SURF SKATE STYLE WITH TERRY NAILS. INTERVIEW BY JUICE MAGAZINE. PHOTO COURTESY TERRY NAILS.
When did you first hear of SurfSkate style?
I had not heard the term until fairly recently, although the implications of the statement have been there since the beginning of skateboarding as skateboarding was always an offshoot of surfing. It took on more significance in the ‘70s with the emergence of Larry Bertlemann and Buttons on the surfing side, and the Dogtown boys on the skating side, though, in truth, both sides were hardcore surfers and skaters equally.
What does SurfSkate style mean to you and who has the best surf skate style?
To me, being both a surfer and a skater, the statement itself seems to be sort of a redundancy because I’ve never really seen much of a separation between the two. They’ve always been two halves of the same coin, as far as I’m concerned. Without a doubt, John John Florence is the personification of today’s surf skate style! Everything from the way that he approaches his moves to the way he holds his arms down to his sides is pure skate style.
How has surfing influenced skateboarding, and skateboarding influenced surfing?
Quite simply put, surfing gave birth to skateboarding. Originally, skateboarding was something that we did when we couldn’t get to the beach or the surf was flat. Skateboarding on the other hand has given birth to almost all of the most progressive moves in surfing today. The aerial aspect of surfing is a direct result of SurfSkate style. Many of the moves such as a slob grab, boneless and shove it are skate moves used by many surfers nowadays.
Is SurfSkate style important today?
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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