Oct 8, 2009
Author: Owen Woytowich Photo: Andrew Norton
My first skateboard setup was a Santa Cruz. I can’t remember what trucks though, I think they might have Tracker because I remember in that era; the Tony Hawk trackers were my favourite truck. And I think some Spitfires, I don’t remember which ones but I think 63s or something. That was around the November ’93. Oh, I also had a Joe Cool board in like ’85, or something. But then I lost it. It was Joe Cool or this one called Flyin’ Brian. I think my brother had Flyin’ Brian and I had Joe Cool. It had Snoopy on it and stuff.
First flip trick was a Kickflip. The shop had this new board for me, but it didn’t have any griptape so I skated without it. Then, once I got griptape, I couldn’t do them so I had to learn them again.
I remember one of the first ones was in Singapore. It was a mini-ramp contest, and I tied for third place with my brother. I think they couldn’t give the trophy out to two dudes though, so I guess they put me in fourth place, so I ended up with that. My brother still skates. He’s trying to start a wheel company in Japan.
Skate road trip?
Was probably in ’99, when I went down to California, with a couple friends from Vancouver: the Faulkner twins, Mike Anderson, and Adam Cassidy. We drove down in two cars. I think it took us 30 hours. We camped, though, so we took our time. We didn’t rush it or anything, so it was a good two or three days.
This first one I can remember watching was again in Singapore and it was Invisible’s Vanishing Point video. The first video that I had a part in was, Skate Canada 6. The last time I saw it was in Japan and I was like, “Fuck, how do you guys have this?” But I kind of wanted to see it. I think that might have been my first, besides all the crappy demo tapes I made.
My very first ad was when I rode for Deca, when we were doing the warehouse stuff. It was 360 Flip from the gap we made in the loading dock. It was shot from below. I was wearing basketball shorts and they were red, I was on DC flow at the time, and I might have been wearing red Kalis’. It was actually the first week I got there, and then we were doing that shot, and then they used it for something. I had like a shaved head and everything.
My first cover was a Concrete Powder cover, shot at UBC, and it was an Ollie over this Hail Mary: a little wall to a massive drop. I had this big-ass Deca shirt on and no hair as well.
I had two at the same time. One was the rocker dude, who was all white, with pink and blue and had spandex pants on and Van Halen tee. It was from a muscle T-shirt that Al Partanen found at a thrift store, and we just kinda copied it after that. Then there was another one—the Grizzly Haslam. My friend Mark Anderson wrote up this whole thing on why, for my first graphic, is should be the Grizzly Haslam. He made his own little graphic of this man with a bear and had all these photos of Grizzly Adams and a bear. We weren’t really feeling the board graphic on either of them so we just took one of the photos that he sent us, and it was five or 10 minutes before we had to send it in, so it was like “Shit, what are we going to do?” So we just put it on there, and we had this crazy photo of my face that we shot on there and it looked Photoshopy. I think that was one of my best boards that I ever had, it was pretty sick.