I’m from Dallas, TX and currently living in Nashville, TN. I started skating in 2012 when my friend showed me a video of Steven Vera hitting some tricks in NYC. It blew my mind and inspired me to learn freestyle myself.
What’s your favorite trick or thing to do on a board and why?
My favorite trick is probably the no-comply impossible. It’s a very fun/easy trick for me that I don’t see many other skaters do!
How did longboarding change you as a person?
Longboarding is a huge part of who I am today. I probably skate 3-4 times a week, and everything I do is driven by my passion to skate as much as possible.
Do you currently have a sponsor? How did that happen?
I am currently sponsored by Original Skateboards and Cloudride wheels. I wouldn’t have received these sponsors if I didn’t push myself like I did the past few years. Each sponsorship started with getting myself recognized by each company through Instagram, followed by some emails back and forth with the team managers!
What are the benefits or perks of being sponsored?
The main benefit of a sponsorship is getting free boards/wheels/gear. On top of that, the company will usually cross-promote your content to help reach a larger audience.
A common misconception is that you should go for any sponsorship that you’re offered. But you should really only accept a sponsorship if you’ve ridden their product and love it! I skated both Original skateboards and Cloudride wheels for years before getting sponsored by them. Even if I lost the sponsorships for some reason I would still skate these products. They’re perfect for me!
Describe your setup, what’s good about it?
My current setup is the Original Apex Diamond Drop 40, Cloudride Slusheez, and Paris trucks. I skate with this setup pretty much everyday and it’s perfect for longboard freestyle and dancing!
Do you have a Crew or friends you skate with regularly?
I don’t have a crew that I regularly skate with. I’ll usually skate by myself, or occasionally with a few friends.
Who inspires you (longboarder or skateboarder) that makes you want to push your progression! Why?
One of my biggest inspirations is Hans Wouters. He inspires me as both a skater and filmmaker, especially since he creates similar YouTube videos as I do!
What do you do outside longboarding?
Aside from my longboarding career, I spend my time as a freelance videographer. Most of my videography work is music related (music videos, live covers, etc.), but I’m capable of just about any type of videography work!
I also work part time for Original Skateboards, working as a live chat agent on our website. Check us out at originalskateboards.com and we’ve got live rider support 7 days a week!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I guess people might be surprised to know that as far as I know, I’m the only freestyle longboarder in Nashville (If you live in Nashville and also do freestyle/dancing hit me up!).
Whenever I skate with friends, its always with skateboarders, and we usually hit up a skatepark! That’s probably why my style mostly consists of tricks, rather than sliding/dancing/downhill.
What are your struggles right now?
I am currently struggling to learn tre-flips and fakie tre-flips! I’ve landed a handful of fakie tre-flips on my Apex 34, but I’ve been trying really hard to get them on lock.
One piece of advice
My biggest piece of advice is to skate for fun, and skate as much as you can! Nick Jones
If you are only skating to impress people or try to gain a sponsor then you’re missing the point. You should really just skate for fun, and the impressions/sponsorships will naturally come to you!
- Nick Jones
- Freestyle · Dancing
- Dallas, Texas, USA