Interview with Dennis Busenitz

Where are you from?

Kansas. I’m living in SF right now.

Where in Kansas?

Newton, Kansas.

What made you move to California?

Just to skate, pretty much. There’s not much to skate in Newton.

Is that something you did after you graduated high school?

I went to a year of welding school, and then went to SF after that.

So you know how to arc weld?

Yeah, all that stuff.

Do you ever make your own rails or anything?

Yeah, I did. I gotta couple flatbars at home, and I have a couple in Kansas. I haven’t really gotten a job yet, though.

What got you into skating?

My dad took the TV away, and I had nothing else to do, so I just started skating. That’s pretty much how it started.

Who are your sponsors right now?

Real, Emerica, Spitfire, Thunder, and Volcom.

How long have you been sponsored?

Two years or so.

Did you make a sponsor-me video, or did you win a contest or something?

Yeah, just a video.

Do you think you’ll ever turn pro?

I don’t know. I’m workin’ on it (laughs).

Would you ever wear your own T-shirt?

Nah, I don’t think so.

What are you guys doing right now? Are you on some am tour?

Yeah, we’re trippin’ with Nate Jones, but he’s not here (laughs).

Where’s Nate?

He hurt his knee, so he had to fly back home. Me and J.T. (Aultz) are just here in Arizona skatin’. We’ve got, like, two or three demos, but it’s just more street skating.

Do you like demos?

They can be kinda weird, I guess. Kids are kinda freaky sometimes (laughs). The park can suck, too.

How many boards can you ollie?

Last time I checked, it was three (laughs). I don’t know–I haven’t done that in a while (laughs).

Do you know who Jay Adams is?

Jay Adams? Dogtown, right?

Yep. You’re the second person to answer that question right.

Damn.

If you could be a pro skater from any decade, who would you be?

(Laughing) Frankie Hill.

Who was the first person to do a kickflip?

Rodney Mullen?

Damn, you’re on your history today. What do you use for injury remedy?

I don’t know–I just try not to get hurt. Nothing special. I just try not to skate until it’s healed.

Do you have any nicknames?

I have a whole bunch of them (laughs). “Schnitzle,” “Booze ’N’ Tits.” This dude in Kansas gave me “Booze ’N’ Tits” because of my last name.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

I have no idea.

Do you want to say thanks to anybody?

Yeah. Thanks to all my sponsors, Jason Phares, and my parents.