Jeremy Smith – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

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Name: Jeremy Smith
Hometown: Spring, Texas
Age: 22
Sponsors: Cockfight Skateboards, HoaxMFG, Surfhouse, Pinks Pizza and Vans (flow).

What set-up are you riding right now?
Cockfight trench warfare 9”, 169 indys, 57mm Speedlab nomads.

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

Have you ever built something to skate?
I build stuff to skate every single day!

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
Too many to name, but mostly Mike $$$$, Chuy, Adam Wiggins, Brandon Smith, Bryan Bedwell, teamblowingit, anybody who wants to roll.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
Have to go with the new Supersuckers graphic from Cockfight.

Best thing you’ve ever skated in a skatepark?
Port Aransas has a pretty epic kidney.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Jeff Phillips RIP, Royce Nelson, Speyer, Pete the OX.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
Spring, TX almost has everything imaginable.

What’s one of the best road trips you ever took?
The one I’m on now!

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
Make a Wish is definitely one of the main ones I have supported for many years.

What music have you been listening to lately?
Waylon, The Sword, Motorhead and The Shrine.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Skate and have fun. Show people how fun skateboarding is. Oh, and make money… Right?

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
The Surfhouse, Southside and Reserve Supply Co.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
The one of Wade over the hip at Burnside, and pretty much any photo of Grant Taylor.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
It’s rad! I’ve known Lizzie for a few years and it’s super sick to see how influential she’s become to other girls.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I have a Jeff Phillips sticker that I’m taking to the grave with me. Pool tiles and a pool block from the Combi are just a few I’ve attained.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
Lloyd and Carol from Surfhouse, Eric from Southside, and Matthew Niemann really make the scene as fun as it is.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
BS ollie, eggplant, judo airs.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
NO!

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Probably getting the opportunity to wake up every morning and build skateparks all over the country.

JEREMY_SMITH-Simon_Rhim JEREMY BUILDS ‘EM AND SKATES ‘EM. CHURCH BONELESS. YOU’RE GOING TO HEAVEN. PHOTO © SIMON RHIM


 

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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