Colt Cannon Pro Spotlight

Interview By Skin Phillips and Lee Dupont

Skin: Give us a brief rundown of what’s gone on since your last Spotlight in TransWorld?

I turned pro in 2001, and I’ve been skating ever since. I changed a couple of sponsors, and I moved from San Jose down to Orange County and then down to San Diego to be closer to friends.

Don’t lie Colt.

I’m not, all my friends go to San Diego State.

Lee: Isn’t it true that you ran out of girls back in San Jose?

No, that’s not true. There’s definitely a lack of motivation there to go and get women. When you’re around your friends, you’re more excited to do certain things, and if that happens to be hunting for women, then yeah, I’m psyched about it. You don’t want too many guys around when you’re in the hunt. Your weapon is game, so you want to be solo and make sure that it’s you that wins the prize, not your friend. There’s a shitload of hot girls here.

In this house?

That all depends on the night, the day, the mood, how motivated you are. There’re a lot of things that play into it, but I don’t do it that much anymore. I do like to kick it here, though. We’ve got a good TV, a hot tub, and a card table for some drinking games. We have a nice palm tree overlooking the hot tub, which gives it a little tropical look. That, plus the booze and some Outkast bumping-that’s a really good party scene right there. Good vibes, good vibes.

How many pairs of khakis do you own?

Between here and NorCal, I probably have thirty pairs. Nineteen of them are from Element. Khakis and a white shirt make me feel comfortable when I go out. I had a flex-fit jean phase but that didn’t last too long.

You also set your board up the wrong way with that Skateworks sticker. Would you say that you’re a little obsessive compulsive? Could you skate if your board wasn’t like that?

No, I couldn’t go big at all. It’s all about confidence, and that sticker is a road map. It’s a little road map on my board which tells me if I should take Highway 5, the 805, or the 15-depending on what trick, you know the destination. I look at it for comfort and it adds a little flavor to the top of the board. I’m not down for the spray paint or writing “land it” on my board. I’ve had that sticker on my board for the last eight or nine years, I’m gonna keep it going, baby. Plus it’s a great skate shop.

You’re hard to pigeonhole as a skateboarder-you’re not a contest guy or video guy. Where do you see yourself within skateboarding?

I don’t know. I’m just like every other American, I’m just trying to live. I don’t see myself fitting anywhere. I want to be known as a good solid all-around skater. I don’t go out and try to do the gnarliest thing ’cause its not fun for me. I like to build it up, that’s where I see my skating going-I’m just trying to progress.

Would you rather place first in the biggest contest or have a good video part?

A solid video part.

What if winning the contest meant more girls?

The video, ’cause I’d bring every single girl back to the house and put the video on.

So it’s true that you have interviews (in magazines) open to the page, so when girls come into your room …

No, that’s not true. No matter what, if I get an interview, I’m psyched. So I will be carrying many copies in my room-where else would they be? So if it’s a girl I’ve been going out with for a long time and we just so happen to go to my room, well obviously there’s gonna be an interview there-I don’t mean for it to be there.

It doesn’t fall off the shelf?

Yeah, the door knocks it over and it falls open right to my interview. Yeah, that was crazy that night.

It’s just a coincidence, was it? One girl opened up the Slap pages, and one girl opened up the TransWorld pages?

Yeah, crazy stuff. We’re really superstitious around here.

So what are you going to do after skateboarding?

I don’t know. I’ve been surfing a lot.

I’ve seen you surf-you want to stick with skateboarding.

F-k you. want to keep cruising. I don’t want to work, but I want to stay productive. Maybe start something up or help someone out-my family. I’d like to live by the beach, though-by a nice beach break.

How often do you surf?

Almost every day, except for weekends. Every morning, we wake up around five or six. Dawn patrol, dude! We go to Blacks Beach-that’s a good place to surf-or Ocean Beach.

Do you go alone or with your bros?

I go with my bros, or if no one’s up at that hour, I go by myself. Someone’s always down for dawn patrol.

Who got you into that?

Baby Ice. He took me to San Onofre with some longboards, and I just kept at it.

What’s your favorite book? Is it Chicken Soup For The Soul? Is it like your Bible?

No, but that’s a good book. That’s the only book I’ve read in years. I started Stupid White Men and Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore but I didn’t finish them.

Kind of ironic huh? Why is Chicken Soup your favorite book?

It’s got some good heartwarming stories.

Do you have quotes from it you think of all the time?

None you haven’t already heard, but there’re stories in there that let you know that whatever situation you’re in, there’s always a positive way out of it. It’s a book I’m psyched on-I’m more positive.

