Greg Harbour – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

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Name: Greg Harbour
Hometown: Ft. Collins, Colorado
Age: 29
Sponsors: Speedlab Wheels, American Nomad, Gullwing Trucks, Plague Hardware and Skateworks.

What set-up are you riding right now?
8.5 American Nomad board, 56mm Lightning Speedlab Wheels, Plague bearings and hardware and Gullwing trucks.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
Lately, It would be the American Nomad bowl in Jay’s backyard or the mini quarter pipe at the Speedlab headquarters.

Have you ever built something to skate?
Absolutely, but nothing that’s worth mentioning.

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
Casey Meyer, Tony Ellis and Jason Adams.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
All the Nomad boards are so on point. The art is killer!!!!

Best thing you’ve ever skated in a skatepark and what skatepark was it?
It was in CT… Wethersfield? Basically, it was a jersey barrier built into a bank, super fun to wallie over. I was having way too much fun on it.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Bill Danforth, Keith Meek, Ricky Windsor, Matt Hensley, Andy Weiss, Monico Candeleria, Casey Meyer and BJ Morrill.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
DIY mega ramp.

What’s one of the best road trips you ever took?
Chicago to Indianapolis, all great people, tattoos, lots of skating, partying and fully burnt by the last day. It was an epic trip.

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
Launch in Fort Collins!!!

What music have you been listening to lately?
Punk, all sorts, all the time…

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Keep progressing and putting stuff out there! If someone is willing to put out a board with your name on it, push that brand and back what that company is about.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
Skateworks in Santa Cruz and the Skateboard Market in Colorado.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Danforth doing any layback, Keith Meek doing a layback smith at Derby, Jason Adams (any), and the Hensley ollie photo where he’s under that bridge in San Diego.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
I think it’s awesome!

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I don’t really keep anything like that, but probably this parking block tattoo I have. It’s just a reminder of where we all started. It’s crazy to think about starting skating in shitty parking lots and getting into punk, and 15 years later you’re doing the same thing and it’s still fun.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
I’m not a Santa Cruz local, but here probably Jason Jessee.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
That’s so hard… Tuck knees, layback grinds and Elvis grinds (willys).

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
No. It’s so weird how far skating has come, in that sense, from getting picked on by bros and jocks growing up. I’m pretty opposed to the idea of skating being part of any sport event, but I also don’t really care and I know I’m going to keep skating how I skate regardless. If people can make money from that, good for them, but I’m a working class pro. I’ll have my job and still handle skating!

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
I have no idea, I work hard every time I step on a skateboard. I suck, but probably getting to meet all the rad pros I grew up looking up to, so not proud as much as how cool it is to get to meet everyone who’s done so much for skating!

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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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