Jesse Irish – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview


Name: Jesse Irish
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Age: 31
Sponsors: Shipyard Skates, WRV.

What set-up are you riding right now? Board, trucks, wheels, grip, hardware…
Ridin’ the Shipyard “World War Bee” shape with Independent trucks, Type-S wheels, Swiss bearings, Random’s hardware and some cheap grip.

What’s the most fun skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
The Lost Bowl, Richmond VA.

Have you ever built something to skate?
Lots of things, boxes, rails, quarters and other little driveway jammers. The best was a pool at a buddy’s house. It was a peanut 5 & 8 and functioning as a swimmer/skater.

Who do you like to skate with these days?
The O’Neal Brothers, Frank Shaffroth, Collin Graham, Julian Etheridge and the rest of the Fork crew.
Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
Shipyard “BBQ”.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skate park?
Snake run at Kona Skatepark.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Lance Mountain, Pat Ngoho, Ben Schroeder, Dave Maxwell, Jesse Davis, Trey Winslow, Ben Hatchell.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
I would like to see more backyard DIY stuff. A lot of creativity and dedication goes into backyard builds.

Best road trip you ever took?
Went down to Florida for a contest… What contest? We raged like lunatics and did everything we could from bowling to trashing hotels, picking up chicks and fireworks wars. It was great!

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

What music have you been listening to lately?
Bluegrass, old surf rock, punk rock and a mix of everything.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Skate and have fun.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
WRV and Cardinal Skate Shop.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Jaime Stapula doing a front smith barefoot at his pond.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
I love it, more girls should do it.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
This old lady from work gave me a Vietnam era wood skate with clay wheels. She told me it belonged to her brother and it was special to her. He never made it home from the war and she wanted me to have it. I thought it was heavy when she gave it to me.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
John Fudala, he hosts skate camps, little contests and teaches kids the fundamentals.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Frontside disaster, frontside crail slide and frontside sugarcane… basically frontside.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
No, it’s not a sport. That’s just my opinion.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Someone painted a mural at a local bar of me skating a pool and I couldn’t believe it. It meant a lot that a friend would go to the lengths of doing that.




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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