Stephanie Battieste

 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Stephanie Battieste and I am a local Toronto Fashion Designer, running my own business called SB Designs and I also recently Founded and run a Toronto based Women’s skateboarding group called Babes Brigade, which I am here to talk about today.

 

What made you decide to start skating?

I was never a fan of competitive  sports so I think the personal challenge is what originally drew me to it, your only competing with your mind and always testing your limits.

 

Do you remember the first skateboard you ever owned?

It was one I found at the side of the road, all beaten up and definitely some super low quality board probably from wall mart haha not a good ride. However, that clearly did not stop me from riding it.  I do like to keep all my decks which have all been passed down to me from a friend or fellow skater, If I’m lucky a sponsored skater will hook me up with a fresh one.

 

Who has been the most influential skater for you?

I grew up watching the guys skate and have always been a huge Rodney Mullen fan, I love freestyle tricks, the complexity and look are always extremely entertaining to watch.

 

Tell us what skateboarding in Toronto is like?

Skating here is growing a lot and there has become a greater need for more parks. One of the most recent outdoor parks in the east end has been one of the most recent parks built, Ashbridges Bay Skatepark. It’s actually a really exciting time for skating in Toronto with the recent TSC -Toronto Skateboarding Committee being formed and run through the city, skateboarders now have more of a voice and we are all doing our part to help our resources grow.

 

You run a women’s skateboarding group called “Babes Brigade”,  tell us about it?

It’s a women skateboarding group that has events and meet ups for ladies in Toronto and surrounding areas who skate. Its ladies only and 18+ .Our most recent meet up is every Monday Night at Skateloft which is an indoor skatepark in East York. We all meet up and skate together, some of the ladies who do photography such as Chantal Garcia, our resident photographer and videographer will shoot us as well during our sessions. We will have more meets up in the summer, when we will have more options for skating outdoors. If you’re in Toronto the BABES SKATE JAM at Skateloft (6 curity ave) every Monday 5-7pm ladies only -$5 you can find us on Facebook as  www.facebook.com/BabesBrigade which is the main point of contact for meet ups or there is Instagram which is very active with inspirational photos and videos along with event updates whether it be a local skate video or contest. @Babes_Brigade

 

 

 

How has the women’s skateboarding scene changed or grown in Toronto over the years?

I have been skating for over 7 years in the downtown Toronto core and until recently I was almost always one of the only girls out. This has been changing quite fast and the interest is growing a lot. After meeting more and more ladies and realizing the need for us to connect The Babes Brigade was born. I use social media as a platform for us to skate together. The need for us to skate together is especially important for girls who may otherwise feel uncomfortable skating in a male dominated park, having a stronger female presence is something I myself never had and it is very exciting to now be able to skate with other females. Forming this group has also made me realize there are a lot more female skaters out there then you may have imagined they are just sprinkled all around Ontario and beyond.

 

Do you see Women ’s skateboarding being taken seriously in the Industry?

It is definitely being taken seriously and the support from the males is very strong, with the recent ladies division in Street League. The best female skaters in the world are now being showcased with the best males. Ladies like Leticia Bufoni, Vanessa Torres or Lizzie Armanto are now celebrities being appreciated for their talents. It’s a great thing to be happening and a huge inspiration for all women who skate.

 

That’s awesome, what do you have plan for you & your group for 2016?

I’m trying to build as much exposure as possible so we can grow in size, I would like to start a gofundme and raise money for the group so we can travel and skate with other female skaters from around the world.

 

Anything you want to say to the upcomers?

To any female wanting to learn to skate don’t hesitate to start and don’t feel intimidated, It is a great community and i think a general misconception people have is that others are judging you when really most people are quite encouraging and ask any guy, they would love to see more women out there shredding!! – HA

 

 

10qs – Garrett Miller

 

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We all got into skating because of somebody who got you into it?

My older brother got me into it when I was about 9 years old.

 

What’s your first set and trick?

My first set was probably a 3 or 4 stair that was in the plaza our old skatepark was in and it was just a Ollie I believe.

 

Your first ad/ and or hookup (brand or shop)?

My first sponsor was my friend Johnathan Flechas board company called Citified skateboards and he gave me my first ever ad in the East Coast magazine called Focus skate mag of me doing a Ollie over this 16 stair rail at Florida state university in Tallahassee.

 

What’s your personal highlight in skateboarding up to this point?

That would by far have to be winning the 2012 stop for the Element Make It Count in Orlando fl at my hometown park Midtown Skatepark RIP.

