Heath Kirchart Most of what you know about 21-year-old, Orange County- born and-bred Heath Kirchart centers around his amazing skateboarding talent, and that’s just how he likes it. His personality has been hidden from you and most of his professional peers since Heath broke onto the scene way back in 1992–partly because he believes his skating should do most of the talking.
Some have said Heath hasn’t proven himself in skateboarding because he hasn’t entered many contests. But if you look back over the years, you’ll find that Heath’s resumé is chock-full of goodies. Do your homework and you’ll see that many of today’s pros are just now stepping up to his level and doing tricks at spots Heath deemed skateable years ago.–Dave Swift
What was your favorite year in skateboarding and why? I’d have to say ’98, when we were making our video The End. That was my funnest year in skateboarding.
Who’s been your biggest inspiration?
Ah, man, these suck. Who was my biggest inspiration? Inspiration sounds a little fruity.
Well change it to influence.
Umm … It’s not that I was inspired by anyone, I just started doing it on my own. When I was a kid, I liked Jason Lee the best. But I wouldn’t say I was inspired or influenced, because I don’t skate like him.
What’s the stupidest trend you’ve seen skateboarding go through?
I think they’re all stupid–from gold fronts to goofy boys. What was your biggest contribution to skateboarding.
I don’t think anyone has contributed anything to skateboarding except Tony Hawk.
Describe the current state of skateboarding.
No. I don’t know. What do you mean?
You don’t need to answer that one. I thought these were going to be about the year 2000. Who wrote these? Joel Patterson?
Those are all Joel questions. He must have stole them from Interview magazine. A real skateboarder would say that nobody’s really contributed to anything. How many pages am I getting?
Just one full page. All right.
Any predictions for skateboarding’s future?
No. No prediction. No prediction. Let me get some Y2K questions.
What does Y2K mean to you, what’s gonna happen?
America is going to stay fine, but all these Third-World countries around us are going to fall to pieces.
This is the first time I’ve ever been interviewed in a skateboard magazine.
Not even by any little magazines?
Warp, a long time ago.
Did you actually answer the questions?
It sounded like you just made them up. I don’t remember. No, I did answer them.
Who interviewed you?
You had a Firing Line, too.
Yeah, but those were just one-word answers.
That’s how you answered them.
Oh, come on, that’s good. I’m no Rodney Mullen. I’m not going to give you a book after every question.