Pioneer: Frankie Hill, Full Interview—Supersizing Skateboarding

When did you get back on your board?
One day I was just limping around the house and my mom just got tired of watching me limp so she called this old workers compensation lawyer and I went down and sat down and told him my story. This was like six years later by then. He said I might have a case. The thing never went to court and I got my surgery paid for. I also ended up with two years of college paid for, which my step dad told me if I went into dental laboratory technology he would get me a job. So I did that for two years in Pasadena. Then basically four or five years later, I had received Kit’s board after he passed. I held onto it for like two years then one day I was just thinking about Kit. If I could talk to him he would probably be like, “Dude. Ride my board.” I took it out and rolled down the street and my knee didn’t hurt. So I slowly got back into it on the side. I did that Revolver video part. They were a local company. I twisted my knee a little while filming for that, so I took another break. And it’s been off and on ever since then. Started skating again two years ago and just started my little company called Hill Skateboards.
Frankie present day. 2012 rendition of the classic mute grab that made him famous. Still got it.

You got that Krooked board too right?
Yeah. I got that Krooked Gest board and that kind of sparked me all over. I had bought a house and was going to build a miniramp and all this stuff. I ended up losing the house in the big sub-prime debacle, and right after that while I was just super down I got that Krooked board. I kind of decided right there I’ll just keep skating. I love it too much. I’m just going to try to make it last as much as humanely possible.

How does it feel looking back?
I’m really happy with the way everything turned out. I remember a long time ago thinking maybe shouldn’t have skated as crazy as I did with the gaps and rails. But really, who cares if that’s the way it worked out. I tried to push it as far as I could and this is the way it turned out. I can’t complain at all. I never wanted to be the guy that took my foot off the gas. The whole injury, losing it all—I couldn’t be happier to be where I’m at today. To be able to skate at all is a real miracle. From my point of view, to be talking about this and have Transworld call me up 20 years later—it’s a big deal. I’m grateful for any roll I played.