Ryan Decenzo – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview


Name: Ryan DeCenzo
Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Age: 28
Sponsors: Red Bull, Globe, Darkstar, Red Dragons, Arnette, Bones Wheels, Swiss Bearings, Independent Trucks, Hitcase, Awsm, Kicker Audio and Miami High Co. Socks.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Darkstar board 8.25 with Grizzly grip tape and 149 Independent trucks with 53mm Bones wheels and some Bones Swiss bearings and Diamond Supply Co hardware!

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
The La Mirada DIY spot!

Have you ever built something to skate?
Built a lil out ledge and quarter in my backyard with Kyle Berard and it’s the best thing ever. Just check my Instagram!

Who do you like to skate with these days?
Handrails and hubbas.

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
My new Darkstar Totem pole graphic!

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
Any marble hubbas are always good, for example, the Vancouver skate plaza. Kimberly Diamond Cup hubbas etc…

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Machnau, Appleyard, Scott Decenzo, Chris Joslin.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
A handrail made entirely of wax and then light it and skate it!

Best road trip you ever took?
King of the Road 2012 was epic because I was with the Anti-Hero squad and those dudes are a riot!

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
Sheckler Foundation.

What music have you been listening to lately?
Been listening to a lot of classic rock because it never gets old, and some old school hip hop always gets me stoked!

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Just to always be out skating and working on some new stuff, as well as making your sponsors happy. It’s also important to pay attention to what is happening in the skate industry and make sure your up to date with all the new stuff that’s going down.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
Coastal Riders in Surrey, B.C. and Street Dreams Boardshop in North Delta, as well as Cowtown Skate Shop in Phoenix and all the Rhythm Skate Shops out there!

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Machnau noseblunt on the BCIT 16 sixteen rail back in the day.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
It’s awesome! I have always been a fan of watching the girls skate! They have a lot of fun and are always positive good vibes to be around!

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
My collection of old and new skate videos!

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
In Vancouver, it’s definitely Magnus Hanson, but down here in Cali, the scene is already so big that nobody really stands out.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Fs flips, hard flips and 3 flips.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
With the growing rate of skateboarding’s popularity and the worldwide friendship that skateboarding brings to the table, yes, I think it would be pretty rad!

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
My proudest moment must be when Chet Thomas told me that I was going to have a pro board for Darkstar. I was really hyped and proud of my achievements in skateboarding at that time.




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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