I'm not a photographer...

September 18, 2009

But ESPN asked for some photos...

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15 years later...

September 18, 2009

This...

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Made me think of this...

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15 Flip "Extremely Sorry" spoilers...

September 17, 2009

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1. Curb checks over gaps are the new grinding up handrails.
2. Two different shoes.
3. Animals were harmed.
4. Clay.
5. Wooden shoes.
6. 25-foot quarterpipes skated like backyard mini ramps.
7. Tweens.
8. Hallucinogenics.
9. Holding umbrellas is way cooler than holding guitars.
10. Pool TF.
11. Spray paint your chest and spit on dead pigeons.
12. Bill Weiss.
13. Ali in big pants.
14. Premiere made me deaf.
15. Wanna see it again... Lance. Lance. Lance.

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New Jack: Marquis Preston

September 11, 2009

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New Jack: Marquis Preston
Words: Rob Brink
The Skateboard Mag, October 2009.

Marquis Preston is a very talked about subject amongst his fellow Emerica team riders. No one seems to know much about him, yet they’re constantly trying to put the pieces together. He carries a general obliviousness vibe, sees the world in a different way and is certainly misunderstood. However, he also possesses many savant-type qualities, like playing the piano, taking photographs and skateboarding—which he is a complete natural at.

Check his legs on the bigspin clip on the Emerica Stay Gold site. That trick alone and you’ll be sold. Seriously.

On a skateboard or off… hearing his interpretation of the world as it buzzes around him (over a slice of pizza and root beer like we did for this interview)… Marquis is just plain amazing.

People tell me you talk to yourself a lot. Have you noticed that?
Not at all.

You always walk in front of the camera while people are filming, huh?
Really? I hadn’t noticed.

I’ve actually seen footage of you doing it.
No way! [Laughs].

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So you admire Oprah Winfrey?
Oprah’s awesome! She gives away so much free shit. Dude, one day she fuckin’ she gave everyone in the audience a fuckin’ Toyota. Like a modern car. I was just like, “Wow! That’s so sick!” She’s ballin’. I’m sure if I asked her for some money she’d be like, “Alright, no problem.”

Where does all your money go?
I’m paying someone else’s debts. My fuckin’ brother stole my car and got into a hit and run accident. I hid the keys in my clothes in my drawers but somehow he got ‘em and took off with it while I was in France a while back.

He also got a speeding ticket that month. He used all my information out of the glove compartment and the cop believed it. No picture ID or nothing. Just wrote up the ticket. So I got a “failure to appear” and $800 in fines.

That’s identity theft!
Yeah. I had no idea it was my brother all along. I found out about both of these situations four months after they happened.

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Are you and your brother tight?
It’s whatever. We haven’t been together in a long time ‘cause I came home and the house was up for auction. My mom went to jail while I was gone. So I come home and everybody’s all separated.

Wait, what? Your mom went to jail?
Yeah. Got out like two years ago.

With all that stuff going on, are you trying to distance yourself from your family or are you guys cool?
Nah. Our family is tight. If I had the money I’d go see them.

How about getting lost before Blingfest a few years ago and then coming back and winning Best Trick?
I don’t know what happened. I was just spaced out listening to music or something. I just missed the exit and ended up in San Clemente. It happens.

That’s pretty far, though. Like an hour away? At least you won.
Yeah, I was psyched. Paid my car off with that money

You were once ranked high in Call of Duty?
I was top 200 in the world actually. I think 98th.

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I just learned of a recent intervention between your friends, your X Box and you…
That was this guy. [Points to his friend Max.] I bought the game when it first came out. It was my first online gaming experience and I was hooked. I played it for like, two years straight.

One game? And it affected your skating and your life that much?
Max: It was seriously like an eight-hour workday for him.

I wouldn’t even eat or go outside. I would just wake up and play for hours. Fuck Call of Duty. It ruined my life.

