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Dyson Ramones

Dyson Ramones

Text: Justin Nakasone
Image: Ben Karpinski


Dyson Ramones’ sense of style and buttery skating has made him a well-recognized skateboarder not only in the local skate scene but in the industry as well. He has been featured in very respectable skateboard publications such as, The Skateboard Mag, Thrasher, and Skateboarder, and is an incredible inspiration for skaters in Hawai‘i.

It’s been a crazy friendship between Dyson and I. We first crossed paths while we were attending Momilani Elementary School in Pearl City. We didn’t associate with each other much—since he was a year older—but everyone back then knew him as, “the older small dude.” I left that school in the 5th grade and lost contact with everyone I knew from Pearl City, but Dyson and I would cross paths once again in the summer of 1999—through skateboarding—this time in Mililani, where he lived for most of his life.

I didn’t get to really know Dyson until he fell victim to a horrific skateboard accident where he was airlifted from Schofield Skate Park after suffering a serious head injury. It’s unfortunate that a blow to the head would spark our bond, but life is like that sometimes. And, I’m glad to be able to now call him one of my best friends.

Dyson believes that life has a certain path for everyone. The concussion he suffered was just part of the path that led to where he is today, and where he will be headed in his bright future. He understands that trials are a part of the big picture and the tattoos bared on his skin portray the important lessons, feelings and moments that he experienced throughout his journey.

His skateboarding progressed throughout the years and garner the support from Stereo Skateboards, Hurley, and Blue Hawaii Surf, to name a few. Along with his head-high kick-flips, the 23-year-old is known for being quiet and humble. He never planned on skateboarding taking him across the globe, and is grateful for all the opportunities he has been given. Whatever obstacles life throws at him, he is able to look past them and remain positive.

Justin: So Dyson, what’s good with you right now?
Dyson Ramones: I just got back from the Cayman Islands, that was rad. I’m on the injured list right now though. Got hit by a car on the 4th of July on the way to the airport for the Cayman Islands, split my hand open and ended up with a really bad heel bruise filming a commercial for the Berrics [a popular skateboard web site]. Kind of bummed on all the injuries, but it’s all good.

Damn, besides the injuries what’s really good?
[Laughs] Well, I got an apartment all to myself since the fam moved out a couple weeks back. Feels good trying to decorate the pad. It’s weird though, living here for so long with everyone and now I got the whole spot all to myself. It’s a step up toward more adulthood-like things.

It’s pretty crazy how far you’ve come, from weekend skateboard sessions to going around the globe skating. Do you remember how everything started?
I’ve been fortunate to have all the support of my family and friends, and I actually remember it all started off with Clint Chinen and Seth McKinney. Clint was my youth pastor and helped me out to get my first local sponsor. I linked up with Seth, who was repping Hurley and Nixon out here [in Hawai‘i] at the time. I also got with Rod at Blue Hawaii Surf, who I’m still with today. Those dudes are all family to me. At that time, I was close to graduating [high school] and even though I was skating everyday, I was beginning to feel that I needed to really do something. I took wood shop for four years during high school. I thought to myself, I’m gonna be a carpenter. I loved skating so much that all I wanted to do was progress. That was my drive, wanting to get better. We would all skate and film during the weekends and that was when Mike Bignami and I put a video together. After all the editing was done I ended up sending it to Charlie Thomas, who was the team manager for Hurley then. He was hella hyped on it. He called me up and asked me if I wanted to go to Tampa Am [a skateboard contest]. I was like, “Yo, I am down! Let’s do this!” And that was when I flew out to Tampa Am 2005.

Tampa Am is huge! You hooked up with Stereo at that contest, right?
After my run, Chris Pastras came up to me and asked me who I was riding for. I told him I was riding for Hurley on flow, and Charlie Thomas and Frank Hirata were hooking me up with some Scarecrow boards. Chris was like, “You want to try some Stereo boards?” I didn’t plan any of this. I’ve been fortunate to have people supporting me in my skateboard endeavors. I wouldn’t have gotten this far without them.

Style has many influences and outlets. I know that you’re influenced by music. What do you listen to?
I like older ska and dancehall reggae, but Phyllis Dillon’s music influences me a lot, whether it’s a sad song or happy song. I find truth in a lot of her lyrics. Almost like country music, but it sounds way better. [Laughs] I feel there’s no time to be sad or mad, happiness should be there as much as possible. Life’s too short for negativity. Everyone that’s in my life, I consider them family and I want to make sure the people around me are happy. I love my family and friends. If someone needs a place to stay, come stay with me. If you’re hungry, come and eat.

ダイセンはミリラニ出身のスケーター、今ではカリフォルニアに住みながらスケーターとしてのキャリアを積み上げている。スポンサーはStereoSkateboards, Hurley, BlueHawaiiSurf。2005年にHurleyにTampaAMの大会に連れて行ってもらいそのときのランを見てStereoのChrisPastrasにその場でスポンサーされた。ダイセンは古いスカとレゲエが大好きで、かれのスタイルはずば抜けている。


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