BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT PART 5
The reality is though, however good you are, there is always some little bastard coming up that is better than you, has a better image or simply played the game better and sucked up to/sucked off the right team manager... Regardless of how long your time in the sun is, most people don't ever get there, so sponsored skaters are put on a pedestal for all the kids to look up to. Some thrive on this, others crumble under the pressure and some just start to fucking hate the thing they once loved. We hit up some skaters that were a staple fixture in the skate world not so long ago to see exactly where they disappeared to and what they are up to now. We have had such an overwhelming response that we've had to split this article into a few parts or it'd end up being longer than the bible.
1. When and why did you decide to throw in the towel on being sponsored, or did someone throw it in for you?
2. Do you miss it at all? How is post-skating / real life treating you?
3. How much are you skating these days? Any chance of a comeback?
My real life, I used to own/manage Giant skateboard distribution; New Deal, Element, Mad Circle, Golden state wheel co, Destructo trucks, 411VM and On Video, and we used to distribute Zoo York and Black label. I sold out of all that and took a few years off and focused on my UK distribution company called NDUK.
Today I work at Dwindle distribution; Almost, Blind, Cliché, Darkstar, Tensor, Enjoi, Dusters and the original Start Trac wheels by Kryptonics. I am also married and have 2 wonderful kids - BB (girl) 14 and Nick (boy) 12.
Just pushing, No chance of a come back, I started skating again 7 or 8 years ago and then 3 years ago I got hurt and I was out for 18months. now I just push around. But saying that my boards just got reissued, ha ha!
I miss skating a lot. I still keep up with it as far as who is killing it etc. Post skating is good. I drive around the country and buy and sell antiques.
I'm skating about 0%, I do not think I will be making a comeback.
Once a skateboarder, always a skateboarder! There is no 'post-skating'. If you can walk away you never were a skater in the first place. My real life has been my real life since I was old enough to think for myself and I don't expect that to change either. I think differently, I live differently. Always have, always will.
Running a business is quite a bit different than just skating for one. I still make time several times a week to shred the Dream park or one of our two local concrete parks, Kanis DIY and Riverview. I street skate a few times a month, but I am more Dansition than Danrail these days. I take skate trips several times a year and I have seriously been considering a go at Tampa pro next year. Not in hopes of winning or even placing, but just to be a part of the fellowship once again. Skateboarding remains at the center of my life, as I am sure it does with all of the pros who ever were or who ever will be. That is why we need a Master Division for street skaters!
I miss those days everyday. Being young, broke, and skating 8-10 hours a day with all my friends, not a care in the world was the best. But from pretty early on I knew I probably wasn’t going to be making a killing as a pro, so when I was about 21 I came up with the idea for what is now known as Project Hardware. Phillips/Allen combo hardware, bolts, tool, etc. In 2005, the brand (Universal Hardware) went to Imperial Distribution, and didn’t work at all. They just didn’t get it. So I left, and around 2007 started Project Hardware with Dennis Smith (owner of Furnace Skate Shop) and Stacy Lowery. Over the years, we parlayed that into a few longboard and street brands and in 2009 we started Resource Distribution in Costa Mesa, Ca. We now have about 15 employees and I’m fucking stoked to be making good money doing what I love to do. Traveling the world, meeting new people, skating with our crew. Life is fucking great.
I skate as much as I can, but lately, I’ve been able to get out a lot more. I’m rusty as hell, but it’s still there because it’s in my blood. If I spend more than a few days on my board I start to feel it creeping back. I never really thought about a comeback because in my eyes I never really made it, but thanks for asking!
I still skate. Just not everyday like I should. Skating is still super fun.
I'm planning on getting back on my game this year. I have been building my brand to extend my future stability in the industry.
I was on a path with Mike Ternasky past owner of Plan B skateboards to work with me for skateboarding switch stance. Nobody cared but him. I was on a whole new path and future for bringing out the opposite way of skating, till his life was cut short. RIP Mike. I kept with my boundaries and brought more switch skating into the world of contests - people were confused and laughing at me, because I could do 2 runs both ways with the same tricks. I was laughed at when I drilled my truck holes back so I could do everything. So I carried on and did my best to bring it in and sure enough everyone and there mother is doing it now, including snow boarding, go figure. There's more to the story than this. Tony Magnusson never thought I would be famous, because he didn't see my road map or future I was bringing to the table..
I don't miss it, because I still skate once in a while, just don't do tricks like I used to. Older age, lol. Still fun and tempting to do the same tricks once in a while.
No comeback, just skate for fun now. Real life is treating me good. I got into DJing, because I sold my friends car to Sal Barbier and my friend Eric Conners from Toxic skateboards with Dave Crabb threw in 2 Technic 1200 turntables and a crate of records and I got started into mixing records back in 96. I started doing nightclubs and house parties and got so good I got into the club scene and started doing night clubs with 3 promoters behind me. I found a new nitch and slowed down from skateboarding and got more into djing and the growth began for me. I migrated to technology because I wanted to make more money and now work for one of the best firms in America today. Super Advanced Technology, lol, but still skate and DJ at the same time.
Thanks Brotha for taking an interest in me, much appreciated
I miss skating, sure I do. I still kinda follow it. But I realized I'm an adrenaline junky and that's what I liked about skating the rush. I've filled that void that was there when I stopped skating with DH Mountain Biking and just riding bikes in general. Partly because a Physical Therapist told me that the motion of pedaling a bike is excellent for my knee. It seems to be a like a lot better these days. I'm a foreman for a construction company and I'm married. I've been sober almost 4 years and there's no chance of falling off the wagon. I run a rock solid program these days and I'm busy.
No chance of a comeback. I love it and respect it still. I talk to Mikey pretty regularly, but that is in the past for me. Shit is so outta control with the little kids coming up there's no way to keep up. I feel for the older generation, it's truly outta control the things kids are doing today, like 10 years later. Mind boggling. I do occasionally push around a park but there's not much skating in my schedule. Maybe bomb some hills here and there. I'm living a much different life today that I wouldn't trade that for anything. I wouldn't have this life if I hadn't taken the path I had. Unfortunately there's not much time for skating between work, MTBing, and trying to please a wife. Thanks for wanting to hear my story. I absolutely love skateboarding forever and I will always be a skater at heart.