Olá YouTube my name is Ricardo Lino
and I’m a wheel addict this is skate talks number 23 so my guest today I’m not sure
but I think it comes from Florida it lives right now in San Diego is a pro
skater for razors he’s 28 years old and started skating when he was 11 so where
does it comes from is it really for Florida I don’t know so let’s just call
John from let’s see what John comes from okay Ricardo yo are you doing John I’m good
I’m good I was just trying I was debating with myself it’s still too
early for me here and that was just the bait I’m where do you really come from
is it for Florida yeah yeah that’s how I was born
okay so John from Florida okay yeah I lived there for most of my life like 26
years okay and why moving out okay California yeah well I I originally I
moved to Atlanta I lived there for a year all right I took a job and then I
got promoted at that job and that’s how I got to California
okay and he could choose where you want to go or you had to go to or you chose
or the job was in California so the job was in Southern California
and I could pick like it was basically imitating like la San Diego Long Beach
like anywhere in that like vicinity and I just chose San Diego cuz I just
thought staying here just kind of called to me and it just made sense at the time
yeah I love San Diego it’s sometimes hard sometimes I feel I don’t know I
don’t know if the word is sorry I don’t want to say sorry I just said there’s
not that much as it used to be going up and going down in there yeah that makes
sense because I guess like because the
magazines were there and everything and everyone has to travel always to San
Diego but now it feels like it’s a little bit more north like it feels like
it happens more like in the LA area and not know definitely definitely like
there’s we were honest honking rustle day like I stay with him all the time
and I’m we’re like the only two pro skaters in San Diego now that’s that’s
kind of crazy if you think about it like the mecca yeah there was everything
however at least two at each tension that he’d stood to do in San Diego and I
would when I would go to San Diego a few years ago right anyway so when was the
last time you’re here wow I think I’ve been in California the last time I went
the last three times I wouldn’t I think was for riding bikes for skating it was
for skating I guess the last time was like 2005 or 2006 it’s been a while oh
my god I didn’t get the last time that I was there I stayed with Michelle Stalin
called estrogen you know the SA we’re in Long Beach but I was with roller skates
with the inline skates it was like I guess it was 2006 something like that oh
what are you scared already it doesn’t say you were yeah yeah yeah
no I started skating in like oh 102 and um but I mean I I didn’t go to
California until I was like man like 17 18 years old I went there for the first
time so that wasn’t until like 2008 or 9 okay yeah how did he got into skating
was getting death big in Thor though he just started in your street I wasn’t so
like my school these like kids just kind of were telling me about this skate park
it was called ramp 48 this is kind of a weird name but um it was like this like
you know indoor skate park it was like basically they gutted like a supermarket
like an old supermarket and they built like a skate park inside of it and but
did the shut down supermarket or or did yeah
only partically what it was it was like an old supermarket and they
just the owner half that you know that building and he just leased it out to
like this guy who wanted to make a skatepark okay and so you can kinda see
like the you know the way like you know all the poles are inside and then like
even in the back it had like you know the double doors like where they’re like
the air here was and everything so you can kind of see like it was it was a
grocery store but the way they set it up was like super cool and they kind of
decked it out you know made each little corner or you know make make sense for
each section of the skate park well other you to say was cold led just
google it ramp 48 they they’re not there anymore they actually the skate park
around like 10 years later to like a church so it’s kind of like a strange
thing it like was kind of church funded um but it was like you know still a
skate park but the people who backed it were like these like super Christian
kind of people but I mean you know it was the post Gator was a good skate park
actually the Perseid I can’t see it now it looks amazing you let me tell you
with the with the RET you dead like the red right that’s like newest part
because some of that I haven’t even skated because I haven’t been there in
over like five six years just because I’ve been in California and and other
places for so long yeah I see the hold one had like blue mattresses I’m just
looking for that it’s cool yeah I was and because the reason why I wanted to
google it I remember like in the old day in the old videos sometimes some of the
skate parks were in really low roofs if that makes sense so yeah yeah this guy I
was react some of the guys getting like in really low skate party looks so sick
sometimes but no for sure it was kinda low if you ever um have you seen BG 16
yeah Alex brass cow section yeah so alex is section there’s of three Clips like
in the skate park he does like topsail that gets I got extension then
drops down to a lower extension like Topsail true tops liao
and then he does like a disaster full cat about a porn star on like some
disaster box so code like in the middle of his section so if you ever watch that
that’s like the RAM 48 that I grew up skating okay and you grew up skating
looking at Alex bro like yeah not looking at him not looking at it have it
the first couple of years Alex actually lived in Florida he like went to school
and like I’m not sure I don’t know the whole story with Alex but I know his mom
lived in in Jupiter which was like a city around like 35 to 40 minutes north
of me so I would see him at the skate park when I was really really young and
everyone’s like oh that’s Alex Brosco he’s like the next big thing you know in
skating and then there was sure enough like no they weren’t wrong at all there
enough I was I was buying his Pro skate you know his rollerblade skate like
three four years later so that was always pretty cool but Lebanon I mean I
said back then he was on k2 right yeah and sent it okay I don’t know if this
makes sense but it’s kind of weird because Frankie Morales but was also
from Florida right and it was also skating for a k2 and Senate maybe that
was yes some some kind of connection between k2 and maybe them because they
were like I’m not the Yankee don’t know they had a lot of shops back in the day
look you’d be even before I started skating there were like five six skate
shops within the South Florida area so not really drew a lot of attention from
a lot of brands and I’m guessing k2 is definitely like part of that just give
me a second I’m just at my parents house I’m just trying to find a way to see
differently no problem it’s funny I told you my parents are in Portugal now he’s
just talking about mom before that before this yeah portrays yelling like
Afghan now I’m sitting in the floor I’ve been sitting more and more in the floor
I don’t know just getting colder I just feel better
than before maybe I’m getting too scared of falling
out of the chair for me anyway so tell me and did you I did record it erasers
you were like oh man you were in Florida do you went to any event or what how did
the whole thing happen so man it’s like you have to go back like before I was on
razors which I used to ride for Volvo hmm
so that was like my first skate sponsor so I got like he’s kind of fuzzy but
basically what happened was I will to a bitter cold showdown in like I think it
was 2007 or 2008 and I won the qualifier or whenever basically the event that
gets you into the pro-am contest say you wonder am I on the hem thing whatever
yeah well they didn’t have like an AM contest they just had a they called it
like the qualifier it was like a hundred and fifty people it was worried like it
was intense but what other names were there come on just let us see like like
like my colander was in it Brian Arnold trying to think like sneaky take
dachshund Jake Johnson was there and sneaky yeah both of it yeah yeah no
macros for you I think I think Jay I think sneaky no not sneaky Jake was
actually like he got into the program like he didn’t have to qualify but I
didn’t have a sponsor at the time so I had to qualify okay but anyways yeah I
that happened that I met you know Brian Chad Anthony yes yes yes yes yeah so
they were like skating for this or this shop it was called bloom Wallace really
strange aim and they’ve just got me hooked up with them and at the time they
had a they already had a shop writer for razors and so I couldn’t hide for razors
like back then you know you needed to have a shop sponsor in order to be on
razor and friends and all that let me explain
this for some people that don’t know some cause some shops or some countries
would be able to do we have more riders but for some problem for some people
this is art to understand and they’re always like oh why do you have like ten
scalars and then my shop or my country only have one or sometimes not even
enough right because for companies it’s obviously an investment to ever right
there so if a shop is going to order 1,000 skates instead of 15 pairs of
skates obviously the shop that or there’s 1,000 skates will have a lot
more power so they will have a lot more scale they will have the opportunity to
support a lot more skaters obviously because they also make more money they
can put their own money if they want which not everyone does but also because
the companies will also want to support what they do and they’d see it more as a
marketing obviously so just to explain and so that’s probably why like maybe
the the more Wallace wasn’t that bi was and the shop that we had in Florida
already had like a guy on razors and there was back shop that was local in
Florida was sponsoring like Frankie Morales John Kelso I forget who else was
on their team Chuck was that what was the name of the shop it was it was
called the skate shop just the skate shop that’s awesome that’s actually the
best imagine if you could google it the skate
if you could just get your name again all the website the web shop the skate
shop calm that’s it it was called the skate shop online calm
that’s all that’s okay but imagine if you can take the online skate shop
communist money with that that’s for sure he didn’t he did well in his first
couple years but but anyways like so I rode for that shop and they basically
told me they’re like hey you know we really like have this opportunity with
