First up - congratulations on turning pro! How is your life going to change?
I don’t think too much will change on a day-to-day basis...still going to go out with the same homies and skate every day!
Were you involved in the plans or were you surprised by the team holding your boards and pouring champagne over you? That’s often how it goes down these days right?
I had absolutely no idea about the plan to turn me pro, so I was very confused at first and then completely blown away when I realized what was happening. They also got my parents in on it (they just so happened to be out here for the first time since I moved from Tennessee) so I couldn’t have asked for a better time. The champagne was sick and all but seeing the entire SC squad inside my little one bed apartment at ONE TIME was so damn cool. Something that is beyond even my ten-year-old self’s wildest dreams.
What’s your first graphic all about? Who created it and what does it mean to you?
My first graphic is all about expressing my mind. It shows all sorts of duality and contrast with not only the art but the colors of the board as well. It was made by Tommy Fernando, and it is my greatest accomplishment in life. Since I started skating my earliest dreams were of going pro. It’s deeper than words. It truly is everything I ever wanted in life, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!
You’re from Tennessee originally, right? Do you live there now?
I was born and raised in Gallatin, Tennessee for 19 years of my life, then in January 2019 I moved out to Carlsbad with some friends in Southern California and have been in southern California since.
The documentary that Santa Cruz made about you told us you were really influenced to start skateboarding by one of those live Tony Hawk arena events - do you remember which part of it got you so psyched?
It was in 2005 and my uncle Phillip (who I ended up moving in with when I was 8) took me out to go see Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam. I think he was trying to get me stoked up the motocross aspect, he had a 450 and had gotten me a 50cc. They were doing backflips on a course around the vert ramp in the center, but my eyes were focused on Tony Hawk and Andy Macdonald. I remember seeing them skate and watching do the sickest doubles and being enthralled.
That era of skateboarding had some great videos - what was one that you used to session a lot in your early days?
The video that got me most psyched as a youngin’ would have to be Cheese and Crackers with Haslam and Daewon. Innovation, creativity, and comedy were my all-time favorite.
The Santa Cruz team has been pretty prolific in the last few years - travelling, shooting videos, getting new riders, ams turning pro, etc... Is it hard work? How do you feel being on a team that is so busy?
Santa Cruz has definitely been active the past couple of years, but I am nothing but grateful about it. It can definitely be strenuous on long trips of non-stop 8+ hour days, but you can always rest at home before or after a trip haha. And I am super stoked to have such an active team because of the constant push to skate more spots, get more footage, and in general be the best that I can be on and off the board.
On trips do you have a regular roomie or do you switch it up?
I lived with Tom Schaar and Vincent Matheron when I first came out here, shortly after Vince got hurt and had to go back to France for surgery and rehab. After that E Henry Gartland (REST IN PEACE <3) moved in. Henry and I got a spot after and stayed roommates until he passed away. Now I have a one-bed apt but hopefully can find some roommates soon.
Where’s the best place you’ve travelled to so far?
Argentina was an extremely rad experience as well as Australia, but I think Spain takes the cake.
Who can eat the most - Erick Winkowski or you? (Andrew Cannon reckons it’s you but I’ve seen Erick take down some mountains of food ha ha!)
If it’s Erick versus me in sweets, Erick will win every time. He could eat a 5-gallon bucket of Haagen Daas in one sitting if it wasn’t $5 a pint. But for savory foods I have him beat. I double entree half of the places I eat out.
What kind of music gets you amped to skate?
For me to get amped to skate I’ll usually throw on some rap/hip-hop or anything that really sets the vibe for the day, some jazz or old blues.
Which skater(s) inspire you? Who’s really doing it out there these days?
I have a wide array of skaters that influence me for all types of reasons. I idolize people like P-Rod, Rodney Mullen, Tony Hawk for their contributions to skateboarding and their ability to create companies that succeed in the market of skateboarding by skateboarders. Then there are skaters like Ishod Wair, Grant Taylor, Zion Wright that the ability that they have is so mesmerizing that when I watch footage of them it is truly envious.
Til The End Vol.5 is finally here! Knibbs kicks off the show, careening through traffic before Maurio covers the street-bump beat and Eman gets rocked by a phone pole, only to continue his high-speed pursuit. The Santa Cruz squad has outdone itself. Get a drink and sit back and enjoy 30 mins of the the team killin' it!
