I've been riding a skateboard for about 8 years now.
For street skating, I ride an Fs proto 8.25" streetdeck with Independent Trucks and 54mm Spitfires cause they feel like riding on pillows.
For longboarding, I ride the Rougarou with Caliber 44's and 82a 70mm Blood Orange Morgan's.
Biggest influences in skateboarding?
Okay so this is a loaded question, but off the top of my head, of course the Fs homies, lucky enough to ride for a team with many of my best friends. But besides them, Mike Carroll, Jason Dill, AVE, Mike Mo, Dylan Rider, Austyn Gillette, Mark Gonzalez, Nora Vasconcellos, Etc.. Those are just some of the many guys and girls that influence me because every day I discover someone new. For longboarding, since I am new to this style of skating, I don't know many skaters, but I really love how Eric Jensen skates. He mixes both styles of skating and looks good doing it. I just think he's raw and looks like he's having fun.
I think my worst habit would be getting in my head too much, both in and outside of skating. I build stuff up in my head but once I say screw that and just get over whatever it is I'm thinking about, it's never as bad as I thought it was.
Best memory Skateboarding?
Definitely landing my first kick flip but, I spent an entire summer battling this 6 stair when I first started skating. It is literally the worst staircase ever, with the biggest crack right before you pop. The ride up sucks and I would never attempt it again, but being the young kid I was, It's all I wanted to do. I had a sick skate crew that I skated with everyday nonstop for 8 hours and we would always end up attempting this shitty stair set. My one friend Kevin finally did it and no one could believe it. I would stick it, then slam over and over again. We went back so many times and I could never get it. One day I tried it for like 2 hours and again stuck it, but slammed. We then went to a show that was 5 minutes away from the school we skated. I think some hardcore or punk band was on and I just got super stoked and grabbed my friend Kevin and said I gotta do it. So we ran there and first try I stuck it but fell off. Second try I practically landed it but bent my knees so much I was basically sitting on the board. Finally, the third try I stuck it and rolled away. Best feeling on a skateboard ever.
I am lucky enough that I have never broken a bone skating, but I've rolled my ankles countless times. One in particular definitely stands out though. I went to this sick skatepark called Bethpage and they had a huge gnarly bowl. I had never skated one but I knew I was gonna skate it. I skated the park for like 5 hours and skated everything including the bowl. It was super fun and I couldn't wait to come back. A month later I went back and again skated all day and was trying my best to skate the bowl. I went up to the medium section and was trying a simple rock to fakie. After a few tries, I locked in and went to come out of it but I wasn't ready to come back fakie. I simultaneously smacked ankle on the pavement and rolled it for the first time. I was out for a little over a month and that same week I got dumped. Best week ever.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I hope that I have my very own classroom because I have a passion in teaching and right now I'm working on my Master's Degree. That doesn't pay for itself. I also want to be living in NC because I think it's a great place to live and has a great scene. Besides that, I want to be just doing what I'm doing now, skating with my best friends and living the best life that I possibly can.
Why do you skate?
I skate because simply, I love it. There is nothing else like it on this earth and it is literally magic. Nothing else makes me feel so fulfilled and satisfied. Who else can say they constantly face their fears everyday and are at peace at the same time? No one.
I once jumped off my roof as a kid and landed so hard that my knees hit me in the face.