Sarah Thompson – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

Name: Sarah Thompson
Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
Age: 18
Sponsors: Speedlab Wheels, Silly Girl Skateboards, Wicked Audio, Black Flys Eyewear, S1, Bridge to Skate

What set-up are you riding right now?
8.5 Silly Beast with some sweet Indys, size 58.5 Speedlab Wheel Vapors, some random pieces of grip with pizza and Logan Frank’s head.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
I actually just went to this old spot in Del Mar right on the beach. It was a cool little quarter pipe, but I couldn’t skate it very well because I was holding my broken wrist.

Have you ever built something to skate?
We held a fashion show at Pink Widow Distribution a couple years ago, and we had to build the runway and the had quarter pipes all around. It was pretty rad.

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
I mostly just skate with the local guys in Huntington Beach or, if I’m going south, I skate with all the rad ladies in San Diego.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
The new Silly Beast board is awesome.

Best thing you’ve ever skated in a skatepark and what skatepark was it?
I really just love pool coping. It doesn’t matter where. I just gotta have it.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Jim Gray, Felipe Foguinho, Ben Raybourn, Kevin Kowalski, Chris Gregson, Justyce Tabor, Jean Russen, Julz Lynn, Izzy Mutu, Bryce Wettstein, Sierra Kerr, Minna Stess… There are just way too many.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
The new Anaheim park.

What’s one of the best road trips you ever took?
We had a 2-3 week trip with some of the Silly team from H.B. to Lake Tahoe through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. It was awesome.

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
Bridge to Skate.

What music have you been listening to lately?
Jefferson Airplane.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Staying in shape, working with sponsors, skating hard, and being a good role model.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
I mostly just go to Pink Widow Distribution.

What are your favorite skate photo of all time?
Any photos of me skating with my friends.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
It’s growing, creative, passionate and beautiful.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I still have my first Silly board, my first helmet, and a photo of me skating down my grandpa’s driveway when I was like 6.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
I skate Volcom skatepark a lot and there are a lot of skate coaches there, such as Mank, Rene Serrano, Mike Ogas and Joey Lopez. They all are super rad to upcoming kids and are always teaching me new tricks.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Front smiths, ollie north, and stalefishes are beautiful.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
I’m staying out of this.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Honestly, my proudest moment is when I see my best friends and teammates having fun and doing well in contests. I love to see them stoked.



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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