Danny Gordon – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

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Names: Danny Gordon
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Age: 21
Sponsors: Yezzur Skateboards, Brooklyn Projects Skate Shop, Sea Monster Hardware.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Yezzur board, Jessup Grip, Bones Wheels 55 street tech formula side cut, Sea Monster Hardware, Independent Trucks, Bones Reds Bearings.

What’s the most fun skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
My friend, Clayton, built two quarter pipes against the wall in Little Tokyo.

Have you ever built something to skate?
I made some concrete in SE Skate fey. It was a speed hump in the shape of a sea turtle and an over vert pocket.

Who do you like to skate with these days?
Rasta Lou and the dirt squids and the Brooklyn Project dudes.

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
Furbz pro model.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
This bowl in Wheeling, West Virginia is the best. It’s open like 24 hours and this whole skate park turns gold at night.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Christian Hosoi, Brandon Biebel, Leo Romero.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
Maybe like a see-through fiberglass vert ramp.

Best road trip you ever took?
We drove from Ohio to LA and we stopped at St. Louis, Missouri, and went to Kings Highway and Hermann’s hole where skate rock played. We made our way to Chicago after that, then Denver and Vegas before arriving in LA.

Any skate-related charities you support?
Public Square Group out of Cleveland.

What music have you been listening to?
The Black Keys, Fidlar, Dr. Dog.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Just treat it like a job, but remember the reason why you skate always, which is for the love.

Which skate shops do you support most?
Brooklyn Projects and Kingswell.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Leo Romero did a backside lip slide on a 13 stair cut off rail for a Stay Gold ad. Also Chris Cope did an invert on the Mega quarter.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
100% back it.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
Dirt squid. Plus, I collect pool tiles.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
Clayton Graul, he’s always doing DIY across the LA area and spends his own money on it because he loves it. He also runs DIY and Urban Skate Project.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Nose manuel nollie flip, backside crail slide, back nose blunts on transition.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Mixed emotions.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Making good friends.

Danny-Gordon-Moustache-3694 WHILE SOMEONE WAS TRYING TO WIN $2K ON THE RADIO DANNY WAS WINNING AT SKATE LIFE WITH AN EPIC BACKSIDE ROLL IN BEFORE THE SPOT WAS JACK HAMMERED. PHOTO BY MOUSTACHE


 

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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