Curren Caples – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview


Name: Curren Caples
Hometown: Ventura, California
Age: 19
Sponsors: Flip, Indy, Ricta, Mob, Bones Swiss, Monster Energy, Target, Oakley, RVCA.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Flip Mountain Somersault deck (8.63 x 32.25), Indy 149’s, Bones bearings, Indy hardware, Ricta NRG Curren signature 53mm, MOB grip.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
Some DIY barriers on a bike path in Ventura.

Have you ever built something to skate?
Just some wonder block ledges with Louie. We built one in my backyard that had some baby tranny on one side of it, but it fell apart pretty quickly.

Who do you like to skate with these days?
Ben Nordberg and John Nicholson (Flip TM).

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
I’m really hyped on the Lance Mountain doughboy graphic I’m riding now.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
There was this rad quarter pipe to drop at the skatepark in Hawaii I just filmed my “In Transition” part at.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Jay Adams, Lance Mountain, Geoff Rowley, Arto Saari, Auby Taylor, Jake Anderson.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
It seems like, these days, everything is out there.

Best road trip you ever took?
All the Flip Euro trips. The van antics during KOTR as well.

Any skate-related charities you support?
The Young and the Brave Foundation.

What music have you been listening to?
Taylor Swift. (Laughs)

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
It seems social media is a big one these days. Putting out good video parts, doing well in contests, and being an overall good influence to the kids.

Which skate shops do you support most?
My Dad’s skate shop, Momentum Ride Shop.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Chris Miller doing a frontside air in the old Combi Bowl by Grant Brittain.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
It’s crazy to see how much its progressed. Some of those girls are gnarly!

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I have a deck at home with some pretty heavy signatures on it. Lance, Jesse Martinez, Steve Olson…

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
I’m kind of detached from it lately, but it seems like the new generation of kids are doing it right.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Kickflips, frontside ollies, and smith grinds.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Well, it seems like it’s already happening, so we will see how it goes…

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Turning Pro.




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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