Johnny Turgesen – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

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Name: Johnny Turgesen
Hometown: Medford, Oregon
Age: 28
Sponsors: Dieta, Ace Trucks, Bones (flow).

What set-up are you riding right now?
Dieta Steven’s Choice board 8.5, Ace 44s, Bones 54mm STF, Jessup grip, and Bacon Bits hardware.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
Touch place, made by the one and only Tim Chin, or Rocco’s barrier in Portland.

Have you ever built something to skate?
I helped out with Brooklyn Street Skate Spot in Portland. It was a small DIY park under a pedestrian bridge located in SE Portland, filled with tight tranny and pool coping.

Who do you like to skate with these days?
My original crew from when I was a kid. Most of them still skate!

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
Every Black Label graphic that has ever existed.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
Small aggregate coping quarter pipe at Windell’s camp.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
John Magnusson.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
A skateble rubber ducky.

Best road trip you ever took?
First EU trip for the Quicksilver Bowlriders. We got to hop in the double decker bus.

Any skate-related charities you support?
Skaters for Portland Skateparks. It’s not a charity, but they put a lot of effort into making Portland skateboarding great.

What music have you been listening to?
Danava, Radio Moscow and Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Represent core skateboarding and keeping it simple.

Which skate shops do you support?
Jack’s Board House in Medford, OR and Commonwealth Skatepark in Portland, OR.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Any Kyle Bunker photo.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
Skateboarding welcomes everyone.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
A piece of tile from Brooklyn Street Skate spot.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
Colin Sharp and Dreamland skateparks.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
FS Ollie, backside Smith grind, nollie flip.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
I have no opinion. It doesn’t effect what I do personally with my skating.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
My proudest moment is that I can still skate and enjoy it like I did when I was a munchkin.

Johnny_Turgesen-Spencer_Morgan JOHNNY TURGESEN SLAYS IT. NICE OLLIE. CLASSIC STYLE. PHOTO BY SPENCER MORGAN


 

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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