You take it everywhere?

F-k no. I read it and I’m done with it. I don’t need to read it again.

You took it everywhere. It must have taken you a long time to read it.

It did. It took me a good year and a half-all 300 pages of it. That’s almost less than a page a day.

You missed the boat on the whole college thing? Is that why you’re trying to relive it now?

No, when I found a place right next to San Diego State, I was thinking parties, girls, lots of hazy nights. It definitely passed my mind getting the place, but I just wanted to be by friends I could kick it with.

Kick it with or keg it with?

Both. I just like being around my friends. Orange County, I didn’t really kick it with my true friends. Tony Tave was my little buddy up there. Baby Ice. Ryan Allan.

Do you think you should’ve gone to college? Did you want to go?

No. I never even took the SATs.

Why not?

I never even thought of college. I was riding for a shop at the time. Think was flowing me stuff. School got out, and I was going on these little demo tours with Think. I didn’t think I needed to go to college.

Did you just think you could make it as a pro? Did you weigh your options, have a talk with your mom about it?

No, there was never a discussion with my family. They just let me do my own thing. That’s one thing my dad keeps telling me about-he acts like I knew what I was doing the whole time. I didn’t know what I was doing. I was just going with the flow. I loved skating and filming. It happened one day after Tampa Am, doors kind of opened. And after that, money came into play, and that was weird.

Did money change it for you?

Yeah.

In a good way?

Good and bad. I was able to buy a truck and carry around funboxes and stuff-it was a lot of fun. But it also added more pressure. You’re all of a sudden leaning into a more independent lifestyle, and you’re more dependent on skating-it’s now looked upon more as a job, and that was kind of a bummer.

And now?

Well, when things got better and better, you just gotta keep your head up. I still get bummed out about it. I just try to read a passage out of Chicken Soup and remember how lucky I am.

How many miles a year do you think you travel?

Shit, I couldn’t even tell you-millions.

Millions?

Yeah, millions. Maybe a million miles.

Around the world once is 25,000.

Maybe not millions, we’re talking 100,000.

Are you still into it? Or are you over it?

You gotta travel with the right people. At first you’re more excited just to go to the place and not focus on who you’re with. The more times you go there, you get jaded about that spot, so you start looking at the entertainment value of the people around you. If that’s not there, then you’re not that psyched. I just went to South Africa, got barrels in the simulated wave. (Adrian) Lopez didn’t even touch the water. What an asshole. Him and Ramondoogles (Peter Ramondetta)-the pirate. Me and the pirate had our birthdays on that trip. We got wasted, oh my god. That’s when Absinthe came into play, and Straw Rum.

God, I would not like to see you on Absinthe.

Ha ha, boyee. I love it.

Bouncing off the walls.

Don’t worry, boy, you come over here on the right night, I’ll hook you up.

Speaking of which, are you ever going to be in a long-term relationship with a girl?

Oh, yeah.

When?

Whenever I meet the right girl.

You haven’t met her yet?

No, I don’t think so.

There’ve been quite a few.

There’s definitely been a lot I’ve seen that I could see myself marrying, but then you have to get to know them.

There is that.

More on the physical side I’ve seen fit the description to be Mrs. Cannon. But I never talk to them, they always walk by, and I’m always too scared to say something, so we never make that connection, we never give it a try.

If you said, “Hey, I think you can be the next Mrs. Cannon,” they’d be kind of shocked right?

They’d probably flip me off.

Of the 55 girls you’ve been with, you haven’t seen one as like the next Mrs. Cannon?

Whoa, whoa, 55? It’s way more than that. Just kidding.

You have two major videos coming up. Do you feel the pressure?

Yeah, lately. Since I moved to San Diego, I haven’t gotten into the routine of filming. The last tour we went on was all skateparks, so I haven’t skated street in a while. I’m trying to come up with some new stuff. I’m definitely feeling the pressure. I keep talking to this guy, Lee Dupont. He’s got a bunch of footage, but I don’t know what I got-I need to see it.

You’ll see it when Lee’s ready. Is it different skating down here than up north?

It’s a lot harder down here. There’re no parks with ledges that you don’t get kicked out of. Even skateparks are hard around here. I just paid a 111-dollar ticket for skating with no pads at the Poway Skatepark. That’s bullshit. Thirty kids in the whole place got tickets and their boards taken away-for what reason? No pads? Oh, that’s a great incentive for those kids to go back to the park. So where are they gonna skate? Back at the spots they started at.

I could see you being some kind of legislator some day.

