‘Perpetual Motion’ Rider Interviews

Here’s your formal introduction to the stars of TransWorld video number 25 and their thoughts on being inducted to an ever-growing alumni of parts, perpetually moving into the future, yet forever paying tribute to the past.

Words by Kevin Duffel


Walker Ryan Perpetual Motion

Switch kickflip. Photo: Chami

"What stands out to me about Walker? Everything. His trick selection, his personality, his ability to get the job done. I've never seen anyone else as motivated or diligent when it comes to filming a video part. He's amazing. He's the future. You guys never have anyone in your video that you don't want to work with. It feels like there's a very selective process, and Walker just fits the mold. And he's right for it. He's a pro now. He's just the best guy for the job. He truly is. He deserves it too. This is going to be a huge turning point for his career." —Karl Watson

What's your favorite TransWorld video?

All time, probably Sight Unseen. The mix of skaters is so varied, from Marcus [McBride] to Heath [Kirchart] to [John] Cardiel. Every style of skating and song selection is so good, yet so different. But as a video it all blends together perfectly. Heath's part still gives me chills every time I watch it. Top three would include: Sight Unseen, Free Your Mind and Modus Operandi…and The Reason. Those are some of my favorites. I can't say there is just one.

What's your favorite TransWorld video part?

Between Heath in Sight Unseen, Stefan [Janoski] in Subtleties, [Ryan] Gallant in First Love, [Mike] Carroll and Marc [Johnson] in Modus, it's hard to pick just one. I'd probably settle with Heath because the skating is so gnarly and the song is so epic.

What does being in a TransWorld video and being part of the legacy of videos mean to you?

It's basically the main accomplishment I've wanted to achieve in skateboarding. I feel like it's the pinnacle of a skateboard career. I mean, there's so much more to do, but it's one of the most honorable things you can be asked to do. You're included in such a vast group of incredible talents. The legacy of all the skaters involved and the filmmakers involved, just to be a part of that is beyond words for me. Especially because they were so important within my upbringing and education in skating. I studied those videos and worshipped the skaters who had parts in them.

Overall, what makes a good video to you?

An eclectic mix of skaters. And the soundtrack. I feel like what I've always loved about the editors of TransWorld videos is how good they are with music—and how well they can listen to music—and how they can put that to skating to make it inspiring. So that's what it is to me. And the videos always show that the skaters make it their project and focus and really work for it. There's that understanding that they have a limited amount of time, it's something they're not necessarily doing for their job. It's not for their sponsor, it's for the love.

Does being part of a full-length with multiple parts still matter in a world of Internet single parts?

Yeah, that's what I think is still important. And that's what I think kids need to watch and skaters need to watch. It shows you more than just what one skater's doing. It shows you what is current at the time and how different skaters can still come together and most likely be friends, even though they have different styles or crews. Skating's communal and it's not always about one person. It's about how many of us are out there doing it together. That's kind of what videos represent to me.

What do you think is in store for the future of skateboarding? What direction do you think it's headed?

I think there are two directions. I think there's the skater's skater who cares about video parts and filming projects, and who wants to be totally well-rounded—just as good at transition as they are at gnarly street skating. And then I think there's gonna be the direction that focuses on contests, where there's less of a need to film video parts, and that revolves more around stat-based contest placements and checks. I hope they can blend, but I kind of think there are those two different directions that will happen. Which I think is a product of a lot of skateparks coming out and there being a lot of places that are so good—which is a positive thing for skateboarding—but with those perfect settings, it might not seem appealing to skate the streets.


Jimmy Carlin Perpetual Motion

Fakie inward bigspin heelflip. Photo: Barton

"Jimmy Carlin is everything that's right about skateboarding. I wish he were in every video. He's passionate, motivated, ridiculously funny, and extremely talented. His passion and drive make for dramatic highs and lows. These unique qualities guarantee and deliver the kind of awesome I just can't get enough of. Hang on for the ride, you're about to see the Jimmy Carlin show." —Jamie Thomas

What's your favorite TransWorld video?

I'd have to say Modus Operandi. That's the one that influenced me to want to go skate. That and The Reason came out around the same time. Those two videos came out when I was starting to skate ledges, something higher than a curb. So when we watched those videos we were so psyched to skate. Mike Carroll and Marc Johnson and Stevie Williams on repeat. Me and my friends would get so psyched after watching that video that we would go out and try to learn new tricks.

What's your favorite TransWorld part?

I would have to say John Cardiel. Sight Unseen came out after Modus, and I grew up in southern San Diego where ledge skating was really big. Modus and The Reason had a lot of good ledge skating, so we were more into that. We weren't too into other skating. I didn't really take the time to look at other types of skating. When Sight Unseen came out I was definitely blown away when I watched Cardiel's part. The song he skated to and how he was going so fast, it was something I couldn't relate to because I couldn't come close to doing anything like that. But I enjoyed it so much and it got me extra sparked. That part opened my mind, like, "Wow, there's a lot of other skating going on." His part blew me away the most out of anyone I'd ever seen.

