Elliot Sloan – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

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Name: Elliot Sloan
Hometown: New York City, New York
Age: 27
Sponsors: Rockstar, Birdhouse, Globe, Bones, Triple 8, Thunder, Dakine, Randoms, 187 Pads.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Birdhouse 8.38 board, Thunder titanium 149’s, Bones 58 SPF’s, Swiss bearings, MOB grip, Randoms hardware.

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

Have you ever built something to skate?
A little launch ramp when I first started skating. It didn’t work very well, but it was fun to build.

Who do you like to skate with these days?
Bob Burnquist, PLG, and Alex Perelson are always fun to skate with.

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
All of the Creature graphics are really sick.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
The bowl at Prince Park in Oceanside.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Hmmmm, probably Bob Burnquist or Danny Way.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
Yes, I have plans for something big. I need to find a sponsor to get behind it though. You guys wanna loan me like 250K??? 😉

Best road trip you ever took?
Last year, starting off at a contest in South Africa. I got 2nd in the mini Mega event and 3rd in vert. Then I went shark diving in Cape Town, then went to Portugal to do a demo with Tony Hawk, then went and met up with my friends in this band Woven War for a few stops of their tour with In Flames in Europe. That was one for the books for sure.

Any skate-related charities you support?
Tony Hawk’s Foundation.

What music have you been listening to?
Metal ALL THE TIME!!!! The new Soilwork is pretty sick. The new Black Dahlia Murder album is pretty tight too.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
In this day and age, constantly filming, getting content and getting it out there. Also going to whatever contests there are. For vert and Mega guys, they are far and few between…. And being a positive role model for kids.

Which skate shops do you support?
I usually go to McGill’s.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
My house or Bob’s house.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
I feel like the level is higher and better than ever right now. Super awesome to see!

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I’m not sure. I keep everything pretty much, even every board that I learn something new on. It’s cool to go back through them sometimes. They all have memories tied to each one.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Frontside ollie, backside ollie, back smiths.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Yes.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Learning heel flip 720’s. It was one that I really worked for and wasn’t sure was possible. That definitely proved to me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

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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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