Ivan Traykov

Dancing · Freestyle · Freeride

Sofia, Bulgaria

Everything started back when I was in the 5th grade (8 years ago) when I bought my first skateboard. I skated only with my friends and the most important thing for me at that time was that we were having fun.

3 years later, one guy from our group came to the session with a longboard and showed us some dance steps (on a downhill shaped boat-looking board 😀 ). I liked it and wanted to try longboarding.

I learned the simple steps and made the decision that I wanted to buy a longboard. I sucked at jumping stairs or skating rails in skateboarding anyway. I loved flat ground tricks.

My first longboard that I bought was a drop-through with no kicktails, but it was because I had no knowledge of the different shapes at that time. It’s a long story, but the most important thing is that longboarding still continues to interest me. It quickly became my favorite hobby.

I got my first real dancer in 2016 and that was the time when I actually I started progressing and learning tricks and dance variations. I can say that my progress was maybe also due to my background in skateboarding, but I cannot neglect the people around me that encouraged me and helped as well.

What’s your favorite trick or thing to do on a board and why?

My favorite trick is a Fakie No Comply Biggerspin. I just love doing it, some of the people that follow me on Instagram might have noticed it.

In the beginning, I had some issues with it. The board was always flipping and I didn’t know why. After some thinking process and a lot of practice, I now have it on first try and I’m really happy about it 😀

I like that particular trick the most, because I love the way how it pops high and makes a smooth 540 degree rotation and then you just need to land.

Fakie No Comply Biggerspin
Fakie No Comply Biggerspin
How did longboarding change you as a person?

I found new friends and I skipped a few classes in school, but I learned more in longboarding than in school. So in the end I really didn’t miss much.

When I think about it I don’t remember what type of person I was before I started skating. I can’t say that longboarding changed me, it is more like longboarding created a part of me that I just can’t let go of now.

Do you currently have a sponsor? How did that happen?

Yeah! I’m proudly representing DaSilva Boards, Board Shop Bulgaria and Society of Tomorrow.

For DaSilva, I posted a picture shot by a friend which DaSilva Boards liked and shared. My friends Nikolay (my agent now :D) and Dan, encouraged me to continue creating content for the brand as they told me that I have chance of being sponsored by them.

At first, I didn’t believe there was a chance, but then DaSilva shared a second photo of me. The hopes started emerging. After some time, I filmed a 3 minute video and asked them if it was good enough for a sponsorship. They denied it. But that didn’t discourage me.

I continued skating and making content, so they could keep an eye on me. After 6 months, they messaged me with the words: Do you want to join the Dirty Family?

For Board Shop – spontaneous idea with my friend Iordan Petrov. We went to the shop and talked with our friend Georgi Mladenov, who is working there. We told him our idea and he said that it’s cool. He talked with the boss and we got accepted.

For Society of Tomorrow – My whole crew is sponsored by them. One day our crew member Blago Dochev just said: “Hey guys! We have our first sponsor :)”

What are the benefits or perks of being sponsored?

First of all, you must enjoy the products of the company that is sponsoring you. If you don’t, there won’t be any benefits.

The dudes at DaSilva are super cool, always hooking me up with decks and wheels whenever I need them, support me whenever I create content or have a cool idea for spreading the stoke in my country. They support our events and the progression in my country and that is all that matters.

Do you have an everyday board, the board that you always ride with?

I skate almost every day and I always enjoy a good Dance and Freestyle session so the DaSilva Hux fits me perfectly as an everyday board. 🙂

Describe your setup, what’s good about it?

In addition to my Hux I ride Paris V2 180s and Orangatang Fat Free orange. I love how my setup carves and flows. It is perfect for every trick I try and every dance step I make.

Do you have a (Pack, Crew, Longboard organization, or friends you skate with regularly)? Do you guys have a name? How did you join?

Yeah I am a member of the best crew in Bulgaria. It’s called “Lazy Riding Crew“. We have 5 members currently, 5 guys. It is not a big crew, but it is with trusted people.

I joined last summer when I was on a sea vacation in Varna, where half of my crew lives. Before they asked me, I secretly wanted to join, because I love feeling a part of something.

This year we organized 2 competitions and many other small activities both in Sofia and Varna and I am excited for the years to come.

Find us on facebook @lazyridingcrew

Lazy Riding Crew Style
Lazy Riding Crew Style
Any advice for anyone who wants to start a team, group or community?

The most important thing is to feel comfortable with the people you skate and grow as a family, be chill and just have fun together. Skating or just doing something like creating media is always fun when you are together with your buddies.

Who inspires you (longboarder or skateboarder) that makes you want to push your progression! Why?

Aboubakry Seck! You can’t find someone who comes close to his style. That and just the positivity with which he always shines just makes him a person that I just want to skate always if I have the chance.

He inspires me with every video he puts up. He radiates positive energy while skating! It just makes me stoked!

How did this person affect the way you longboard?

He taught me to always skate with a smile and I enjoy trying everything I see from him.

Describe briefly what do you do outside longboarding?

I’m now in university – University of Architecture and Geodesy in my home city Sofia. I want to become an architect.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m pretty tall, 1.90m to be exact.

What are your struggles right now?

Nothing, I love my life as it is.

One piece of advice

Аppreciate the important things in life and stay positive.

A personal quote that keeps you motivated

Luck is part of every plan.

Best tip when struggling to land a new trick

Have a break and try understanding the trick itself. Break it down, it becomes way easier.

Suggested Music

I’m a huge rap fan, but I always try to enjoy new stuff I find from other genres.

  • Ivan Traykov
  • Dancing · Freestyle · Freeride
  • Goofy
  • Sofia, Bulgaria