What The Pros Are Rockin’: Kenny Hughes

What board are you riding right now?

I’m riding an Element team board. It’s a featherlight Element board.

What do you like most about it?

It’s really close to my setup¿the dimensions of my board. The width is super good, and the kick is perfect.

What size boards do you prefer?

I prefer seven-and-seven-eighths wide. I’m not actually sure about the wheelbase because I never really measured all that stuff. It’s like right under eight.

Do you have a preference for concave?

I basically just ride featherlights with that concave.

Is it a pretty mellow concave?

It’s all right. It’s kinda kicked, actually, but they’re working on a more mellow one.

Do you do anything special with your griptape when you’re setting up a new deck?

Sometimes¿if I’m at home setting up a new board. But basically it’s just black griptape.

No stripes or sticker jobs?


What wheels are you riding right now?

I’m riding my Element wheels¿52s.

Do you ever try wheels with a different hardness?

I just ride Element wheels because I’m not riding for a wheel company right now. Not having my own wheels for Element, I’ve just been riding those. They’re good wheels¿skinny and pretty hard. I don’t know how hard they actually are. I’ve been riding these for a while.

Do you have a color preference for wheels?

Just white, dude. I can’t ride colored boards, and I can’t ride colored wheels. I don’t know what it is¿just a mind thing. It’s pretty stupid, but whatever.

How often do set up new wheels?

I set up new wheels every board.

How often do you set up a new board?

It depends. If I’m on tour, probably every two days¿you want a nice board for tours. At home, it depends on what kind of stuff you’re skating. If you’re skating street, you go through boards a lot. And I break a lot of boards, so it varies.

What are the smallest wheels you’ve ever ridden?

Probably like a 39.

What bearings do you ride?

I ride Lucky bearings.

Do you use any bearing oil or speed cream?

No. I’ve got no time for that stuff.

Takes just as long to do that as it does to give yourself a new set of bearings.

Yeah, exactly. I don’t really set up new bearings all the time, but I don’t worry about speed cream and all that crap.

What trucks do you ride?

Venture 5.0s.

Is there anything in particular you like about those trucks?

I’ve been riding them for a really long time. They feel good and work fine, so I haven’t really tried out any other trucks.

Do you ride them loose or tight?

Most people would probably think my board’s super tight, but I weigh 200 pounds, ya know. They’re closer to tight than loose.

How often do you change your trucks?

Way too often. It depends because I end up giving boards away. I don’t know¿probably a month or two.

Do you use any riser pads?


What shoes do you skate in?

I’ve recently been skating in these DCs called Tactics.

What do you think is the most important feature of a shoe?

The heel cushion¿just the padding for the bottom of your foot. I like a shoe that’s not too thick and doesn’t take a long time to break in.

And you can still feel your board.

Yeah. But not like Chuck Taylors.

How long does a pair of shoes usually last you?

If I’m skating every day, probably a week. I don’t keep shoes for too long.

What size shoes do you wear?

Size thirteen¿that’s why I break a lot of boards.