When and why did you decide to relocate from San Diego to Australia?
August 2011, I came to Australia just for a holiday for three months, which turned to me living here for over six-plus years because of the good vibes, easy living, just the curiosity of seeing what could happen leaving the US. Took advantage of my Australian citizenship from my father. Thanks Dad!
How did you end up getting on Lurkville in the first place?
I was riding for Foundation for quite a long time, nothing I felt was really happening with them for me to get on officially. Tyrone Taylor (owner of Lurkville) hit me up once and I turned it down ’cause I wanted to be loyal to Tum Yeto, but then after a year I realized I just want to ride with my best mates. Sure enough Lurkville had my back 100-percent and it’s a local brand of some of my best mates in San Diego.
What's the skate scene like in Melbourne these days?
It’s amazing! It’s getting bigger and bigger. More and more kids are picking up boards, skating around in big groups, skate liberating some of Melbourne’s most OG spots like “Lincoln child,” Max Couling, Alex Lawton, and heaps others. There’s this massive girl skating movement that is so rad. Girls are teaching other girls how to skate and they come out with the guys sometimes. It’s quite a supportive skate scene. No one is really in cliques, just heaps of different groups that run into each other and just cheer each other on whether it’s a “long neck of beer” or a box of beers donated for the cause of skating and being out with your mates.
How much did you skate Lincoln Square when it was around and who ruled it the hardest?
It was so amazing when it was skateable, it had very low slappy metal curbs and these awesome marble manual pads with metal coping. Never a bust, you could drink there all day everyday and skate the entire day until you got bored. I would skate it probably three-four days a week. It was the best to warm up for a spot or just to meet the crew. I’d have to say Callum Paul, Geoff Campbell, and Tom Snape probably were the most known there and for the tricks that went down by them.
Why do Aussie skaters have the funniest IG handles? (@worldsbestskater @twomeals @pleasureavalanche)
Haha, that’s what I love about Australia. I think people already have funny nicknames that their mates give them and it sticks with people, so they don’t really care and just say whatever, that’s gonna be my IG name I guess.
How long did you film for It Came From Lurkville?
Damn, must have been like four years I think. A lot of delays from getting hurt plus having limited time to film tricks I really wanted to do on my days off.
“There’s this massive girl skating movement that is so rad. Girls are teaching other girls how to skate and they come out with the guys sometimes.”
Who's your go-to filmer and skate crew down under?
It’s been a mix, mostly Geoff Campbell, Brunsy (UGB), Colin Evans, James James, and a few others were the main filmers I’d go out with day to day. Mostly just who was available on that day or who was keen to tag along. Skate crew, haha Beer Money crew or just all the kiwis pretty much makes up for half of Melbourne.
Describe your full-time cook/restaurant job?
I work at an awesome restaurant called Rupert on Rupert in Melbourne with seven other chefs from all different backgrounds. It’s always busy here, from two-three weddings a week, functions and just normal “al la carte.” This job has been one of my most valuable jobs I’ve had working in kitchens. Learned more from the very talented head chef Sam Wilson in one year than in six years in kitchens just winging it. I’m having to prep every morning through lunch service to get ready for the evening dinner service, than back again in the a.m. to start all over. It’s great to see that everyone does care about their food, so everything is made fresh. No one lets shit food go out. All the chefs I work with really are helpful and encouraging. It’s completely different than skating, but it’s a great alternate creative outlet for me.
What drew you into that line of work?
I was working as a dishwasher as one of my first jobs in Melbourne. I guess I had a passion for cooking and started asking questions and slowly, but surely I picked up some skills and now I love it. Always get to cook with amazing ingredients and experiment with food.
Who's idea was it to Ollie the trolley tracks at the end of your part?
I think it was Brunsy (UGB) or Jake Darwin.
What project are you working on next?
At the moment I’m finishing my degree as a professional chef which I’m like three months away from. Then I’ll try filming another part for a mate’s video or just see what the future has to offer.
What's the secret to a good frontside 360 ollie?
It’s all in the wind up and a high frontside 180, then the rest is easy.
Follow Tim on IG for more skating and cooking. @guccibuck