We had the opportunity to talk with Kayotics team rider and one of the best flatland riders out right now. Check it out:
What’s your name?
Where are you from?
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
How old are you?
How long have you been skimming?
Born and raised in the tidal pools
Where do you skim normally?
Boundary bay/Centennial Beach is my roots, but now I freak with Spanish Banks and Wreck beach.
Who do you skim with?
Mainly my Kayotics hommies, but I shred with anyone who’s down to hit the beach.
What is the skim scene in Vancouver like?
Vancouver is amazing because you can easily hit 2 and even 3 beaches in one day.
Wreck Beach is a mecca to just hang all day til sunset sip some serva sas, there is nothing else quite like it. Boundary Bay offers endless skim and more of my local hometown bro’s.
My parents live there so my backyard is usually full of rails. Spanish banks is perfect for a jam packed beach plenty of girls and a great city backdrop that make for some real nice photo and video shoots. As a whole, Vancouver is hugely populated with arguably the most skimboarders than any other scene. It’s no accident that B.C has produced some major players in the sport.
Where have you traveled to skimboard?
I’ve hit Utah, Tacoma, Sacramento, Louisianna, Dubai, Thailand, Hornby Island, Parksville and Courtney.
Where do you want to travel to skim?
I really want to hit the east coast of canada like P.E.I. and Ontario.
Internationally, New Zealand and Australia and Europe are all in my sights.
What board(s) do you ride?
I ride a kayotics OG small.
Do you compete?
Yes, I’m getting over it though and may retire from contests soon.
At least I keep telling myself that. I’m having more fun hitting random spots that I’ve never hit before.
If so, what competitions have you competed in?
All of them except Oz.
And what are some of your contest highlights?
1st at Sacramento Skimfest, 2nd at Sac Skimfest, 3rd at Sac Skimfest.
1st at Dashpoint, 2nd at dashpoint. 1st at the so called world championships in white
Do you have any sponsors? What companies?
Billabong, Kustom Sandals, Vonzipper, Boardroom (local boardshop), Skimshop,
and Kayotics skimboards.
What other board sports do you partake in?
Snowboarding and skateboarding.
What skimboarding goals do you have?
I’d love to make a tour video in some epic skim in tropical places.
Where do you see the skimboarding going in the future?
Just more scenes more riders more events and hopefully more money. Not that money is what its all about.
What riders influenced your skimboarding?
It’s hard to say who influenced me. I was one of those orginators who made up all my tricks so I never really had anyone to follow back then. Now a days I’d say riding with guys like Lynch help me realize there is more tricks out there.
Geordie Flanagan and Yuri Choufour are both seriously
talented riders. That being said all my riders have so much talent
and they keep pushing the creative side of skimboarding.
What riders are pushing the sport right now?
Kyle Lynch and Launnie Porteous always need to be mentioned, Lexi of course. I think the little kids may not be making, headlines but they are ultimately what is going to keep this thing going. It’s important to make sure we keep them stoked for years to come.
If you were stranded on a desert island that already has a
plentiful resource of skimboards what three things would you bring?
Board wax, a fishing rod and a boat.
What is the best advice you can to a skim grom trying to get
Just get out there. Meet some of your local riders and
start to get to know them. Help out with events. Getting some
footage of yourself is always a good idea.
When did Kayotics come together?
Winter of 2001 is when kayotics was started.
Who is a part of Kayotics?
Last words? Shoot outs?
Thanks for the interview keep pushing flatland skim.
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