What are some of your favorite experiences in skateboarding over the years:
There are so many that it would be impossible to list here; I've been so fortunate to have skated so many cool places and been a part of so many "skate scenes", the local sessions with your bro's and some fellow Pro's, like the Del Mar Skatepark in the early 80's, then Andy's ramp in the later 80's, McGill's park in Carlsbad, The DC Ramp in Vista, Bucky super amazing bowl (where I skate a lot now) and on and on, including a super cool scene in Stockholm, where I grew and skated in the 70's.
What's your favorite skate video?:
Shackle Me Not, it was fun, it was real and we had blast making it.
How do you spend your time off the board?:
Chill with the wife, my dogs, spend time working with Osiris and misc. extracurricular activities in So Cal (I have hobbies).
Who is your biggest influence/inspiration?:
I was extremely influenced by one of my best friends that I grew skating with in Sweden Per Viking, one of the most talented skaters of all time, whom I always had to keep up with. If not for him, I wouldn't be skating on a competitive level at all. I've also been lucky enough to skate with some of the best riders in the world, especially Danny Way, so he was a huge influence on my skating, even though he was much younger than I. He really made me understand that there really aren't any limits to what can be done on a skateboard. I was also a huge fan of Eddie "El Gato" Elguera and the idea that he would be a lifelong great friend of mine was completely unthinkable when I grew up skating in Sweden.
What is your favorite Osiris Shoes model/style?:
Currently the Relic but I ride so many experimental design that I don't really have a favorite but obviously, the lighter more skate like designs that works with my skating.
I've done pretty much every job in H-Street and Osiris and the other skate companies that I've been involved with over the years but not really anything outside the skate industry.
Too many to mention, but Mama's Fish House in Maui, HI. is probably up there.
Who is your favorite on the Osiris team? Why?:
Probably Brad McClain; he's a freak on a skateboard, skates completely opposite from me and makes me realize that skateboarding is such an individual expression of who you are and goes to show that there isn't a right way to skate, plus he's crazy talented and I wish I could do anything as well as he does it. Corey Duffel is amazing and actually all the dudes are so totally rad in their own right.
Your biggest pet peeve?:
Outside of politics, none, besides chicks that smoke.
Doors, Metallica for skating, too many to mention for everything else.
What got you skateboarding?:
Someday, I plan on writing a book about this subject, so a very long winded subject matter but a lot of it has to do with freedom, no rules, no right way or wrong way.
Why do you ride a skateboard?:
For Fun, Fame or Fortune?: Given my career, I'd be remiss if I didn't cop up to all three but the fun of skateboarding is a huge priority that must there at all times or the other two don't matter to me.
What does skateboarding mean to you?:
For a guy like me who's almost 50 and can still skate on some sort of competitive level, it's meant everything to me and continues to play a huge part of my life.
Why do you ride for Osiris?:
Well, given that it was my idea and I started it, with some friends of mine, it's a mission for me.
What's your favorite terrain?:
Big chunks of concrete that are smooth and blastable.
What's your local skate park?:
Bucky's private skate facility, Lasek Land isn't a skatepark but where I prefer to ride. I also skate the combi a lot.
For me, skateboarding has a spiritual meaning, which for me, matters more than any worldly objects I've attained from skateboarding. So my advice for riders younger than me is this; make sure that riding a skateboard means something to you.