Spanish Mike

Evan Smith

10qs – Dan Murphy

10qs – Shawn Whitten

Brad Cromer

10qs – Ben Matthews

 

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What made you decide to start skating?

I always watched my two brothers as a young age growing up and always wondered how they could stayed on without falling off. They were a big inspiration to me and I wanted to do the same being the youngest brother so id say my two brothers.

 

Do you remember the first skateboard you ever owned?

Ohh was a long time ago now but I’m pretty sure it was a whole set up from Kmart or similar then I had an old Kewday passed down from my brother.

 

Who has been the most influential skater for you?

I’d have to say Lewis Marvell, Shane Oneil, Evan Smith.

 

What has been your worst injury caused by skating?

My worse injury was November last year. Dislocated compound fracture on my right ankle I now have a plate and some screws.

 

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

I would have to say the most memorable moment skating wasn’t the best of times but was when I snapped my ankle last year. I will probably remember that for the rest of my life so will my homies I’m pretty sure haha.

 

 

 

How fast do you go through shoes?

Argh always through shoes bout 3/4 weeks tops haha.

 

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

Shortest time was not even a full week,two days after purchasing the deck snapped on flat.

 

What is your favorite spot to skate?

My favorite spot would have to be my local skatepark but also love street searching on weekends schools etc. oh, and my mini ramp at home. haha love that thing.

 

What do you think about the skating scene today?

I think it’s great and the progression has just gotten crazy in the last few years which is awesome a lot more people out there these days having a go and wanting to learn!! Love it smile emoticon but also all skaters are one always positive vibes at parks/spots etc.

 

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

Haha nah I don’t think anyone has ever said that to me and all my mates are basically skaters first time I have ever heard skating having a bad rep.

I’d like to thank all my sponsors for what they have done for me so far I’m really great full for what everyone has done for me and kept me rolling plus with all the fresh gear provided 🙂 much love guys and plenty more good times to come. – Berto

 

 

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