Max: So finally one night we’re all drinking and I was like, “Yo, Marquis, you need to stop playing that shit. You need to start skating more. I haven’t seen you skate in weeks.” And he just broke down. He grabbed the X Box and was like, “I’m gonna sell this shit.” And I’m like, “You can still play it… just go skate more. And he’s like, “Nah, fuck that!” Slams it down on the floor and just starts stomping on it. Then hid it in his roommate’s closet.

Did it feel good, Marquis?
It felt great.

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So are you gonna have a full part in Stay Gold?
I hope so. Still filming. Depends on how much footage I have.

Are you nervous?
Kinda anxious. My first part is gonna be in an Emerica video, ya know? I really want Brandon Westgate’s part to come out. Collin, Leo, Andrew, Bryan… everybody. Fuck, it’s gonna be a good video.

I heard you recently got taken away from a bar in an ambulance…
Yeah. I went to a G.O.A.T. show in Arizona. This local guy was talking down on me ‘cause I was a black skateboarder. He was bumming me out. Called me a sellout. And then I said to him, “I’ll buy you out.”

That’s a pretty good comeback, except that you have no money.
Yeah, I was stoked on that. Then I walked away from him and he taps me on the shoulder and as soon as I turn around he just uppercuts me. Straight up lifted me off the ground. I blacked out and woke up on the floor, like, “What the fuck just happened?”

So the ambulance gets there and they’re like “Do you know what day it is?” And I was just like, “I dunno.”

He was like, “Do you know where you are?” And I was like, “I’m in Arizona but I don’t know exactly where I’m at.”

I was okay; it was just a fat lip. So they were like “You didn’t answer all the questions fluently so you’re gonna have to jump in the ambulance for some type of fucking diagnostics. We gotta take you to the hospital, do some screening on your head.” I was like, “Okay, fuck it.”

Jeff [Emerica TM] said when he asked you why you let the ambulance take you, you said, “I guess I answered the questions wrong.”
That’s exactly what happened. I answered them wrong.

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That’s hilarious. So how about the next day when you jack shacked in the Emerica tour van?
Oh man. So everybody had this funny idea to get porno mags from the liquor store. I got myself a mag and seen this hot-ass woman in it. She was seriously stuck in my head for hours. Like, I couldn’t even skate around without thinking about doing her or just being with her. So I decided to go rub one off in the van while everybody was skating. And it did the trick.

Jeff said you soiled one of Braydon’s mags?
Braydon had his own mag and I had mine. He seen my mag and he was like, “Oh, who got this one?” I was like “Oh shit.” I didn’t say it out loud but I already knew it was mine. I knew I fucking jacked off in it. I busted on her. I just wanted to wait for him to see for himself. So he was just looking through it and was like “What the fuck? No!” I was like, “Hell yeah.” I wasn’t all that embarrassed, which kinda surprised me actually.

Do what you’ve gotta do, man.
I was like, “Yeah, whatever. I masturbate.”

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Festivus: Maloof Money Cup '09

September 9, 2009

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Festivus: Maloof Money Cup ‘09
Words: Rob Brink
The Skateboard Mag, October 2009

On the weekend of July 10, 2009, deep within the Orange Curtain, buried inside the OC fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California, alongside funnel cakes and giant turkey legs, white trash, reality TV stars and Kobe Bryant, Botox and silicon-injected numbskulls, imitation Ed Hardy attire, Snoop Dee-Oh-double-Gee, tribal armband tattoos, tramp stamps and pill-popping swingers with Bentleys; amidst a skateboarding spectacle like no other, one of the best disposable short-term skate plazas on the planet and a whole lotta money; between the shadows of a bevy of contest heavies like Chris Cole, Ryan Sheckler, Greg Lutzka, Nyjah Huston, Chaz Ortiz and Paul Rodriguez… something very memorable was brewing…

The aforementioned cluster of skateboarding super-pros all semi-frantically and systematically did what most contest onlookers would expect of them. They ripped hard. Consistently throwing down trick after trick after trick and jumping off roofs with barely any roll away before picking up their board and charging back up the stairs for another go… stacking up points with the judges while wooing cameras and crowds.
Then night fell… and Peter Ramondetta happened. The “speak softly and carry a big stick” ideology epitomized.