valo like like we can’t give you free skates but like we can give you them it
cost you know so I was like all right I saw I bought like the you know they
remember the maroon Bailey’s like the ones that look like the band of course I
do yeah that was my that was my first pair of
all those and I just like started skating I love this gate and I just
started filming them constantly I look at just like was my last year of high
school and like I didn’t really have like much going on because high school
was like kind of easy for me like my last year high school I only took like
three classes because I completed everything so oh I was skating all the
time and so you know I I love like was this out filming and I got Alden lots of
footage and I went to the the super hick and it’s in Atlanta I know no buzz in
Atlanta and I remembered it I and I did really well in one of the contests like
I got left to the finals or something like that and and when I was like
basically after that around two weeks like two or three weeks I was starting
college and I got an email from John Julio like hey I just want to reach out
to can see if you’d like to get some skates and I was like I just like my jaw
dropped I was like what it was like a life-changing thing for me at the time
could as I was like I wasn’t really expecting it and then yeah that’s just
kind of how everything kind of began for me that’s awesome let me ask you
something what gates were you skating before you went to pay off price for
your valise actually it’s funny I was skating the the Aragon tubes like the
first SL I remember that skate yeah that’s okay I look I loved it I loved
like every like I just well soon as I saw Aragon in them like at some contest
I was like I gotta get those skates so it was like a huge draw to me I guess
then they made like a really smart marketing and marketing campaign back
then if that makes sense like when they explain to everyone yeah how low the
skate was and how closer you were you were to the frame and how much more you
could feel right Bryan and I was I think that was really smart obviously the
product was remember all the yeah I remember all the razor’s news podcasts
exactly if you remember of course that was great and like it was
so good and that was a big draw to a lot of people because I was you know pre
YouTube you know pre you know a lot of things it was when they you had to
subscribe to their channel on iTunes mm-hmm and so you like get that you get
the videocast and you watch it and they just had all those videos of like
explaining the skates they had one I think of Dawn skating it and then Aragon
and it was great under were consistent super consistent I don’t know what
happened to have such a great consistent do you know whatever did that project
because I know that they move no I know that they moved their wall they moved a
little bit to YouTube and then yeah Chloe fed it away well a lot of things
like you know a lot of things moved to YouTube because of the Brazilian air guy
when he kind of came in and started working on game theory and that was when
I was like first on raisers Elton Ciccone I think though isn’t it right
right right and then after like they they kind of push Brazil out then it you
know kind of everything kind of faded from not from YouTube but like all the
podcast big cast kind of thing they just kind of win in a direction of you know
we have YouTube content and then move to social media Facebook and then
eventually Instagram and whatnot okay but then how did razors happen because
he went from valet yeah that’s a good that’s a good story so yeah so basically
what happened was is like just me and valo were kind of just going in
different paths and like maybe I was just young and just you know I I
expected more from skating but I just kind of felt like I wasn’t I don’t know
I wasn’t getting that much from it and I got another skate shop sponsor which is
my current one asphalt beach skate shop which is still exists it’s like the only
one of the only blading HIV like all sorts of blading free skate aggressive
quads guy sponsor we’re doin surrender Nashville yeah so I was on and
gotten hooked up with ground control so I was riding ground control a lot of his
skating ball moves and then basically what happened was the East Coast rapper
brazzers Mac McMahons hit me up and just kind of asked me you know how things
were going and you know what was going on in my life and I kind of told him my
frustrations with Apollo and he said oh well you know hey I got the new Aragon
threes you know I’ll send them to you if you want to try them out and so I was
like sure you know I’ll get I’ll give him a go and I didn’t really commit to
skating for razors I just kind of said hey y’all you know I’ve tried to Fosgate
this case yeah yeah and then I went to some contests in Florida like maybe a
month later and I’ve met you know Jeff Akers I’d learned Jeff before that but
you know I saw him and he was just like oh we stoked to have you on the team you
know sick and I that’s kind of just how it it started and just ever since then
just and it’s like when you’re dating when you’re just going out with a girl
without knowing and she’s like yeah I love this relationship it’s funny cause
like I met Jeff like at that skate park that I told you I grew up at when I was
like 13 years old I didn’t know like who he was or anything I was just I saw this
guy skating remedies and he just introduced himself as Jeff and he just
told me he was the sunshine rep I had no idea what that was like back then yeah
and sure enough six years later you know this isn’t a guy who’s sponsoring me so
it’s pretty cool okay can you explain to some of the people listening to these
who Jeff is because isn’t so Jeff is like he does everything for razors I
mean like he’s the sales guy runs operations he meant is just immediately
manager yeah I mean he’s the guy like like when people say like sunshine has
impact like good customer service it’s it’s Jeff like Jeff if they say life
they say it’s bad it’s also it’s Andy you gotta get fired you know that right
I know but it’s it’s kind of its kind of fun no not fun it’s kind of weird that
you say that about you and valo or not feeling that support because what I
always thought about Vala was that there were a lot more strict with the skaters
that they would choose a lot more picky they would have a lot less riders that
was always the idea that I had and I met John it at the beginning when he when he
was looking for one skater in Europe at first and that one skater was Gabriel
Gabriel and then the second skater was tyrant and that was it that was they
were the two skaters then they also had gazebo and they at risk areas in Europe
for a long time so it at least the idea that I had in Europe they were a lot
more exclusive and it would really take care of their skaters you know like when
I mean take care I’m not talking about sending them to a mansion in a while I
candidate for a few years but I’m talking more about like trying to build
their image in a way yet yeah they could actually become pros and I guess most of
them gored like Gabriel became Pro even if it was for SSM and Tyron parent could
have been and still now is so fit so everything like that guy’s just a
prodigy so I guess John always at the eye and somehow what he was doing I
thought it was really good but I never heard from someone like you probably
because like you said maybe you had other expectations maybe and you were
not that close to them at the time and somehow things went in a different way
and and again like it wasn’t just like like John like I’m not saying like John
was shafting me vile not at all like it was just I think a like it was half of
the fact that I was 19 and I thought like oh I’m like an up-and-coming skater
I just and the other half was John was super busy and like didn’t have time to
like cater to every single person who he was supporting at the time who was
talking I guess I was juggling so much and so
basically it was just a cool hey like I’m just gonna go my own way like I
wasn’t upset or anything you know I thanked him for everything actually when
I was at winter clash this past year I thanked him you know because with walo
going out and him starting them I I wanted to just thank it because you know
he gave him a shot in skating so I’m always like forever grateful then exit
for me that extra boost that a lot of them most of the times we’re not
expecting it to happen so it’s amazing it makes sense it could have your style
is probably also a little bit different of what he was trying because I always
not always but over the last few years valor kinda went like to that
skateboarding image yeah I wouldn’t say that you went that way you went your own
way which I totally see your image your way of skating your style of scaling way
more on the company that you are right now then valise I kind of think you fit
a lot better in that company I’m gonna do more like the spinning tricks and
it’s a it’s a different style and it’s I guess it’s not was just like in every
other action sport they tell you to have like companies them to have the teams I
don’t like a family or saint of Carlisle I don’t know like when you of course
when I think this happened a little bit with USD before when I try to have a
little bit of everything it got kinda lost you know sometimes it gets lost and
yeah I guess it sometimes even happens with razors when they have I know for
for a long time they try to have like the CD hero basically on their side it
would send skates to all the shops they would send they would have a pro or a
lucky guy and somehow in every country yeah but yeah and then you end up having
like kind of like a big fruit salad but at the same time yeah bro team what
would they choose to be the pros are more like the same style of scaling
which in my opinion makes sense yeah from that I so sorry go sorry I don’t
want introduce no I totally agree and it’s kind of funny because I I don’t
even think that I like I wasn’t drawn to myself skating by you
know like my razors it was more like the people who I was like looking up to the
time which was Brian Aragon happy you know those style of skaters so that’s
kind of and those guys yeah they were in love the sunshine brands but that you
know the brand’s never kind of drew my skating it was always you know those
dudes other guy I just said you grew up in you grew up going into a skate park
it’s also a it’s actually different if you would be the kid like I was never I
was also very good and straight but I was never really good in the skate park
because if you think or like give him spinning into tricks I I grew up in a
really really tiny town I had to make my own ramps and like I would always be
better in the little Street trail or like I know that you’re really good in
rails I’m not saying that but it was always different I guess like where you
