You lot certainly came through for Fetish! I’ve already rinsed it. Was that your first part as a professional skateboarder?
Yes, technically this was my first part since turning pro. I didn't really realize that.
You were granted professional status a little later than your average ‘career-driven’ skateboarder, which seems unusual considering your fairly regular output of overcast footage.. Was it something you were gunning for, or were you simply happy to be offered?
I wouldn't say I was gunning for it, but I definitely have been trying to keep the momentum going for years and years. Jason and I had been talking about the pro possibility when I first got on, and everything kinda came together a year later. It was natural. I am very grateful to have a board with my name on it that can hopefully inspire my kids to follow their dreams.
Picking a favourite part in Fetish must be tough? Instead, I’d like to know which are your favourite three tricks of the whole video?
Dang, three tricks? Well, Ryan Lay’s Switch Backside flip the hard way over that rail, Townley’s Five-O backside 180 then Fake flip line, & Aaron’s whole part.
Did you spend any time in front of Matt Blevins' lens filming for Fetish, or was all of your footage locally sourced?
No, unfortunately I wasn’t able to film with Matt, but he’s a great filmer and did an excellent job with FETISH. My footage was all filmed up in my area by my friends Jake Menne, Josh Jones, Shane Auckland & Carl Depaolo.
What are the chances of them visiting you up in Washington? Apart from the Europeans, you must be the most distant…
Richie Valdez, the new TM, has talked about doing a North West trip of some sorts. Seattle is a great place to visit in the summer so we’ll see. It would be rad.
Speaking of Washington, who exactly is Vic, and what is he selling?
[Laughs].. I don’t know Vic personally, but Vic’s Market is a little market in my hometown Snohomish. We would go there a lot as kids out skating and it was just the spot, you know? Flash forward to 2009, when YouTube was just starting to pop off, I was trying to think of a user name and just put ‘VicsMarket’, to pay a little homage or something, I don’t know. Anyway, the name stuck and as we put more and more little vids on there, got a little following, people were stoked and we just kinda became the Vic’s Market crew. The name kinda makes sense ‘cuz were just a bunch of small town underground guys skating outside of a corporate skateboard industry, similar to the little mom and pop stores like Vic’s, in comparison to say WalMart or something.