TransWorld SKATEboardingVolume 20 Number 1file: Circa Tour Interview-Chad Muska

Interview by Skin Phillips

When did you tour with Jamie last?
The last time we really toured was with Toy Machine in ’95. After that, we did a little tour to South Africa with our old shoe company, but a lot of people were doing their own thing. It wasn’t like those early days when we toured with Toy Machine.

After Toy Machine, you went your separate ways.
Jamie ventured off to do Zero, and I went with the folks at Shorty’s.

How come you’re back together touring again?
That was crazy. Basically, I’d heard rumors Jamie was leaving Adio. I was at the Slam City Jam contest, and I rolled up to him. I was like, “What up, Jamie? What’s going down? Let’s do this. If you’re down to do it, I’d be psyched to hook up and make this happen.”

He looked me in the eye like it might be on-I remember that moment. He was like, “What?”We started talking and decided to team up, get the rest of the posse together, and make this whole Circa shoe thing happen. It’s been a sick experience so far.

When you started Circa, you must’ve had certain people you wanted on the team?
When the company started, there were a handful of people I wanted to be a part of Circa-they all know who they are. Jamie was definitely included. He’s one of the sickest skaters out there, plus he’s into designing, creating, and doing something right. He has the same drive I have, so when I thought about doing this project, I wanted people as psyched as I am on it.

Do you skate much together back home?
We do more business stuff together, but we also make the effort to hook up and have a skate session at the park. This tour is the most we’ve skated together in a long time-it’s been sick. It’s mad fun skating with Jamie. I’ve been broke off this whole trip because my body’s been jacked, but the times we’ve had to session have been fun.

Do you remember the first time you met Jamie?
I remember seeing him around Pacific Beach, San Diego area, a little bit. Somehow, he met some of my friends from Arizona. We had this house over in Hillcrest, San Diego, and he came over and kicked it. I talked to him about skating and was psyched ’cause he was pretty big back then, too.

He watched some of my footage, and we started skating together. My ankle was getting better-I was skating and making things happen. At the time, I was riding for Maple, but I got on Toy Machine just when it was blowing up.

Jamie’s been a big part of my career-more than a lot of people actually know. I was meeting people like you and Swift, so I wanted to bust. Since then, it’s kept going and going.

When you left Toy Machine, did you think you’d ever be on a team with Jamie again?

I never thought I would or wouldn’t. All I thought about was moving forward. If I’d thought about it, I’d have said no ’cause everyone was so on lock with what they were doing; skateboarding was growing fast, and people knew it. Every big name was on lock, so they weren’t going to leave their companies.It was just meant to be-that’s the way I look at it.