You seemed to come out nowhere with that kickflip banger in Session magazine, how long have you actually been on the scene?
Well I only met AD and Sam like a year or two before the kickflip incident. So, not long hey. I started skateboarding in grade seven I think.
Tell us about the skate scene in Paarl?
The skate scene here used to be quite mad. A decent handful of the skaters were really talented and they were the ones that inspired me to start skateboarding… But now… Eish, they have all “moved on” and got themselves membership cards at the recently revamped Virgin Active. So at the moment, I think it’s only Tino and myself that skate in the whole of Paarl.
Do you guys have a Paarl posse that reps for hometown pride?
Haha yeah. We go by the name A.P.S ( Anti Pig Society). The local boere-mag isn’t too fond of us I must say… And as far as pride goes, we gave up a long time ago.
Does Paarl have any iconic spots, where the locals meet up and roll together?
Well we used to meet up at the Tennis Courts, but they recently broke that down to make a parking lot for Virgin Active. So now Tino and I meet up in front of Virgin Active and hassle the yuppies until we get chased away.
Who are your favourite Paarl skateboarders?
JP Burzacchi, Tino, Bennett, Alwyn and Garry.
How is the nightlife out there?
Dark. Oh so dark. I think I have been out to town like three times, all of which brought me no joy.
Where do you take a young lass on a date in your town?
To the vineyards. Or to Lazeez where you can get her a Dagwood and a “los entjie.” Now that I think of it, you shouldn’t take a lass out here, just think of all the awkward moments that could come about with it being so quiet!
What do you do outside of skateboarding, do you study, are you working, etc?
I studied a part time course earlier this year in Scriptwriting which was really cool. And before that I was working as a waiter, which I never really want to do again. So yeah, next year I’m going to study something along the lines of Journalism. Other than that I’m quite happy to go to peaceful places and drink beer.
Do think it’s possible to have a career in skateboarding in South Africa yet?
Probably not yet. I am really clueless as to how sponsorships treat skateboarders in terms of a salary and what not. So I’ll get back to you on that one, maybe I’ll do a little investigative journalism to practice for next year…
What or who are your biggest influences in skateboarding?
AD , Sam, hijinks, you guys at Reprobait, Session and AV, all the really cool people I’ve met in the recent years.
You have an upcoming debut section in AV, what are your top 5 song considerations for your video part?
Where have you been filming for your part, are we going to see a bunch of new locations?
Mostly Paarl, Stellenbosch and Cape Town. I think we were all too broke to mission much further. Yeah there are quite a few new locations in there!
What makes a great skate video part?
Creativity from the filmer and the skateboarder’s side, and a nice song.
Give us an example of what you consider to be a good part?
Well one that stood out for me this year was that Cross Continental part that Mark Suciu did. Damn, now that’s what I’m talking about!
How seriously do you take skateboarding? Are you looking to try and pick up sponsors and get coverage in the skate media or is it just something you do for fun?
The reason I started skateboarding was to have fun. When people take it too seriously I think it tends to get corny. As for sponsors and coverage, I’m down, because it changes the dynamic of things a bit.