I’m about to seriously go to the city council in Poway and say, “Look, you’re f-king idiots.”

Maybe tone it down a little bit.

But in one lump sum I’d tell them, “You’re the dumbest city in the world if you’re going to give kids tickets at a skatepark and think that’s going to solve your problems with kids skating in the streets-you’re blind. You’ve just ruined that skatepark for all these kids. And they’ll go back to the street spots. Have fun with that.” It’s a good skatepark, but skate at your own risk. What’s so hard about that? Everyone swims in the ocean at their own risk. Quarterbacks wear fewer pads so they move around and throw the ball better. Well, same thing with skating. You don’t wear pads in certain areas so you can skate better. Wear a helmet, fine if you’re skating vert. That’s why you go at your own level. I never skated at a spot with my helmet on.

Not even when you were little?

I never even had a helmet until I had to go to the X-Games. That was so lame. They make you wear a helmet at X-Games. Gravity Games, too.

Are you off those two?

Those are the two lamest contests in the world. That’s the thing about contests. The best contest I’ve ever been to was the Boost Mobile contest in Vegas. The reason why-it wasn’t the big jackpot-it was because people who don’t skate contests normally were all there. All the street skaters who used to skate contests back in the day-they were there. It wasn’t all the Brazilians you see on TV winning it all, and it wasn’t (Ryan) Sheckler and (Greg) Lutzka and the sthat’s not there, then you’re not that psyched. I just went to South Africa, got barrels in the simulated wave. (Adrian) Lopez didn’t even touch the water. What an asshole. Him and Ramondoogles (Peter Ramondetta)-the pirate. Me and the pirate had our birthdays on that trip. We got wasted, oh my god. That’s when Absinthe came into play, and Straw Rum.

God, I would not like to see you on Absinthe.

Ha ha, boyee. I love it.

Bouncing off the walls.

Don’t worry, boy, you come over here on the right night, I’ll hook you up.

Speaking of which, are you ever going to be in a long-term relationship with a girl?

Oh, yeah.

When?

Whenever I meet the right girl.

You haven’t met her yet?

No, I don’t think so.

There’ve been quite a few.

There’s definitely been a lot I’ve seen that I could see myself marrying, but then you have to get to know them.

There is that.

More on the physical side I’ve seen fit the description to be Mrs. Cannon. But I never talk to them, they always walk by, and I’m always too scared to say something, so we never make that connection, we never give it a try.

If you said, “Hey, I think you can be the next Mrs. Cannon,” they’d be kind of shocked right?

They’d probably flip me off.

Of the 55 girls you’ve been with, you haven’t seen one as like the next Mrs. Cannon?

Whoa, whoa, 55? It’s way more than that. Just kidding.

You have two major videos coming up. Do you feel the pressure?

Yeah, lately. Since I moved to San Diego, I haven’t gotten into the routine of filming. The last tour we went on was all skateparks, so I haven’t skated street in a while. I’m trying to come up with some new stuff. I’m definitely feeling the pressure. I keep talking to this guy, Lee Dupont. He’s got a bunch of footage, but I don’t know what I got-I need to see it.

You’ll see it when Lee’s ready. Is it different skating down here than up north?

It’s a lot harder down here. There’re no parks with ledges that you don’t get kicked out of. Even skateparks are hard around here. I just paid a 111-dollar ticket for skating with no pads at the Poway Skatepark. That’s bullshit. Thirty kids in the whole place got tickets and their boards taken away-for what reason? No pads? Oh, that’s a great incentive for those kids to go back to the park. So where are they gonna skate? Back at the spots they started at.

I could see you being some kind of legislator some day.

I’m about to seriously go to the city council in Poway and say, “Look, you’re f-king idiots.”

Maybe tone it down a little bit.

But in one lump sum I’d tell them, “You’re the dumbest city in the world if you’re going to give kids tickets at a skatepark and think that’s going to solve your problems with kids skating in the streets-you’re blind. You’ve just ruined that skatepark for all these kids. And they’ll go back to the street spots. Have fun with that.” It’s a good skatepark, but skate at your own risk. What’s so hard about that? Everyone swims in the ocean at their own risk. Quarterbacks wear fewer pads so they move around and throw the ball better. Well, same thing with skating. You don’t wear pads in certain areas so you can skate better. Wear a helmet, fine if you’re skating vert. That’s why you go at your own level. I never skated at a spot with my helmet on.

Not even when you were little?

I never even had a helmet until I had to go to the X-Games. That was so lame. They make you wear a helmet at X-Games. Gravity Games, too.

