Sammy Baptista Interview

Sammy Baptista

How old are you?

Fifteen.

What are you going to do New Year’s Eve 1999?

I’ll be at Jesse’s house in Santa Barbara – chilling, packing gats.

Do you know who Tony Alva is?

Yes. He was a pro back in the day who had a board company. Actually on my plane trip here, I sat next to a girl who drove Tony Alva to the set of the old movie Skateboard.

Since you’ve been skating, who’s been the most influential professional skateboarder to you?

Dylan Gardener, Jason Phillips, my brother, and the Questionable video.

How long have you been skating?

Eight years.

Do you have a curfew? By law it’s 11:00 p.m., but it’s 12:00 a.m.

If you get bad grades do you get grounded? No.

Do kids know you’re sponsored at school? Yeah.

Do your parents drive you from spot to spot? Back in the day they used to drive me to Powell, but now Jesse Silva drives.

Are you a momma’s boy? No.

What do you think it’ll take to turn pro? A gnarly video part and an interview.

Do you like skating in contests? I like to skate during practice a lot, but when it comes down to it, no.