

DAVID REYES: A lot of fun. Really good places to eat, great skate spots. Just a good environment with a lot of possibilities.

EC: Are you guys just skating the whole time on these tours? Tell us what a tour’s like.

DR: We fly in, wait for everyone else to fly, get a rental car, get everything, check into the hotel. Then you have to deal with 10 different people’s opinions–Oh I wanna do this. Its all real scattered. But then towards the middle of trips everyone is just like Fuck it, whatever.

EC: What’s the best place you’ve gone with the Etnies team?

DR: Atlanta was great. I just got on [the team] maybe like six months ago. We’re going to China on April 2nd for like 20 days. We’re filming an Etnies AM video so we’re going on all these long trips with Aiden Campell, myself, Axel, Albert Nyberg, Barney Page all those dude.

EC: That’s awesome! I can’t wait for that edit. What has made the biggest difference in your life since joining the team?

DR: The traveling really.

EC: And the fresh gear?

DR: Ha, yeah the gear–get Christmas presents real easy. I can get my little sister shoes because Etnies makes shoes for toddlers so I can get her a bunch of shoes, and get my mom shoes. Stuff like that–its rad, I like being able to do that.

EC: Very sweet! Alright, so Boards for Bros. Skating is an expensive sport. When you were younger how were you able to afford new boards, and breaking bones?

DR: Breaking bones, ha. Well, there is this skateshop called BC Surf and Sport– I’m sure people have heard about it, in Denver CO where I’m from. My friend Andrew Ramirez and I would go in there and ask (in high-pitched voice) ‘You guys got any boards?’ and they’d give us used boards. Or my friends that skated that I met would give us old wheels, so it was pretty much like what Boards for Bros is doing.

EC: It is! That’s cool.

DR: Yeah, it helped me out.

EC: Where are you living now?

DR: Long Beach.

EC: How often are you home?

DR: Lately, not much because I’ve been traveling but I’ll go home for like a week or two then go again. After this I’ll be home for a week then China.

EC: Finally, taking falls and figurative failures haven’t broken your spirits, obviously. What has made you persevere to get to the level that you’re at?

DR: I’d say not thinking about how hard something is. Don’t think about it and do what you like. I try to make things as simple as possible.

EC: Solid advice.

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NICKGARCIA

 

 

EDDIE CASTILLO: What’s the most remarkable difference in your life since going pro?

NICK GARCIA: Most remarkable difference…

EC: Other than money!

NG: Ha. Umm, there aren’t many remarkable difference, I don’t know… I guess I take it more seriously. I’ve been hurt since going pro

EC: And now being hurt hurts a little more?

NG: Yeah, yeah I’ve been trying to take the body more seriously.

EC: Are you eating healthier?

NG: Kinda, I guess. Fuckin been going to Whole Foods more than I used to but that’s about it.

EC: Ha, alright. So what’s a boring day in your life?

NG: A boring day… most of my days would be boring by most people’s standards. I’m kind of a homebody.

EC: I know you recently got married, congratulations. I follow your IG and your wife is hot!

NG: Haha, thank you. She is, I know. I’m missing her right now.

EC: How often are you away from her?

NG: You know what, lately it hasn’t been too much– since we got married and I got hurt and stuff we’ve been spending a lot of time together but I think I’m about to go into a real travel bender here. But its not too bad, half and half.

EC: What’s the best place you’ve traveled with the Etnies team?

NG: Australia, that’s where I met my wife.

EC: Aww, she moved here for you?

NG: Yeah, I went to Australia 3 times one year and met her the last time.

EC: Were you guys skype-dating?

NG: Yeah we skype-dated for, uh, month or two after I left then she flew out.

EC: That’s adorable. Now to Boards for Bros. When you were younger, how were you affording your gear–getting new boards?

NG: I didn’t get new boards just the old ones from people, or I’d go to the shop and ask. They probably hated me because I would go beg everyday.

EC: How much time do you devote to skating daily?

NG: I like to be on my board at least an hour.

EC: Is it always fun or do you have to force yourself to get on it sometimes?

NG: If I’m at home by myself it’s always fun, I’m not forcing myself but we have that situation that comes around, like trips and stuff or we have days like today– we slept for like two hours and you gotta go skate around but its still fun, I mean I get to play with my favorite toy.

EC: What kind of music do you skate to?

NG: I’m like David, kinda all over the place with music.

EC: What do you like a lot right now?

NG: Me and my girl get into a lot of crazy stuff, like a lot of one-off bands, you know, and like searching through related videos on Youtube.

EC: Yeah so like obscure indie stuff?

NG: I don’t even wanna say what they are because I don’t wanna ruin them.

