Where are you from?
I lived in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for the last ten years of my life–I was raised there. Before that, I lived in Liberia, Africa for a bit, and then in Boston, Massachusetts–I was born there. My family’s from Africa. I live in Huntington Beach, California right now.
How long have you been living in Huntington?
For about a year.
Who do you live with?
I live with Aaron Snyder and this guy named Dan Opek. He does Capix helmets.
Where did you start skateboarding?
Who did you start skating with there?
This guy named Joe Buffalo. He’s pretty much the one who inspired me to start skateboarding. Not to start, but to keep doing it.
Who or what got you into skating?
My best friend from eighth grade had a skateboard, and I just started ollieing on his board and stuff. After a while, I sorta liked it, so I got my own little shitty hand-me-down that I started shredding.
How old were you then?
I was thirteen. I’m twenty now, so I’ve been skating for about seven years.
What early skate video got you hyped on skateboarding?
Probably Plan B’s Virtual Reality.
So who are you riding for right now?
Darkstar Wood, Nadia footwear, and RDS skate shop.
Did Chet Thomas hook you up with Darkstar?
Yeah, one of his good friends sent him my eight-trick sponsor-me tape. Chet wanted to see more, so he flew me out from Canada, and then I got hooked up.
Was that your first real sponsor?
Yes, it was. Well, I used to get DC flow from the Canadian distributor. I was actually supposed to get on World at the time, too, but they usually sleep on all the flow riders. They were in the process of putting me on, but they got a new team manager, so all that stuff was up in the air. Chet asked me if I wanted to ride for Darkstar, and I said, “Yeah.”
Who are you skating with right now? Who’s your crew?
Mostly Aaron Snyder, Mike Hastie, Chet, and Paul Machnau.
Do you see yourself turning pro for Darkstar anytime soon?
Not yet, but hopefully in the future. I want to stay am for a little bit more, ’cause there’re a lot of ams I was watching before I even got sponsored who are still am now. I’d feel shitty if I turned pro before them.
If you do turn pro, would you wear your own T-shirt?
Nah, I’d skate my own board, though (laughs).
What role do you think contests and demos play in skateboarding?
They’re important. Demos are very important ’cause kids watch you on video–you have a demo in their town and they’re finally gonna see you. I think that makes a big impression on
Have you ever dropped in on vert before?
No. I can do, like, little fakie rocks, but I’ve never dropped in (laughs).
How many boards can you ollie?
Not more than five.
Do you know who Jay Adams is?
No, Jay Adams–he was one of the original Dogtown pool skaters from back in the day.
If you could be any pro skater from any decade, who would you be?
Probably Eric Koston.
Who was the first person to do a kickflip?
Oh, my god. Who, Gonz?
Nope, Rodney Mullen.
Aw, man. I knew it was Rodney. I was just watching the new On Video two seconds ago (laughs).
Which ams are the new wave of future pros?
Stefan Janoski, Paul Rodriguez, and Mikey Taylor.
When you get hurt, what do you use for injury remedy?
Ice, and I go to Tim Brown–a sports chiropractor.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Jazz, hip-hop, R and B–basically anything.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Still skating. I don’t know, being in the scene.
Do you want to give thanks to anybody?
I want to give thanks to my mom and family, Chet and Matt Thomas, Ronnie Creager, Nadia footwear, and RDS Skate Supply.