 

What’s your favorite spot (city, country, diy) to shred and why?

My favorite spot which is actually a DIY is @parisite_diy in New Orleans, Louisiana because of the tranny they have with pool coping is the most satisfying to land anything on because it’s pretty gnarly and it was made by some amazing people involved in the Parisite project.

 

A spot you wish you could have skated but never did.

I wish I could have had a chance to skate the abandoned water park in Atlanta that Grant Taylor skates in some of his video parts. I had a chance to go there but we got the boot before we went into the place.

 

 

Who in your crew deserves some shine ad why?

That would definitely have to be my friend Ty Tarzeti because he is young and kills everything he skates.

 

If you’re not skating what else do you like to do?

Well recently it has been drinking and playing pool with homies here in Baton Rouge Louisiana along with listening to good ass music on and off vinyl.

 

What’s your plans for the next 12 months?

Definitely sticking around Baton Rouge area and filming another part here. But also taking a trip to St. Louis Missouri to skate with all the dudes out there and in Kansas City thanks to Shane over at park side skate shop. The rest is unknown.

 

Anything you want to say to the upcomers or any shout outs?

Well I’m a upcomer still but from what I know I would say no matter what you do have fucking fun doing it. I know I didn’t start skating cause I wanted to go pro or any of that big boy stuff. I started it out of pure excitement for being able to do something that connected me to my friends. I have my Brother to thank for everything because he introduced me to my true passion in life. I would like to thank everyone in Orlando fl that helped me out growing up especially Chris Abbott from Midtown skatepark. Also want to shout out Charlie Thomas and James Lapuyade for holding me down for the year and a half stay in New Orleans so far! Glad to be apart of the movement! – HA

 

 

10qs – Kevin Low

 

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What made you decide to start skating?

You wouldn’t believe it but, Tony Hawk Pro Skater the video game is why I started skating. All the videos that you would unlock and watch really inspired me to skateboard.

 

Do you remember the first skateboard you ever owned?

The first skateboard I ever owned was a Nash skateboard from Walmart, gotta start somewhere.

 

Who has been the most influential skater for you?

Wow this is a hard one. I can’t name them all, but I would say Daewon Song, P-Rod, Eric Koston, Danny Way.

 

What has been your worst injury caused by skating?

Worst skateboard injury.. I haven’t had any broken bones (knock on wood) so I would have to say for me is rolled ankles.

 

Can you share the most memorable moment you’ve had skating, either good or bad?

I would have to say the time I won 1st place at Volcom Wild in the Parks. I really was so stoked and it made me love skateboarding even more.

 

How fast do you go through shoes?

Shoes…. As a skater I love to skate fresh shoes. It’s just something about a fresh pair of kicks. So I would have to say a pair a month.

 

What was the shortest time you’ve had a new skateboard for? How did you wreck it?

I remember a time I set up a fresh board and the first 45mins I broke it. I was skating an 8 stair, doing what I do and I snapped the tail.

 

What is your favorite spot to skate?

So many spots, but Vancouver downtown plaza is one of them.

 

What do you think about the skating scene today?

I think the skate scene today is blowing up and is growing as we speak.

 

Does anyone ever tell you skating has a bad reputation? If so what is you response to them?

I remember one person said skateboarding has a bad reputation. I said at least we have fun and enjoy what we do and said if you ever skated you would understand. I wanna shout out to my other sponsors Even Odds Collective and Deviant skateboards for the support and all my homies – HA

 

 

10qs – Dean-Paul Denniston

 

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What made you decide to start skating?
 
 Well I always wanted to Rollerblade, but it was too difficult. So I decided to skate instead. Hahaha jk 
 When I was younger, my older brother used to skate. Being a younger brother, I wanted to be just like him, so naturally, I started skating too. 
 

Do you remember the first skateboard you ever owned?

 
Yea haha. I believe it was from Walmart. It wad chickens on a telephone wire, getting fried lol. After that, I got a of hand me downs Shorty’s boards from my brother. 
My first actual normal board that wasn’t used, was this super awesome Ronnie Creager Blind mini. It was super rad, but my mommy didn’t let me get it. So I ended up getting an Element Twig (what they called their minis) instead haha. It had a leaf graphic.  
 
 
 
Who has been the most influential skater for you?

 
 My friends have the most influence on me in skating. Peer pressure hahaha. I have friends in all different styles of skating. Some skate big rails, others skate vert or pools, and a couple who do tricks that’s don’t make sense, and shouldn’t be possible hahah. Along with most the other states of skating. It’s all interesting and fun to me. Since they’re actually my friends the style is even cooler, and makes me want to skate like them as well. 
 
