Cole Perera

COLE PERERA INTERVIEW BY DAN LEVY

What is it like skating for Powell?

It’s a dream come true. I used to skate C.A.S.L. competitions and I’d always win the Powell Games of S.K.A.T.E. and best tricks and I’d always win Powell decks and I’d be skating them month by month. Deville was at one of the contests and he gave me a board and I went to skate with him the next day and here I am now. It’s pretty crazy.

What are some of your favorite things about skateboarding?

It’s the freedom. There are no rules to it at all. You can do anything you want, any trick you want, no matter how hard it is or how easy it is. You can express the way you skate. 

Where do you come from?

I come from Bell Gardens, California. 

HEFFTY_COLE NOSE SLIDE. PHOTO BY DEVILLE NUNES

What is your favorite band to listen to?

I love System of A Down, Misfits, Sublime, Arctic Monkeys, Joy Division, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix… I could keep going. 

That’s a good variety. What has been the best skate session you ever had?

It was probably the first time ever skating with the Powell team. I pissed blood. They took me to some gnarly spot. It was a five flat six in UCI and I was just sending it for the first time with the Powell crew. I kickflipped it and then I tried to go for a varial flip and I kept sticking it every try. 

Gnar. Were your aspirations in life to become a professional skateboarder?

I’ve always thought about skateboarding ever since I was little. They were like, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” I would write, “Professional skateboarder.” It’s crazy. I’m trying to pursue it at its fullest potential now and I just turned amateur this year and got a photo in Thrasher by Deville, so I’m very grateful. 

Rad! Was that your first photo in a mag?

Yeah. That was my first photo ever. 

What was that feeing like?

It was so surreal. I couldn’t process it for a while, even to be amateur. I was like, “I’m actually doing this.” My parents liked it, but my father thought of it more like a hobby. He was like, “You need to get a job and go to college.” Then he saw that I got that photo in a magazine and I’ve been getting all of these boxes of product and he can’t believe it. 

“It’s the freedom. There are no rules to it at all. You can do anything you want, any trick you want, no matter how hard it is or how easy it is. You can express the way you skate.”

That’s awesome.

It’s such a trip. I think about it a lot when I’m just chilling. On the nights I can’t sleep, I’m thinking, “Damn!” I’m really grateful for everyone. 

Where would you like to travel to skate?

Barcelona. Paris. Tokyo. Argentina. Africa. Let’s go everywhere. Alaska. Anywhere. 

That’s a good list. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

I’d be invisible. 

Why?

I don’t know. I could be hiding in the corner and not be seen. I’d be all low-key and stealth. 

That could put you in some interesting situations. What do you think your biggest challenge in life is? 

Just enjoying life is the biggest challenge every day. 

Why is that challenging for you?

It’s just the way that I grew up and the aspects of life that I’ve been around and the things I’ve seen and the things I’ve been through. You just have to push and be a soldier and push through to better days. Living life can be heavy. 

I think that lends itself to what you were saying about skateboarding and freedom.

Yeah. It brings so much freedom to everybody. I love seeing everyone skate, from skating curbs to skating pools and pyramids and ramps and rails, and the variety of tricks. I love the whole aspect of skateboarding. It makes me happy.

VARIAL FLIP AT J KWON. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY

Was Powell your first legit sponsor?

Yeah. I was sponsored by a little board company in Inglewood called Barely Legal Skateboards and I jumped off straight to Powell, gratefully. 

What other sponsors do you have?

Ace Trucks, Fly Paper, Telivistar, Bones Wheels, Bones Bearings, Footprint Insoles and Footwear and Mainline Skate Shop. 

That’s tight. What do you want your legacy to be?

I want to be known as the happiest dude. 

That’s a really good legacy to have. 

Yeah. I want people to think, “Cole is always happy, always with a smile and never negative.” 

What is the one thing that you’ve laid down on your skateboard that you’re most proud of? 

It was probably disco heeling the Rose Garden set and double flipping the Hollywood 12, paying        homage to Billy Marks. 

You double flipped that? That’s gnarly.

Yeah. It was for the Powell YouTube. 

Wow. Is Billy Marks your favorite?

Yeah. I like Billy Marks and Tom Penny. I get a lot of inspiration by them, and Jamie Thomas, Chris Joslin, Ocean Howell, Tosh Townend and Bobby Puleo. 

Fuck yeah. East Coast O.G.

Kalis, Wenning, Pappalardo… I could keep going. 

Wenning’s 5-0s are stupid. How do you not move? I don’t get it.

Right. In the fat DC’s. 

Moon boots and no movement on the 5-0.

Yeah. His Photosynthesis, and Jason Dill and AVE have been a big inspiration on me, and Andrew Reynolds for sure. I love jumping off stairs.  

Sick! If you were asked to describe your style, how would you describe it?

Tom Penny mixed with Chris Joslin. 

Those are big shoes. 

I like big pants. [Laughs]

[Laughs] Yes! Give some shout outs.

Shout out to my mom and shout out to Deville and all my homies. Shout out to Bell Gardens where I live and where I’ve grown up and shout out to you, Dan. Thank you for being out here with us.

I’m hyped. It’s been fun. Thank you.

Thank you and thank you Juice Mag. 

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