It came from out of nowhere. And suddenly, everything else seemed pale.

These feelings… they don’t happen very often. Especially in skateboarding. But from up above and behind and off to the side and below, from those who’d been relatively quiet all day because they’ve seen it all before, came the sincerest stokeage you’d ever hear at a skateboarding contest from those who wanted Peter to know they watching and loving every second of it.

“Fuckkkkkk yeahhh Peterrrrrrr!” It was contagious. Others couldn’t help but join in.

Jim Thiebaud once told me of Peter’s skating:

“Then you see him bust and it's like, 'Holy shit where did that come from?' And not in a totally aggro 'Look at how big I'm going' way. It's natural. It's clean. It's subtle and huge. Like a freight train coming out of the fog and heading right at you."

Have you ever heard “Baby Please Don’t Leave Me” by Buddy Guy? It’s slow and steady and menacing and massive. It’s a sonic hurricane. There’s no wasted space or airtime. And that was Peter. He was skating and ripping and sweating and gasping for air and slamming and puking and just flat-out murdering it. Similar to Leo Romero at Maloof in 2008, Peter was the silent, slow-motion sock to the face that everyone needed to see coming right at them, but be unable to dodge, in order to wake the fuck up and realize that hidden within our new and inevitable narcissistic, materialistic, generation bling, peacocking, squeaky-wheel-gets-the-grease, celebriphiliac skateboarding world are certain undeniable truths that keep the “I don’t give a fuck, just get out of my way and let me skate” spirit of skateboarding alive.

The internets already informed you about Chris Cole winning the damn thing by a mile… and boy did he deserve it. Alex Perelson being the fourth human to throw down a 900 (in his run, mind you) was pretty damn impressive too. It’s not every day, or even every five years, for that matter, that a new vert kid pops up and you actually like watching him.

So, when was the last time you skated ‘til you puked?

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NYC crosswalks...

September 8, 2009

Walk or don't... good luck.

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Germany...

September 7, 2009

... made me like public television again.

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Bad day...

September 6, 2009

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Seeing people puking in public always makes me laugh. This time it's some random dude in Berlin wretching (for the fourth time in five minutes) at a skate spot. Don't worry buddy... just breathe through your nose...

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Bucky Lasek

September 6, 2009

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Bucky Lasek
Words: Rob Brink
Allisports.com

After his victory at the first Dew Tour stop in Boston last month, we gave Bucky Lasek a call to see how he felt about it. We also inquired about his thoughts on gearing up for the Portland stop this weekend and also being positioned to win his third overall Dew Tour championship. The byproduct of that conversation was a slew of other discussions… including the long lost VW Corrado, screaming children, vertical skateboarding’s immortality, street skating, Tibet, NASCAR and more. Yes, indeed, on or off the board… Bucky’s always worth paying attention to.

I thought of you just the other day because I saw an Old VW Corrado like you used to have.
Ah you did? That’s funny I was just having a conversation in the last couple weeks about the Corrados. They’re getting rarer and rarer—a dying breed.

Yeah. So what are you driving in for fun these days?
I have a BMW M3. I’ve had it for six years now.

What’s the most played out interview question you get?
Probably asking how I got started.

People still ask that? I have your first Powell Pro board hanging on my wall. Sealed. The one with all the cartoon people in the stadium. It’s dated 1998. Did you ever think in 1988 that 20 years later you’d be pro still and winning contests?
No. I never really look into the future that far. It’s kind of hard to accept… hard to get that perspective going. It’s always easier to look back than it is to look forward.

If you had to guess right now what you’d be doing in 21 more years, what would it be?
Hopefully retired and watching a session going down in my bowl.

What was the big paycheck for a contest win in 1988?
I think I won $500 bucks in my first pro contest.

And then how much do you get for winning dew tour in Boston?
I think it was $15 grand.

If you could pick one guy to knock out of the contest to make it easier for you to win, who would it be?
It would definitely be Pierre. He’s mister consistency. Him and Andy.

