I’m living and skating in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. At this moment the longboarding scene in the Netherlands seems to be growing, there is a lot of enthusiastic people in our community.
It seems like the people from different cities are more connected with each other since we host a lot of longboarding events in different cities and we tend to visit each other!
I would not say I have a core discipline, it seems like I like a lot of ways to goof around on a board. Though I have some serious crush on longboard dancing.
Regular stance, goofy is for weirdos.
How long have you been riding and how did you get started with longboarding?
In the end of 2016 I bought a small Globe cruiser, I cruised around for a while and bought a skateboard in January 2017. Together with my little brother I practiced skateboarding for 3 months, he was progressing heavily and I was way slower in the progression towards my personal goals. I started to notice I didn’t enjoy skating as much as he did as I was comparing myself to him the entire time.
In May 2017 I bought my first longboard to do dancing and tricks on, I immediately noticed I was enjoying the mellow ride and flow of this board and this made me wanna learn grab tricks and basic steps. This hype lasted for 2 days until I teared my anklets on my right foot. I couldn’t skate until July 2017 but when my body was ready I wanted to skate literally every moment I was able to.
What’s your favorite trick or thing to do on a board and why?
For me there is no such a thing a favourite trick or thing to do on a longboard. If there would be, I probably haven’t found out yet because there is still so much to learn! *Just kidding, I love pirouettes*
How did longboarding change you as a person?
Before longboarding I felt like I never really achieved real goals for myself, I always had the idea that I just “had to do stuff” in order to live. Longboarding was the first thing I was literaly doing for myself and taught me that training and practice do make perfect.
Do you currently have a sponsor? How did that happen?
TIMBERBOARDS is supporting me all the way. I used to complain about their boards because I was not willing to get used to their special shaped kicks which a lot of people love! We got in contact through the events I hosted in Rotterdam and they really liked my longboard dancing.
When they decided to bring their new board “KIWI” on the market I was in love the moment I stood on it. They asked me to join their Timber Family on the Friday before SYCLD2019. On Saturday I won 3rd place in the non-sponsored category on SYCLD19 they asked me for their team straight away!
What are the benefits or perks of being sponsored?
Apart from free boards which saves me alot of money; having a team who share the same passion for longboarding and the scene!
Do you have an everyday board, the board that you always ride with?
The Timberboards Kiwi makes me fly over the road everyday!
Describe your setup, what do you like about it?
Timber Kiwi: The timber kiwi is ideal deck for me, its 119cm and has HUGE kicks. The kicks hit the ground so snappy I barely have to kick it down, the 119cm deck makes it perfect to do some boardwalking on.
Paris trucks: Perfect for carving, makes you feel like you’re floating over the terrain you’re riding.
Radwheels: Jimmy Riah 63mm 80 wheels are unbreakable for me, this saves me a lot of money!
Do you have a (Pack, Crew, Longboard Org, or friends you skate with regularly)? Do you guys have a name? How did you join?
In march 2018 I moved to Rotterdam, before this I didn’t have any idea about the longboarding community in the Netherlands at all. @Roff_n_Roll was the community in this city, they made me stoked to practice harder tricks then I did before, in the end I started to host events under this name in Rotterdam and its a great success!
A lot of longboarders show up to skate with each other and enjoy their passion together, we have a very beginner friendly community which I deeply love!
I’ve also been skating with @theklokskatecrew for a few months now, we make fun videos together and have a lot of fun times!
Who inspires you that makes you want to push your progression! Why?
My biggest inspiration came from Achel Machin since I started watching his video on YouTube before I had Instagram. All longboarding youtubers motivated me a lot to go and skate. The people that pushed my progression by helping me out with tricks were local riders, Dave de Jonge has been a biggest inspiration to me!
Describe briefly what do you do outside longboarding?
Outside of longboarding I help people with a mental disability go trough their daily life!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been depressed for a while. Because skating makes me feel so relaxed none of my longboarding friends ever noticed.
What are your struggles right now?
I’m struggling to feel entirely relaxed again, its going way better then before and I’m able to enjoy all moments when I’m on my board!
What are you most passionate about?
Sharing the stoke for longboarding with other people and challenging myself with new longboard tricks.
One piece of advice when struggling to land a trick
Turn off your mind and commit.
A personal quote that keeps you motivated
It is possible if it is possible
Roff n roll: www.instagram.com/roff_n_roll
- Onno Nijzink
- Rotterdam, Netherlands