What does being in a TransWorld video mean to you?

It's sick. I'm super hyped. It's crazy 'cause I still fan out. I'm like, "Dude, Jon made some of the best skate videos ever made." It's super surreal that I get to go out and actually film with Jon for a TWS video, so it's really strange in a cool way. Hey, did I say anything stupid?

Nah, it's cool. Do you ever trip out to think that there's an 11- or 12-year-old out there who's going to watch your part in a TWS video, and it's going to affect him in the same way like watching Modus affected you?

[Laughs] Aw, man. That's the thing—I definitely won't be able to pull off what people did in the past. I'm going to try my best and have a good time. But if that were to happen that would be pretty trippy.

What's the difference between filming for a TransWorld video versus filming for another video?

It's a lot more fun. It's weird 'cause so far this one has been the one video where I haven't been super rushed to finish because I came into the project with saved up footage, so I'm having a really good time having to push myself.

What do you think is in store for the future of skateboarding? What direction is it headed?

I don't know. It's progressing pretty nuts. There's corporate brands that we all know about that are coming in. Ten years ago that would have been poorly looked upon. But now it's weird because the corporate brands, there are a few of them that are actually doing it really well. So it's cool, but it's also like, shit dude, are there gonna be any raw skate brands left in the future? It's defiantly up in the air. The kids who grow up today, when they see something as being accepted, they might take it a step further. I just hope it stays true to its roots. Corporate or not, skateboarding is skateboarding. If people are doing it the right way and treating the skateboarders right, then that's the most important part. I just don't want skateboarding to turn into an actual sport.


Julian Davidson Perpetual Motion

Frontside feeble grind. Photo: Barton

"Julian is a unique person. I've always liked the way he skated—he's had the same style since he was a little kid, and he just grew rapidly since I've been on these trips with him. Watching him skate in person and seeing the way he does stuff, combined with his personality, makes him one of my favorite skaters right now—out of all the new guys and in general. Every time we go out he gets something really amazing, whether it's him pushing himself to get the gnarliest thing or getting something that's just awesome. He's the MVP of every trip. He films 20 tricks a day and they're all gnarly. I could go on and on about him." —Kenny Anderson

What's your favorite TransWorld video?

There are so many good ones I could never pick just one. But I really liked Sight Unseen and In Bloom a lot.

What's your favorite TransWorld video part?

Oh man, that's really hard. But Heath's part is pretty f—king amazing. I'm gonna have to say Heath. That's one of my all-time favorite TransWorld parts for sure. But there are so many amazing ones. Mike Carroll's…

What's always stood out about TransWorld videos to you?

The filming and the editing. They've always been really good videos to watch.

What does being in a TransWorld video mean to you?

That's a hard question to answer. It's definitely been a dream of mine since I was a kid. Growing up, I watched TransWorld videos. It's insane to think, "Yeah, I'm filming a video part and you guys asked me to film a video part for your guys' video." I'm really stoked.

What's the difference between filming for a TransWorld video versus filming for another video?

No, I feel like it's the same. It's just different people. I usually would film with Cole [Mathews] for the Element video, but now I've been filming with Jon Holland and Chris Thiessen. So that's the only thing that's really different. Otherwise it's the same. It's a cool group of dudes, and I'm stoked to be a part of it.

What makes a good video to you?

Dudes just having fun on their skateboards, pretty much. Pure fun. That's all I want to see. I usually love every skate video.

What makes a good video part?

Try your best. That's what I've been doing—just trying my best and trying to have fun. That's pretty much all I can do. I definitely pressure myself pretty hard at times and lose it out in the streets, though—lose my mind out there.

What do you think is in store for the future of skateboarding? What direction is it headed?

I don't know. Hopefully everyone just gets rich [laughs]. Nah, I'm just kidding [laughs]. But it seems like Street League is doing real good for everybody. Hopefully that shit keeps going and everyone can retire one day—or at least all those guys, you know? But I don't know where skateboarding is going. There are definitely your contest guys, and then there are your style guys—like your [Christian] Hosois and your Ethan Fowlers. But I'm voting for style. I love watching solid tricks—just seeing cool people do solid tricks, making it look good and fun.

Will skateboarding ever stop progressing?

I feel like that. People are going so big, but at the same time I don't know if people can go any crazier. Nyjah's over here getting pretty f—king crazy, man. I'm telling you. He's pushing the limits. I think it'll stop at a certain point, though. But then again, people keep thinking up new stuff. And that's what's cool about skating—you can keep thinking up new tricks.


Tom Remillard Perpetual Motion

Frontside boardslide. Photo: Chami

"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.


Josh Matthews, Perpetual motion

Boardslide pop-over. Photo: Chami

"Josh is just a rad dude. And his skating is pretty epic. He grew up in Oregon and has that all-terrain style: From ledges to vert bowls to pretty much anything, he can just rip it. He's the next generation of the all-terrain skater. The last two parts he's had were both gnarly. He's young and is just gonna top it for this video. He's just getting more into his style. SF spots look really cool on film, but when you know SF and really know the spots, that's only when you realize how gnarly they are. And he's definitely destroyed some gnarly spots." —Keith Hufnagel

What does being in a TransWorld video and being part of the legacy mean to you?