EC: Haha, I get it. What was your last major injury?

NG: I broke my collar bone. Got six screws and a plate.

EC: Eek. I broke my collarbone when I was little…doing a cartwheel. I know that’s lame but it was sticking out and piercing through my skin.

NG: Yeah a lot of people do when they are little. Was it sticking out like this? (pointing index finger upwards above left collarbone)

EC: Yeah!

NG: Mine too.

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EDDIE CASTILLO: Where are you from?

AIDAN CAMPBELL: I’m from Ranchos Santa Margarita, California.

EC: Woah, that’s a lengthy name.

AC: RSM, for short.

EC: Sounds like a gang. Represent?

AC: Yep!

EC: Do you live there now?

AC: I stay there now but I am either in Long Beach or LA. I stay up there with David Reyes and other people. I go home– because I live with my parents, and just stock up on clothes.

EC: How often are you home?

AC: 3 or 4 days out of the week.

EC: How old are you?

AC: 19.

EC: What was the last major injury you had?

AC: Probably, uh, I rolled my ankle but I didn’t go to a doctor– actually no, I broke my wrist.

EC: For how long did you stop skating?

AC: I didn’t, just wore a cast.

EC: When you skate is it always for fun or do you give yourself, like skating-homework?

AC: Well there’s definitely times when its not so fun, when you get frustrated with just skating but you always wanna go out because its fun, never a burden. But yeah I set out to learn tricks and that can be real frustrating.

EC: How much time do you devote to skating daily?

AC: I try to skate everyday buts there’s definitely some times when I don’t skate and just rest my body. Sometimes I feel sore and just don’t wanna skate but I don’t go for more than, like, two days.

EC: How long have you been skating?

AC: I’ve been skating, I think, since 3rd grade. That’s when I started but when I started to take it seriously was more like 7th grade, probably.

EC: What was the best thing you did in your recent trip to Atlanta?

AC: Uh… I don’t know. That’s hard. Oh I know! I saw Martin Luther King’s grave.

EC: Cool and educational.

AC: Yep, had no idea he was buried there.

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AXELCRUSHER

 

 

 

EDDIE CASTILLO: Where are you from?

AXEL CRUSH: _____Belgium

EC: How old are you?

AC: 18.

EC: How long have you been skating?

AC: 10 years.

EC: Long time. How were you spotted by Etnies?

AC: I went to a big skate competition and afterwards the team manager came up to me and said ‘we wanna sponsor you.’ I was like 12.

EC: Wow, you’ve been with them for six years. What’s the best place you’ve gone with the team?

AC: I don’t know, I’ve been on a lot of tours. But uh, I like all the places where its sunny and good to skate.

EC: Where do you live now?

AC: I still live in Belgium.

EC: You became sponsored very young, but before that, how were you paying for boards? Parents, work?

AC: Sometimes my parents bought one but most of the time they give me like 5 EUROS a week and then I just saved it up to buy boards. Also I always went to the same skatepark and if you go in they give you like 5 EUROS uh, reduction thing…

EC: like credit?

AC: Yeah like credit so you can also save it and if you have 80 EUROS you can buy a board.

EC: 8 EUROS?

AC: No, eighty.

EC: Woah, that’s expensive, they are like $50 here.

AC: Its because they make them here and ship them there.

EC: What music were you listening to today, yesterday, on the plane ride here? We wanna know what you like.

AC: I listened to a Harry Nilsson album. Its old but good.

EC: How much are you skating daily?

AC: It depends. On this tour we skated all day– like noon to midnight. At home I try to skate everyday, I don’t know, noon to 6 or quatre-heure.

EC: How do you pronounce your last name?

AC: Creys-behgz.

EC: Creys-beck?

AC: behgz. Nobody can pronounce it. Jamenson and them call me Crusher.

EC: Way better.

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JOSEROJO

 

 

 

EDDIE CASTILLO: So you’re from San Jose. Where do you live?

JOSE ROJO: I live in San Jose.

EC: How often are you there?

JR: I’d say about 4 months out of the year.

EC: That’s not a lot.

JR: Yeah I live out of bag.

EC: What’s a boring day in your life?

JR: I don’t consider any day boring. Shit, if I wake up and I don’t feel like skating I just go get some coffee and just kick it, watch TV or something.

EC: Well what’s an exciting day?

JR: I don’t know

EC: Life is just great all around?

JR: Yeah, I don’t know. You gotta enjoy life, take it for what it is… you only live once.

EC: Ummm

JR: I’m pretty boring in general.

EC: Haha so this is your attempt of covering it up?

JR: Haha, yeah.