grow up on the top of people that you grew up skating with it makes a huge
difference you know and probably for you to go to a park and then going to mainly
your way to go out would be to go to skate events and compete like you said
right so that will also that would also draw your future in skating so yeah in
that Park that part that I am sorry to interrupt you that part that I grew up
skating they had like one of the best like
circle down burnell’s like down a bank that I think I’ve ever skated in my life
so that’s where I attribute like a real skating to hello yeah going wait I saw I
thought I think I lost you for a second I’m just learning I think I lost you for
a second let me okay you need to explain this yeah so good might be me I don’t
know you need to explain the down rail again sorry you said that it was there
it was a down rail at that Park in this is perfect down start rail ever that
I’ve ever skated like skatepark and I just I went to that part three four
times a week so repetition skating it all the time like that’s what I
attribute to learning things on down rails was and other rails is just
because I had that rail all the time when I was
younger and just repetition repetition repetition you know what I mean yeah of
course but it’s like try try try and that’s how you get good at everything it
doesn’t matter yeah you might be really talented but if you don’t keep doing it
you lose it anyway so my god what was that the first rather do it like a
hurricane something no actually I also had a peer a love my house and that was
like what I learned it on first I’d my routine was learning on the P rail at
the house and then take it to the rail at the skate park then take it to Street
that’s I would just do like I yeah it’s funny I had like a rail that my father
built me and it was like I don’t like eight meter long it was like three meter
yeah I would say mmm how high was that it was like in between your in your knee
and your hip it was kind of high it was like flat three meter flat and
then it would go down for three meters all the way to ankle i and then like to
me it was like 80 meters but like there was like a kink and I remember learning
completely learning on the lowest part just to kind of feel like if you’d be
like a fast slide a back slide even like there was a time that I could do 450
rails and I could do it like ankle high and then I would go to the down part of
the rail and I could skate it just the down part of the rail and I remember
there was like one of the supports of the rail she said its support kind of
like the part that goes against the ground and makes the rail stand up yeah
and if I if I could yeah if I could jump before the support to the down part that
was my thing you know if I could jump before this that support thing into the
down part then that would be the exact same as doing it in the street rail I
was like in my head no and then I could I would go to an event to a skate park
or whatever or street I could try it most of the time that that was the
closest that I would have been and I couldn’t do some stuff but I was never
the hurricane guy you know like I had like the hurricane swept this or it can
top me it’s true and that was it I’m done I don’t wanna speak I can’t spin
anymore I’m not that great sweaty so that’s a good one how but it’s a lot
easier to know ones that you do mean because it’s been like 90 degrees less
you just I don’t know it’s it’s all like I’ve only a hurricane so I’d like a
handful of rails and I’ve gotten so hurt like like just missing my feet and just
like I’ve heard so many times and just I don’t know maybe cause like it’s less of
a spin that that’s why I have a problem with it I’m not sure I’m not sure like
I’ve always struggled you’re scared of not winning because it’s like the spin
to win sighs you don’t believe that you’re not gonna win okay so when are
you gonna have a pro skate like me and II haven’t really talked about it
I’m just kind of just my thing right now and just continue skating maybe in the
future I hope you know let’s talk now let’s talk about that now let’s talk
about that bro skate now so what would be your dream pro skate will it be
ass-out would it be a shift boot or what would that be a shit okay color-wise
let’s talk about the them I call the caller technology like a like a light
gray like a little lighter than what the ship two has like you know in the gray
–sole plates like the booth and then like the Dunkel great remember to Dunkel
order the arrogant the first arrogance a little lighter than the first Eragon
it’s like a little bit lighter it would be almost like the dunkels
okay and then with with all white like souls and then white frames okay you got
it and wheels yeah well it would be some probably a sick urethane wheel because
that’s what I ride for six sixty and then rounded 60 so sick is poured by
undercover yes so that that perfect 60 round profile that’s like my favorite
wheel ever okay that’s awesome I love I would call it ledger would your will be
on that set up they would probably be white my first pro
always white with like orange so I would make the other one probably like white
with like maybe black and gray accents just to kind of accentuate the skate you
know okay it makes sense to go with this gait and do you are you picky with
bearings would you go anything specifically yeah either Titan ceramics
or the Titans twists one of those okay do you skate them and often do you feel
the difference with bearings or not really yeah definitely with the Swiss
for sure like I mean when I’m cruising a park I can definitely feel them okay so
like I’m cruising yeah so two days ago so I’ve just let it in Portugal
yesterday and and I’ve been in him for the last few days and that was we have
Piotr and Olga from adapt and I was okay cool and I was trying their GTO skate
just testing and he had two versions of the same GTO like which is with
different colors that’s the free skate one yes but it’s the most expensive
skate on the market and it’s like that $1,000 yeah yes 700 hi almost 800 yen
you see it because we all made a little yeah we made a little video but and
according to Peter again they gonna make a skate and it’s going to cost more than
that from the GTO and then they’re gonna make one even more so I don’t know what
they want to do there but I don’t know it was cooled so I liked it the top of
market did appealing for their appealing to but so I tried to skate one of his
case which was the prototype and then I tried to skip his own skate and I felt a
huge difference from one to the other I first thought it was the bearings but it
could also be because one of the skates it felt like the hill was not dead
raised and my question I was like a little bit geeky I know it’s I don’t
know it’s not nothing that anyone did did you ever felt I don’t know about you
but for a few years I used this cavity with a huge amount of shock absorbers
because I was mainly stupid and I thought if I had a lot more shock
absorbers I could jump from the top the whatever but it’s Eureka I really
wanted to protect my heels and I thought that would be the best way which wasn’t
I ended up right getting hurt a lot because if your heel is too high you
have not the same support how do you feel like your skate feels better if you
skate more flat or if you skate with your heel a lot higher do you know or do
you feel the skate like slower when you get like the heel too high with too much
shock absorber it’s just curiosity you know yeah never like like that having
the heel to the hat slowed me down you know I’ve always rode the razor’s like
with what the heel pad that comes with them and then I put do you ever hear the
super feet insoles yep I’m skating them and boom yeah in both skates that I got
at the moment no what color would you use I have the yellow ones for the
regular scarce with the flight when when so basically if it’s a regular skate
with a liner where the shell boot is square in the butt not square but like
it’s a plastic flat pack you know like the sole the liner goes into a flat
which she would wear flat part which is the liner so on there one which is a
shell on that one I use the yellow one but the carbon one that they gave me and
on the other skate which is the power slide art core Evo which is a whole
carbon skate and the flat is more like squarey
I have this green carbon these grey carbon ones that does it’s not for flat
shoes no it’s not when there’s a flat not gonna explain I don’t know man like
this instead of being a malefic but if it’s a carbon that is all rounded then
you put that one and feels better agree and I actually got a ski shot and the
guy I like um did the whole like super feat like it molded the thing to my foot
yeah it’s all similar yeah they’re great like that’s like like honest it’s it was
a game changer when I did it cuz like I was having a lot of foot pain like with
my heels mom I don’t know why and then the
side of my foot and I went in like I thought maybe like I thought the shift
maybe wasn’t you know like working from get and then I went in and the guy like
looked at me and he looked at my seat and he’s like no you’re not getting
proper support it’s not the boot at all and so I he’d like custom did all the
the footbed to me and ever since then like it’s amazing like my my skates feel
like like pillows when I put them on can I try to explain you why basically I was
for like 10 minutes with one of the reps from from super feet at a spa oh and he
was trying to explain me exactly what was happening so basically a lot of
times you want to softest inner sole because like I just told you we think
it’s better for ankle support and we feel like we weren’t clouds and whatever
it’s right it’s not how it should be so basically according of course this could
be also a selling strategy which is which makes sense to me if if if it is
that if it’s not think about it usually if you have something soft with your
weight and do it impact you will make pressure in a certain point the right
there’s lace that yes the place that you have to put more pressure you end up
going through the whole insole and you’re gonna end up feeling the pressure
coming back from the plastic like the rebound coming from the hottest part of
your skate but because it’s all like soft you can still apply flash in one
place only with them with the super feet insoles because it’s a super hard piece
of carbon or even plastic underneath your your heel and it’s usually super
thinner the what we’re what we usually think it’s the shock absorbing area it’s
usually super thin but it’s all it’s all in contact with your foot and it’s all
like super hard but whenever whenever you you apply pressure you don’t apply
pressure in a certain part of your heel but you apply pressure as a whole in the