Shit, man. It means a lot. It's one of the biggest accomplishments you can have in skateboarding at this point. They've made their reputation pretty high, so it's pretty sick. I'm hyped.

What's always stood out about TransWorld videos to you?

They were the forerunners of the types of editing they did, and were the ingredients of 80 percent of the videos now. They've been killing it and always have had the raddest dudes in the videos.

What's your favorite TransWorld video?

I'd probably go with Sight Unseen, just because it was also one of the first videos I ever owned. You've got Cardiel and Kirchart. You can't really f—k with that.

What's your favorite TransWorld part?

Shit, that's tough. I really liked Stefan's in Subtleties. I watched that one a ton of times. But I've been rewatching Cardiel's part in Sight Unseen lately and it's epic. I actually just watched the whole Epicly Later'd the other day, too, just to get psyched.

Who have you connected with most during the filming of this video?

Shit, I only found out I had a part a couple months ago. Silas has been a longtime homey, so I've obviously clicked with him pretty well already [laughs]. We've been friends for a real long time.

Is this the first time you've ever been in a video with him?

Yeah, definitely. He's always helped me out. I was flow for every company he ever rode for, but it never really worked out. Then when I got on éS he was already gone. I'm really hyped we get to be in the video together. We don't usually get to go on trips together very often.

What's the difference filming for a TransWorld video as opposed to filming for another video?

Besides the scale of epicness, filming for the Think video, we didn't really know what was going to happen for the first year and a half. There wasn't a set date or anything, so we just skated. Then the video just came about through that. This being a pretty short deadline—the Huf part was a short one too—but this is the first time I've done something like this. It's pretty sick, man.

To you, what makes a good video part? Why do you like John Cardiel's part more than most?

I think it's just like any art form. Things speak to you and you feel something from it. Like looking at 10 paintings, it doesn't mean that the other nine or eight aren't good paintings, it's just you don't get the same feeling from that person's art form. Style.

What do you think is in store for the future of skateboarding? What direction is it headed?

I feel like it's become this massive thing right now. It'll hopefully split into little subcultures. You'll have your Street League thing. But then people will split the other way and go out to film lines downtown, or go night skating, or whatever. I think there are all these little subcultures popping up, and it will allow people to take different routes in skateboarding.


Silas Baxter-Neal Perpetual Motion

Frontside Smith grind. Photo: Conroy

"Silas is amazing. The dude's not really tryin' to prove anything. He just skates. He kills it more and more each time I see him. When he first got on Habitat, we all knew he was going to be amazing, but some of the shit that guy does is just insane. The guy is naturally good at everything he does—even gambling. We take the casinos out. I've taken him out pretty hard before, but we try to work together. I can definitely take him out on the beer level, though. I'm naturally gifted at that. He's naturally gifted at skateboarding." —Fred Gall

What's your favorite TransWorld video?

I don't really know what my favorite TransWorld video is, but Uno and 4 Wheel Drive were some of the first skate videos I ever saw or owned, so I think that those two are still the most memorable to me. I also really like Sight Unseen, Modus Operandi, and i.e. because I think that was a good time in skateboarding, and the dudes in those videos were keeping it sick.

What's your favorite TransWorld video part?

Cardiel's part in Sight Unseen was pretty f—king epic.

What does being in a TransWorld video mean to you?

It's rad to me to be part of an awesome tradition of good skate videos.

Does a physical DVD or full-length video mean something anymore in a world of web video single parts?

Of course it means something. Maybe not to everyone, but people still collect records. The Internet has just made the whole world that much smaller, so having access to everything makes it hard to put very much value on one thing. But I think that if you like a video or an album enough you would want the real thing instead of a file on your computer.

Who have you connected with most during the filming of this video?

So far this has been the first few days of actually skating with other dudes that will be in the video. So I guess Josh and Julian are who I connected with the most so far.

What always stood out about TransWorld videos in general to you?

It always seems to me like TransWorld has made an effort to make each video noticeably different in feel and they have always tried to be leaders in quality of production. A lot of trends in filming seem to have come from TransWorld videos—probably because some of the best filmers have worked on TWS vids.

What's the difference between filming for a TransWorld video versus filming for another video?

Well, the first difference is the time frame. Having less than a year to film a part that's supposed to compare to some of the best video parts ever is pretty difficult. Most videos I have filmed for in the past take two or more years to complete.

What makes a good video part to you?

I like videos where people are really going for it. Just doing the best they can to rip and keep skating interesting.

What do you think is in store for the future of skateboarding? What direction is it headed?

Skateboarding is headed in every direction. It is just expanding, and now it encompasses everything. There's plenty of room for everyone and everything now. Our little secret isn't a secret anymore. Everyone knows how rad skateboarding is.

Perpetual Motion, coming March 2013