Frank Faria – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview


Name: Frank C. Faria
Hometown: Escalon, California
Age: 29
Sponsors: Dieta, Ace Trucks.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Dieta 8.25, Ace 44’s, 54mm Bones STF wheels, Jessup Grip, Bronson Bearings.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
My buddy, Dave Ostlund, and friends built a bowl outside of Stockholm, Sweden. I was in Europe earlier this summer and got to visit his house for a couple fun sessions.

Have you ever built something to skate?
As a kid, I would build all kinds of ramps and obstacles. Around 2007, I started building a bowl on The Ranch, which spawned the annual Raise Hell contests and parties.

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
All my close friends, skaters in Portland, and everyone at #riponshore.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
I saw a funny one of @Hesher420 “follow my bong” graphic from the guys at Vertical Smile Skateboards.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
Street Dome skatepark in Denmark is amazing, and they have a climbing gym!

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Mark Gonzales, Dan Drehobl and Wade Speyer.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
That’s a tough one. I like the concept of having small spots built all over a city so you can just push around and hit one after another.

What’s one of the best road trips you ever took?
My good friend, Ricky Flip, and I road our motorcycles from California to Austin, TX, for SXSW earlier this year. Back in 2005, I took a month-long solo trip around the States skating some of the raddest terrain, at the time, and even went to Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual Bike Rally.

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
Not at the moment.

What music have you been listening to lately?
The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age, Radio Moscow, old Jimi Hendrix recordings and Love, Peace & Poetry: Turkish Psychedelic Music.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Have a positive mental attitude, talk to strangers, travel often, and take care of your body.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
Any skater-owned shop.

What is your favorite skate photo of all time?
My buddy Kyle @frylepile fiends pools all the time. Super stoked on all his stuff.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
I think its awesome! Ladies who shred are rad!

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I bought some art from Pontus Alv to support his brand Polar and he sent me a very nice care package. I am really grateful for that.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
I thinks it’s a collective of people, hard to pinpoint just one person. The people who can give back or start something to help keep skateboarding awesome are the ones to thank.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Ollies, no comply 360, back tails.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Nope. Do the Olympics really need skateboarding?

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Starting Dieta with Johnny Turgesen. I’ve been skating for 20 years and I never thought I’d start my own company. Big thanks to Unheard Dist., Colin Sharp and Ethan Bettencourt.



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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