CJ Titus – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

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Name: CJ Titus
Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia
Age: 16
Sponsors: DC Shoes, WRV Skate/Surf Shop, Shipyard Skates.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Shipyard size 8.3, Independent Trucks, Bones Wheels, Bones Bearings, and Mob Grip.

Have you ever built something to skate?
Yes, My dad and I would build ramps and rails to skate in the driveway with.

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
Mats Hatlem, Ethan Olivieri, Cole Holman and Trey Wood.

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
Plan B Cole Exploration.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
Mini Mega Ramp at Woodward East

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Danny Way, Sean Malto, Ishod Wair and Jimmy Wilkins.

Best road trip you ever took?
Last Spring I went from Mesa, Arizona to San Diego, California. This was my favorite trip because it was the first time I ever got to skate the DC/Monster Energy ramp in San Diego.

What music have you been listening to lately?
I’ll listen to anything somebody has playing except for country!

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
To have fun and support one another.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
The skate shop that I go to the most and support the most is WRV Skate Shop in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

What is your favorite skate photo of all time?
My favorite skate photo of all time is the photo Brian Fick took of Jimmy Wilkins doing a frontside ollie in the Combi.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
I think girls skateboarding is awesome, because it shows that skateboarding is for everyone.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
I travel to Virginia Beach or Woodward to skate every weekend and I think Gary Ream contributes the most to the East Coast and national skate scene.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Frontside stalefish, frontside tailslide and backside tailgrab.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Yes, I think skateboarding should be in the Olympics because it will help skateboarding gain in popularity, so more and more people take it seriously and start skating.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
My proudest moment in skateboarding was when I placed 2nd in Damn Am Woodward, August 2015, on Mini Mega because it was the first real amateur contest I have competed in.

CJ_TITUS_Josh_McElwee OUT OF THE MEGA RAMP TO A HEAD HIGH BACK SMITH AND BY HEAD HIGH WE MEAN NBA PLAYER HEAD HIGH. PHOTO BY JOSH MCELWEE


ABOUT THE JUICE MAGAZINE STATE OF SKATE:

When we started Juice Magazine 22 years ago, you could count the number of skateparks on one hand and grindable pool coping was mostly a distant memory. Now there are thousands of skateparks all over the world, along with a vast quantity of DIY spots built to skate. In 1993, the majority of skateboarders listened to punk rock or hip hop exclusively. Now skateboarders listen to almost every kind of sound created. Two decades ago, skateboarding related charities were non-existent. Today, there are numerous non-profits giving back to skateboarding in many ways. One of the most important differences between now and then is that, 22 years ago, there was a clear division between old school and new school skateboarding. Now that wall of separation has followed the same path as the Berlin Wall, allowing for an unprecedented unification of skateboarders all over the globe. Great strides have been made for girls that skate as well as the acceptance of skate history and long overdue recognition for skateboarding’s pioneers and its artifacts. At the same time, the current generation of skateboarders is taking skateboarding to new heights, previously unimaginable. As the landscape of the skateboarding industry changes on a daily basis, and the topic of skateboarding in the Olympics rears its head once again, along with the disturbing subject of who controls skateboarding being tossed about by corporate entities, we decided it was time to take a good look at the State of Skate. We asked 20 questions to 100 skateboarders, ages 8 to 58, and found that skateboarding is as diverse as the skateboarders that are addicted to it, no one controls skateboarding except skateboarders, and the State of Skate is savage and strong. Now get out there and skate tough!

JUICE MAGAZINE STATE OF SKATE features interviews with 100 skateboarders including: Tony Alva, Dave Hackett, Chris Strople, Duane Peters, Steve Olson, Dave Duncan, Steve Alba, Tony Magnusson, Pat Black, Jesse Martinez, Bill Danforth, Jim Murphy, Ric Widenor, Lester Kasai, Glen Charnoski, Bryan Pennington, Peter Furnee, Jeremiah Risk, Ryan Smith, Jason Jessee, Omar Hassan, Cam Dowse, Jen O’Brien, Depth Leviathan Dweller, Brett Roper, Travis Beattie, Chris Gentry, CW Dunn, Chris Albright, Charlie Wilkins, Cairo Foster, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, BJ Morrill, Dr. Lenore L.A. Sparks, Sid Melvin, Jesse Irish, Packy Fancher, Greg Lutzka, Jimmy Larsen, Adam Dyet, Luis Tolentino, Greg Harbour, Frank Faria, Ryan DeCenzo, Dave Bachinsky, Johnny Turgesen, Casey Meyer, Edward Sanchez, David Gravette, Ben Hatchell, Brian Geib, Felipe Gouveia, Eric Santos, Kyle Smith, Cameron Revier, Josh Stafford, Justin Grubbs, Etienne Eden Archila, Sanzio Piacentini, Josh Elder, Eddie “Mighty” Moreno, Kevin Kowalski, Otto Pflanz, Jeremy Smith, Adam Wiggins, Jimmy Wilkins, Danny Gordon, Jake Hilbish, Corey Blanchette, Adam Legassie, Nick Santos, Trey Rounds, Curren Caples, Justyce Tabor, Andy Anderson, Sarah Thompson, Coral Guerrero, Collin Graham, Derek Scott, Ace Pelka, Sonny Rodriguez, Jarren Duke, Mikayla Sheppard, CJ Titus, Noah Schott, Emily Earring, Julian Torres, Wyatt Wisenbaker, Josh Forsberg, Nathan Midgette, Roman Pabich, Yago Dominguez, Jack Winburn, Jonas Carlsson, Kiko Francisco, Bryce Ava Wettstein, Desmond Shepherd, Matty Jessee and Luke Kahler.

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