What The Pros Are Rockin’: Kris Markovich

What board are you riding right now?

Right now I’m riding a prototype of a new concave board that we’re working on at Foundation.

It’s the Kris Markovich shape?

Yeah.

What do you like most about it?

I like it a lot. I’ve been riding it for a couple of months now. It’s really thin and sort of like the stuff we were doing at Element¿they had really thin boards. All they did to jazz it up was to make a deep concave, and that’s why it didn’t break. The guys at Watson have been doing some stuff with different bends in different parts of the wood so you can make it thin but not have to have a super deep concave. So it’s really good at this point.

What size board do you prefer?

I don’t really know. I think the width is seven and a half¿little, thin boards. I ride really short boards.

You like shorter, thin boards.

Yeah.

Do you have a preference for concave depth?

I like mellow.

Do you do anything special with your griptape?

I go through stages when I put lines in it. Lately, I’ve just been riding all black.

What wheels are you riding right now?

Little Pig 50 wheels and skinny 50 millimeter wheels.

Do you ever try different hardnesses?

I just ride the hard ones.

Do you care if your wheels are colored?

I only ride white.

Has that been going on for a long time?

Yeah. I just never liked the way they felt. I rode some colored wheels, and they felt really soft. So I’ve never really ridden them since then. I wouldn’t really freak out if I had them, but I’ve always ridden white wheels because they’re guaranteed to work, ya know?

How often do you set up new wheels?

It depends. If I’m filming, and I’m setting up new boards all the time, I’ll keep riding my wheels because my wheels are good. I’d say probably once a week.

What are the smallest wheels you’ve ever ridden¿kind of a loaded question?

I think it was those bearing covers.

Thirty-nine, 40?

I’d say probably 40. I might have even rocked the 39.

You might have broken the barrier?

I think I broke the barrier.

The 39 to 40 barrier¿I know it was a tough one for people.

I think I did it.

What bearings do you ride?

I’m riding these prototype bearings from Ruckus.

Do you use any bearing oil or speed cream?

No. The ones I’m riding have a new space thing, so you don’t really need that stuff.

What trucks do you ride?

Ruckus.

I don’t know anything about this Ruckus stuff. What do you like about those trucks?

They’re solid, and they turn really good.

Do you ride them loose or tight?

I ride them loose.

How often do you change your trucks?

As little as possible. I try to ride them for as long as I can.

What would make you change your trucks?

If I bent the axle. The only time I ever change trucks is because of a bent axle or if the threading’s all f¿ked up and I can’t put bolts on.

Do you use riser pads?

No. I’ve never used riser pads.

Even back in the Dogtown days?

Before I got on Dogtown, I rode the Cell Blocks. I broke a Cell Block once and only had one on my board. I didn’t like the way it felt offset, so I took it off. Since then, I’ve never had riser pads.

Are there rituals you have to go through to set up a new board?

You know, you put a layer of griptape on your board and slice the edges. It doesn’t matter where I start, but I have to go opposite board, opposite side for the next cut, ya know? Then, across from that slice, and back to the opposite side. So you go in like an X. That’s the way I put my bolts on¿if I go to the bottom right, I have to go to tthe top left, then the top right, and the bottom left.

That’s a ritual, I like that. What shoes do you skate in?

Adio Kris Markovich V.2.

What do you think is the most important feature in a shoe?

Durability.

How long does a pair of shoes usually last you?

A month.

What size shoe do you wear?

Nine.