Josh Kalis Twenty-three-year-old Josh Kalis is the lone wolf. He’s a member of the one-percent of one-percent who didn’t hop on the wagon train to California to strike it rich. Ask any pro who didn’t grow up in Southern California, under skateboarding’s magnifying glass, and they’ll tell you it’s mandatory to migrate west if you want to have a successful career.
Someone must have forgotten to tell Josh.
During the past few years, the man of many addresses (and none of them in California) has seriously come into his own as much with his smooth style and technical wizardry as his public image. He’s figured out how to maintain his presence from afar, and his recent appearance in DC’s first mass-audience television ad hints to the fact that there is such thing as life outside the Golden State. – Joel Patterson
What was your favorite year in skateboarding? Every year turns into my favorite year. Every year something new comes up and makes it my new favorite year. It only gets better.
Who’s been your biggest inspiration? Wow. Probably Mike Carroll.
What’s the stupidest trend you’ve seen skateboarding go through? That would be the giant pants.
What’s your biggest contribution to skateboarding? Oh god. Bringing a clean urban image to skateboarding, that’s why I did the DC commercial. I’m from the Midwest, and I also lived in Chicago, so I think my biggest contribution is showing people that you can come up outside of California. The clean urban myth. You know us big-city kids, we’re not down for all these palm trees and shit.
Describe the current state of skateboarding? Because now there’re so many different kinds of skateboarders, pretty much anything goes, just as long as it’s clean.
What are your predictions for skateboarding’s future? My prediction is that the inner cities are going to be way more underground, ’cause of how illegal it’s gonna get, and there’re gonna be a lot more public skateparks … kinda like Canada.