SURF SKATE STYLE WITH SHANE ALLEN. INTERVIEW BY JUICE MAGAZINE. PHOTO BY WILLIAM SHARP.
When did you first hear of SurfSkate style?
It must have been in the eighth grade that I first heard about surfskate style. I had some friends that would surf up and down Wagner’s driveway. It was a downhill driveway with 20 or so waves on both sides, as it dropped a level after every side wave. Me, Brandon and Clay would spend all day surfing up and down the driveway, until we got run out by the manager.
What does SurfSkate style mean to you and who has the best surf skate style?
Surfskate style is to skate a pool and do a power slide, flow through and throw my tail out on an air, or even find a bush shaped like a barrel. Ha! I would say Larry Bertlemann and Tom Curren have great surfskate style all the way, up to a couple friends of mine. Gavin Beschen and Dane Reynolds have great surf skate style and. I’ve got to give it up for the Fletchers also.
How has surfing influenced skateboarding, and skateboarding influenced surfing?
Skating and surfing collided in the backyard swimming pools. This changed everything for skateboarding. Skateboarding hit surfing with innovators like Christian Fletcher. I remember watching Adam Virs skate the hell out of Emma Wood in the ‘90s and I knew it was a mixture of the two. Now, in 2017, guys are doing airs, kickflips, 360s and shove-its, and it still holds strong. Gotta love it.
Is SurfSkate style important today?
It’s important to me. I still surf and skate. It might not matter to most youth, but in my mid 30s, it holds strong.
JUICE MAGAZINE SURF SKATE STYLE STORY:
The influence of surfing on skateboarding has been discussed since the beginning of both, yet we have now entered a new era, where skateboarding has returned the favor with its own unique influence on the surfing world. In order to get to the core of this cross over and to try to define the origins and current state and status of surf skate style, we’ve interviewed some of the most innovative skateboarders, surfers, artists, documentarians, photographers, filmmakers and musicians on the planet. In honor of the great, Shogo Kubo, who once said, “To me, style is everything…” welcome to our exploration of Surf Skate Style featuring interviews with Aaron Murray, Aaron Astorga, Abraham Paskowitz, Art Brewer, Bennett Harada, Brad Bowman, Brandon Cruz, Brian Brannon, Carter Slade, Chris Miller, Chris Strople, Christian Fletcher, Christian Hosoi, Craig Stecyk III, Darren Ho, Dave Tourje, David Hackett, Dennis Martinez, Dibi Fletcher, Don Redondo, Eric Britton, Garrett McNamara, Gerry Lopez, Glen E. Friedman, Greg Falk, Greg Galbraith, Greyson Fletcher, Herbie Fletcher, James O’Mahoney, Jef Hartsel, Jeff Ament, Jeff Divine, Jeff Ho, Jim Fitzpatrick, Jim Gray, John Van Hamersveld, Jonathan Paskowitz, Josh “Bagel” Klassman, Kalani David, Keith Morris, Kirra Kehoe, Larry Bertlemann, Laura Thornhill, Lizzie Armanto, Marc Emond, Michael Denicola, Michael Early, Nano Nobrega, Nathan Fletcher, Nathan Florence, Neil Stratton, Norton Wisdom, Pat Bareis, Randy Katen, Ray Flores, Rob Nelson, Robert Trujillo, Scott Oster, Shane Allen, Shaun Tomson, Shota Kubo, Solo Scott, Stacy Peralta, Steve Alba, Steve Olson, Takuji Masuda, Terry Nails, Tim Curran, Tim Hendricks, Tim Kerr, Tom Groholski, Tony Alva, Wes Humpston and Zach Miller.
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