SO Many Hammers! 18 STAIR Noseblunt?! Day Of Destruction!
Almost 3 years ago we took our first full trip with what would become the future pros for Santa Cruz. Henry Gartland, Maurio McCoy, Jereme Knibbs and Kevin Braun skated a classic San Jose Spot. This was the first time in the SC van for a lot of them and this turned out to be one of the most epic sessions of the whole trip. Tune in to see what a day on tour is like with the crew.
8.375 X 32 BLAKE JOHNSON WARRIOR POWERPLY PRODUCT CHALLENGE
Today we talk about and put to the test the 8.375 x 32 Johnson Warrior Powerply* Deck. This board comes on our powerply construction, making your board stronger against impact chips and our medium concave. This board features artwork from our friend Yaia. In this video we break down the details on each of the products and why they are great. Then we put Santa Cruz Brand Manager Andrew Cannon to the test with three different challenges. Let us know in the comments below what challenges we should throw in the bins next! This weeks product setup: 8.375 x 32 Johnson Warrior Powerply 144 Stage 11 Standard Independent Trucks 53mm 99a Knibbs Pro Wide Ricta Wheels Bronson G3 Indy 7/8" allen hardware Black Mob *patent pending
DREAM SPOTS WITH TOM ASTA AND KEVIN BRAUN: SCREAMING VLOG 16
In today's Screaming Vlog it's strictly the streets. Tom Asta and Kevin Braun get to skate some dream spots, make some clips for the next big projects and get lucky with some "one last try!" attempts. Be sure to check out all the Screaming Vlogs and subscribe to the channel and turn on the notifications to stay up to date on the latest from Santa Cruz Skateboards.
FIRST TRY STRAIGHT 8? TOM ASTA AND KEVIN BRAUN IN SF! SCREAMING VLOG 15
In Screaming Vlog 15 we spend the day with Tom Asta, Kevin Braun, SC TM Eric Palozzolo and SC Video Producer Joe Perrin in SF. Tom does throw away lines that most of us only dream of, Joe get’s some behind the scenes info on how Tom Asta operates as a human and then challenges him to a first try Straight 8. You think Tom’s got it? Tune in to find out! Be sure to subscribe and hit the notifications so you will know when the next Screaming Vlog pops up!
Amy Ram clip playing on Vague Mag
Santa Cruz very own UK rider Amy Ram who Vague Mag interviewed for Issue 5 of the mag (read here) comes through with a quick clip with Matt Hunt filmed in Cornwall and London!
Today we talk about and put to the test the 8.25 x 31.83 Fabiana Delfino Tarot Powerply* Deck. We are also excited to share with you the SC x Vans collab that is exclusively at Zumiez and available right now as well as the all-new OJ Nomads wheels that come in 95a. This board features our Powerply* construction, making your board stronger against impact chips and is on our medium concave. This board has artwork from our friend Thomas Fernandez AKA LiveRadStudios and was inspired by Fabiana herself. In this video, we break down the details on each of the products and why they are great. Then we put Santa Cruz Brand Manager Andrew Cannon to the test with three different challenges. Let us know in the comments below what challenges we should throw in the bins next! This weeks product setup: 8.25 x 31.83 Delfino Tarot Powerply* Deck 139 Stage 11 Standard Independent Trucks 53mm 95a OJ Elite Nomads Bronson G3 Indy 7/8" Allen hardware Black Mob *patent pending
11 & A HALF MINUTES OF TOM ASTA: RAW & UNCUT in Europe!
With over 11 and a half minutes of style we are thankful for Tom and those mean switch front heels today. What are you thankful for today everyone?
JEREME KNIBBS 'REPTILIAN' POWERPLY PRODUCT CHALLENGE w/ ANDREW CANNON!
Today we talk about and put to the test the 8.25 x 31.8 Knibbs Reptilian Powerply* Deck. This board comes on our powerply* construction, making your board stronger against impact chips and our medium concave. But that’s not all! This board also has our wide tip shape outline which means that the nose and the tail of this board are wider giving you more space to lock your foot in for tricks. This board is Jereme Knibbs first pro graphic on a new colorway and the art is done by our friend Killer Acid. In this video we break down the details on each of the products and why they are great. Then we put Santa Cruz Brand Manager Andrew Cannon to the test with three different challenges. Let us know in the comments below what challenges we should throw in the bins next!