San Antonio, TX, USA
I’m from the Netherlands and the scene is alright due to the fact that NL is quite small. I mostly skate with people from Amsterdam and city’s around. There’s a Facebook group called “Amsterdam 020 Longboarding” and most of the times there will be someone joining if you post you are going out for a sesh.
How long have you been riding and how did you get started with longboarding?
I skate dancer boards for 3 years now, before that I was skateboarding for 10 years.
I started longboarding because Simple Longboards offered me a sponsor deal to skate their mini cruiser. After a couple contests I had won all the stuff I needed to mount a dancer board, and eventhough I said I would never go longboarding, I did mount it. Stepped on it, loved it, the end.
What’s your favorite trick or thing to do on a board and why?
Cruising through the city, avoiding the tourists, ollie-ing curbs and do powerslides.
How did longboarding change you as a person?
It didn’t change me all too much. I did become aware that spreading negative vibes (about handtricks in my case) is pointless. There are things in this world I don’t like and I’m still trying to figure out how to deal with this.
Do you currently have a sponsor? How did that happen?
Tim from TIMBER-BOARDS approached me on a longboard event and asked me to be part of the team.
I’m also sponsored (flow) by Caliber Trucks and Blood Orange Wheels, for this I asked their team manager to have a little chat with me on SYCLD18. I explained them why I wanted to represent their products and I asked them what they are looking for in a team/flow rider. Send some E-mails. Shook some hands. Celebrated the deal with a joyjump. The end.
What are the benefits or perks of being sponsored?
Do you have an everyday board, the board that you always ride with?
I’m too old to skate everyday.
Describe your setup, what do you like about it?
My board is 110cm (43,3 Inch) long. The Timber Tortini is a freestyle dancer with a wide nose and tail which is perfect for no-comply, shuv-it and manual combo’s. I like that my baseplate has never broke and that my wheels have good grip with carves but slide smoothly when doing slide shuvs for example.
Do you have a Crew, Longboard Org, or friends you skate with regularly?
020 Crew. I was cruising Vondelpark and someone told me about this Facebook group I mentioned before. Last season we skated almost every Sunday.
Who inspires you (longboarder or skateboarder) that makes you want to push your progression?
I do not want to push my progression because of others. I push my progression because I, myself want to keep learning.
Longboarders that showed me moves that I find sexy are: Luutse Brouwer, Duude, Rene Schmidt, Aboubarky Seck, Julius Everhard, Tobias Holtgrave and more.
How did this person affect the way you longboard?
Luutse made me realise that there are 1000 possible variations for only one trick. Trying to learn them all and in every stance is definitely something I picked up because of him.
Describe briefly what do you do outside longboarding?
Figuring out what to do with my life. I focus on health, reading and living a stress-free life.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I’m a bit of rule breaker and that I dislike people bossing me around just because they are authorities.
What are your struggles right now?
I struggle to maintain a healthy diët.
What are you most passionate about?
Becoming my best self.
One piece of advice when struggling to land a trick
- Film yourself, analyse it in slomo. Together with a video of someone doing it the way you like to do it.
- I quote Hans Wouters; “try someting different”. Try focusing on you arms 10 times, then focus 10 times on your knees, your hips. This helps to make you more conscious about your body movement.
Quote that keeps you motivated
If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill
The type of hiphop I listen to: Earl Sweatshirt, sLUms crew, Biggie, Capital Steez,Quasimoto, Gangstarr, Mac Miller.
All these rappers have interesting philosophies and they put very nicely into words.
- Marijn Floris Smit
- Dance · Freestyle
- Amsterdam, Netherlands