Do you feel like winning the first Dew event is a good sign or do you think winning that makes it harder to go to the second stop and having to maintain the lead?
I think it’s harder to win the first one. You don’t really know with the first contest, so it’s always so nerve-racking going into it. Knowing that you’ve got to do good. I guess once you set that pace it gets easier.

You also won Pro Tec this year, right?
Yeah. I won Pro Tec and Bondi.

Oh nice. You’re the first guy to win Pro Tec other than Rune and Omar, right? They kept going back and forth.
Yeah. They skate that thing all the time. I basically had to put some time into it. So I was skating it a lot before I won.

So does something like that come as a more proud victory because you put a specific amount of effort into it prior?
Well, I think it’s a different contest so it’s a different vibe. There is no bad win. Whenever you’re winning, there’s nothing bad about that. I don’t really think one’s necessarily better than the other. As long as you’re still winning.

Are you ever bummed if you don’t win something? Or if for some reason you’re not in the top three or five in a contest?
Yeah, I mean, it stinks, you know? You spend all this time skating and trying to do good. Especially last year. I did well pretty much the whole year then I fucked the last contest. But it’s not like, life-ending. It’s said and done and you move on.

Do you think Chris Miller should be bumped up to the pros for the Pro Tec contest? He hasn’t lost yet, right?
Uh huh. I think he could definitely do good. I think he has the lines but I don’t think he has the bag of tricks. He’d be top five.

Before you drop in for a run that ends up winning a contest… can you feel it? Do you know?
A lot of times you know you’re capable of doing it. You know you can make your run—you know you’re stoked on your line. The only thing that sucks is I’ve had times when I’ve skated great the whole weekend and then when it comes time to making a run, I bail every run. It sucks because you could fall on a frontside air and that just totally blows you away. You’re thinking, “Okay well I didn’t fall on my hard trick but I fell on a frontside air…” so it’s definitely a mind game.

You’ve won two overall Dew Tours. 2005 and 2006… I’m assuming you’re confident you could do it again this time, right?
The level of skateboarding is so high right now. Anybody can win any contest at this point. They could have the ride of their life… there are so many things that can pan out. It’s not like I’m out to win the championship. I just take it contest by contest and if it happens it happens. If it doesn’t then I’m not stressing over it. It seems more like in the vert world, because there’s less guys and they’re all really good contest skaters, that almost any one of them could win on any given day. Whereas if you go watch a street contest you know there’s certain guys who aren’t going to win… they’re just going to do their thing, you know?

Right. So, who would be the guy to prevent you from winning this year?
Most likely it’s going to be Pierre. That’s his bread and butter, you know? He hasn’t been skating all these other concrete contests and he hasn’t really been skating a lot of Mega Ramp either. He’s just been skating vert so he’s pretty on point right now. He’s the machine right now.

How are your knees? You’ve had a bunch of surgeries over the years…
Yeah. It comes and goes. I’m good now.

Because you won Boston are you pre-qualified for Portland?
Yes, I go straight into the finals. The top three go straight in. So that’s nice. I don’t have to stress over putting together a qualifying run and then putting together a finals run. In Boston, we didn’t really have a lot of practice time and the little bit of time I had, I had to put a qualifying run together and then with barely no time I had to put a finals run together.

Other than the obvious fact that it increases your odds of being knocked out… is there a benefit to not going straight to the finals and skating all weekend and working your way up? Like more practice… getting a rhythm going?
It depends on the situation. It depends on if there’s time. I prefer the qualifying and getting my rhythm going. But given the fact that we don’t have a lot of time this next stop, I’m all for just going straight to the finals.

When is the last time you went outside and skated street?
About two weeks ago.

Nice. So do you just cruise?
Yeah. Usually I’ll play a game of S.K.A.T.E. with whoever. I just skated with Alphonzo Rawls and went to Black Box and skated with Dan Murphy Rob Welsh and Jamie Thomas.

