Interview with J.T. Aultz

Where are you from, J.T.?

San Diego, California.

Rancho Bernardo, right?

Yeah, yeah.

Did you know that Swift is sneakin’ you in this issue ’cause you’re from Rancho Bernardo?

Oh, yeah. Ed Dominick told me that Swift was from there and he was all hyped.

How did you end up on Real being that you’re from Southern California?

It’s kinda weird. I was riding for Hurley for a while, and Bob Burnquist took my tape over to Deluxe. Mic-E Reyes gave me a call after that and hooked me up.

That must’ve been a while ago. How long ago was that?

It was right before all that shit went down with Bob–right before Bob stopped riding for Anti-Hero. I’m not sure how long ago that was.

Yeah, I think that was about three years ago. How old are you, J.T.?

Nineteen.

What got you into skating?

I used to live by Webb Park, and I’d always see people skateboarding there. It looked really interesting, so I just got a skateboard and started skating.

Are there any early skate videos that got you so hyped on skating you wanted to jump down rails?

The Hook-Ups video was the first video I ever saw. It had Tom Penny, Geoff Rowley, and Willy Santos in it, so that always got me hyped. Also The Best Of 411, Volume One. And I also used to watch Welcome To Hell all the time.

Who are your sponsors?

Real, Thunder, Spitfire, Atticus clothing, Shorty’s hardware, and Circa flow.

Isn’t Atticus blink-182’s clothing label?

Yeah, it’s half theirs–Mark and Tom’s. They’re half-owners, so it’s pretty much their company. Then the other two owners are these guys Dylan and Brian.

How long have you been sponsored for?

I’m not really sure–maybe like three years or something.

So you were getting product when you were in high school?

Yeah.

Did you ever sell stuff to your friends?

I’d usually just give away my product to friends. I’d sell boards to kids, though. Just kids I’d see at spots occasionally.

Do you think you’ll ever turn pro?

I hope so.

If you do, would you wear your own T-shirt?

Uh, I don’t think so. That would be kinda weird (laughs).

What role do contests and demos play in skateboarding?

It’s so kids can see you in person. I like contests–I don’t do too well in them usually, but they’re fun ’cause you see everyone you know. It can be nerve-racking at contests like Tampa, but after your first run, you get kinda over it.

How many boards can you ollie?

(Laughing) I don’t even know. The last time I checked, it was three or four.

Do you know who Jay Adams is?

Yeah, I do.

Who is he?

Dogtown rider.

You probably just heard Dennis say that.

No, we’ve been talking about Jay a lot on this trip actually. Jason Phares has got these Jay Adams slippers goin’ right now (laughs).

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

The Gonz.

You ever get a chance to skate with him?

Once. He never comes on trips really.

Who was the first person to do a kickflip?

Rodney Mullen?

Damn, you guys are smart.

The new On Video just came out (laughs).

Who are some ams comin’ up?

Spanky–Kevin Long, and … there’re so many now. It seems that everyone’s pro nowadays, but I’d say Paul Rodriguez, Busenitz, and Damian Bravo. It’s hard ’cause everyone turns pro so quick now.

Do you think it’s weird that peeople turn pro so quickly?

It seems like it used to be such a big difference between a pro and an am, and now it’s all the same, you know? You might as well be pro ’cause everyone is already. But it’s cool.

What do you use for injury remedy?

Try to stretch out. I always end up skating anyway, but I try to chill on it. Go swimming or somethin’. That usually helps (laughs).

What kind of music do you listen to?

Punk rock. Some metal and shit.

Do you have a favorite band?

I like A.F.I. a lot. Green Day, too (laughs).

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Skating. Hopefully bigger shit.

Do you want to say thank you to anyone?

Just everybody–there’re so many people to thank. I guess just everyone who’s helped me out. My mom and dad.