 
What has been your worst injury caused by skating?

 
 That’s a tough one. I haven’t really been wrecked too bad, while skating. When I was about seven… Or six? Maybe even eight, but I think younger. I was at a skatepark with my family. I was chilling in on the grass, while my brother was skating. He came around the corner, and slipped out. His board shot through the grass. I was picking something up or something, when I heard someone yell something to me. I looked up, and his board hit me in the face hahahahah. The nose of his board hit me right below my left eye, next to my nose. I was crying, and holding my face, and my parents were saying, ” move your hand, let us see”. I pulled my hand away, and it was covered in blood lol. I started crying double hard when I saw all the blood. The doctor had to numb me up for the stitches, and that sucked too. Needles being jammed into my face to numb me up, hurt pretty bad. Idk if that counts though, since I wasn’t actually skating lol. 
 
 
 
Can you share the most memorable moment you’ve had skating, either good or bad?

  
 It was the other day actually! I just skated my local park, and it was mildly chilly out. It was the most memorable because it just happened. I haven’t had time to forget it yet lol. My memory isn’t the best. 
  I went to Chicago a handful of months ago, thanks to my pal David, and had a bunch of fun! Skated my first Damn Am, and didn’t lose. I didn’t win either, so I guess I did lose. Met some real cool guys out there. I also got to eat some food, which is always nice.
 
 
How fast do you go through shoes?

 
 Usually shoes will last me two to three weeks, depending on the month. If I’m out filming, trying a trick for years, I’ll go through them in a week. If it’s a slow month, where I’m just skating parks, they can last possible the whole month. Maybe. I like very grippy grip, so it’s not very kind to my sneakers. 
 
 
What was the shortest time you’ve had a new skateboard for? How did you wreck it?

 I’m told for about a day. I’m not really sure though hahah. For a little bit, I was getting these super cheap board from a little skate shop. I was going through two to three a week. It was pretty ridiculous haha. 
What is your favorite spot to skate?
 Anything with decent floor. Preferably nothing super big. Well, I guess anything, as log as I have some good pals with me. Or parking blocks. Those are fun to haha.  Or if someone brings a cute dog or cat, that would make a spot great!
What do you think about the skating scene today?

 
I think the skate scene nowadays is pretty cool! It seems like most people are having a lot more fun with it, and getting more creative.
Does anyone ever tell you skating has a bad reputation? If so what is you response to them?
 It kinda does have a bad reputation. It’s whatever though, I just try to have fun 🙂 Yolo yo doe swag hahahahah jk  – JD

 

 

10qs – Samson Hussey

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What made you decide to start skating?

What made me start skating is there was a couple friends that lived by me, I was riding like crappy boards and their dad took me to Shafter Skate
Shop and bought me a complete skateboard and thats what made me start skating.

 

Do you remember the first skateboard you ever owned?

I was 3 and I had a plastic yellow skateboards that you would buy from K-mart or a Walmart.

 

Who has been the most influential skater for you?

Ryan Sheckler and Chris Joslin, they’re both beasts. They get me hella motivated to learn new stuff, go bigger and learn better tricks.

 

What has been your worst injury caused by skating?

I broke my ankle when I was like 13 years old.

 

Can you share the most memorable moment you’ve had skating, either good or bad?

I played Lizard King Skate at Big City Skate Park. I could barely kick-ip but I still tried, he won obviously but I thought it was dope that he played me
at skate.

 

 

How fast do you go through shoes?

I go through a pair of Nike Sb Skateboarding Shoes in like 1 month; if they’re strong, month in a half.

 

What was the shortest time you’ve had a new skateboard for? How did you wreck it?

The shortest time I have had a skateboard was like 20 minutes, I went to my skatepark and Tre Flipped the Eight, landed right in the middle and it
broke.

 

What is your favorite spot to skate?

Santa Clarita Skatepark that place is perfect, I love their Seven Block.

 

What do you think about the skating scene today?

I think the skating scene today is hella tight theres a lot more tricks its way more competitive and its just amazing i love skateboarding 

 

Does anyone ever tell you skating has a bad reputation? If so what is you response to them?

People have told me not to skate places, that skateboarders are just like drug addicts. I mean, some parents wont even let their kids go to the
skatepark, its crazy. I was always able to go to the skatepark, my response is that let the kids go skate if they want to. Skateboarders are not drug
addicts, we love to skate and just do what we do. Let the kids experience something amazing and fun, Skateboarding has gotten me through
almost everything in my life. It’s definately a stress reliever because you’re not focused on nothing else but the trick you want to land.

