Jimmy Wilkins – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

Name: Jimmy Wilkins
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Age: 22
Sponsors: Bones, Creature, Skeleton Key, Thunder, ProTec, Eswic, Lakai, Rockstar.

What set-up are you riding right now?
8.6 Navarrette model Creature board. 149 Thunder, 58mm Bones SPF, MOB grip, Randoms hardware.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
There is so much good skater built stuff! Couple really awesome backyard vert ramps.. The Zuener’s in Encinitas, Dirt’s in Seattle, Ramona ramp… Fabrizio has a pretty amazing set up at his ramp… WSVT, Kernside… So much good stuff out there.

Have you ever built something to skate?
I helped build a couple things at my local park in Ohio and put in a little bit of work resurfacing Ramona, but I’ve never really built anything legit, like start to finish. I just help out when I can.

Who do you like to skate with these days?
Sam Beckett, Marcelo Bastos, PLG and Brandon Lasko are the usual guys I skate with most days. They rule.

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
All the Creature graphics rule! So many good ones.. Beckett’s first pro model has a super sick graphic. I have it hanging by my front door!

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
Hard for me to say. I like bigger stuff. Can’t go wrong with a solid vert ramp. They’re all good.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Started making this list and it’s just too damn big and I know I’m forgetting a lot of guys… I’ll just say my favorite guy out right now is Sam Beckett. He amazes me all the time. He can do anything.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
Nothing in particular… More stuff to skate for everyone.

Best road trip you ever took?
Every trip is the best. They’re always with a bunch of friends and a bunch of skating.

Any skate-related charities you support?
Grind For Life is an awesome one, and Tony Hawk’s Skatepark Foundation too.

What music have you been listening to?
Recently, I’ve been listening to baby hurt a lot, but I listen to so much music. I listen to a pretty wide variety. It really depends on what I’m feeling.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
When I look at the pros, I love watching them skate and it makes me want to go skate. Getting other people stoked on skating, I guess. I’m not sure I’m the best person to answer that though. Haha.

Which skate shops do you support most?
My local one is McGill’s Skate Shop, owned by Mike McGill. It’s a rad shop and right down the street from me.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Too many to pick just one.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
It’s rad. More girls should do it.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I have a few boards and some mags.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
I live in San Diego, so it’s hard to say. Everyone here skates and everyone rips.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Bs lip slide, bs air, lien air… Also about 20 tricks that tie in with those.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
That I somehow make a living off of skateboarding, trips me out every day.




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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