David Gravette – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview


Name: David Gravette
Hometown: Issaquah, Washington
Age: 27
Sponsors: Creature, C1rca, Bones, Independent, Bronson, Paradox, Cultivated Industries, Puffin Glass Studios. 

What set-up are you riding right now?
Creature 8.25, 139 Indy’s, Bones 52mm STF, Paradox grip, Bronson bearings.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
I skated this sick little drainage ditch with a small but well-built cinder block ledge on top just across the Oregon/Idaho border. Perfect spot for the triple B: boards, brews and the boys!

Have you ever built something to skate?
I’ve built all sorts of shit, like crappy wood ramps when I was a kid, and helped out on a few skateparks and DIY’s and had to cement plenty of cracks and holes at street spots.

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
Too many to answer….

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
Creature pretty much knocks it out the park every time.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
Just booking it around Windell’s Skate Camp is pretty epic.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Damn these are some hard questions. I think I would have a panic attack if I tried to list that one!

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
For sure, but I can’t give up my ideas yet.

Best road trip you ever took?
About 6 years ago, I went on a TransWorld trip to Cayman Islands and we had an awesome crew, great hospitality, lots of beachside lounging, and I didn’t get hurt!

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
As a pro, you have lots of charitable acts presented to you every day, from spending some time to talk and interact with kids, to giving away new or used equipment when you see someone in need. Also it’s great that so many companies put together trips with a good cause behind it, like building skateparks or events to support charities, and I’m happy to have been on as many as I have.

What music have you been listening to lately?
I like music that tells a story and feels like they give a damn, so I have been stuck on “outlaw” country.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?

Which skate shops do you support?
Shrunken Head in Portland, OR.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
Get some!!!

What skate memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I’m gonna go with my second pair of skate shoes which happened to be D3’s. My dad took me to Slam City Jam in Vancouver and I ended up getting one signed by Andy MacDonald and Pat Channita. I just think it’s super random.

Who contributes most to your local skate scene?
Portland has loads of proper DIY soldiers that put in shit loads of work to keep spots popping up around town even though they often get destroyed by the city.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Lazy flips, 360’s and slash grinds.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Nope. I think it will further widen the already gaping wage gap spanning through equally hard working pros.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Whenever I land a flip trick that doesn’t flop all over the ground, or the opposite and people get to see my nollie flip…




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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