What’s more likely these days? A handful of street skaters who can do a trick or two on vert or a bunch of vert skaters who can do a trick or two on street?
I think I’d much rather see some street skaters skate vert than I see some vert skaters skate the street. There’s only a few vert skaters that can kinda get by on the streets these days.

I just read with Adam McNatt in Skateboarder. He said a true pro skateboarder can and should be able to skate vert and street and everything in between. Do you agree with that?
I do, but the only time it really bothers me is when someone who is only good at one thing hates on something else. I think that’s lame. It just shows they know they’re not well rounded.

I was just reading an interview with Darren Navarette in The Skateboard Mag. He was saying that he was glad “vert is dead.” Which, I totally understand his mentality in a way. But for someone like you or Pierre or Bob… you’re doing great and vert is thriving… so I was wondering what your take is on that.
The whole “vert dead thing” is kind of like a big joke to me. I mean, street’s getting dead now too. You didn’t hear? Park skating is in. Street skating is dead. Freestyle is making a comeback. Slalom is in X Games 18 and Olympics are gonna have... You know where I’m, going with that. People just need to shut up and skate…Texas-style. That’s the way I see it.

Would you rather see vert share the same stage in popularity, commonality and media coverage as street or are you okay with it being a little off balance?
I’ve always said that vert skating is like the NASCAR of our sport. It’s got more sponsors and not everyone likes NASCAR. I’m a fan. I enjoy NASCAR. I see street skating as more of a “hush-hush” kind of thing. People like to just skate it doesn’t really have a competitive side. This is a conversation that you could write a book about. It’s all hearsay, you know what I mean? Who am I to voice my opinion? Some things are just easier to market than others. There’s not a whole lot of vert ramps around. They’re hard to come by. I’m not saying that street skating is easier, but it’s a lot more convenient.

So how about having a young guy like Alex Perelson come up in vert? There’s a new hot shit street skater out there every month, but in vert it’s so rare. Is that exciting for you?
Oh I’m stoked for Alex. Alex rips. He does everything and that’s the way it should be, you know?

How important are learning new trick for you nowadays?
It’s pretty important. I get pretty bored with myself. So, if I’m not progressing I’m pretty much over it.

Is it possible to progress without learning new tricks?
For me, it’s just if I’m not learning or progressing then I better be having fun. Otherwise, I’m not really into it.

I saw you you’ve been riding your “Free Tibet” Element pro model. Why was that something you were drawn to as far as a cause or charity to support?
Well, because the Chinese government is just so inane. It’s unbelievable that people aren’t more aware of it because everyone buys all this stuff that’s made in China… and what the Chinese government is doing to these Tibetans is just seriously like, unheard of. They are just like, shooting ‘em. They’re the most peaceful people in the world. It’s kind of sad to say, but it’s similar to what we did to the Indians in America back in the day. So it’s just one of the charities that I support.

Do you bring your family to the contests or do they more often watch it on TV?
Depends on where it is. If it’s in Orlando I always bring them ‘cause we can go to Disneyworld. They’d much rather stay home and go horseback riding or something with their friends. [Baby crying in the background.]

You have three daughters… Does it ever get scary having to support a family off of skateboarding? You’ve adapted to so many different ups and downs in the industry over the years…
Well yeah, but the good thing about skateboarding is that kids are going to do it no matter what the economy looks like. Kids are still going to go out and buy skateboards.

Do you think if you weren’t supporting a family right now, your career in skateboarding might be different? Like you’ve may have been more lax over the years because you would’ve only had to worry about taking care of yourself?
I skateboard because I like to skateboard and I’m just so happy to be good enough at it that I can make money. If I didn’t have a family I would still be skating. I’d probably be skating better because I would do it more often. Being 36 and having three kids is not the easiest thing when you’re competing against 18 year-olds that having nothing else to do but skate, you know?

Do you ever envision moving back to Maryland or is California home?
Nah. I’d say California is home. It’s where every day is 70 degrees. I don’t see how I could ever give that up.

Surely. If you could bring one childhood memory or experience back to your life and have it with you now, what would it be?
Maybe just being 18 again. Without a screaming kid on my hip.

