On Fire; Judd Hertzler

TransWorld SKATEboarding

Volume 21 Number 8

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On Fire

Judd Hertzler

Words and photos by Pete Thompson

Didn't you just move?

Yeah, I just moved to Sacramento, California. I've got a two-bedroom house with a yard. It's really good for the price. I pay 1,000 bucks a month for the house, but in Berkeley, you'd probably have to pay close to 2,000 for the same thing.

Is that where you used to live?

Yep, I used to live in Berkeley. It was fun for a while, but it's good to be back here {in Sacto} with good friends. I don't know, it's a little more serious and productive.

You got a {pro model} board now, right?

Actually, it's not coming out. Either the company {Unbelievers} goes bankrupt or I get a board–one or the other. The realities of a hard winter back East.

Didn't you just go to New York for some art show?

Yeah, I went out there by myself for a little vacation. It was good to get away, hang out in the snow, and visit my family. I hung with my friend Scott who I went to high school with. Just did different stuff–walked around in the snow and went to art galleries. Just sat around for a change.

Did you have any of your own artwork in the shows?

Yeah, I had mostly illustrations and stuff.

Who've you been skating with since you moved?

I skate with Stefan {Janoski} a lot and just whoever–every day's different. Donny's {Barley} been staying with me. I live with my girlfriend and my son, so it's good to have another skater around. It motivates you a little bit more to go out and have fun.

Do you have any trips planned in the near future?

I'll probably just stick around. Scott Bourne and a few people have been talking about going to Morocco, but I think it's bad timing with the war going on right now. I'll pretty much just stay around Sacramento, try to get adjusted, and skate as much as I can.

Has family life affected you or your skating?

It hasn't really affected me too much. I know I need to make more money, so I have to skate more. I'll go out even if I'm not feelin' it and see what happens, whereas before I didn't think about being productive. When you're sixteen you don't think about stuff, you just go skate every day. I'm not really too good at managing my time, either.

Are you getting up at the crack of dawn?

Yeah. I'll usually try to sleep in, but lately I've been getting up at six-thirty or seven in the morning. It makes you appreciate sleep at lot more when you don't get it {laughs}.

Tell me about this new board company you're riding for.

I ride for the Unbelievers board company–it's Scott Bourne's company. He's a really down-to-earth guy. Everyone thinks he's all crazy, but he's always so mellow. I've never skated with the guy, but I always talk to him on the phone. I don't know, there's probably like three or four sides to him.

Who else are you riding for these days?

Adio shoes, Independent trucks, Spitfire wheels, 510 skate shop, and that's about it. I'm trying to get a clothing sponsor, but we'll see what happens.