What do you miss about living in the USA and what are you glad to be away from? 


Lets see, what I miss the most is my friends and family. It's the worst only seeing people you care about once a year or so.  Oh and there is some food you can get in America that is pretty impossible to get here in the UK. Every time I go to New York I eat a slice of pizza at least once a day for one of my meals. You just can't get pizza like that in London. Must be something in the water. 


What am I glad to get away from? America's crap healthcare system. The last few years I lived in America I didn't have healthcare. Living here with free healthcare through the NHS it's a really calming feeling. It takes a lot of worrying out of everyday life. It disgusts me how so many Americans are opposed to socialized medicine. They have no idea what they are missing.


Also I hate dealing with the police in America. Being a skateboarder is such a law-breaking activity it seems in the U.S. I've lived in the UK for 2 1/2 years and have been kicked out of spots maybe 3 times ever by the police. Skateboarding is just looked at differently over here. Don't get me wrong, you still get the boot from places, but it's like people here realize they shouldn't waste their time and get the police involved with something so trivial as skateboarding. 

I got my first board in the late eighties.  These kids down the street had skateboards and I always used to try and ride theirs.  After a couple of weeks of that I realized a needed a board of my own.  I had a BMX at the time but I could never really pop wheelies well and it bummed me out.  With skating, I quickly learned how to roll off a curb and land on all four wheels; from then on I was hooked.  I stay motivated because skateboarding is just the best!  I'm still a skate rat after all these years.  It's constantly in my head; I think it's just such an addictive activity.  So far, it's impossible to get the feeling I get from skateboarding from anything else.  I suppose that's why I still do it so much.

What do you think

of the current state of skateboarding and which

period has been your

favorite time to skate?


Of all the skaters you’ve seen skate, who stands out in your mind as your favorite and why?

Lets see, what I miss the most is my friends and family. It's the worst only seeing people you care about once a year or so.  Oh and there is some food you can get in America that is pretty impossible to get here in the UK. Every time I go to New York I eat a slice of pizza at least once a day for one of my meals. You just can't get pizza like that in London. Must be something in the water. 


What am I glad to get away from? America's crap healthcare system. The last few years I lived in America I didn't have healthcare. Living here with free healthcare through the NHS it's a really calming feeling. It takes a lot of worrying out of everyday life. It disgusts me how so many Americans are opposed to socialized medicine. They have no idea what they are missing.


Also I hate dealing with the police in America. Being a skateboarder is such a law-breaking activity it seems in the U.S. I've lived in the UK for 2 1/2 years and have been kicked out of spots maybe 3 times ever by the police. Skateboarding is just looked at differently over here. Don't get me wrong, you still get the boot from places, but it's like people here realize they shouldn't waste their time and get the police involved with something so trivial as skateboarding. 

What do you miss about living in the USA and what are you glad to be away from? 

 I’m sure you’ve traveled throughout the world.  What has been you favorite city for skating so far and why?

What have you been studying in school lately and what do you do to pay the bills?

Within the past few years you’ve made the big move to living in the UK.  Why did you pick London over the many cities of Europe and America? 

Well, I'd visited London a lot in the past and every single time I came here it was an absolutely amazing experience!  Everyone I met here was really accepting and genuine and I really liked the scene.  It was 2006 and I feel I had lived so many cities in America (Boston, NYC, San Francisco), I just wanted something new.  Somewhere that was vastly different.  Plus I wanted to go back to school.  I suppose one of the reasons I picked London is because I know everyone would be speaking English there at the University!  Plus I was born here in London.  My parents and I moved to America when I was three.  I kind of always wanted to move back here having my parents always talk about their time here and especially because it would be easier for me because I have dual-citizenship - meaning I didn't need to get a visa. 

You’ve been skating for a long time now.  How did you first get into it and what keeps you motivated to keep riding your board?

Well, different times of my life I've had favourite cities I liked to skate, and I guess my mind is always changing.  I skated Washington DC in the early-to mid-nineties and I thought it was the best.  Just skating Pulaski most of the day and then cruising about to other spots all around DC.  It was the first bigger city I ever skated from growing up in North Carolina.  I liked Boston and Philadelphia in the late nineties.  Copley square in Boston holds a lot of fond memories and of course Love Park and City Hall in Philly in the old days.  The first time I went to Barcelona in 2001 it was incredible!  So much stuff to skate and it was so new then.  Barca is still fun, but it has changed a lot due to skate tourism in the past 8 years. I'd say in this decade my favorite cities to skate are NYC, Paris, and London.

Skateboarding is pretty good right now, it does have it's share of good and bad though.  The internet has really changed things.  I will say I miss the days when a new skate video would come in to the shop and everyone would gather around and watch it in awe.  Unfortunately I see 90% of the new videos online now.  But I think thats because there are hardly anymore quality independent videos now.  It's near impossible to make a quality independent skate video now.  Who is gonna buy it when almost everything can be seen on the internet now.  It's really unfortunate.  I always make a point to buy independent skate videos, I want the makers of the these vids to get something back for all the hard work they've done.  Hats off to Chris for going against the grain and making this video.  Oh and my favorite era of skateboarding is definitely the mid-nineties!

Oh man, how can I answer that?  It’s near impossible to name my favorite skater.  I will say the first time I saw Pepe Martinez skate it blew me away!  He was so ahead of his time.  And at a time when everyone was trying to just land their flip tricks he was popping them and with finesse and style.  Rest in Peace Pepe, the funky technician.

I am in school studying Journalism.  I’m in my final year now and it’s insanely busy!  I haven’t been able to skate nearly as much as I want to since this term started in October.  I pay the bills with a combination of student loans and my part-time job.  I work a day or two a week at this clothing store called The Three Threads.  I’m just barely able to get by in this expensive city. 

  1. interview by Brian Mollot