“I noticed at the very beginning that he had a good frontside grind. Well, Tom is grown now. His skateboarding is coming along nicely and his face is clearing up too. He is hungry and is always down to get footage. Tom is down to skate anything and loves it. He’s down to skate, period. He’s down for life and is always my friend.” —Peter Hewitt
What’s your favorite TransWorld video?
Sight Unseen, for sure, 100 percent. Cardiel, Heath, Tosh Townend was nailing it in those days, for reals. And then f—king Henry Sanchez, man—fakie heel switch nose manual. Everyone in that video was the shit. That’s my favorite video.
What’s your favorite TransWorld part?
Cardiel’s Sight Unseen part, of course. Or, you know what, Nick [Trapasso]’s TransWorld part [And Now]. Those are on the same level for me.
What does being in a TransWorld video and being part of the long legacy of videos mean to you?
You’re hyped, but then you’re like, “Damn, I better f—king come through. If I don’t come through, I’m gonna look like a bitch.” You know what I mean? I’m overjoyed, of course, but also at the same time I really want to make Jon [Holland] and Chris [Thiessen] proud and not make them think they made a bad decision.
What’s always stood out about TransWorld videos to you?
You have a bunch of skaters who skate for different companies all in one video. They’re like a team together for a year. They’re a team made up of guys from different teams. It’s rad. Anyone who doesn’t skate should know that everyone who skates is friends and it’s not a really competitive thing. Everyone’s together on this.
That said, who have you connected with most while filming for this video?
Well, I know Walker super well. And Julian, he’s the good homey. I love that fool for life. So probably Julian and Walker.
And you’ve been in a video with Walker before.
Yeah, the SHUFFL video.
Is it important to still have full-length videos in a world of single part Internet videos?
Yeah, it is. You can see it huge on your television like you did when you were a kid. That’s the best thing ever. There’s something about watching part to part, back to back, on a television on your couch. You just sit there and you commit to watching the entire video.
What’s the difference between filming for a TransWorld video and filming for another video?
No difference. You just skateboard. You’re filming with different people, but it feels the same.
What makes a good video to you?
Well-rounded skateboarding, fast skateboarding, big tricks, people with a lot of finesse—good styled skaters. And that’s about it.
What do you think is in store for the future of skateboarding? What direction is it headed?
I think skateboarding is a little confused right now. I think being well rounded and having to skate everything is something that’s really important right now. But at the same time, I also think that kids are confused and don’t really know what matters. I think kids can’t decipher the difference in how people do tricks. They see the trick and they see whoever’s doing it, and they don’t really think about anything else. If that makes sense. You know what, the future of skateboarding is on the cusp of being really lame or being super f—king rad. And I really hope it gets rad with guys like Jake Johnson, Grant Taylor, Raven Tershy, Wes Kremer. That’s the shit. Those dudes are holding it down.
What does skateboarding mean to you now as opposed to when you started? Has it changed?
No. It means the world to me. It’s always been that way. It’s always been fun—always been what I did.