AL PARTANEN photos by Rhino and MItchell

AL PARTANEN

22 QUESTIONS BY SAM HITZ
PHOTO BY RHINO
SEQUENCE BY MITCHELL

“I like pools the most because you can see how gnarl you can get.”

What’s it like at twelve o’clock in a full pipe?
That’s where it’s at. It’s a vortex.

Is it a rush?
Yeah, you just go blank. The hardest part is allowing yourself to do it.

“There are so many optimum sessions. A session is what you make it. Pushing the levels without even knowing it, hyping it up, skating with the hesh crew.”

Did you do it after a couple of cold ones?
Actually I went to a Buddhist temple that morning to eat Thai food and I ended up seeing a bunch of sculptures of the wheel of life and it reminded me of the loop. I felt I needed to go in there and get blessed. It was a combination of two Budweisers and getting blessed.

Is this going to be a standard for extreme events or is this just a stunt for certain mutants like yourself?
That’s up to whoever wants to step to it. I always just thought it would be the most insane thing to go around a whole culvert.

Describe an optimum session?
There are so many optimum sessions. A session is what you make it. Pushing the levels without even knowing it, hyping it up, skating with the hesh crew.

How do you maintain balance between the wicked ways of the hesh crew and the irieness of your hair?
Special secret.

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