whole back of your foot from the food hark all the way to the back if
there’s a piece of pressure it’s distributed by the whole piece exactly
and and then if you have if underneath the sole if underneath the insole if it
has the shape of your boot then also the insole applies pressure on your skate
also as a whole so that’s why there’s two important parts in the insole one is
the top the one that contacts your foot you need to find an insole that actually
goes around your foot perfectly and shouldn’t be too soft and the other part
important part is also the way touch is the boot like it needs to have the
perfect shape for your boot and then everything is solid and you might feel
like it’s not as soft as if you’re skating 10 billion billion trillion
zillion insoles which you feel like skating in a cloud but you have no
control but if you land it’s still not gonna do anything for your body ok I
think this was ready to geeky ok so that might make sense so ok so you said that
you’ve seen Diego because of ok so you said that you moved to San Diego because
of your job what do you do on a daily base what’s your job yeah basis like I’m
I my title is I’m a sales engineer sales into work for a company yeah that’s
correct and I work for a company called Siemens and it’s a pretty large like
electronic manufacturing company mm-hmm and those guys they’re like yeah they’re
based in Germany so actually what I do is I manage the West Coast retail
accounts for Siemens which is like I don’t know if you if you’ve heard of
these but it’s called like Home Depot Lowe’s these are like major home and
cruise stores like in the US and basically seen
themselves like things like circuit breakers panel boards other things like
that that basically power your house so I managed good not gonna go sorry I’m
sorry to everyone listening to this please just don’t complain again it
about me interrupting I’m sorry keep good know basically I manage like
all the accounts first Siemens on the west coast from from San Diego up to
Seattle okay so I it’s kind of weird for me I think we had this conversation at
the winter clashes here the amount of things that Simmons does that people
don’t know because for a long time I thought Simmons were like only like I
don’t know did he yeah I didn’t even have found their home homes and stuff
like that but they do crazy stuff when I heard about all the airports being done
by Simmons I couldn’t believe it like all the technical parts like when you go
on there it’s insane yeah when is it the check-in thing those little things that
takes her bags I recall those things that takes her bags and all that stuff the whole thing like the whole system is
similar right yeah yeah and that’s like a that’s a different division than what
I work in so it’s that just shows you how big it is okay when they go ain’t
gonna make skin yeah everywhere why not makes case ok so how did you end up in
Africa I know that yeah it’s a really big shit like video II went there for
work at first it was straight skating because for some people that dog is
skating okay so there’s the guard called you go okay you want to say it you can
explain okay so basically I was just on Facebook one day and I came across
razors South Africa page I’m just like what the fuck is this like I was kind of
like laughing about it and I just kind of liked a couple of the posts and I
just wrote a comment like hey like sick to see you guys like shredding in Africa
and they a guy commented on it his name is Hugo then I don’t know how to say his
name I don’t know go ban her Mac I think yeah I don’t know anything like that
yeah I called me Hugo so yeah anyways it’s a private message and he just like
told me that big fan of my skating and he liked my opinon children of the
future which was the last razors video for people listening and I was I told
him thank you and I was like that’s really sick you guys are skating and he
was asking me like he’s like like how does it what does it take to like get
like a pro or like Brian Aragon out there and I’m just like I told him like
you know I don’t really know but you know you can hit up Andy and I gave him
Andy’s email and I said you know you just got a request somebody yeah
sometimes Andy will like send somebody out you know you usually have to have
like an event around it you know so I kind of explained that to him and then
so basically like a week and a half later I got tagged and an email from him
to handy basically saying that he wanted me to come there and to like skate South
Africa and like they were he was gonna set up a tour and he was gonna have a
little local street contest and you know all this stuff and so I was kind of
shocked and then literally in the next day and he’s like okay cool yeah I’ll
give him this much can you cover the rest and he was like yeah and then that
was it I was I was on my way to South Africa in high school and and base and
it got even better because I told my friends and luckily the flight was like
it was reasonable it was like I think it was only like 1,100 and some two of my
friends actually wound up booking take it’s coming with me so it was like a
three-person journey to Africa and yeah that was like the start was insane dude
getting there is really really long I know especially from America you need to
come to Europe first or something like that right it was like 30 hours of
traveling I know know like we flew down and then Amsterdam to Johannesburg so I
remember when we got there I was like I was spinning like I was seeing double
and like I was it was crazy what did you do okay but yes like you go and yeah we did
like a week-long tour we did so we did Johannesburg Victoria and then we went
north to this area called Petersburg that’s worker um Hugo I mentioned this
early you go is an airline pilot yes and at the time he was a only a private
airline pilot now he works for a cafe it was said a move to Australia and yeah
yeah yeah and he flies like big planes now like commercial planes yeah so
people might have been with him inside a plane did he knew it was the Inland Sea
air driving to like flying that it doesn’t usually say hello are you go I’m
your going to be your pilot and I’m that would be I pull it so I pulled him
because I hit him up about a month ago I’m going to Hong Kong in October and
it’s on that airline and it’s the same plane that he flies and I was like you
should go you should you should see if you can fly the plane that the day I’m
on I’m on it and then be amazing and imagine if you could just do the
presentation there maybe that’s how we gonna get more
skaters he’s gonna be the blade God is gonna say blading oh my god is up in the
air man is in the clouds so why not so back to like back to like we get to
Africa and we met with him this guy do you know Neil yes of course there’s a
loonie oh yeah love monasticism he saw he’s great and then Eric Palmer
I’m not sure how much Eric skates he does a lot of photography now I know
haven’t I ever really seen him skating of for two years but I know it does he
got like a set of big roomy Cape Town right yep
it’s from Kiptyn yeah and then the last cameras Pancho and Pancho was supposed
to come on the full tour but then something happened and he only came on
like part of it Pancho for the part of someone listening to this poncho he
worked with me moved to Cape Town about two years ago it’s like he’s been he’s
been living there he studied design and he worked at the shop when I first
opened the shop I needed someone on weekends and punch it was this local kid
that worked with me it’s not working with me anymore because he’s like surely
having a lot of design work that’s what he studied but that’s it it’s hard it’s
harder to rely on Pancho if that makes sense
yeah we were trying to get him I guess we finally came up one day and something
fell through and and Hugo’s just like putting a canvas face like Pancho man I
love him so much but sometimes you just he just doesn’t come through yeah just
not reliable buddy and he’s a great guy yeah it is a skater is good
backflip some elegance yeah yeah we so I’m not I know you live in Cape Town so
I’m not sure how familiar you are with Johannesburg I’ve been there like two
years ago but it’s it’s a completely different area all right
Bliley different when it comes to scaling and everything I loved it I was
there for and filmed something for undercover but it’s it’s hot it’s
different than its I wouldn’t say so it’s it’s not as clean if we use that
make sense yeah yeah so there’s a skate park in Alexandria yeah you know where
punch early yeah right right so we went there like that was like the first day
and that was like honestly big I was like the first like real like pro
experience like I’ve ever had like in skating because before that I never
really liked I traveled but I never you know winter baked and like people were
like on just like staring at me like who is this guy kicker like we’re like we’re
so stoked and they were really probably incredible you were probably not
probably but you were one of the less pros after like before that USD had a
lot of people going there like Abdul yeah I think a lot of people went there
but it was like 10 years without anyone and then yeah and then you show up in a
Township for those of you who don’t know like it’s like it’s kinda like a real
ghetto ish area but it’s it’s amazing that’s like there’s like a skate park
with her all the ramps made of metal but in some of the ramps you’re sitting and
you look into people’s houses and you like really in a Township like some
shacks around a skateboard it’s kind of scary when you get there and it can be
really dodgy it can be really scary to skate those areas if you are not with
the right people but if you are I mean I never felt and we have like a big
barbecue you’re not allowed to call that man
they’re not gonna it’s a broad yes when you’re not allowed to say barbecue it’s
the same buddy not a lot yeah we had a bright you learn Afrikaans and some
people also this isn’t like this big of recons up it’s a weird because it’s really
cultural Hugo likes it yeah you’re gonna speak same like with his family I know
but like Neal he’s spoken a little bit but neo is up mostly English
yeah but Neal also speaks Afrikaans a lot is family also but then Pancho would
be I think Han cosa which is the other language so for someone listening
today’s just for you too so it’s one of the countries well where culture clashes
the most if that makes sense there’s a lot of different yeah definitely why you
might have heard a lot about these in Africa and a lot about like violence and
it’s mainly because of cultural differences in its it scary sometimes
but it is what it is the truth is and when it comes to scaling I guess there’s
no barriers there’s no border is so special that was like gonna give me to