EC: What’s the best place you’ve gone? Top 3.

JR: Australia, China and South America.

EC: South America? where?

JR: Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru.

EC: Where are you from? or what’s your ethnicity.

JR: Mexico–Mexico City.

EC: How was ATL?

JR: Oh it was sick. ATL is probably one of my favorite US cities. Tons of cool people. There’s that southern hospitality, that’s awesome. And just real, like super fun to party there.

EC: So Boards for Bro. Great charity right? When you were younger how were you affording your boards?

JR: Shit, I wasn’t. Fortunately San Jose had a huge skate scene–lots of famous people came out of there so when I was younger I would go to all the spots to be at, my dad would drop me off, and I would just mingle with all the dudes as a little kid and I would just ask them for boards and they’d hook me up. That’s pretty much how it went down, ‘til I got a job.

EC: At what age did you go pro?

JR: I went pro pretty late. I was 24 I think.

EC: What made you keep persevering?

JR: Well I came a long way with it. I was traveling the world and I thought why not try to actually be pro–try to get a board, try to get a shoe. You know, just pretty much setting goals for myself. Just a long series of goals.

EC: What are you listening to these days? Or what should everyone be listening to?

JR: That’s a tough one. I don’t know, Beyonce? I’m going to her show in a couple of months, I’m excited.

EC: Beyonce huh? Do you dance in front of the mirror and imitate her moves? I do.

JR: Haha, no I don’t do all that. I just like to look at her.

–> AFTER THE INTERVIEW<–
JR: (Walking through the SPoT store) This song playing, this is what everyone should be listening to. Grizzly Bear.

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TYLERBLEDSOE

 

 

 

EDDIE CASTILLO: Where do you live?

TYLER BLEDSOE: Well I go back and forth between Portland [Oregon] and LA. I have a place there for the winter time.

EC:What is a boring day in your life?

TB: Oh, I don’t know.

EC: This right here is pretty boring?

TB: No, no, haha it gets a lot more boring than this. Flying is the worst.

EC: You guys flew last night [from Atlanta] right?

TB: Yeah, I don’t…uh, I have anxiety. I’d rather drive.

EC: What do you do about it?

TB: I have to drink. I ust go straight to the bar \] and get a drink. Get plastered. I get so nervous, claustrophobic feeling. I feel like I’m trapped. But once I get a couple drinks I’m like ‘alright just get on the plane.’

EC: Once you get up in the air you get more drunk.

TB: Yep, that happens.

EC: I didn’t realize that until it happened to me. I was sitting in my seat drunk, cracking up to myself over some movie.

TB: Like ‘yep, I’m hammered.’ haha.

EC: Haha. Alright. So what’s the best place you’ve traveled to?

TB: Australia or Barcelona.

EC: Barcelona is fun.

TB: Barcelona is the best.

EC: How long were you there?

TB: I’ve been there twice. Second time we were only there a couple of days but the first time we were there for like 3 weeks. So I got the full experience.

EC: The skate scene is big there.

TB: Yeah, huge. So many skaters there.

EC: What kind of music are you into?

TB: A lot of stuff. And of course rap.

EC: What should everyone be listening to?

TB: I’ve always liked Gucci Mane.

EC: Remind me of a verse? haha.

TB: Ha, nah.

EC: How did you buy your boards when you were younger?

TB: Mom. But she didn’t want to buy them all the time, so I’d have to make them last.

EC: What if they broke?

TB: I was so small back then I couldn’t break them if I tried.

EC: What was your last severe injury?

TB: I’m actually still getting over one. I was hurt for like seven months, wasn’t skating. I had to get surgery on my ankle.

EC: Ow. Glad you’re back. So I know you skate for fun but do you ever give yourself a set amount of time to skate, like an assignment?

TB: Yes sometimes. Like when I’m filming I try to keep a schedule. Otherwise its just how I feel.

EC: Finally, what made you persevere to get to where you’re at?

TB: Just dedication. I can’t help it, its in my blood. I can’t stop thinking about it.

EC: What’s your advice to others trying to achieve the same?

TB: Just to be natural and not think about trying to get sponsored or anything, don’t tie your mind up.

 

 

 

Ryan Chaney

 

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When did you start skating and what got you into it?

 

 

Well I started skating 7 years ago when I was 10, my friend Pete got me into it and gave me his old board and I’ve been skating almost every day since 

 

 

 

What was the the video that got you hyped and you had to watch before every sesh?

 

 

Transworld “A Time to Shine”, Enjoi “Bag of Suck”, and DC Aus. Tour 06

 

 

 

What does your board consist of?

