Chops and AVE take no time jumping straight into the good stuff—Elijah on FA, Kevin Rodrigues on Hockey, Dill’s work ethic and so much more. A must read. Check the full interview right here.
So, of course, we have to talk about Elijah Berle.
(laughs) It's funny, I just called him. He's probably gonna call me back while we're doing this. So, yeah… Elijah. What about Elijah? (laughs)
Well, all signs are pointing to FA.
When does this come out?
Whenever you want it to come out.
Well, if this comes out in November, then yes, Elijah rides for FA. I mean, it's pretty obvious. He's on Instagram with the shirt on, riding a board. It's been in the works for a while now. But yes, Elijah rides for FA.
How'd that go down?
Dill and I skated a lot with Elijah right when he got on Vans and Chocolate, right before he started filming for Pretty Sweet. I think he was only 16 years old at the time, but it felt like he was 26. We loved the guy. He had a fucking mustache, smoked cigarettes and skated like a man.
So we always loved him, but he was on Chocolate and that was cool. Those are our friends. But over the last year or so, I noticed that whenever the kids on our team would all be out together and run into Elijah, they'd start jamming him up.
"Ride for FA, Elijah!"
They were honestly the ones who'd always put it out there. Dill and I never pursued it. But somewhere along the lines, it started to gain momentum. I just kept hearing about it, so I called Dill.
"Have you talked to Elijah? What's going on with this?"
"I don't know. I'll run into him and talk shop but I was never putting it out there to come ride for us."
So I call Elijah, just to clear the air.
"What's up, man? I'm hearing all this stuff. We're not trying to steal you but you're a grown man. If you're ever feeling that you want to do something different, know that you have a place here."
That's basically it. The kids really wanted him on and it's their team.