the next part of my stories like after like you know we had a couple days of
Street skating we have this like little contest and that winged grey and then we
all like went to just like for a group like dinner and went to this restaurant
and like you know we told the people like you know how you know how many
people we have and the guy like looked at us and he’s like you wanted a whole
sit together and I’m like this looking at him like yeah why not Indian and talk
about the color scheme really but there’s still like an extreme amount of
life racism and segregation in the country and I I didn’t know that like it
still existed you know like that like where it was still separated so like
here we are all together I have never seen so many weird looks in my life like
in a span of like 20 minutes like people were like coming over and like like they
were just like get out of their tables and just like glanced over and I just
look at us like what are they doing like why are they doing that it’s it was
crazy like I I couldn’t believe it yeah it’s it’s a it’s a thing and it’s
sometimes a reason for me to question myself is
this what I want for my life because I love it there I love it because for me I
keep saying the same and it’s I know you know what
what is to speak about things I’ve been doing those internet things thinking
expanding people what they should do with the YouTube or not and usually when
you speak about politics when you speak about races when you speak it’s the
worst thing that you can do it for social media but that’s the way that
this is going so we need to do it anyway it’s I keep saying the same which is I
don’t really care if you are blue yellow black command exact same for me what
languages speak as long as you have the skill and the skill can be a lot of
things can be asked you for a job can be a skill as a friend can be a skill as
whatever you want or is whatever you need if you need someone to beat someone
it’s also about the skill what I’m trying to say here it’s as long as you
have the skill you should have the role it shouldn’t has anything to do with
anything else that’s it if that makes sense
and it’s something that yeah sometimes it’s really really frustrating because
it’s it’s it’s it was you know it’s funny cuz like it’s the this is the
first chair I’ve been I’ve been a lot of places in isn’t the first trip in my
life in the beginning like that I can really say like I learned a valued
lesson like it’s you know if you’re a good person that’s all that matters like
you know like I can connect with you you know what I mean like and that’s the
beauty of traveling you know you know you’ve seen it in all the places you’ve
gone like you know we all share we’re all human you know what I mean and it’s
it’s kind of crazy to me that like I’m sharing this like amazing moment these
guys like they’ve invited me to their country and I’m enjoying a meal with
them and then we’re looked at like we’re you know like outcasts because of what
we’re just because of what because of who’s your friend look yeah I know
exactly what that is yeah I felt that a few times is horrible yeah let me go
ahead with you so no I just wanted to like
I know you don’t just share that experience because like I think for a
lot of bladers like not many bladers have been to Africa and this is the one
things I was like that excited to talk to you about is because not you know I
know mantras been and bulla you know yeah and some other guys in other places
like in Morocco and Egypt and things like that but like not many people know
how Africa is so but that’s the thing it’s not like that everywhere in Africa
there’s no there’s places in Africa yeah there’s places in Africa where yes
the color is always a little bit there the problem with the skin color but it’s
not and I don’t know of any other place where he’s so extreme as in South Africa
obviously because of what happened in the past but it’s not up to me to think
about it mm-hmm but this was about the exact same time that I first spoke with
you I remember back then when you went there I’ve never been in South Africa
and I was just discovering about Africa so I went to Africa once I made a little
documentary called remember something African in line experience yeah and then
I was invited to go to Angola again and when I thought when you began a skate
parks yeah and I was already working for the skate park stuff but when I went to
Angola again what I thought was I’m gonna be there for like mmm two weeks
something like that and I might I told you I might have the time or I might
find a way because I have seen something about you making the tour and I said and
back then I was also skating with razor skates so this Spanish friend of mine is
a distributed for razors and the company that I was working for the skate park
company was working in Spain building skate parks through the razors
distribution basically they were trying to connect basically the razors
distribution in Spain was trying to work with the skateboard company bringing the
skates to the country and at the same time the Portuguese
company that makes skate park was working with the Spanish distributor
basically they were trading services or trying to help each other and because I
was working with that company they sent me skates trying to try to promote
razors it was before I get into college right fully again so I went to Angola
and I knew that you you were in effort in South Africa so I told you like maybe
in the end I might find a way to go to South Africa without even knowing
without even knowing what South Africa was all about and then I looked at
tickets it was a little bit more expensive that ended up not happening
funny enough a few months later I end up going to South Africa and here and a
half later I end up living there it’s crazy with it’s just like so you were
there way before me it is different but probably the if I would have gone to to
Johannesburg I wouldn’t have moved to go to because so different I wouldn’t say
it’s better at worst I can identify it myself a lot more with it it’s actually
geographically I always say the same it’s the best place what I’ve been on
her it’s by far the best place where I’ve been on earth then socially
sometimes there’s some and some weird things happening but I learned yeah of
course so you’re more than invited we had this conversation before sooner than
later like I just the problem is as I keep booking myself with trips and then
I get to the end like the end of the year and I’m like I’m out of GTO from
work so anything okay so let’s go through the questions we have a few
questions here we have mr. Eric your friend Eric the photographer is asking
when is the si trip at it coming out did he film a lot there did you film a lot
there yeah release some of the footage basically
like I haven’t like I have a hard drive full of stuff and I had my friend was
making the whole edit and then he lost like everything and now all I have is
basically what is left is the footage that Neal filmed and then we’re sort of
missing like a whole number camera come on so they go put it on Google Drive I
light it yes I think I’m gonna just I quit up I have like some highlights
I’m just gonna make like a little Instagram like a minute edit don’t put
the raw one when appeals a lot of people really like to see what actually
happened instead of just like okay just the craziest streets a lot of people a
lot of times you know what it’s something that I’ve been realizing with
time kids and normal people not the process if that makes sense not that
they’re not normal they like to see the pros also missing the tricks sometimes
they like they like to see like I would love to just seemed like arrogant
missing a trick the problem that is there is that inherit data or the robot
but all the other guys without being Brian Eric and they actually miss tricks
and people like to know that they miss tricks sometimes it’s actually
entertaining to see that they also get frustrated the human yeah I’m so that
kind of got way okay and I wasn’t any York what are you filming exactly so it
was great I’m basically just filming like I’ve been working on it no this is
like the third bunk with money had been Brent and you made a section of me a
couple sections of me but he made a VOD section of me last year and basically
we’re just working on like what work is like like a passion project like just
like basically like it’s gonna be you’re long of me filming and it’s just
like of course skating but also like me talking and like kind of going through
like what skating means to me and like how much happiness it’s brought my life
like basically not getting into like money or skate industry politics it’s
about your like the friendships the places it’s taken me traveling like the
life lessons things like that like that kind of what we’re training it s like so
mom and I got a year-long you know of me filming so I’m taking my time with it
okay that’s cool more like a motivational thing we need those a lot
we need action but yeah like in a way something like that yeah we need that we
need people to understand exactly why someone which is like you just said an
engineer sales engineer head Zeman’s why does he actually make ways for his trips
to get longer to to skate why does this Kate what is yeah what does this senior
what people need that people need to see why I like people that could actually be
going to the to the Maldives and all that stuff are actually going to South
Africa tsk a people need to understand right and it’s like that’s why I said
it’s like a motivational thing now some it is well okay sorry good point
basically how it started was like I realized like a couple years ago just
I’m you know I go to a lot of contests is like you know contests I think you
know it I you know the fees and all that that’s that’s great I love but for
blading but it’s it’s not me like where I shine in my life is creating sections
visiting countries and just like sharing my passion for bleeding that’s always
been like my thing you know what others kind of share that like like tropical
like he’s really good at that and you know Ricky is really good at that too
and so I kind of took my you know my reins from that I kind of like learned
from those guys and try to make it my own so like basically that’s like you
know we just hear I was like yeah let’s just work on something to showcase like
how much skating really means to me and you know not really focus on the con
aspect but more like the passion in the art behind skating it makes little sense
to me think that’s that’s what I’ve been trying to do like I don’t want to
compete it’s my own choice yeah right we need competitions too
because like when kids are starting you eat it goes you like everything in life
sometimes the goal like the competition it’s the easiest goal if that makes it