 

Thanks to Goons & Galaxies for bringing me on the team, They let me be something better than one kid from a small town, We all are just kids from
a town. You just need get up and move to become something bigger, a dream is a visual, without action it will not come true. You just need to get in
the works of skateboarding and think of it as what you wanna do, It’s what I wanna do for the rest of my life , thats for sure. – JD

 

 

10qs – Rasta

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What made you decide to start skating?

I saw my cousin and his friends skating out in front of his house and it looked like so much fun! I quit all the other sports I did and started skating the same day.

 

Do you remember the first skateboard you ever owned?

I don’t understand that question.

 

Who has been the most influential skater for you?

There have been so many influential skateboarders in my life, but still Steve and his son Alex Olson are my Favorites

 

What has been your worst injury caused by skating?

This one time I got literally the ultimate shiner at North Hollywood Plaza, like 14 stitches on my shin.

 

Can you share the most memorable moment you’ve had skating, either good or bad?

Going to Barcelona for 2 weeks with my best friends was one of the best times ever!!

 

How fast do you go through shoes?

Anywhere from 2-4 weeks, depends on how much I’m shredding.

 

 

What was the shortest time you’ve had a new skateboard for? How did you wreck it?

24hrs

 

What is your favorite spot to skate?

Nike brought back The West LA Courthouse my childhood favorite skate spot recently and it’s my favorite spot again.

 

What do you think about the skating scene today?

Everyone is so fucking good it’s incredible, 4 year old girls can heel flips 4 stairs

 

Does anyone ever tell you skating has a bad reputation? If so what is you response to them?

I think a lot of people have backed off on talking shit about skateboarding. So much passion goes into riding a skateboarded and it’s given people jobs and opportunities that it’s kinda hard to badmouth skateboarders. – JD

 

 

Mike Anderson

 

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Where are you from and where are you currently staying?

Live in the same town I grew up in… Ventura, CA

 

When and who introduced you to skating?

My big brother used the skate a bunch with his friends. I wanted to be like them. Only thing is i never stopped skating like they did. I started skating at five

 

Growing up who were some of the skaters you looked up to?

Chris Senn. Jamie Thomas. Ed Templeton

 

Who are some of the skaters you look up to today?

Dennis Busenitz. Aaron Harrington. Jake Johnson. Zered Bassett. Larry who lives in my garage. My little brother Jake

 

What is one thing about skating that you are grateful for?

Family. My family who are animals. Skateboarding. My back yard

 

 

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What has been the hardest part for you being in the skate scene? 

Being away from family

 

Tell me about Loud Headphones what inspired you to start up this company and why headphones?

Always wanted to start a company. Never wanted to get in the way of any other friends company’s and Im very happy with all my sponsors so never wanted to have to quit anything. Loud Headphones is a product of me and David Broach shooting the shit and Frank Gerwers wonderful mind for a name and getting really excited about it, pulling the trigger and starting a company that would benefit the hearing impaired.

 

You are partnered up with “Let Them Hear Foundation” did you approach them or they to you?

The Let Them Hear foundation is a foundation who travels to mostly third world countries and performs cochlear implant surgeries which makes people who have never heard or who went deaf, hear for the first time, or again. It’s roughly a $40,000 surgery that most people can’t afford without insurance. It made sense to start Loud teaming up with Let Them Hear before we even made our first sale.

 

Do you ever get meet any of the people who get benefited from this foundation and how self-rewarding is it?

We did our first trip out to Costa Rica earlier this year and went along for the whole process, even posting up in the operation room then we were there when they activated the cochlear implants.

 

 

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What have you got going on with skating and what can we expect to see from you?

Lots of converse trips and full length krooked video. Sooner than later I hope

 

Any words of advice for our readers?

Never be afraid to say “fuck it” and try something new. It can be anything. Most things that have paved the way in my life have resulted from a “fuck it” decision – JD

 

 

10qs – Cooper Burrows

 

 

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What made you decide to start skating?

My dad was a skater and he would ride me on the front of his longboard when i was really little. My Uncle Jeff bought me a proper board when i was about 4 and that was it… My dad started taking me to the local parks and I’ve been skating pretty much everyday since!

 

Do you remember the first skateboard you ever owned?

Yes it was a World Industries Wet Willy and Fire Boy board.