 

 

Lockdown Ronson deck, Jessup Grip, Independents, Gold and Bones Bearings

 

 

 

Whats the craziest encounter you had while skateboarding?

 

                                  

Well one day i was deciding whether i wanted to skate my local park or the roller rink in Leonardo, I went to “Nardo” where I encountered Brian Wenning and Richie White, we started talking and it turned out that they were filming the interview (which is infamous for Brian quitting Selfish) and we exchanged numbers, started skating and what not. A few months later I’m on lLckdown. I’m pretty stoked I decided to go to Nardo’ haha

 

 

 

Who or what team are you hyped on?

 

 

I’m hyped on Ronson Lambert joining the lineup. I use to study his tricks instead of doing my homework haha. I’m hyped on Expedition One, they have such a gnarly team

 

 

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Whats your ideal skate trip and who would you want on the trip?

 

 

Well I don’t travel very often, in fact I have never even been on a plane yet, haha. I would say Jon Pine, my buddy frank, a few other heads and I our heading to Cali

 

 

 

Whats your go-to trick that determines how the sesh goes?

 

 

Switch heel, but sometimes I’m just not feeling certain shit. ya know!

 

 

 

Hubba  or Hooters girls?

 

Hubba girls for wheels, Hooters girls for food haha 

 

 

 

What is the best about skateboarding and what is the worst?

 

 

The best is thinking about a trick you could never do, and landing it first try. Just the way you pictured it. The worst is trying one trick for days maybe weeks without landing it till you dwell on it, to the point where you can’t even fall asleep 

 

 

 

Any shoutouts or hate outs?

 

 

Shouts out to my parents sisters niece and brother, who have always supported me, my best friends Pete White, Ronnie Lynch, and Brandon Mcgeorge. Richie White Jr, Brian Wenning, Prime the Prolific One, Nasty Nas, Wu Tang, Frank Castineira, Joe Collison, and derek bogner. Last but not least, mathew J. Adams, rest in paradise buddy. – B.Hess

 

 

10qs – Jair Humphrey

 

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Name and where you from?

Jair Humphrey and (TRINIDAD) AND TOBAGO

 

Years skating?

Almost 3 years

 

What’s your set up consist of? 

8.0 OuterRR Deck, Tork Trux, Rockstar Bearings and Shake Junt Griptape

 

How did u get into skateboarding?

Saw it on TV and used to just roll around. I started learning tricks a long while after, when I met some of the local guys who skated… IRS

 

Favorite spot to skate?

Price Plaza for night sessions and Port-of-Spain in the day. Tobago is fun to.

 

 

Best thing about skateboarding?

The feeling when you land a trick after trying it for a long time. And just having fun and filming with the homies.

 

Worst trend in skateboarding?

Cocky skaters. I mean if your good at skateboarding, that’s cool but you should always be humble and help others on the come up.

 

Any good skate stories where your like what the fuck just happened?

Actually no haha. Sorry

 

Whats your goto trick at any spot?  

Gotta pop an Ollie to get the feel.

 

Shout outs hate outs words of wisdom?

I got a long list haha. Here goes, Shoutout to my sponsors OuterRR, Wicked Audio, Rockstar Bearings and Fuel Socks. Shoutout to the homies Chad White, RideLiveBe, CHOOlyfe essentials, Tork Trux, Steezy and Murder Ride, FSBS and IRS. Oh and Tommie for giving me this interview. Also anyone who has ever supported or helped me with my Skateboarding.

Words of Wisdom- Always remember your roots and SKATE don’t HATE –B.Hess

 

 

Miguel Taylor

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When u start skateboarding and What got u into doing it ?

 

When I was 12, my friend had a toys R us board that we would take turn practicing Ollie’s on in my drive way

 

 

What was the video that got you hyped and you had to watch it before each session

 

Then: baker 3 or this is skateboarding

Now: the cinematographer project               

 

 

Whats your shred stick consist of ?

 

Lockdown deck 8.25, thunder highs, 54 bones stf (they’re probably 52’s now)                                       

 

 

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Whats the craziest encounter while out skating ?

 

I got punched in the face driving my friend home after skating spots all day and night and being young and dumb we may have been yelling obscenities out the window and one guy took it the wrong was chased us down and introduced his fist to my face after forcing my car off the road… That juices up guido may have won that round but ill never for get hahah

 

 

Who or what team are you hyped on ?

 

Lockdown, Eddie “snake” henriquez, pat rumney                                 

 

 

Whats your ideal skate trip and who would u want on the trip?

 

Tranny spots with the homies and some nuggets                                            

 

 

Whats your goto trick that determines how the shesh goes?

 

SS FS Rock

 

 

Hubba girls or hooters girls?