yes yes like competing was great back in the day you know I’m not back in a day
but repeating is still great but it’s just like this it’s so intense but like
it’s just I think in the past couple of years I’ve just lost like the motivation
to kind of go out and have that intensive and just kind of now my
motivation is like how I do it you know how the skating looks how the filming
looks the portrayal – like anybody not just roller bladers but everybody who’s
watching me out spiders you know my friends my family you know because at
the end of the day like that’s kind of like who we need to start attracting and
the more they understand the more they like can relate to the passion and like
the the love of what I’m doing like the more people I’m able to touch if that
makes sense of course it is it basically trying to leave a mark somehow and I
always keep the saying the same which is I don’t have anything against it and
again we need those because that’s how people get together that’s that’s how
kids wanna get better the competitions are important but when you win a
competition you are near oh I keep saying the same year in a row for a week
whiny yeah and when you put like a good
section you can be in Europe for five minutes
no not a lot that I’m saying that that knows five but those five minutes or
whoever they stay forever that’s the main difference which is like if you do
it right if you film a section it will always be there when you usually win a
competition you win that competition that’s really strong that’s a really
strong moment for you for the ones around you’re like a hero but then the
next the next weekend there’s another event and
nothing anymore even right that’s it right when you make like a proper
section that you’re actually proud like you just said you’re talking about the
children of the future the racers video the some of those they mark your life
way more than winning a competition because sometimes it’s going to be there
forever and that’s what I believe that a lot of the skaters we time they want to
do it I have a conversation with Ricci and he’s gonna talk with me about the
flip video or about the video you made in Canada and people loved or if it’s
easier for skaters when they talk about their past to speak about the video
sections if you speak with a pro then to speak I remember when I won days or when
I want that unless if you was like I am yta that we don’t have that many and
that would be like a million videos about it if there would be one now but
other than that I think it’s going to light more the other it’s it’s it’s
crazy how like you know the video sections so even photos like really like
it’s crazy I still have this image in my brain it’s I don’t know if it was a
different brother it’s a bee maggot – it’s a ad you did I think it was for us
teenagers for a job well it was a it was a power slide your turn is doing like
kink lens right so old thing crazy like a hole Pinkertons in the dead yeah yes I
think so yeah so that like touch like like that image kind of like always is
stuck with me you know I’m sitting there like really important it’s so much about
like portrayal and expression now that I think it you know that’s just what I’m
basically trying to get out just repeating yes thank you so much I was
there was such a way thank oh that was that was shot in Stuttgart and I
remembered that day I went out with a clip shirt and it was a pink shirt and
we were like and I was at a photographer which is actually still one of my
favorite skate photographers I don’t think he worked it skating anymore he
was a k2 what’s his name Alec Snyder I think he was a he was just
I don’t know if he was a skier or snowboarder it was
Pro in Germany for k2 I think it was no boy okay two snowboards I’m not sure but
his vision was already ahead of his time there was like early two-thousands and I
remember we went out his house because I stayed with him and it was like we need
to do something with that shirt like we need because I like a really really
bright pink and then we thought and I was with mark Moreno and I don’t know
who else was a team from blackjack Tim Robert that’s him wolf okay yeah and we
were talking about like doing something indeed and then we end up realizing
there was a kink rail also in Stuttgart there was the exact same pink so let’s
do something with it when we got there it was starting to rain so the true mizu
was actually if you look at it was actually done in the rain there’s like
the you can see the water yeah it was cool it’s just I don’t think it’s
nothing crazy was just it was mainly like color matching in my kryptonite so
that just was like amazing to me I remember seeing the clip was it in clip
2 or 3 yes I think it was clip 3 I had like that tree tonight and I had like a
sweat a rough sweat stance in the intro something like that I think that was it
or maybe in the beat like yeah tell me do you remember how sick like so clip to
like they gave you like a like a lens cloth and then yes of course the degree
I think was like I think Clips 3 was like you opened it and it was like you
know something was inside the DVD cover and then the more you could feel like
you could you could paint it you designed it yeah yeah yeah so basic more
stuff like that and you know makes who made you mate
the clip video magazine right you have heard of it it’s like it was a girl okay
so there’s this German guy his name is Lucas and Lucas right now he’s like big
in filming industry I met him like not just with the flesh the one before and
it was just tell he loves been surfing and he comes to Portugal quite often to
in surf buddy was just telling me that is because it got so so hard on him
because he has so much work that slowly you
start losing not I wouldn’t say it lose the passion but yeah it’s not the same
anymore it’s just like it’s it happens with some of us with skating it happened
to me like skating that became more like I I wasn’t enjoying it anymore I was
just like being the clown not needing to skate for people so maybe that was a
reason for me to slow down on skating a few years ago but basically this guy
Lucas he was the one weird like the main guy at clip and it was your coach mooted
owner of of you can and those guys yeah yeah y’all can and Lucas these guys did
dis division and and that’s why they’re successful the reason why I said that
one guys that just right now being in video y’all can is like you can is doing
great they slowly when they slowly shifted I even made a video a few days
ago they slowly shifted from clothing brand a skating clothing brand to a
fashion brand to then go to like a mainly parker like jackets and then they
made a backpack in the backpack went great and right now you can his only
backpacks so they they focused only on backpacks and they’re like doing amazing
that I bought I bought a bag on the airplane are you know like those
airplane shops like when you can buy it they have the catalog on the plane and
you can buy I was just looking at that and I just I just found a you can bag I
had to buy it I just yeah I had to buy it KLM KLM but because when I landed
that was the first thing I’m I I mailed your coach Buddha right away just bought
one of your bags on the air but I was so excited I even made a video like I told
ya and even asked me yeah and then he asked me what airplane which means that
there is more than one so what I’m trying to say is that those guys were
already ahead of their time so yeah it’s I wish I just wish we had clip five and
six and seven and eight and I know how slowly this shifted they you know like
they had something like whether it was like you know clipped
like was like Cosimo and Jonah section and then clicked three just I don’t know
– please don’t forget Matias Arthur that was like oh yeah yeah yes the first
thing is the first yeah dude I was like in that was one of the things like it
was yeah I know there was a really good friend of mine in steelies but watching
dad like you’re like wow it’s like putting everything that you see in like
yes that’s that section really showed what he is this guy ran in Melbourne
like this is like four years ago like okay before I saw you randomly in the
street no I mean we met up for a second but I didn’t know that he lived in
Australia yeah he moved to further like five years ago ten I’m just like dude
like I idolized dad I met I met Matias when he was just just a kid just the the
the loud just I would say just a loudest loudest loudest just a lot of kid like
you wouldn’t even party we would go out and he would be just putting his head
down and then slowly I saw him going through that party party time like it
was like it was a really good friend of mine every time that I would be in
Germany I’m a really good friend you the guy that also had a video magazine about
the times that clip started going down it was a video magazine from Germany
called hey dude his name is Bastian I was with him last week and we were like
really good friends so basically basta used to live really really close to
Matias olders so every time that I would be with basta we would always do the
three of us traveling and trying to get clip so it was some it was cool but now
this is your this is your interview so let’s let’s do your stuff what was the
scariest trick that you have done if you had to choose probably probably the true
Savannah I leave unity in the story drop rail the the orange one okay like
like so I went to it and I back sided it and they like someone blew the clip like
they only got so you couldn’t really see like what was
like you they only had one side of it you couldn’t see the drop and so I’m
like well I don’t want to back to edit again because it could be too long and
I’m like I don’t want to just background it so I was like hey like film this and
I remember I felt like a long time and then I just got up and I laced it so and
I was like trembling I remember like I was like I could really die right now
dude that is crazy for me it’s not even because of the drop or anything because
that was a type of stuff that I used to love and I but I always thought that you
would tell me the craziest stuff would be one of your spinning things cuz for
me that’s no that’s it any manageable like I can’t even imagine my I don’t
even know what to say the word injuries and tricks to like like busted my knee
like split my knee open and and I broke my leg I’m not but they were both flukes
like they were both like one it was like I slipped on a metal sign because it was
raining and then I fell and snapped my leg cuz I slipped on the like take off
that but but I never feel like when I’m doing those tricks like I I practiced
them so much some early days of my life i I just had to make it so that like I
can’t miss it like that’s gonna meet them at that time it’s good like I don’t
