Jeremiah Risk – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

Name: Jeremiah Risk
Hometown: Palm Springs, California
Age: 43
Sponsors: Independent, Emerica, Bones, Randoms, 187 Killer Pads.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Flip, Rune Glifberg, Indys, Bones wheels, Bones Swiss bearings, MOB grip tape and Randoms hardware.

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

Have you ever built something to skate?
Yes, my bowl, “The Yard.”

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
Anyone willing!

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
Chris Miller, Welcome Skateboards.

Best thing you’ve ever skated in a skatepark and what skatepark was it?
FDR – “The Mexi Wall”.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Way too many to say.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
I’d like to see someone build a Combi bowl flipped around with a real shallow end.

Best road trip you ever took?
Orcas Island N.W. Trifecta trip.

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

What music have you been listening to lately?
Whatever people play when they are over.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Isn’t the reason to be a pro skater so you don’t have responsibilities?

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
I don’t.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Chris Miller, original Upland frontside air.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
More power to them. Get some!

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
The chunk of original Nude Bowl coping I own.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Airs, grinds and anything ally oop.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Getting my photos in mags.

Who needs anything else when you have your own concrete field of dreams to skate? Jeremiah takes a frontside air over the hip at his backyard bowl, The Yard. Photo by Eric Staniford



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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