 

Who has been the most influential skater for you?

John Cardiel because he’s just a maniac! He’s got this fire in his eyes and always tries the craziest tricks!

 

What has been your worst injury caused by skating?

I was at Volcom skatepark in Costa Mesa and a little kid ran into me in the street area. The trucks somehow hit my shin bone and split it open. I got 8 stitches

 

 

 

 

Can you share the most memorable moment you’ve had skating, either good or bad?

Skating the Combi for the first time and skating Lincoln City.

 

How fast do you go through shoes?

I usually go through a pair in about 3 weeks to a month. Luckily, I’ve been on DVS flow for a while now and they send me shoes when I need them.

 

What was the shortest time you’ve had a new skateboard for? How did you wreck it?

Maybe a week

 

What is your favorite spot to skate?

Channel Street – I just love the vibe there and love the style of skating – much more Gnar! And there are so many good skaters like Ronnie Sandoval, Robbie Russo, Rick Fabrio, Riley Stevens, Red and Chris Russell.

 

What do you think about the skating scene today?

It’s really cool, but really different here than Florida. More intense, so many insane skaters everywhere and lots of competitions. But I don’t really like the competitions, I just want to skate.

 

Does anyone ever tell you skating has a bad reputation? If so what is you response to them?

You do hear that. I got in trouble in 5th grade for cussing and my teacher told my mom it was probably from hanging out at the skateparks. Ha! And there are some crazy dudes at the parks but it’s not like you see in the movies or on TV – that’s so stupid. – JD

 

 

10qs – Randy Jackson

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What made you decide to start skating?

Being a little kid watching Bart Simpson skate and the show Rocket Power and old Tony Hawk pro skater games just growing up.

 

Do you remember the first skateboard you ever owned?

It was a really cheesy Nash skateboard with a fishtail from K-Mart, I did have a real skateboard for at least a year or 2 when I first started skating.

 

Who has been the most Influential skater for you?

Theres just to many good guys out there to just name one but ill say Neen Williams, Andrew Reynolds, Awtuan Dixon, Bryan Herman, and Stevie Williams but i draw infuences from all over.

 

 What has been your worst injury caused by skating?

I’ve been really lucky and haven’t broken anything but maybe a jammed up knee with huge swelling or like hyper-extending your ankle is never a good on and of course getting nutted.

 

Can you share the most memorable moment you’ve had skating, either good or bad?

I haven’t had a bad one yet but I would say skating Overground Skatepark in Dallas,TX and vibing with those guys or Dew Tour Chicago this year getting to skate the course in the Zumiez Park Crashers Session and meeting madd pros with good homies and it was Go Skate-Day also to top it o, it was also fathers day and I’m a young dad so it was for sure one of the best days of my life.
 

How fast do you go through shoes?

It depends but usually around every 3 months if I’m lucky but really like a month in a half without shoe goo.

 

 

 

 

What was the shortest time you’ve had a new skateboard for? How did you wreck it?

Man I just was skating a new Anti-hero for like a month and dropped it in this fountain in Chicago like a week ago completely soggy luckily, I had a crispy on deck so it was all good going in filming for this video dropping in November, “Sooner or Later”.

 

What is your favorite spot to skate?

My Local skatepark – La Porte Skatepark, and Grant Plaza in Chicago

 

What do you think about the skating scene today?

I Think its in a really good place, its more powerful than its ever been. People are pushing skating to new levels but creativity is still
around. Its truly a Global lifestyle and with the Internet we can connect with skaters on the other side of the globe, it allows for
people to get noticed from places that have little to no support and I think thats completely amazing. Skateboarding is life for me.
  

Does anyone ever tell you skating has a bad reputation? If so what is you response to them?

I never really encounter that much anymore, maybe people are becoming more open to it more likely than not. People just think its
cool that we do this and creatively express ourselves on these broomsticks if you keep it positive then you receive positivity back.
I would like to thank my sponsor Goons & Galaxies for putting clothes on my back and wood under my feet and allowing me to put
my art out there. I would like to thank my Filmer Josh Bilderback for holding me down with the crispy photos and footy game, my lil
homie Johnathan Rosales the New Blood in the crew for skating with me and holding it down, that bitch ass nigga. Cheyenne Shilts,
My lovely girlfriend Samantha Curl and my amazing daughter Saige Marie Jackson, my Mom and Family, all the homies and supporters
and anyone that reads this Thank You for your time! If no one has told you today your’re AWESOME! – JD

 

 

Periscope Interview

 

 

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