drop my things look I’m not one of those skaters so I’m
like ah maybe I just go for it no if I go for some I know that I can do it like
I know like I have practiced it a million times on at least one obstacle
that was the one the first one was me the first one was me is it like maybe I
can do it and that’s why that’s what I’ve always
really really hurt so I just have all been like you know the process probably
that’s why I’m the engineer because that cross thing maybe that’s why I’m not an
engineer and that’s why I’m hurt right now because even now that’s just to sit
in the ground I’ve been skating I don’t even
like just kidding today is a country in Amsterdam just doing a backside stole
but again without thinking just when it I keep saying the same sometimes it’s
the you know what I always say is so basically you think of everything but I
always say that the way that is the way that you usually get hurt is when your
your confident your level of focus know your levels yes exactly your levels of
confidence are usually too hard too too high yeah you’re not focused you’re just
like shit sometimes that you need to own it sometimes you need to own it if you
want to try something big I usually want to try something big I usually don’t
fall not that I try anything big anymore but when I used to I wouldn’t fall that
bad but most of the times that I got injured was on small shit and I would
get her on small shit because I wouldn’t be thinking about things and I would
just go just yeah and that’s when things happen because when you really go to
like a bigger sport or whatever you actually think you look at it and yeah I
got yes and you go for it but I guess that’s what you feel with the spinning
tricks you know what you got so when you go for those it’s pure focus spotting
like the rail and then the landing and Psyche just yeah amazing so for someone
who’s been traveling for so long like so savile I know for so long but like to so
many places if you had to choose one place other than California to leave
where would that pay where would that place be and if you rent the cheese’s
place without being a place to live but just like place to go for a few weeks
mainly for skating where would that be so a place to go for skating and a place
to live without being California you wanna skate was over it’s designed in my
just how everything was the this is the people that are super friendly at least
they were didn’t means so I’m I love to take for skating
um that’s a tough one and I don’t know like I really like really likes you know
but um we’re probably like if I happy I mean I like where I live in San Diego
don’t like abstaining no but it can’t be saying no you can’t they said you can’t
choose the moon if you want to can choose the moon but it cannot choose any
of you most likely I would pick like I don’t want to see Barcelona because
that’s like the most cliched place hitches Mulligan Tokyo that’s a good one
I’m so excited to say what I get in indeed I’ve been twice now he like every
time I’m married he’s like he’s like dude I need you at okay I was like boy
again I was like whoo I was like what will it take to get you to Tokyo because
I will give you like every contact I have there to take you into these rail
spots that you will like absolutely just rely Kenton I can’t wait that’s all I
can say like I can’t wait to see how oh man I done something I did I did like
like some stuff that I was really hyped on think there’s some there’s a few
edits out there of me skating in Turkey or like I did like 450 Royale – he’ll
eat fish on a rail and there are a couple other things but like I’m really
stoked to see what he’s got there like I’m sure it’s gonna be like some like
because some of those real like the dominoes are a knee-high like it’s oh
it’s good maybe maybe even I can do rails there though cuz I hate jumping
man like I just hate jumping so any high rail I can do with it I can just move I
need to go to talk you know thank you yes but it’s super expensive isn’t it okay that’s good and then what about
being there isn’t it expensive that of course we believe that skaters lifestyle
I know but you know the Metro is a little pricey like the the Toki but the
train but eating wasn’t bad like I don’t recall like spending a crazy and like
wasn’t like Dubai or okay Australian is really expensive too
but ya know like I thought it was relatively well priced okay you said
something here that got me thinking you were talking about the Metro blah blah
blah what about big wheels aren’t you into big wheels did you get the cosmos
yeah have you been skating oh I know I don’t think I use my shift ones but I
have like the yeah these are the ones and I have like the cosmo soleplate
mm-hmm sorry go with my girlfriend a lot my girlfriend is Paz mom’s actually okay
it’s it’s quite it’s quite different like I was speaking with someone I don’t
know with who was it two or three days ago I don’t remember with who maybe will
ring me cuz I said will ring me KJ in answerin I don’t know if it was with him
or if he was with someone else maybe with a friend from Adrian busty maybe I
don’t really remember but we were talking about though in some cities the
way that you move and how much you need a car and yeah I was with bastian
bastian that one of the things that it didn’t know didn’t like about LA which
is kind of the same in San Diego is that for you to go from place to place you
always need a car so basically the big ways wouldn’t really make that much of a
difference while if you are in Europe you can actually just go in Cape Town I
use the big wheels a lot I go from the shop which is by the industrial part of
the city like like right by there like places like least like LA in San Diego
is there’s so many like big hills and and I’m not and I’m not parking like San
Francisco except for there’s a lot the close-knit ciggie
but everything spread out and there’s big hills it’s really hard to like free
skate to certain places like around San Diego it just would be very tough like
to climb up some of the mmm-hmm and then deal with that stuff
going down but I mean around the beaches like there’s tons of people on skates
yeah it would be more something you do for training or something like that then
actually for transportation in that part of the world but I do think that in San
Francisco I actually haven’t seen enough free skating because if I always compare
the big wheels with the way that people use bikes to commute so yeah usually
most of the bikes people used to commute they are fixed gear or single speed
which means that there’s no gears and in San Francisco most of the people they go
appeals they go down hills in skate that you obviously–you it’s not for everyone
skating San Francisco but it would I would love to skate San Francisco again
I would love because it’s like just going up grabbing the trams and just
going up and down just the slides and I know it’s crazy but it would be would be
sick I would love to film a section that’s what I would love to be a sick
yeah that’s what I would love to film nowadays just like like the Lombard cute
that’s like the way you want and do dude I would even just you know on the trams
I would even totally totally rip one of those skate the fixed gear videos
there’s like a few videos called like mega framer and mash yourself out what I
mean totally rip I would like try to make the exact same feel like for for
those who’ve seen any of these and imagine seeing the exact same but with
someone on skates I would even use lycra I wouldn’t mind man just like do the
whole thing like like a pro speed skater but I’m skating like that’s what they
did those guys did that’s how they made fixed gear grow and could actually work
for scaling that you did a few good yeah but it was more of the same you know
like the same feel we imagine if you do I’m not saying I love drying out what it
does but imagine if it is something like someone dressed like a speed skater but
then cruising a really bumpy hill like grabbing trams like going downhill with
slides it’ll be an amazing vehicle damn it
now I want to go to Tokyo and San Francisco I don’t know what we’re gonna
do next night if you keep talking around the world ah I don’t think my
wife would be that happy ok let’s talk let’s talk about family what’s up would
you you have a girlfriend right yeah she’s upstairs sleeping right now I’m
actually I’m doing the interview now in the bathroom so I don’t wake her okay
and then tell me are you gonna are you gonna make a key tough that is
interviewer what are you make are you planning on having cancer no I mean not
it’s not really like we’ve only been dating like a year and a half at the
young relationship but I mean she’s awesome
the best so she’s like so supportive of my skating and like so supportive of
just like me it’s great and she skates also like I got her into skating when we
started dating so it’s it’s she’s awesome she’s a hairdresser so you know
if you have to come to San Diego and your wife needs our hair okay I was
gonna say gonna want really work for me cuz I might need a barber more than a
hairdresser but yeah for my walk again oh good good so I think we’re coming to
an end but before we coming to an end I need like someone just made a question
here I don’t know if it’s a joke or not when really do a back flip can you do
back flips or is that an inside joke tell me okay so we need you to do a back
flip that’s the next thing you know the you can go out today do a back flip and
that could be the teaser for what you did you just okay so at least we know
that we’re answering everyone let me just check real fast if there’s anyone
else that made any question that we can go through I think there was one about
like someone asked me in public my site miles ah that would be a cool one tell
us what’s been happening because I’ve been traveling a lot so yeah like I got I’ll answer that one so like
I might dig out in Delta deltas like my main but I’ve like got now like I think
Aaron Schultz is the one and I said so Aaron it’s it’s around 250,000 Nano and
I thinking advantage of the VIP lounge or not yet yeah lounging in JFK
yesterday which is pretty cool it’s amazing I mean it’s amazing like
that you have access to everything is just I was talking good rainy about it
is it like oh cool because food is so expensive at the airport so yeah you
can’t have access to all that stuff just casually you’re like free free buffet
and like the bar is free and then place to like actually relax and it’s great
and my girlfriend has traveled with me like quite a bunch now like we went to
El Salvador and we went to Europe for winter clash and like when Mary tells
Salvador we have like a 10 hour layover in Mexico City and like having that
lounge was like very crucial because our liver was like from 10 p.m. to like 9:00
