Home: Joplin, Missouri, but Kansas City real soon
Sponsors: ERGO, 5Boro, Vox Footwear, Vu Skateshop, Independent Trucks
Am who should be pro: Jimmy Carlin. That guy rules.
Best video of 2009: Have yet to see it, but I’m sure Extremely Sorry is in the running.
Music you’re always listening to: Mostly indie stuff. And my sister’s band, The Hoof and The Heel.
Good advice you’ve been given: The truth shall set you free.
What you’d do if the world ended tomorrow: Trick the wife into skydiving with me. I mean, if we died skydiving it would only be a day sooner.
Favorite skate spot: The O in Montreal. Skate there for hours, no bust, the convenience store even delivers.
Bad habit: Forgetting peoples’ names.
Place you want to travel to next: Somewhere warm!
Worst injury: Well, I took a hatchet in the shin once.
Best skate shoes: Vox. I’m really feelin’ the Hewitt 2′s and the Guzman’s.
Web site you check every day: thesixtyone.com.
Who hooked you up: Jud Heald has really helped me out. Scot Ripple at Vox, Aaron at Vox. Everyone at ERGO, they’re always down for anything. Keith at Indy. Chris and Gary Smith at Vu. Steve and Dan at 5Boro. Scott Walters taught me how to skateboard. But mostly, I’d be lost without Jesus.
Shawn is one Hale of a skateboarder. The first time I saw Shawn skate my eyes went crossed, my tail went between my legs, and I started to shake knowing that I was on the same team as this dude. But after I started talking to him I realized he is just a totally normal married 22 year old dude. Wait, since when is that normal for a skateboarder? It’s not, and that’s one of my favorite things about Shawn. Although he lives for skateboarding, he doesn’t live handrail to handrail. He sees the bigger picture. So kids, if you see him, talk to him, ’cause he’ll be just as stoked to talk to you. Shawn rules.—Andrew Cannon