Cam Dowse – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

Name: Cam Dowse
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Age: 42
Sponsors: Conspiracy Skateboards, Z Roller trucks.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Conspiracy board, Grind King Jay Adams trucks and Conspiracy wheels.

What’s the most fun skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
Salamander Ranch.

Have you ever built something to skate? If so, describe it.
Yeah. I’ve helped on tons of projects. I used to have a spine ramp that me and my bro built back in Oz.

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
All the homies! I ain’t picky.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
The board I’m riding right now, Conspiracy Malleus graphic.

Best thing you’ve ever skated in a skatepark and what skatepark was it?
The new pool in Breckenridge, Colorado is sick!

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Chris Miller, Rune Glifberg, Peter Hewitt, Omar Hassan, Josh Borden, Chad Shetler and so many more.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
More skate tracks with pump bumps and obstacles.

What’s one of the best road trips you ever took?
Oregon with Jerry Hahn and Dave Tuck!

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
Grind For Life and Strap In For Life.

What music have you been listening to lately?
The Saints.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Just be a professional.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
I don’t go to skate shops much but, if I do, I go to SoCal Skate Shop or the Attic.

What is your favorite skate photo of all time?
Recent pic from Anthony Acosta at Jerry’s ramp, the Recycler.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
Backing it.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
Dave Tuck Arvada Army board.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
Everyone helps in their own way.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Carve, grind, slash.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Skateboarding is not a sport.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
That I’m still skating.

Cam_Dowse-Pala-Brandon_Wong The line to get to this air frontside is just as insane as the air itself. Cam slays the serpent at Pala. Photo by Brandon Wong


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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