I’ve been longboarding for 2 years. I started late ^^ I always want to skate as a teenager but I had no money and got bad parents who didn´t allowed me to skate.
2 years ago, my life was in pieces, lost my Job, my wife, my mental illness problems were hard to handle. I was totally broke, trust me. I was very depressed and suicidal at that time, cause I could not see my daughter, she means everything to me. I had to find something, something that reflect me, something that take all that voices that are in my head (Bipolar Disorder) and make them into a strong powerful choir.
That is what longboard dancing is doing to me. I saw this one guy on YouTube, smoothing on his board and I was like, yeah this is cool. Should I try it? I was not sure but what was sure is, at that time i need a ride and i had no car or bike. So bought a longboard and got more hooked up as a god damn Junkie. Seems like I got a little hidden talent.
Its my way to express, its my inner peace, its my smile on rainy days.
What’s your favorite trick or thing to do on a board and why?
Ohhh shit, hard to say for me, I love all high Aerial tricks like Aerograb or flip, Armpossible was 1 of my first tricks, ahhh no I cannot choose.
How did longboarding change you as a person?
It change all, its the center of my life, no way without my board. I build my actual life around it, with 34 years I’ve changed all in my life. Doing the first time what I want and I’m happier than ever before. It’s like, that’s what I was made for <3
On being sponsored
I´m in close contact with Alternative Longboards and I push myself to be their team rider and ambassador at the end of the year. Right now I make communiting for them and write a lot with them to learn whats all necessary for sponsoring. For a sponsor for trucks, wheels and bearings I lack popularity that only means I must work harder and become better.
Honestly, I take a deep breath to push away all doubts that in my mind and than I write a very friendly email to the brand I like and show them in some sympatic short words who I am. That I like them and that I want to get sponsored by them. When its not possible at the moment, what must I do that they interested. For example, Cosmo Longboard from Korea. They give you feedback and infos what and how to do when one asks politely.
Never give up and try. 9 out of 10 will ignore you but there will be that crazy one who also reply too.
What are the benefits or perks of being sponsored?
That you get your boards or other equipment nearly for free, but ask me end of the year, with luck I can tell you first hand then.
Do you have an everyday board, the board that you always ride with? Why this particular board?
Yeah I do have. it’s my alternative dancer cause everywhere I go I will be doing it in my style and for that I need my board like a samurai his sword.
What’s your favorite nourishment after a session?
Any kind of Asian and Italian food
Do you have someone in longboarding or skateboarding you look up to?
Of course man, who has not. Too many talented dudes to name them all, Lotfi Laamali, Abu Sekh, Eduardo Campos, Kate Voynova and Timur Totoev and my friends from China and South Korea Duo Duo Deng and so on.
How did this person affect the way you longboard?
All of them did, in their on way. Sometimes its only a trick, next time its the dancing style or a little movement. I grow with everything I see.
If given a chance to meet this person what would you ask them, what would you want to talk about?
About all sorts of things!!!! From how he or she is doing specific tricks to what they love the or they thing about where this way leads us all.
What are your struggles right now?
Oh yes, this question leaves me bright smiling. A lot, money is always the problem and my girlfriend got special form of arthritis so I maintenance her full time. So I fight for her and me to be successful as a crazy art couple. Sport photographer and Longboard Ambassador. Dancing Honeybadger and Wavering Crow.
One piece of advice
Search for the thing you love and then do it, your victory will follow.
A personal quote that keeps you motivated
As a child and teenager I suffered a lot from mental and physical child abuse that’s where my disorders came from. Marvel got a spin off comics from Wolverine, with female clones of Logan called X-23 aaaand,….
…… wait for it,…..Honeybadger😍.
And there is a talk between X-23 and Gabby known as Honeybadger, where she stated to her as a compliment:
“YOU’RE THE WORST THERE IS AT WHAT THEY WANTED YOU TO DO. THAT´S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE” – It means they want her to be a killer and murder and all sorts of things but she came out lovely younger version of Deadpool.
Suggested Music, brief description or why?
Hip hop, Rock and many more…… From Method Man to Electric Guest over Vintage Trouble
- Roman Ray Günther
- Dance · Freestyle
- Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany