Justin Grubbs – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

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Name: Justin Grubbs
Hometown: Spring, Texas
Age: 24
Sponsors: Cockfight, Sk808, Beerclub shirts and koozies, Surfhouse Skate Shop.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Cockfight board, Indys, Sk808 wheels, Mob grip.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
Tres Losas in Old Town Spring, TX.

Have you ever built something to skate?
The first time I built a concrete ramp I was 16. I made a sloped circle rail that was six feet long that had transition on both sides, except it turned out with one side was transition and the other side was like a convexed bank ramp. It was kind of shitty, but really fun.

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
These days I like to ride the skate with Adam Wiggins, Mike Money, Matt Money, San-Jak, Tristan and The Party Wave out of Houston, and all my friends from Spring.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
Anthony Shultz’s Schlitz graphic, super sick!

Best thing you’ve ever skated in a skatepark and what skatepark was it?
Tyler, TX skatepark, the vert wall in the shape of a T, and the whole park itself is fun.

Favorite skateboarder of all time?
Peter Gunn!

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
EA skate, how they have the snake run full pipes.

What’s one of the best road trips you ever took?
Best road trip was to Corpus Christi. We skated three backyard ramps, hit a seagull going 70 down the highway, tried to surf and skated some crusty spots.

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
EZ-7 Turkey Jam.

What music have you been listening to lately?
A lot of blues and good ole country songs about big Texas skies, and Mexican music all day at work.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
I think it depends on how much the person is getting paid but, in general, I would say just to skate and tear shit up.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
Surfhouse and Southside Skatepark.

What is your favorite skate photo of all time?
Young Jay Adams photos.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
Rad.

What piece of skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I don’t have any.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
Kids skating places other than the skatepark.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Pushing, the ollie, and truck grinding.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Hell no.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Being able to go to King Fest.

JUSTIN_GRUBBS-RYAN_SMITH JUSTIN THROWS YA A FRONTSIDE FEEBLE ON SOME KILLER DIY BLUE WAVE FORMATIONS TOPPED WITH POOL COPING READY TO ROCK. PHOTO © RYAN SMITH


 

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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