Tyler Edtmayer

 

 

Tyler Edtmayer

 

 

Name and where you from?

My name is Tyler Edtmayer, I’m 12 years old, and I’m from Lenggries, Germany.

 

Years skating?

I actually started skating when I was 3, so that’s about 9 years now.

 

Who are your sponsors?

I’m sponsored by Neokeltic Skate Shop in Bad Tölz, TSG (via 24/7 Distribution), EFX Germany, and Zoo York.

 

How did you come to these sponsors?
We didn’t have a skate park nearby until 2009. Until then I’d only been able to skate in California on vacation. Then they built a skate park in Bad Tölz and the local skate shop, Neokeltic, put on a contest. I got 3rd in the Under 14 division, although I was only 8, and the the shop owner offered to support me a little, which has grown over the last few years.
A couple years ago, since I always ride with protection, I sent some contest reports and pictures to TSG and asked if they would like to sponsor me with equipment – and they said yes. Then a friend of my parents, who works for EFX, asked if I’d like to wear their power bands, which I’ve now worn around the clock for the last two years. Just this past year, the European Marketing Manager from Zoo York saw me skating at a mini ramp near their office and asked if he could send me some clothes and I could send him some pictures of me skating in them. I thought that was pretty cool, because I really like their stuff. Then, a couple months later, they said they’d like to sponsor me, so now you’ll always find me sporting Zoo York clothing and riding their decks, which are really awesome.

 

What’s your set up consist of?

I’m actually trying things around a bit right now. I’ve started skating some bigger bowls and vert, so I just switched from one set up to two. 
I’m currently riding a 7.8 Zoo York deck with 129 Independent Koston Hollow trucks, whatever 53 street wheels I can get my hands on and I’m trying out some different bearings. For my new vert and bowl set up, I’m using an 8.0 with 5.25 TiKing trucks from Theeve, 56 SPFs from Bones Wheels and Swiss 6s from Bones Bearings for some more speed. Of course, I’ve always got my TSG Evolution helmet and Force III knee pads on, and for bowl and vert my Force IV elbow pads, too.

 

How did u get into skateboarding?

My mom’s from Southern California and we go there on vacation a lot. I saw a lot of skateboarders and wanted to try it, too. My mom thought I was too little, so she just bought me a complete skateboard at the grocery store to try out. After I’d played around with that a while, when I was about 5, the neighbor boy in California saw my board and said it was crap and I couldn’t ride with that. He still had his old smaller lighter setup and said I could have it. I took it to a skate park in Hermosa Beach and tried my first ramps and learned how to Ollie. From then on, I was hooked. Every time we were in California I skated a lot and got better really fast, but back in Germany there was no where for me to skate. Once they built the park in Bad Tölz it was great, because there is a street part and a small bowl, so I could skate whenever I wanted.

 

Who is your favorite skater?

Tony Hawk, hands down. I really like PLG, Danny Way, Bob Burnquist, Shaun White, and Mitchie Brusco, Grant Taylor, Elliot Sloan, Sandro Diaz and Andy MacDonald

 

Favorite spot to skate?

I have lots of favorites! Vans in Orange and Venice Beach (USA), BlueBox in Augsburg (Germany) as well as The Cradle in Brixlegg, WUB in Innsbruck, a cool vert ramp in the woods in Völs (Austria),Fælledparken in Copenhagen (Denmark), and Stapelbäddsparken in Malmö (Sweden).

 

Best thing about skateboarding

The fact that no matter how bad or good you are, you’re constantly learning new stuff and getting better and better, which feels pretty good! I have the most fun when I meet other skaters who love skating as much as I do and we just skate for hours, pushing each other and cheering each other on and getting excited for each other when we nail new tricks.

I have ADHD and have a big problem sitting still, so skateboarding is a great way for me to get rid of my energy and to keep me from driving my parents crazy!

 

What were the best trips you went on, thanks to skateboarding?

I’ve just started traveling a little for skateboarding this summer and my favorite trips so far have been to Vienna, Austria, where my whole family went for two days and we got to check out the city and do some cultural stuff. And then there was the trip to Malmö, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark, that just have some of the most amazing parks and awesome skaters ever!

 

What are your best results?

I’ve actually just started skating more than our annual local contest this past year. I’ve won quite a few street age group contests in Southern Germany and Austria and have already placed in the top 5 in a number of smaller A Group contests (for sponsored riders) in street and bowl. Right now I’m trying to find a balance between getting used to the pressure of riding big regional contests for sponsored riders and still riding some smaller or age group stuff that’s more relaxed and good for my confidence. I did, however, just ride a World Cup Juniors contest in Malmö, Sweden, the Ultra Bowl V, and made it into the Semifinals and got 13th, so I was totally stoked about that!

 

Worst trend in skateboarding?

Too many drugs and too much smoking and alcohol.

 

 

 

 

Any good skate stories?

When I was only 9, I was doing a kick turn at the top of the huge deep end in The Cradle Skate park in Austria and for some reason my board didn’t turn right, so I got the wobbles on the way down and ate it, face first, in the flat. There was blood everywhere and some of the bigger guys ran down to help me right away. They were so nice and got me calmed down and all cleaned up – and then we saw the two small craters right in the middle of my new front teeth! Recently I was in Brixlegg and  ran into one of the guys that helped me back then and he was like, hey, you’re the little kid that almost knocked out his teeth!

 

Whats your goto trick at any spot?

Handplant 360 

 

A Perfect day, what would it be?

Sleeping in, going to the Vans Skate Park in Orange, skating till I drop, then going down to the beach and falling asleep.

 

Shout outs hate outs words of wisdom?

Shout out to my parents, especially my mom and little sister, for driving me all over to skate parks and waiting till I’m done skating, even if they’re totally tired or bored. Loads of thanks to my sponsors, who make it possible for me to skate without sending my parents to the poorhouse!

Hate out to all the stupid scooter riders and little kids on bikes who think skate parks are playgrounds and cut me off and make me crash! And a big hate out to all the idiots who think skate parks are their own personal hangouts to drink, smoke, do drugs, and trash! 
Words of wisdom: What goes around, comes around… – B.Hess

 

 

 

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