Jonas Carlsson – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

Name:  Jonas Carlsson
Hometown: Kristiansand, Norway
Age: 12
Sponsors:  Session Skate Shop, Jart Skateboards. 

What set-up are you riding right now?
Jart board, Thunder trucks, Spitfire Formula 4 (Ishod Wair), Mob Grip.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
Agora Skatepark in Barcelona, Spain, which they built for Street League 2015.

Have you ever built something to skate?
My friends and I made a quarterpipe behind a school and to build it we carried cement bags on our skateboards about one mile!

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
My skate buddies in Norway are Jens Ugland, Daniel Pedersen, Petter Brunvatne, William Svendsen, Simen Haegeland, Ask Filling and Thomas Thorkildsen.  When I’m in L.A., I skate with Trevor Smith, Ricco and Rocco Lauro, Dillan and Nico Teran, Jacob, Dillan Malikyar and Reckonball.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
Trevor Colden Skate Mental Deck:  Colden chips.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
The Vans gap at Vans Huntington Beach Skatepark is really cool.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Ishod Wair, Sean Malto, Trevor Colden, Louie Lopez.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
A kink rail in a skatepark.

What’s one of the best road trips you ever took?
Cruising around Southern California skating.

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
I’m still young, but if I could support a charity it would be cancer.

What music have you been listening to lately?
Trap and Rap.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Being a good role model and enjoy skating.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
Session Skateshop in Kristiansand, Norway.

What is your favorite skate photo of all time?
Ishod Wair – No Comply on a barrier.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
I think it’s cool.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I was at a Skatecamp in Norway, when I was 9 years old, and got Michael Sommer’s board. It still hangs on my bedroom wall.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
All my buddies in Kristiansand that I skate with every day.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
360 flip, bs 360 and ss fs bigspin.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Yes. I would love to see that happen.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
First place Bowl and second place Street in the 2015 Norwegian Championships.




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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