What’s the most strange or outrageous rumor you’ve ever heard or read about yourself?
Vert is dead.

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Ryan Decenzo

September 6, 2009

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Ryan Decenzo
Words: Rob Brink
Allisports.com

When all was said and done at Dew Tour in Boston a few weekends ago, you might have noticed someone different up there on the podium. Not because he’s a stranger to placing high or winning contests… but because he’s relatively new to the pro contest scene. That person would be Ryan Decenzo.

With his new Globe United by Fate part having just dropped (nollie down El Toro, anyone?), a second place finish in Boston and a free ride to the next stop in Portland… things are looking pretty good for Decenzo. Take a few minutes to get familiar with him because he’s not going away anytime soon.

Ryan! Where you at right now?
Corona, British Columbia.

Right on. Are you still on tour?
Yeah, I’m on the RDS tour right now. We were just in Alberta and now we’re doing BC.

Who are you rolling with?
Me and my bro. Paul Trep, Ryan Oughton, Sascha Daley Micky Papa and Machnau.

Are you guys doing demos or filming?
We’re filming. We’ve been street skating but we’re shooting with Nick Scurich from Thrasher. We’re doing demos and stuff. Doing it all.

So, was Dew Tour Boston your first pro contest?
No, I went to Slam City Jam last in Calgary a few years ago. I got third place or whatever. I like pro contests because it’s fun to be with dudes who are better than you and pushing it. Sometimes when you’re stuck with people in a lower level, it’s like you’re just doing your own shit and being lazy because it’s easy or whatever.

Have you ever skated against guys like Cole, Sheckler and Rodriguez before?
I dunno if I’ve skated with all of those heavy hitters in one place like Dew Tour, but for sure I’ve skated with them all in different contests.

Do you skate a differently when you’re going against these gnarly contest pros or is it the same as you would at Tampa Am or something?
It would be the same thing except you get more fired up when they’re landing more shit and you’re seeing them do it. So you want to land your stuff more consistently and have your tricks on lock better.

How much did you win in Boston?
I was supposed to win ten grand but I didn’t have a social security number or whatever they have in America, so I had 35 percent in taxes taken off. It’s still fucking awesome and I can’t complain.

So, you’re automatically qualified for the next Dew stop in Portland?
I think I’m automatically in the finals for the next one. I hope so. It was a struggle getting through all that qualifying. But if I have to do it again, I’ll do it again!

So, you and Chet [Thomas] are talking about going pro for Darkstar?
Yeah, I don’t really know when it’s gonna happen. Maybe when we figure out some graphics and stuff. Things are kind of stagnant right now with the economy. Chet’s not in any hurry. We’ll figure it out. We wanna come out with a sick, solid graphic. We don’t want to just throw anything out there.

So that’s the end of am contests for you!
I’ve been kind of over them for a couple years now. A couple people convinced me to skate Maloof so I did.

You were in the am contest there?
Yeah, I got third. But we had to skate in the middle of the day and it was like a million degrees and I was like puking the whole time.

Oh, you were one of the pukers! There were a lot of them. It was awesome.
I was probably the first person to puke. It was just that hot.

I was actually keeping a running count of everyone who was puking all weekend. Peter Ramondetta, Torey, Dyet… a bunch of people.
Everyone was pushing it man, if you’re not skating ‘till you’re puking, then you’re not skating hard enough.

So do you prefer a plaza course like Maloof or more of a transitioned skatepark course like Dew Tour?
On the Dew Tour course you can flow a lot better. You don’t have to worry about always running back up the stairs to try another trick. That wears you out a lot.

Where you living now?
In Huntington Beach with Dyet. It’s pretty sick. Haven’t been up in Vancouver too much lately.

How old are you?
I’m 23.

So how is living with Dyet?
It’s pretty good. We don’t see each other all the time. We’re on trips… I’m in Canada and he’s in Utah. We’re pretty all over the place.

He’s got good energy.
Yeah, he’s pretty funny.

