Julian Torres – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

Name: Julian Torres
Hometown: San Pedro, California
Age: 14
Sponsors: Neff Headwear, Maui & Sons, Filament Shoes, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Independent, Ricta, Mob Grip, Bronson Speed Co, Sandbox Helmets, Destroyer Pads, Knox Hardware and Stance Socks.

What set-up are you riding right now?
8.375 Santa Cruz screaming hand, 149 Indy hollows, 55mm Ricta crushers, Bronson bearings, Mob Grip and Knox hardware.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
I learned to skate at my home park, Channel Street. It has to be my favorite DIY spot.

Have you ever built something to skate?
No. I haven’t yet, but it’s definitely something I’d like to do in the future.

Who do you like to skate with these days?
I’ve been skating a lot with Kiko Francisco. We’ve been skating together since day one.

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
I really like Josh Borden’s new board for Santa Cruz. It’s so sick!!

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
The Combi at the Block is one of my favorite bowls.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Micke Alba, Ben Raybourn and Tristan Rennie. Those dudes are rippers.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
I don’t think so. You’d have to ask Danny Way that question.

Best road trip you ever took?
Going up to Nor Cal is always fun, and skating all the rad parks and spots up there.

Any skate-related charities you support?
I support the SPSA, the dudes who built Channel from the ground up.

What music have you been listening to?
I’ve been listening to all sorts of music: Fetty Wap, Yg, Chief Keef, Blink 182, Elton John and tons more.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Learning tricks and having fun.

Which skate shops do you support most?
I support Maui & Sons in Venice 100%. They have been my clothing and board shop sponsor since 2010. Thank you, Cheryl!

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Chris Miller doing a nosebone in the old Combi.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
It’s really rad and has been progressing so much in the last couple years. The next generation of girls skateboarding is looking good!!

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
One day, when I was really little, I was skating at the block and Rune Glifberg was there. I told him that he was my favorite skater. He got so stoked on my compliment that he gave me some Oj’s out of his bag! This was probably the coolest thing that had ever happened to me up until that point. Those wheels are still on my dresser today.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Boneless, frontside invert, and frontside smith because style matters!

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Never. Skateboarding is a raw art that is for fun and only fun. Skateboarding isn’t a sport. It’s a lifestyle.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
I recently got on a rising shoe brand called Filament. The owner, Tim Gavin, wanted me to wear his shoes. This meant a lot to me because Tim is one of the best entrepreneurs in the skate business. He’s also a former pro street skater. The fact that he is stoked on my skating is really humbling.



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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