Nate: Have you spoken to any of your friends or family in Beirut or around Lebanon since this ridiculous war from Israel has spawned?
Steve: I haven’t spoken with them directly, but everybody is okay as of now. The war hasn’t reached as far north where they live yet, but they are worried. I think about the crew of kids that live in Beirut that we skated with and wonder what they’re doing.
Nate: I Know tight knit family and friends is a strong part of Lebanese culture. Do you think if The USA had a better understanding of extended family we would not be as quick as a nation to jump on others who value the extended family?
Steve: of course, I think.
Nate: Why is it that in skateboarding everybody from every different religion, race, creed and background can get along well, but in the world as a whole there is adversity and turmoil around every corner?
Steve: I’m not sure, maybe it’s because all skaters have the same passion that they can share with each other in a positive way.
Nate: Our media tries to portray Lebanon as a third world country, but I have read that Beirut was once considered as the Paris of the middle east with strong banking holds and plush landscapes, etc. Could you tell us about your experiences in Lebanon, how the people react to an American in the streets there, or to show how it is so much the same as any other first world country around the globe?
Steve: Have you talked to anyone who visited there recently who says attitudes towards Americans have changed? I think in general the people are very friendly and more than welcoming to Americans visiting their country. They made us feel at home and were very excited to see us there. Also a lot of people travel there, we just dont hear about it. And as far as the landscapes, it is amazing there, you can be in the ocean swimming and then drive like an hour and be at the highest point of the mountains, even skiing or snowboarding depending on the time of year.
Nate: Did you ever get kicked out of any skate spots in Lebanon?
Steve: not really, people and police were really just more like, “What are you doing?” It was hard for them to understand what we do because that really isn’t a reality there as far as what people do for a living.
Nate: I find it sad that I live in a nation that proclaims it’s free on everything from stickers to build boards, but I can get a ticket for skating to the corner store and, in most of the world, onlookers will just stop and look in awe. Do you ever wish to go back after the smoke has cleared?
Steve: Hell yeah, I’ll always go back as long as there’s an airport runway to land on.
Nate: How was Hawai’i? What were some of the highlights of the trip?
Steve: Four hour hike with my girlfriend, getting lost and eating fresh berries and passion fruit the whole way. Eating Pho soup in chinatown--damn that shit is good!
Nate: Where is your next destination after Hawaii?
Steve: Adio East Coast tour!
Nate: Do any of your old friends from Fobia Skate Shop ever get bummed you started a shop? Or are they not as mean as humans in California about small things like that?
Steve: Nah, it’s all good, they’re my homies and we’re hyped when it all went down. I learned a lot from them and im very thankful.
Nate: What is the best part about the twin cities?
Steve: Family and friends.
Nate: If you won the lotto today, it is currently at 50 mil, what would you do with the cash?
Steve: Set my family straight and donate the rest. Maybe build a little park for the crew!
Nate: When do you think Birdhouse will drop the video?
Steve: Soon my friend. soon!