When he won the bronze at X Games he was just running around cheering all day afterward. It was rad.
He should be psyched. He’s always telling me that. “I’m gonna kill it at the X Games!” and I’m like, “You better kill it and you better quit smoking for a couple days before or whatever will help you win.” I’m pretty stoked for him.

So do you have any good stories from Boston when you guys were there?
There was one night where Gentry was super wasted and saying, “Follow me, follow me!” He had a chant going and there were like, twenty people coming out of the bar just following him.

Just wiling out. Did you see in Tampa this year when he started a riot?
Who, Gentry did?

He like, smashed some girl’s windshield in the middle of the street and jumped on her car. I hadn’t heard from that dude in years and all of a sudden he’s shattering windshields in Ybor City. It was pretty cool.
No way.

So what’s a trick that your brother can always get you on in a game of S.K.A.T.E.?
Man, there are so many. Switch backside flips. He’s got those every try and I don’t have those like he does.

How about one that you can always get him on?
For sure a nollie impossible.

Oh man. Is he younger than you?
Three years younger.

How does his skating differ from yours
He can approach stuff switch with a lot of control. Which some days I can, but he can do it every day of the week so it’s pretty sweet for him. But he really doesn’t jump down stairs as much as I do, so like if I’m skating some stairs and he’s trying to skate ‘em with me, he’s like, “Fuck man, I’m not used to this shit!”

Were you skating before him or did you guys pick it up at the same time?
We picked it up the exact same day. We were always into the same hobbies. It went from cruising around on BMX bikes to grabbing skateboards, which was way more fun.

What do you like better about Cali than Vancouver and what do you miss about Vancouver that you don’t have in Cali?
There are a million things that you don’t have in Cali that you have in Canada. You’ve got a lower drinking age here and all the outdoor skateparks and no helmet laws. Just way more lenient street skating here… those sorts of things. But like, when it rains or when it snows… it sucks. So being in Cali I can just wake up every morning and know the sun is shining. Sometimes you wake up in Canada and you look outside and it’s just a bummer.

It’ll rain for weeks.
Weeks!

So do you have a girlfriend?
Yeah. She’s from Montreal.

What’s the difference between American or California girls compared to Canadian girls? I used to have a girlfriend in Vancouver and it seemed that Canadian girls were a lot friendlier.
Yeah, I think they are for sure. The girls in Cali are kinda stuck up. They don’t wanna talk to you or they think they’re too cool. I don’t know what it is.

How does a Red Dragons tour differ from a Darkstar or Globe tour?
Let’s just say that there’s a lot more beer flowing. Since RDS tours are always in Canada we get pretty wild. We have homies here and stuff.

I’m thinking way back to the old Whiskey series of videos. That was the beginning of the RDS crew right?
Yeah.

So are you like, third generation Red Dragon?
We’re the third generation for sure. Maybe we even got the fourth generation here.

Are you guys recruiting and training the fifth? Do you have some 15-year-olds ready to go?
Yeah, we got some.

You just had your Globe United by Fate part drop and it’s pretty sick. But are you filming anything else right now or was that the last one?
Yeah, we’re filming for another RDS video. Everybody’s got parts. I think I almost got a part.

What was the most embarrassing day of your life?
Hard to tell. Maybe when I’m skating around at the Dew Tour and people are just yelling “Ryan!” all the time and I turn around and Sheckler is standing right beside me and I’m like, “Fuck! I always keep forgetting.” And I’m looking directly at these people who are yelling “Ryan!” There’s probably just some awkward situations where I was looking at these people and they’re like, “Why the fuck are you looking at me?”

Kind of like if you yell, “Hey asshole!” in public and a bunch of people turn around.
Yeah, for sure.

That’s all I got for you. Thanks for taking out the time to do this.
No problem, I’m just shopping at Wal Mart… getting socks and boxers for this trip.

Mandatory tour supplies! What’s been your strangest purchase on a tour so far?
Probably a little potato gun. It was pretty awesome while it lasted… until it got clogged up with potatoes.

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