Derek Scott – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview


Name: Derek Scott
Hometown: Salida, Colorado
Age: 18
Sponsors: Conspiracy Skateboards, SayIWont Clothing.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Conspiracy skateboard, Independent trucks, Conspiracy wheels, Bones Reds bearings and Mob griptape.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
Conspiracy Compound.

Have you ever built something to skate?
I built a 9 ft. half pipe with a channel on time. Sketchiest thing ever. Haha.

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
Otto Pflanz, Shea Donavan, Bryce Stark, Colorado crew.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
Recycler model by Conspiracy.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
Any kind of extension to a wall is always fun to hit in any skatepark.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Lance Mountain, Mike McGill, Bucky Lasek, Pedro Barros, Brad McClain, CJ Collins.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
Downhill vert ramp. “Death.”

Best road trip you ever took?
Trip to Jacksonville, Florida for the Florida Bowlriders Cup.

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
Grind For Life.

What music have you been listening to?
Kenny Loggins and the “Danger Zone.”

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Skate hard, play harder and with a smile too.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
Surf Salida in Salida, Colorado. It’s small, but it’s my hometown so you have to support it.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
McGill’s McTwist.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
Why cant there be more girl shredders? I love a girl that can hang with the boys!

What piece of skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
My first ever skate helmet. It’s so trashed, but I still have it.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
Everyone contributes, which makes my skate community so fun and comfortable. Everybody can have a blast in any skate environment. It’s super rad to see.

Top three favorite skate parks?
Any Team Pain Park is a great one. In order, I would say Breckenridge, Colorado Springs Memorial Park, and Arvada.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Skating has done just fine not being in the Olympics and I think I speak for all skaters when I say we can manage if it’s not in the Olympics but, if it does get brought to the Olympics, right on!

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
The first day I stepped on a skateboard is probably my proudest day. God knows who I would be if skateboarding didn’t come into my life.




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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