Are you off those two?

Those are the two lamest contests in the world. That’s the thing about contests. The best contest I’ve ever been to was the Boost Mobile contest in Vegas. The reason why-it wasn’t the big jackpot-it was because people who don’t skate contests normally were all there. All the street skaters who used to skate contests back in the day-they were there. It wasn’t all the Brazilians you see on TV winning it all, and it wasn’t (Ryan) Sheckler and (Greg) Lutzka and the same people you see at every contest. It was so mixed, and it was awesome. Tony Trujillo came out of nowhere and ran shop. (Andrew) Reynolds was killing it. The raw stuff. It brought a whole new aspect to a contest-the layout and everything.

Do you feel you have to force your musical taste on others?

No, I just say, “Hey, look this is a good song. Listen to it.”

Tell a good story about Skin. The Australia one.

What happened in Australia?

The one where I had to carry your bags for you.

Oh yeah, boyee (Skin) over there, thinking he can drink a beer or two. He goes for the mini bar, cleans it out. He came into my room and cleaned some of my liquor out. So the whole next day, this guy expects to shoot photos, get good angles, the hard part of his job, which is bullshit-he doesn’t have a hard part. This guy couldn’t even carry his bags, he had to give them to Lee. Every time we skated to a spot he had his hands on his knees, sweating profusely. This boy, it looked like he shit his pants. Taking his shirt off, tying it around his head, and if you’ve seen this boy’s belly-oh my.

What are you doing with all your money?

Just saving it. I put it into things, my house. If any of my brothers or my mom needs any money, I’ll hook them up-not that they do.

When your shoe comes out, the money’s going to be insane, right?

C1RCA and I just started working on a shoe. It should be out in February. It’s called the CC650.

What’s the CC stand for?

Colt Cannon.

F-king genius.

But the 650 is my area code in Northern California.

It should be 619.

No. I’m gonna keep it 650.

What’s the filthiest item in this house?

Probably those panties we just fished out of the hot tub.

What’s your shoe look like?

The look came from Dustin, the head shoe designer. I told him the main features I was looking for, the way it skates. He made the ultimate skate shoe for me. It’s got a big C-swoosh on it. It’s a different look for C1RCA. I think it’s gonna be a good shoe to rock out.

Who do you room with when you travel? Who’s your favorite teammate?

Tough one. I can’t pick a favorite. Ryan Reis is probably my favorite person to travel with. Not because he does a good job-he caters to your needed entertainment. If we have a demo the next day, he definitely lets us go out to the clubs, get shagged, whatever. He’s really on top of that. But if you need a water, he’ll go get it for you if you gotta skate. He’s also good at rounding up groupies. Baby is the man.

What are some similarities between skaters and jocks?

Well, we both like beer, we both like girls. That’s two in common that come really strong on party nights. You’ll get total jock dudes that talk sports all night and hype themselves up-total testosterone.

Do you get looked down upon by frat boys because you skate?

Nah, they’re just like, “Why are you here, who do you know?” I’m like, “Those guys right over here. They basically run this house, so relax.” And most of them are pretty chill when they see the boys I point to. There’s no real beef down here.

Let’s wrap it up.

I always wanted to give props to my brothers. They basically raised me right by picking on me the way they did and by the way they did things in their lives. It was a big influence on me. I think without them, I wouldn’t be where I’m at.

Toughened you up?

And made me smarter-I mean, I don’t do any drugs.

Is that because your Dad wasn’t around?

It’s just because we were passionate about sports, passionate about commitment. John and Joey were the first ones to set the pace for my brother Cody and I. We saw how far they were going. Joey won nationals, and John was getting drafted almost out of high school for baseball. It just puts your mind in the right spot-don’t mess around, because if you play your cards right, this can happen. I just stuck with skating, stayed level headed, stayed away from the drug scene as much as possible. I look where I’m at today, and I lookk back at them, my parents, too-I’m lucky I had them there. A lot of kids I think don’t appreciate the support they have from their family and friends. That sucks for the kids that don’t have the support from their families. I love them to death. They’re always on the road, so it’s hard to keep in touch. I love those bastards, just like my nuts.

Pull Quotes:

We have a nice palm tree overlooking the hot tub, which gives it a little tropical look.

It’s a little road map on my board which tells me if I should take Highway 5, the 805, or the 15.

Everyone swims in the ocean at their own risk. Quarterbacks wear fewer pads so they move around and throw the ball better. Well, same thing with skating.

people you see at every contest. It was so mixed, and it was awesome. Tony Trujillo came out of nowhere and ran shop. (Andrew) Reynolds was killing it. The raw stuff. It brought a whole new aspect to a contest-the layout and everything.

