BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT - PART 4
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?
I missed it terribly, even though I thought I would never be able to ride vert again like I'd used to, I dreamed of riding. I tried when opportunities came up, but sucked horribly at it. I thought it was the result of age - a loss of balance. I buried my life in work, played video games, and enjoyed my family, and life was OK, but something was missing.
Now I skate a few times every week (that I can, barring injury) and have entered the old timer contests with the guys who inspired me to get back on again. Don't call it a comeback... think of it as... coming home.
Post pro skateboarding life has been treating me well. I’m fully domesticated, parenting two amazing boys. The one thing I think I miss was the amount of free time you have in skateboarding, which is very hard to find right now. However, I guess this is just the way life works out - so no complaints.
When time allows I’ll skate maybe once or twice a week, mostly parks or with my boys in the driveway. A come back? Not on the horizon and not necessary. Maybe some insta video clips on the @heelbruise Instagram here and there, but that’s all I can really see. I would love to learn backside airs.
I don't miss it, I still skate all the time. I've been skating since I was 5. No point in ever stopping. I still push myself to learn new shit. It hurts a lot more and my body can only take so much. I'm only 29, but I put my body through some harsh shit. Broke and sprained my ankles a 1000 times, cracked ribs, broken and dislocated elbow, and so on, and it was all worth it. Other than skateboarding I'm a real estate agent alongside Richard Mulder, Danny Montoya, and a bunch of other skate homies. I get to work with some of my childhood heros. Couldn't ask for better.
I skate all the time, it's part of who I am. People ask/tell me to comeback all the time... Part dropping soon, however, even though I'm very proud of it, don't call it a comeback. @scottkane @thebrovas @kaserealestate
I miss aspects of it, for sure. Traveling and skating with friends around the world, of course you're going to miss that. There wasn't as much money in it back in the day, so I can't say I miss the money.
Post life has had its ups and downs but I have a loving wife and a baby girl that keeps busy these days. Well, my daughter is almost 1, so finding time to skate is pretty tough. Other than transportation maybe once a month lately. I don't think I made enough of an impact for anyone to want a comeback. Thanks, Mike.
I don't miss being a pro skater. I now have the opportunity to sponsor dozens of up and coming talent. And now that I am in my 40s I compete in the masters category at Vans events. I did it. I loved it. I still do it, but 100% for the love of the game. Skateboarding was good to me.
Plan for the future, skate but have something to fall back on . Real life gets real quick.
Yes I do miss it, but I still live it everyday when I daydream at some spot I'll find and think about the tricks I would love to do there. It's usually a short day dream since I could only do three tricks and then I realize I couldn't even do one now if I had all day. My life now is great, I have a great wife, a 6 year girl who is my life and reminds me everyday why I was put on this earth. I am in an Americana band called Rust & Whiskey and that's a lot of fun. I have a job bar tending in S.F. and it pays the bills, but it's not as fun as pushing down the street.
Sad to say but not as much as I should. I have a kid, a job and adult responsability which doesn't leave much free time. The only way I could make a comeback is if they sponsored skateboarders for pushing down the street and doing skip Ollies over man holes. Thanks for getting in touch and I hope this clears up any questions about my after life of skateboarding, Nate.
One thing I miss is going on road trips with friends. Life is good.
Skating all the time, just for fun
I miss it once in awhile but then I'll take a day off and go skating and I'm quickly reminded of why I was over it. Not having a job and doing absolutely shit all day sounds like a dream to people but really it sucks after doing it for 10 yrs, it's hard to stay motivated. Real life is good, I'm running my own business making furniture, spend the weekends with the family etc, pretty normal lifestyle shit, I love it.
I just actually set up a new board two days ago and I'm pretty excited to ride it. I have seriously skated less then 10 times in the last 9 years but I'm looking forward to having a little free time this summer, but don't hold your breath looking for a comeback.
It was pretty short lived so I don't feel like I was ever used to it. I spent more time trying to survive after skating started to crater. So, I don't miss that, that's for sure. If it were like it is today, then maybe I would. Fools are making a killing. It's great. Free travel with friends was always a plus. I still cruise around with the Autobahn guys here and there so I can't say I miss that all that much. Traveling with the H-Street guys in the heyday was pretty sick though. International travel as a youth, even without all the skate hubbub, is awesome and I highly recommend it. There is no post skate life. I will always skate. There are times where I don't skate for a week or two; or even a month. But I don't stress about it. Life is too short to give a shit about who people think you are. I feel very lucky to have been involved in skateboarding in such a revolutionary time. Modern skateboarding was invented in this time period, in my opinion. I am glad to have been there to witness the 80s give way to the 90s and beyond. Skateboarding now is at a stage where everything goes. Boneless in a line with a nollie flip crooks? Whatever! It's rad. I'm glad to see steezy, non-spinny vert to be coming back too. Beyond that, I am the brand manager of the Autobahn Wheel Company currently. I do all of the design and marketing. I do a bit of freelancing here and there. I lose money in the stock market swing trading as a hobby. Family, friends, and waking up thankful every day are the things most important to me these days.
I skate when I feel like it. Normally a few times a week down at Stoner Park or the Venice Park. Sometimes I meet up with Cookiehead Jenkins and trog it up. Still fun as shit and I can still learn things here and there which is still exciting for an old bastard. NO CHANCE of a comeback. Forty ain't no joke when you've been slamming for thirty years. That being said, skateboarding is as fun as ever. I'm thankful for everything it has given to me. I probably shouldn't have gotten as far as I did in the first place. There are so many dudes that were way better than me that never made it at all. Overall, I think I was a bigger fan of skateboarding than I was good at it. Still am.
Yes I miss it!!! For me nothing can replace a good session. My most peaceful moments in life were right after skating a session somewhere, and already thinking about going back. The fun and energy of skating has been irreplaceable for me. Post skating has had its ups and downs. Definitely had some fun jobs and some horrible ones. I spent 20 years with a wonderful girl who went through dialysis (hemo and peritoneal) then a kidney transplant. She's battled through so much; multiple strokes, seizures, peritonitis, but no matter what she digs in and fights. She taught me what life is really worth. Like most Americans I've worked way too hard, for way too many hours to not have anything.
In my teen years I broke my neck and back in a car accident and didn't realize it. With a few more wrecks over the years my back fell apart. For the past 15 years I've had a lot of physical issues. Turns out I've had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy the whole time. I haven't walked in 6 months and my future doesn't look good.
If a medical miracle does happen - there's nothing I'd like more than to get some runs in!