Did Stacey (Peralta) see the potential in it? Did they push for more big stuff from you?
Pretty much. When Stacey filmed he was good at maximizing people’s existing talents. So if it was Ray Barbee doing flatground and flowing, Stacey would push that. Then with me, I think after I jumped that 11 stair, that sort of became my forte in their eyes.
Where Jake and Brandon following your lead on the big stuff after that?
They didn’t really follow my lead in that sense. They were a little bit older. A lot of their focus came from just ollieng high off flat over stuff. Brandon Chapman ollied to and frontside boardslid a handrail in that video. He was already sort of well on his way to doing what he wanted to do. Jake unfortunately had the accident but before that he was supposed to go pro next for Powell. There was a little while where Jake was just destroying it.
What happened again? What was the accident exactly?
He was skating down State Street and a tandem bicycle ran a red light and hit him. He hit his head on the curb and went into a coma for like seven days. When he came out, he had to learn to walk and talk all over again so it kind of took the wind out of his sails to put it mildly. Brandon kind of quit after that too. He was like, “F—k it. Until Jake’s normal again I’m done with it.” It was me, Kit (Ericson), Brandon, and Jake. That was our crew. (Continued on Page 3.)