I was snooping online and found an interview you did with Joey Tershay [Hell Ride Crew] a few years back where you said the first time you stepped on a skateboard you did a 180 and the neighborhood kids were bugging out. Is that right, the first time you stepped on a board you busted a legit 180? Frontside or back?
Yeah, man. It was a green Mike McGill aircraft carrier board! I asked if I could try the dude’s board and busted out a Frontside 180 Ollie. The dude got super hyped and was like, “Dang dude, you got to get a board!” So I did and it’s been the tightest shit I’ve touched ever since.
That’s crazy! Who was the first pro skater that blew you away? Do you recall that experience?
Probably Keith Meeks. I went to Derby Skate Park [legendary skate park in Santa Cruz, CA] when I was a kid and Keith showed up and ripped the park with sick surf style! That was awesome.
Rad! I lived in West Cliff for a bit and Derby was pretty close to where I was staying. I know you are a big music head. Do you play any instruments? Ever jam out with the homies?
Nah, I don’t really play any instruments. I have a really short attention span and it’s hard for me to hold a line. I can freestyle slam on some drums or wild out on a guitar for a hot minute though just like anyone else!
Super sick! You know it feels good to just yell when you are with your homies especially during a skate session. You are known for having this crazy energy and often talk about good vibes or getting psyched. Can you touch upon that a bit?
Yeah. Just being into whatever it is you are doing, you know. If you are around people you like and you are stoked on what you are doing then it creates those vibes. So I like to forward that.
I heard that you have been to Hawai‘i on a few trips. What were they like?
Hawai‘i is the shit man! I just feel hella comfortable there in the heat and the sun. I bring my fixed gear bike out there and ride a lot. Last year Julien and I rode around the island and hiked some point. That shit was hella fun! The clay mud was so gnarly out there it locked up both my wheels. Brutal. Stoked on that J Boog video. Let’s do it again! Baaap! Braaapp!
[Laughs] Word! Here is some skate rat shit. What’s the hardest trick? Who does it the best?
For me? I don’t know, but I seen Josh Kalis a while back doing that Kickflip Backside Noseblunt. That was pretty wicked!
What’s your favorite trick? Most fun?
Probably Fakie Manuals, Nose Wheelies, and Frontside Slappies on well painted red curbs.
There are lots of young rippers out there. Do you have any favorites?
There is a lot. It’s getting so gnarly. Emmanuel Guzman and Raven Tershay.
E-man is super sick. Lastly, any plans for the summer?
Just to keep going.