Downhill skateboarder (and all around skateboarder) Will has been loving the Retro Lifer. Get to know Will and check out his latest video part filmed in the hinterlands of North Carolina.
What year were you born?
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Alaska and Florida
Tell me your skate story – when you started skating, different phases, what boards, what influences, memories of spots when your a kid.
No concrete in Alaska to skate on. We lived in the woods. My childhood home is only accessible by boat.
Moved to Florida. Kids in the neighborhood skate so now I skate. First boards I remember having are an element board and a giant gravity board. No skateparks in our town so we only skate street and build ramps and rails. Kona is my first and closest skatepark. We bomb hills with shortboards like everyone else. No gloves, no helmets survival style. The town I went to high school in, Amelia island; actually has some decent hills for Florida standards. They are prehistoric sand dunes.
I go to university at FSU for geology. Where I get introduced to Downhill boards, Trucks and gloves. Tallahassee has a 24h skatepark and hills on campus. We skate all day every day. The crew goes to the Guajataka race in Puerto Rico. I realize racing skateboards is awesome. I go race more in canada. It’s the best time of my life! I go back to florida finish school get an 1979 pacearrow RV, fix it up drive it back to Canada from Florida and I have been on the road skating ever sense. That was 5 years ago.
What have you been up to lately?
My GF and I Just got a house in Puerto Rico, shipped a car out there. I also just started a wheel company “Canecas” it means dumpsterdiver in Colombian slang. Super excited to have my own thing in the skate industry looking forward to what’s next. Still skating as much as possible and stoked to have S1 helmets protecting my head.
And what are your top 3…
Foods: Organic food that makes you feel good after. Anything my friends or I grow, kill or catch. Also Pizza 😉
Bands: Rick James, Barrington Levy, Electric Wizzard
Activities: Off Roading in my 4Runner
People: Family, GF, Sponsors
Memories: Racing in Puerto with 10000 people watching/partying
Dreams or goals: keep going till I’m old
Books: English to Spanish dict. Fear and loathing Las Vegas
Movies: Thanks for smoking.
Places you have traveled to: Medellin Colombia, Baja California, Southern Utah
Places you want to travel to: Patagonia