 

Hubba

 

 

Miguel Taylor

 

 

What is the best about skateboarding?   Whats the worst?

 

The existence of skating is the best part about it, injuries and fly outs are the worst

 

 

Any shout outs or hate outs?

 

Look mom I’m on the Internet , Fonkledonk meng – B.Hess

 

 

10qs – Keenan Lewis

 

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Name and where you’re from?

 

Keenan Lewis and I’m from Tampa, FL

 

 

Years skating?

 

Four years strong

 

 

Whats your set up consist of?

 

8 inch Murder Ride board, Thunder hollow lights, Grizzly Grip, Bones wheels, Shake Junt bearings

 

                              

How did you get into skateboarding? 

 

My big brother Will. I saw him doing a few tricks and I liked it. So from that I loved skating

 

 

Favorite spot to skate?

 

Skatepark of Tampa! shout out to everyone over there!

 

 

 

 

Best thing about skateboarding?

                                                                                       

When you land your tricks, it feels really good and you get really hyped

 

 

Worst trend in skateboarding?

 

The really tall Supra High tops

 

 

Any good stories where your like what the fuck just happened?

                         

When I was trying feebles on this rail. I got into a feeble then somehow got into a blunt and slid it and landed. I was like whoa what just happened haha!

 

              

What’s your go to trick at any spot? 

 

Kickflip all day every day! Favorite trick!

 

 

Shout outs, hate outs, words of wisdom?

 

Wish it, dream it, do it,my mottoB.Hess

 

 

 

Daniel Pensyl

 

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When did you first get on 5 boro ?

 

 I first got on 5boro, back in 96 when they were first starting up

 

 

Whats it like riding with those guys?    

 

It’s so rad. especially since i’ve been on since the beginning. i’ve been able to sit in the van with everyone thats ever been part of the crew. there’s been so many rad people involved in the family obviously the team has always been sick, but we are deeper than that. The guys that do art for us are awesome, sales team, and reps are all in the van and on the megaphone…

 

 

You turned pro what are the perks has it opened doors since turning pro?

 

Turning pro for 5boro was such a great experience, and has been awesome ever since. the best part of it is making the relationships over the years and getting to travel the globe riding skateboards

 

 

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You have been getting alot of coverage and everyone is hyped on you whats the key to your success what keeps you motivated to push yourself ?        

 

The motivation is definatly to keep it pure. you can forget how real skateboarding can be when you get caught up filming all the time. its so gratifying getting a clip or a flick but the days that Tombo is out pushing with us with his bag at the office are the best. just pushing through the streets of the city. taking the train to an unknown stop and cruising around searching for untapped spots is the best, to find a spot that has never been seen is such a better feeling than worrying about ABD’s. plus lets be realistic i might not be able to out trick alot of people but i have been able to out spot a few…

 

 

Whats the best tour that you have been on so far?

 

The best tour is such a tough one. there are so many at different times in my life that are just as memorable. i mean in the beginning of 5boro, we would do the same summer tour for probably 8 years with skate lair, krudco, solstice and talent. then going to tampa am with a bunch of homies which were the TFL crew(totally fucking latered) which was the birth of Patrick Odell’s Epicly Later’d legacy. Lima peru and Machu Pichu, anytime we got to link up with Luigi in europe was fucking awesome. i drove rte 66 with charno and buddy for one of their projects which was such an amazing trip, the dream team of crews, Luda, Pstone Rhyno Guzman, Duffel Jason Adams, and Matt Mumford, plus i always wanted to do that drive and see the true Americana. then there’s the trip we did with Pontus and the Carhart crew to detroit. Sorry i was just reminising, and the answer i guess is undecided because i aint done yet….

 

 

Who in your opinion is just a beast on the board ?

                    

A beast on the board is tough… Busenitz is an absolute all around beast, there’s Suski who has a beastly manner and Joe Tookmanian will do shit that is going to blow your mind in videos and then you will go to the spot and it makes even less sense. Willy Akers is the the beast that will just show up and do shit before you put your coffee down

 

 

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Your pick of an idea pro line up to be on tour with ?

 

Damn how big is the van? party bus i hope cause the 5boro crew is in there old and new (aaron suski, brandon westgate anthony shetler, nick dompierre, mike peterson, ben wall, emmitt bennett, perri morgan, Andy Pitts, and Andy Henrie) Drehoble, Strubing, Toad, fuck we’d need a greyhound to do my dream trip. i met too many rad people over the years…            

 

 

5BORO new video Join, or Die dropped, what was the behind the scenes like?  

