Josh Forsberg – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview


Name: Josh Forsberg
Hometown: Carlsbad, California
Age: 14
Sponsors: ALVA team rider, DC shoes flow, Crash Pad protective clothing.

What set-up are you riding right now?
ALVA Scratch Deck 8.0, Spitfire Formula 4 wheels, Mob Grip, Indy trucks and Randoms hardware.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
Washington Street in San Diego.

Have you ever built something to skate?
Yes, a half pipe in my backyard.

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
Besides TA, my buddy Ben Rueth.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
Alex Sorgente’s pro model Pocket Pistol Rock Fuzzy Flocked deck.

Best thing you’ve ever skated in a skatepark and what skatepark was it?
Mini Mega Ramp at Woodward East, PA.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Bob Burnquist, Danny Way and Alex Sorgente are my favorite skateboarders of all time.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
I’d like to see a skatepark built as the ocean and the ramps are waves.

What’s one of the best road trips you ever took?
Driving up to Big Sur and driving to Woodward, PA, from Florida, and when we moved from Florida to California.

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
Grind For Life with Mike Rogers.

What music have you been listening to lately?
Rock, Hip-Hop, Reggae and Rap.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Professional skateboarders should be positive role models and wear proper protection (helmet & pads) so they can skate longer.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
ALVA Skateshop, and McGills.

What is your favorite skate photo of all time?
Tony Alva doing a front side air in the bowl, when he was younger.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
I think it’s great and I wish there were more, so it wasn’t about gender. It should just be about skateboarding. Girls get a lot of attention because there are not many.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
When I met Tony Alva for the first time and he signed my GFL t-shirt at Surf Expo and then said he wants to sponsor me.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
California State for giving us free skateparks.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Backside air 360, lien disaster and stalefish.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Yes, because so many people skateboard and it’s very competitive.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
My proudest moment in skateboarding so far is when I won the mini ramp division at King of the Groms Championships in Minnesota and I won a week at Woodward.




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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