2009. Photo: SKIN
On the influence he’s had on skateboarding:
I got to make up a few tricks—I’m not much good at being the humble professional. I’m from a different era—I’m a survivalist. I don’t know if I made a mark. I like it when a kid will say something rad. At the liquor store the other day this guys says to me, “Are you responsible for the acid drop?” Well, maybe the deep end. I think TA did the first one in the shallow end. The next contest at Boulder, I needed a trick and took it to the deep end, and it looked good. I’m more the Knievel guy.
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