 

The behind the scenes of the join or die video is full of explicit shit. thousands of beers, cus words, broken boards, broken bones, broken dreams, hi fives, man hugs, a few black eyes, more black outs. an abundance of brotherly love, alot of companies claim family i call bull shit. there is no family in putting a bunch of kids that are good at skateboarding in a van together, all with their headphones on. we have chemistry and love for more than just the act of skateboarding

 

 

In your opion, who do you think killed it and why ?

 

This is an absolute cop out but i think the video from start to finish was solid. i hope its not because its the last six years of my life but i try to step out and look at it from an outsiders perspective. but in all honesty each persons parts can stand on its own on any level. so i guess the way to sum it up is that Tombo killed it by killing it on the editing of breaking his back following us around for the last few years…

 

 

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Whats up next for you any tours ,other videos ,ect ?

 

My daughter is a little over a year old now so as of now i am staying local, doing weekend trips into the city for filming and or demos in the area. plus the weather is shit in the northeast right now, so when the weather breaks it’ll be back to normal 

 

 

Last words ,advice , shout outs ?

 

Just remember that everyone is good at skating now a days, don’t be a kook or you’ll never be more than a home town hero, or at best you’ll go to tampa am and those dudes will call you out quick(thats why i love those dudes). i’d like to thank 5boro  deluxe brixton volcom lowcard and nike for all the love over the years. my wife and daughter for all that they do… and you for not letting me put this off any longer, thanks so much man keep up the good work. and lets get another ring Steelers!!!B.Hess

 

 

Danny Horbatiuk

 

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When did you start skateboarding and what got you into it?

My brother Chris, I looked up to him an wanted to do what he did. Chris taught me the basics and  I was hooked. Some great memories there, golden days

 

 

What was the video that got you hyped an you had to watch it before you skate

Modus Operandi, C hocolate tour 99, The Reason One Step Beyond  and  Yeah Right

 

 

What’s your shred stick consist of? answer?

7.75 Lockdown,  Paradox Grip, Black Venture, Bones bearings and  Spitfire Wheels

 

 

What’s your craziest encounter outside of skateboarding

Mark Gonzalez sighting at the Brooklyn banks and the session I had with him. Skating back from the projects I ran into Fat Ralphie from the Andy Milonakous Show at an alley in the project buildings, he bummed a dollar off me for Mcdonald  I  guess MTV did him dirty

 

 

 

Who or What teams are you hyped on?

I’m psyched on the Originators of Skateboarding that stay true to their roots an do it for the right reasons, I’m hyped on Danny Montoya,  Sean Sheffey,  Mark Suciu, Austyn Gillete,  Jake Johnson,  Willy Santos,  Jason Dill, Bobby Puleo,  Gino Ianucci,  Dan Drehobl,  Ghuru Khalsa,  Rob Welsh,  Geoff Rowley,  Arto Saari,  Brian Wenning and Sean Walis

 

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What’s your ideal skate trip and who would u want to go with

I go every week its New York. If I had to choose another destination , Oregon/Japan with the Brentwood locals, the parks in Oregon and spots in Japan that would be legit

 

 

What’s your go to trick?

Nollie Front Tailslide

 

 

Hubba girls or Hooter girls?

I’m not a fan of colored wheels but I am a fan of beer and breasts for sure.  So, I’m going with Hooters 

 

 

What’s the best things about skateboarding?

Laughs with your friends cruising around search of new spots, new skateparks,  traveling,  New York City, random run ins with bums / crackheads,  the freedom of expression and setting yourself apart from everyone else.  It’s an escape from reality skateboarding taught me how look at life differently and it makes you much  more appreciative then the regular person.  I can’t explain it it’s a wonderful feeling , its therapeutic in a way and keeps me mentally stable

 

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What’s the worst thing about skateboarding?

The cool guy image for example: Neff  headwear,  ccs,  Colored Wheels,  Lizard King people who do it for the wrong reasons,  Lil Wayne,  Zumiez,  Real SkateShops Struggling to stay open,  internet bad vibes people who get pissed when they skate repetitive tricks in same video parts ,  people who are out there just faking the funk unoriginal generic styles of skating, and filming at the same spots 

 

 

Any shout or hate outs

Chaney for finding me Rich , for the support a place to stay an help in everything, Brian Wenning for the support an help as well and for putting up with Richie, Banks Bafoonery ,  Ryan Flores, Richie Banks,  Sean Walis, Dielon Drew,  Tom Farrel,  Daniel Mcdaniels,  Brentwood Homies,  Bethpage Homies,  OG Tanner Homies,  Sauce Homies,  Scotty Rox,  Lou Feis,  Nick Reily,  Nick Della Homies who skated back in the day with DPA Belmont Factories,  my family,  brothers and  my cousin Joey Berding always watching me R.I.P, thanks for the support love y’all – B.Hess

 

 

10qs – Rafael Perez

 

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Name and where you from?