Do you feel you have to force your musical taste on others?

No, I just say, “Hey, look this is a good song. Listen to it.”

Tell a good story about Skin. The Australia one.

What happened in Australia?

The one where I had to carry your bags for you.

Oh yeah, boyee (Skin) over there, thinking he can drink a beer or two. He goes for the mini bar, cleans it out. He came into my room and cleaned some of my liquor out. So the whole next day, this guy expects to shoot photos, get good angles, the hard part of his job, which is bullshit-he doesn’t have a hard part. This guy couldn’t even carry his bags, he had to give them to Lee. Every time we skated to a spot he had his hands on his knees, sweating profusely. This boy, it looked like he shit his pants. Taking his shirt off, tying it around his head, and if you’ve seen this boy’s belly-oh my.

What are you doing with all your money?

Just saving it. I put it into things, my house. If any of my brothers or my mom needs any money, I’ll hook them up-not that they do.

When your shoe comes out, the money’s going to be insane, right?

C1RCA and I just started working on a shoe. It should be out in February. It’s called the CC650.

What’s the CC stand for?

Colt Cannon.

F-king genius.

But the 650 is my area code in Northern California.

It should be 619.

No. I’m gonna keep it 650.

What’s the filthiest item in this house?

Probably those panties we just fished out of the hot tub.

What’s your shoe look like?

The look came from Dustin, the head shoe designer. I told him the main features I was looking for, the way it skates. He made the ultimate skate shoe for me. It’s got a big C-swoosh on it. It’s a different look for C1RCA. I think it’s gonna be a good shoe to rock out.

Who do you room with when you travel? Who’s your favorite teammate?

Tough one. I can’t pick a favorite. Ryan Reis is probably my favorite person to travel with. Not because he does a good job-he caters to your needed entertainment. If we have a demo the next day, he definitely lets us go out to the clubs, get shagged, whatever. He’s really on top of that. But if you need a water, he’ll go get it for you if you gotta skate. He’s also good at rounding up groupies. Baby is the man.

What are some similarities between skaters and jocks?

Well, we both like beer, we both like girls. That’s two in common that come really strong on party nights. You’ll get total jock dudes that talk sports all night and hype themselves up-total testosterone.

Do you get looked down upon by frat boys because you skate?

Nah, they’re just like, “Why are you here, who do you know?” I’m like, “Those guys right over here. They basically run this house, so relax.” And most of them are pretty chill when they see the boys I point to. There’s no real beef down here.

Let’s wrap it up.

I always wanted to give props to my brothers. They basically raised me right by picking on me the way they did and by the way they did things in their lives. It was a big influence on me. I think without them, I wouldn’t be where I’m at.

Toughened you up?

And made me smarter-I mean, I don’t do any drugs.

Is that because your Dad wasn’t around?

It’s just because we were passionate about sports, passionate about commitment. John and Joey were the first ones to set the pace for my brother Cody and I. We saw how far they were going. Joey won nationals, and John was getting drafted almost out of high school for baseball. It just puts your mind in the right spot-don’t mess around, because if you play your cards right, this can happen. I just stuck with skating, stayed level headed, stayed away from the drug scene as much as possible. I look where I’m at today, and I look back at them, my parents, too-I’m lucky I had them there. A lot of kids I think don’t appreciate the support they have from their family and friends. That sucks for the kids that don’t have the support from their families. I love them to death. They’re always on the road, so it’s hard to keep in touch. I love those bastards, just like my nuts.

Pull Quotes:

We have a nice palm tree overlooking the hot tub, which gives it a little tropical look.

It’s a little road map on my board which tells me if I should take Highway 5, the 805, or the 15.

Everyone swims in the ocean at their own risk. Quarterbacks wear fewer pads so they move around and throw the ball better. Well, same thing with skating.

d I look back at them, my parents, too-I’m lucky I had them there. A lot of kids I think don’t appreciate the support they have from their family and friends. That sucks for the kids that don’t have the support from their families. I love them to death. They’re always on the road, so it’s hard to keep in touch. I love those bastards, just like my nuts.

Pull Quotes:

We have a nice palm tree overlooking the hot tub, which gives it a little tropical look.

It’s a little road map on my board which tells me if I should take Highway 5, the 805, or the 15.

Everyone swims in the ocean at their own risk. Quarterbacks wear fewer pads so they move around and throw the ball better. Well, same thing with skating.