and morning so we didn’t we couldn’t go anywhere in Mexico City so you know we
could at least hang out in the lounge and that was like really beneficial yeah
it makes a huge difference that you can like you can even sleep in the conscious
which is a little bit better than sleeping yeah yeah for sure sure
let me see that we got one more here and it seems to be a freaking question why
do you always use your cap backwards talking earlier about me at that skate
park and so for that Park required you to wear a helmet so I grew up always
like skating in a helmet at the skate park and I think basically what happened
was is I just got so used to like something on my head that I just like
started to wear hats and so I would always wear a half an hour Street
skating and for some reason I’ve always handed how I look with the hat forwards
I kind of just it just I don’t know why it just looks awkward on me
I’ve just I’ve just always worn a hat backwards and Ike didn’t ever use it to
decide more for the ePub things no maybe there’s a couple and someone I think
asked like if I can’t skate without one I actually I it’s funny I made a section
like six years ago without a half the whole seconds without have no like crew
I did it to prove to myself that I didn’t need that what’s the name of that
section it’s I think it’s like no mine it’s a scribe what I’m describe at it
come on just go there and call it Kepler’s you need to like Kepler section
okay I have one last question which has nothing to do with this basically I’m
just scrolling down on my computer my Facebook and I get a message on my own
Facebook from Thunder blade which has nothing to do with the questions I don’t
know if like you know on Facebook that the the chat just shows underneath on
that little boy and I keep chatting keep looking down and while I’m looking down
that that bar is always there and mean direction of in the direction of all the
questions that Thunder blade keeps being there so do you ever know what they even
know what Thunder blade is no my question so is that I will explain it to
you and I’m going to ask you for your opinion before we we should know this
basically there’s this guy from Brazil that like five six years ago he decided
that he wanted to make some I think was five six years ago I don’t want to lie
about this inside he wanted to make some electric like The Electric skateboards
he wanted to make some electric inline skates
so he started playing around with that and I guess like two weeks ago they put
like they put out a crowdfunding campaign and he sent me a message
because it’s really struggling a bit too far to get the whole campaign fund it
and I’m probably gonna try to make something explaining the whole project
but I wanted to ask you what’s your opinion about using skates but not
without you being the one pushing it imagine if I’m not saying that the
future will go their way because you always need to and it’s us
we just that’s the way we grew up but would you so would you see yourself
going using a pair of electric inline skates so I’m I’m
already if you just like the engineer inside I’m re interested
so if you could actually send me a link to that at logee’s that’s it I’m gonna
tell him why I’m interested about this to it mainly I I do have an electric
skateboard and a lot of people are skilled but I don’t give a flying
whatever of what they think yeah yeah man I don’t care if you skateboard if
you ride BMX is whatever I love to feel the wind in my face and there’s a few
different ways to do it one of them is on a skateboard the
electric skateboard the reason why is it that much is sometimes if I have a
meeting or if I have something and if I don’t want to use my scooter if I want
to go to work I just use that I live like three four kilometres like two and
a half miles 10 miles from work okay I just get on the electric board I feel
the wind in my face and I get that like epi you know I need that in my life and
now it’s an advantage in some places in the world you really need a car and I
can leave it on the car so I love this and I would love the idea of doing the
exact same but we didn’t line skates basically but that’s me and that’s I I
don’t know how other people feel so so the way that like the thing that is
great about skating obviously the fitness aspect of it you know like that
you know how you you can use it to exercise so I guess the only thing that
I would question is like I guess you don’t get the fitness aspect using those
you know what it could you could because from what they say and this is not a
paid thing I’m not trying to advertise those guys but I just say I think it’s
clear because from what they say you can actually skate with those there are big
wheel skates so imagine something like San Francisco you could go up the hills
with that and yeah you could go down just like cruising you can go flat and
skate I don’t know probably can use it differently I guess it would be a lot
easier if you just push it it’s just like saying you have a car and then when
you go flat and down you don’t need to accelerate I don’t think anyone does it
but it’s still doable to just go down without a cell okay
so let’s finish this nothing to do with tundra laid plans for the future what do
you what what do you want to do with your life in what where do you see your
life I’m that’s because I’ve tried to talk
about me yeah I would say like B yeah before the end of the year we still have
a few months and now do you see in your life in the end of this year and in 10
years I’m just saying that like but let’s really at the skating mainly so
like this year I told you about the one project I’m working on and then I’m
working on another just escape film project here at San Diego just basically
it’s just me going out skating with with Russell day we’re just we’re just out
you know filming each other positive vibes just skating having a good time so
working on that section – I want to finish that and then a big thing that
I’m working on is I’m actually doing like a tour to Hong Kong in October it’s
right now we’re up to 8 people the we’re probably gonna have 10 on the
tour from all over the world and the reason for the tour actually is yeah
it’s to promote skating but more of the reason we’re doing it is to promote
traveling and promote like because a lot of people ask me and I’m sure they ask
you a lot like how are you able to travel like oh razors plus like paid for
everything bubble yeah nice listen razors physically Yeah right don’t like
I mean there’s budgets and you know some things they’re just not able to help me
but the reality is like everybody can travel you know you’re able to do it we
live in a great time right now like with air travel but it’s are very reasonable
to a lot of places around the world and was blaming with this this thing we have
this like amazing thing we’re able to connect with so many people around the
world like you can go to other parts and might connect with other people and so
that’s like what we’re trying to show with this like we’re trying to show like
basically kind of what I was describing with my other project like just the
whole like passion and you know travel aspect to skating and so that will be
like we haven’t named the tour yet we haven’t really figured
can you say was televideo new but until now yeah so right right now I have
myself Jared banning from Denver yeah Dustin
Spangler my friend buck buck Strauss I met I met privately with the flesh right
yeah yeah and then Richard Williams here as for k2 Dennis Basuke from Germany we
have Everett Luger from Estonia your eyes for remedies I’m trying if there’s
one more and then I try to Stuart he is the guy who runs up later you yeah no no
no no try this yeah so it’s like we got a pretty cool crew and then there’s some
other guys like I just they haven’t booked flights yet but it’s a very like
eclectic I wanted it to be like a lot of different people so that I could show
like different minds can come together and like have one common you know thing
so I know like a big brother on skates you could people like to see it and then
so that’s like and then you know obviously like oh no I just realized
while editing this podcast that I didn’t record the last minute of the podcast
which on from but I’m pretty sure I’m going to see John a lot more times
because with this amount of passion for the sport well it’s just impossible not
to see John more time so I hope you guys enjoyed this one if you did enjoy this
one do not forget to subscribe to the channel give me some thumbs up if you
like this if you didn’t like it well you can always give me some thumbs down but
please let me know what I didn’t like about this other than that just like I
always say don’t forget why we all started skating Cheers movie you

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8 thoughts on “WHATS UP JON FROMM? SKATE TALK EPISODE #23

  • June 4, 2018 at 10:13 am
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    Olá Ricardo. Eu não o conheço, mas ele parece legal. O que você está planejando a seguir? Saudações da Alemanha. Your Fan Xcalibur.

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  • June 4, 2018 at 10:48 am
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    I discover thank you so much

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  • June 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm
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    I just want to know do you still do down hill and do ride aggressive or normal skates and I subbed lov your channel

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  • June 4, 2018 at 2:06 pm
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    Awesome job, Ricardo! Love your work! Could you by chance do more street skating videos and reviews in your megacruisers/supercruisers?

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  • June 4, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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    Thanks for the interview dude!

    Ps: dude I would really loved you would have let him talk more

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  • June 4, 2018 at 10:11 pm
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    NICE INTERVIEW YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH JONHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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  • June 5, 2018 at 9:42 am
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    Come to sf lino, great job.

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  • June 5, 2018 at 9:35 pm
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    Hyped Jon answered my frequent flyer miles question hahaha. Keep killing it and hope to see you around soon my dude. – Aaron Schultz

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