 

Rafael Perez, South Central Los Angeles

 

 

Years skating?

 

About 5 or 6 years, I would of have had like 8 but I stopped skating for 2 years because  didn’t have anyone to skate with.

 

 

What’s your set up consist of?

 

Mainline skateshop deck, WUB WWheels, Thunder lights, Bones Bearings, Leftover hardware, and Buck Shot griptape.

 

 

How did u get into skateboarding?

 

My neighbors would always skate a flat bar across the street from my house and it looked like fun so I asked for a Skateboard for Christmas, ended up getting a fake board from like Walmart haha.

 

 

Favorite spot to skate?

 

Don’t really have a favorite spot but any spot that has stairs or a haindrail would be fun.

 

 

 

 

Best thing about skateboarding?

 

Just going out with my homies and stacking clips is the best, and getting support from companies pumps it up to try harder and get better.

 

 

Worst trend in skateboarding?

 

Mongo pushers

 

 

Any good skate stories where your like what the fuck just happened?

 

One time I was cruising at paramount skatepark and the park got surrounded by cops im like what Is going on, I was like 13 or 14 I got tackled and put in the back of a cop car for writing “fuck pigs” on my grip tape I was shitting my pants. I got a ticket and never went to court haha

 

 

Whats your goto trick at any spot?

 

Varial heel forsure.

 

 

Shout outs hate outs words of wisdom?

 

Shout out to Mainline skate shop, Wub Wheels, Buck shot grip tape, Leftover Hardware, Etnies and Markisa Co. Also to my filmers Davonte Jolly, Jose Perez Filmermannie, Nigel Alexander and anyone else who has took there time too film me and supports my videos – B.Hess

 

 

Brian Wenning

 

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How long have you been skating and who or what got you into it?

 

I’ve been skating for about 18yrs. Just seeing the older guys who I thought were the cool guys skating down the street from my house got me curious and amped to skate. I still see some of them to this day. Shout out to the OG Sam Holiday.

 

 

You have skated for habitat what was it like in the Habitat days?  

 

The Habitat days were some of the best days and years of my life man. I learned alot of life lessons and just all around real shit from all of those dudes. Chris Carter, Mike Hill, and Joe Castrucci made my dreams a reality. Traveling the world non-stop we jelled into a family. To this day i still hang out with Fred Gall, Tim O’Conner, Kerry Getz, and Danny Garcia. These dudes are still my good ass friends. Leaving Habitat was possibly one of the worst decisions in my life and Im ok with it and can live with it. The handshake deals Carter did was the way to go. Thats all I gatta say about that.

 

 

You switched to Plan B which seemed like everything was going your way what happened with Plan B and why did you leave?

 

I had a meeting with Danny Way and Colin McKay in San Diego at some sushi spot. My DC shoe was dropping at the same time as all this. It was supposed to be a great move for all of us. Honestly, its just the way i work and im a little more laid back and Colin understood that. I guess basically i felt way more comfortable with the guys i grew up with at Alien Workshop and Habitat. I just distanced myself a bit  too much and caught a bullshit charge in Arizona and blah blah blah…   I was then dealing with my own demons and that explains some of my disappearing acts, so i totally understand why plan b and i parted ways. Colin and i will always be cool. He is a good dude bottom line.

 

 

You seemed to disappeared out of the lime light what were you doing ?

 

I really just needed some time to figure out a few things. Yanno alot of bullshit happened like county time and probation. It just sucked because i couldn’t leave the state of NJ. But now im off probation and really amped on life. I will never go through that shit again. I promised myself that hundreds of times and i intend on keeping that promise.

 

 

What made you decide to start Lock down Skateboards?

                                     

Basically being trapped in New Jersey and being on probation. For about a year i would just take my ipod to the beach and listen to alot of different music. I kept on saying to myself that i wanna help certain new guys out and do things my way. As for the name, my best friend Rich and I came up with it one night at a bar in Jersey. Thats it! I finally turned a bad situation into a good one.

 

 

What is the hardest thing about starting a company?

 

Pulling the trigger! You just have to believe in yourself, even when people are trying to keep you down. Ive been through enough shit in my life that some baffone talking shit on the internet doesn’t phase me one bit. I don’t read message boards or youtube bullshit. Im not worried about anything or anyone except for family and the friends that stood by me through all the bullshit. Thanks yet again

 

 

I was pretty hyped to hear your doing a company then i heard you put on Ronson Lambert which i think he is an amazing skater as well. how did that come about?

