Profilin’ With Neftalie, Featuring Ryan Gallant

Profilin’ Ryan Gallant Inner-view
By Neftalie Williams

Good day everyone, welcome to the next installment of Profilin’ featuring Ryan Gallant! We had the opportunity to exchange words with my fellow Bostonian and even brought in lucky caller Reed Kellman in to shoot off questions! If you want to be the next lucky caller to speak to your favorite pro, hit me up at
813 484 5700! Peace!

Hey brother what’s happening, how have you been?
I’ve been great everything is going well. We just got back from the Dominican Republic.

Nice, that’s a sick spot to go on tour. I saw your ad too, so congrats on the new sneaker. That’s a huge accomplishment.  
Thanks brother, I’m super stoked on it and everything is going well with DC and Plan B.

Speaking of which, can you tell me a little bit about you getting on Plan B and how it all came about? Was it a long process?
The first time I even heard about it was from a friend of mine at DC named Sean Rogers. He mentioned that Danny and Colin wanted to maybe start Plan B again, and if I was interested in it. That was when I first heard anything about Plan B coming back. A little later once they had everything figured out business wise is about the time when Danny called. Then I knew they really were going to start Plan B.

Damn, you had to have had a lot of questions initially, right?
Yeah, It was a little intense in the beginning. We all were questioning, “Is Paul going to leave Girl?” and “Is PJ really going to quit Flip?” But thankfully it all happened! (laughs)

On the outside world we felt like, “Holy sh-t, Plan B is back?!” It just came from left field!
I definitely wasn’t expecting it or looking for it. It just came up.

Since you’re on DC with them, did it make it easier?
I definitely already knew Danny and Colin from DC, so that made it an easier transition. Plus they’re both so successful from skating. I wanted to learn and understand what it was they were doing right (laughs).
I’m also the kind of person who hates thinking I missed out because I wasn’t willing to take a chance. I didn’t want to regret having the chance to work with everyone, so I thought I would just go ahead and see what it’s all about. I also never had the chance to ride on the same teams as PJ, so I obviously wanted to have the opportunity to be able to go on tour and travel with him.  

I remember seeing you both on, then I figured everything was going to be cool. It was the natural East Coast connect.
Yeah, we’ve been skating together for years, so it was good change for us both especially while living out here.

How nice is it having a TF around to be able to skate all the time?
It’s great, and there’re actually a lot of TFs around. At DC, the main warehouse has the vert ramp, that’s where you see Danny and Colin get footage. Behind it there is a little street course, and mini ramp, then the office buildings. In the second building they’re designing a new legit park where you can skate and be able to film with legit ledges and bumps as well.

You saw the Lakai video right? Guy’s part was amazing once again.
So was Mike Mo, that dude’s part was gnly.

That’s what we were thinking as well. He really came out shining!
Exactly, he put it down hard. I had heard about him before from Paul R., and I guess he’s known him for a while, and skates with him. You know how we are though man, we’re from the East Coast (laughs), we need to see it for ourselves. I heard he can do every trick, but then I saw that he could (laughs). That was the first real part I saw of him and I was thinking, “Damn that dudes heavy!”

He had that back tail to bigspin flip out and then had it switch (laughs)!
Yeah and he had that fakie front crooks treflip out perfect!

The backside kickflip to switch front crooks you had for the DC ad was pretty sick too. You put that down and I was just looking like, “When did that show up!”
Right before I got hurt, man (laughs)! I always wanted to learn the backside 180 to switch front crooks, so once I learned that, I thought maybe I could push it a little further. Right before I got hurt I was coming up on so many ledge tricks, and I still have some I haven’t seen yet, so I’m hoping no one does them (laughs).

I’m glad your leg’s better, and you’re about to kill it again. You have a cadaver right?
Yeah, I didn’t want them to take anything out of me. I hurt my knee in May but I didn’t have the surgery until July. The doctor was waiting for the perfect cadaver piece.
It’s so crazy in the medical world. When I went in to the office, I saw a whole shelf of cadavers, however, they didn’t want to give me one that had been sitting on the shelf. The doctor wanted a certain age and an athletic build so that it would be a better match. I guess they had some ACLs on the list to give me, but the main one that came in had a minor disease once they inspected it. Since it wasn’t an emergency the doctor told me to just sit tight.

That’s pretty crazy knowing you could have received that part, and how there’s such a crazy concept behind body parts coming in.
Exactly. The doctor told me we shouldn’t have to wait long and I didn’t really understand him, but when I dove in a little deeper he explained to me how there are seasons in his industry, which is really weird and twisted! He said there were going to be a lot of graduations in July and so many pieces that come in during the time. I guess that’s when there are the most drinking and driving accidents. It’s so messed up but they are so used to it, and that’s how everything gets done. We ended up getting it from someone who was 22, but I’m not sure if it came from a guy or a girl. Danny and I both got a piece of the same person, and we both blew out our left knee, so it was pretty intense.

How is Danny doing now?
Oh he’s doing fine, he’s way ahead of me, and has already been skating pools for three months. He’s been through it before and he’s the Terminator, so he just headed right back out. Since it was my first time, I thought I would take my time to enjoy some of the other things in life instead of just flipping the stick around.

Well, even on break you had a new sequence that’s pretty sick.
Yeah I took that photo last Christmas and it came out this Christmas (laughs). It’s cool now though because I’m doing better and getting back into the swing of things!

It’s tight you had that innovation a year ago because it was feeling a little stagnant out there, but there are people looking to shake it up again.
Personally,  I’m going to try and do that too this year. I just want to keep trying to push things as much as possible. I’ve got my new shoe on DC and I want to really be giving back to them and give the kids photos to be psyched on as well.

This Question is from the Reader Call In: Reed Kellman in SF:
How do you feel about going back East versus skating here in the CA, when it’s time to shoot photos or film?
It’s just a different feel when you go back home. I’m always excited to skate in Boston and the way footage looks when you’re back East. It’s always a little bit gritty and busy and more visual. The spots are never easy too, so you always have to work to get something, but it makes it even sicker once you’ve gotten something on lock.

Good question Reed, I guess we need to get out of here and head home to shoot as well?
For sure, we need to get on that!

Have you guys set the deadline for the Plan B video yet?
No, we’re keeping it pretty loose now, but we’re all filming for it and pretty excited about it.

For more on Ryan, pick up the June issue of Transworld and check out his Top 5!

the kids photos to be psyched on as well.

This Question is from the Reader Call In: Reed Kellman in SF:
How do you feel about going back East versus skating here in the CA, when it’s time to shoot photos or film?
It’s just a different feel when you go back home. I’m always excited to skate in Boston and the way footage looks when you’re back East. It’s always a little bit gritty and busy and more visual. The spots are never easy too, so you always have to work to get something, but it makes it even sicker once you’ve gotten something on lock.

Good question Reed, I guess we need to get out of here and head home to shoot as well?
For sure, we need to get on that!

Have you guys set the deadline for the Plan B video yet?
No, we’re keeping it pretty loose now, but we’re all filming for it and pretty excited about it.

For more on Ryan, pick up the June issue of Transworld and check out his Top 5!