 

This recession has a lot of really talented guys with no boards man! that shit is fucked! I know Ronson has been burned before in the industry yanno. We got each others number through a mutual friend and we both agreed on everything immediately right off the bat. If he believes in this company from the ground up, day 1, I believe in him 100%. Ronson is one of the last insane tech dudes left out there. He also has a great head on his shoulders. He is actually in New Jersey right now as i writing this. We flew him to Jersey to skate and talk. Good news…

 

 

Have you had your eye on anyone else for the team?

 

Yes I have a few but haven’t approached anyone yet. As a clever friend once told me slow and steady wins the race.

 

 

Will you be coming out with a new part soon i know im hyped to see it?

 

Only time will tell my man. stay tuned…

 

 

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Describe to me what your definition of a true skateboarder is in your mind there are so many gimmicks and fake companies trying to cash in on skateboarding kids don’t even know whats what i feel?

 

A true skateboarders every kid out there that loves it soo much that they eat, sleep, and breathe skating. They would choose skating over girls, family, jobs, and school. The real recognize the real.

 

 

Who do you skate with these days who hypes you up the most?

 

These days i mostly just skate with true friends and just some local kids. As for pros, just my man Tim O’Conner and Fred Gall. I usually lay low , but when i film, im all for the 20 man crew session ya know.  Friends hype me up especially child hood friends…

 

 

Any videos you have to pop in the player before you go skating?

 

Any PJ Ladd, Ronson Lambert, Ian Reid, Spencer Brown, Gino, Keenan, and a local youtube rider from jonney E. But usually music inspires me the most.

 

 

Whats your set up when you put together a new board and do you have any things like you have to have a certain color deck or anything  that u go by when setting up a new board?

 

The only thing i must do is the sideway grip tape on the tail. That shit started in NYC. People in Cali used to trip on that! So here ya go: the griptape thing i explained above, 50mm wheels, Indys, Lockdown board, and im good to go. When it comes to boards alls i need is Chapman wood and thats it! Anything from 7.75 to 8.25, i don’t care.

 

 

Whats gonna happen with Lockdown skateboards sent in 2013 any trips planned?

 

YEAH Coney Island Boardwalk in Long Island having a team meeting at the freak show!!!!! Nah im jokin….     But yeah man we will be out in Cali soon and all that. For now we will be in Philly, NYC, and good ol NJ. We are actually going to LOVE Park this sunday and bringing Ronson there,. The dude is amped. 

 

 

Any words of wisdom to give to the  skaters out in the world or shout outs?

 

I would like to say to all the kids coming up to be very humble. Appreciate the free t-shirts, hoodies, boards, food, grip, etc… Focusing boards is just ridiculous. Kids these days would die to get a used board. And if you do make it far enough in the industry, stay loyal and just be yourself. Don’t follow the coolest new trend. Just do you!!

Shout out to my family, rich, friends, Chapman brothers, and all the people that supported me through the years. I love y’all!!!     Keep it fucking moving baby!!!!!….  over n out  – B.Hess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10qs – Dustin Dattilio

 

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Name and where you from?

My name is Dustin Dattilio and I’m from Vergennes, Vermont

 

Years skating?

I’ve been skating for about 6-7 years

 

What’s your set up consist of? 

Right now I ride any 8.25 deck I can find( currently its a 5Boro NYC deck), tensor trucks, Bones STF wheels, Bones bearings, Mob Grip

 

How did u get into skateboarding?

I saw some guys outside my house popping ollies and kickflips and really wanted to try it, so my mom bought me an Enjoi deck. I’d skate from spring until winter, and then snowboard until the snow melted and get back on my skateboard

 

Favorite spot to skate?

I really like to skate Bristol Skatepark. Our local high school also has a really fun gap

 

 

 

 

Best thing about skateboarding?

The freedom you have on your board and watching people progress

 

Worst trend in skateboarding?

The fact that companies that don’t belong in skateboarding are trying to get in on it because they see how much skateboarding has progressed

 

Any good skate stories where your like what the fuck just happened?

I really don’t have any cool stories about skating. When I was starting out, my friend was trying heelflips and got popsicled so bad that it split his sack. We couldnt drive yet, so he had to ride his bike back home with a torn sack. That kind of ruined heelflips for me

 

Whats your goto trick at any spot?

Casper flip for sure!

 

Shout outs hate outs words of wisdom?

Shoutout to Outdoor Technology and BOLA for supporting me! Also thanks to Preston Gage for all of the time he has spent filming, getting photos and pushing me, and thanks to Chandler Brigan for editing my video!B.Hess