Top 10 Pro Skater Interviews

Interview with professional skateboarders

Pro skaters often have very interesting lives - the path to becoming a pro skaters is unique to each professional skateboarder! Check out these interviews with pro skaters, and see what they have to say!
Rob Dyrdek Interview
Rob Dyrdek Interview. photo provided by Fanscape

Rob Dyrdek is THE name in skateboarding right now. He's rediculously successful in his TV projects, and people just love him. For good reason! He's a very good face for skateboarding!

In this interview, Rob told me a lot about his life as a skater, his dreams and plans. “I’ve always had a business mind," Rob says. "I started my first company at age 18. I’ve always liked the creative side of skateboarding. The freedom inside the sport of skateboarding, and how it’s not about how good you are. So I’ve always been doing crazy creative stuff.”

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Paul Rodriguez Interview
Paul Rodriguez Interview. Tony Donaldson/Shazamm/ESPN Images

Paul Rodriguez (or P-Rod) is a famous pro skater. I asked him what he thought a skater needed in order to really succeed as a pro. "Well, a large part of it is skateboarding skill," He explained. "You gotta have that. You also have to have a personality or style that can be marketable if you want to have a long skating career. You see a lot of guys who dress funny and who can do all kinds of crazy tricks but they don’t get recognized. I don’t know. It’s kind of weird."

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Rodney Mullen Interview

Rodney Mullen Interview
Rodney Mullen Interview. Globe Shoes
Rodney Mullen is a legend. In this interview, he talks all about being a pro skater, and what it means to him.

"Skating first appealed to me because of the type of people that did it, plus the fact it wasn't organized or coached. There was no "perfect swing" to master; everybody did things their own way, and every way seemed "right." There was nobody telling me that I wasn't good enough, or that I should be more like the other guy, or that I had to beat the other guy..."

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Colin McKay Pro Skater Interview

Colin McKay Pro Skater Interview
Colin McKay Pro Skater Interview. Jamie O'Clock

When I asked about the hardest part about being a pro skater, Colin McKay says, "For me, the hardest part is just staying on top of your game. It's easy to get pro, but hard to stay pro. There's so many kids that are so hungry, the way I was when I was 16, it's hard to stay up as good as you can skate for a long time!"

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Bucky Lasek Interview

Bucky Lasek Interview
Bucky Lasek Interview. Sarah Hall Productions

Bucky has been on the pro circuit for a long long time. When I asked him what he did for practice, he said, "Well, it depends on how good we get it down. Sometimes we start at ten in the morning and it goes until eleven at night. I mean, breaks in between of course, but still. (sounds of dirt bikes in the background) Bob just scared the piss out of me!"

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Ryan Sheckler Interview
Ryan Sheckler Interview. Bo Bridges

Ryan Sheckler is an extremely well known name in skateboarding! I asked him what his secret was. "I would say it’s consistency in my skating," Ryan answered. "And having fun! Don’t ever give up. You gotta keep trying, and never give up." I asked him what keeps him going, and he laughed, "Adrenaline!" Then he added, "Knowing that each day can be better than the last day."

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Bob Burnquist Interview

Bob Burnquist
Bob Burnquist. ESPN Photo / Alvin Yong
Bob Burnquist has been at this for a while, and has done a lot with and for skateboarding. And he loves to talk! He had a lot to share with me. "I’m just so motivated right now man," he said. "I’m just really excited about life, about everything that’s going on, and I’m so thankful and blessed in so many different ways, I’m just going to keep on moving, and keep on growing, and skating-wise keep on progressing, keep on pushing the skating limits, keep on learning."

Andy Macdonald Interview

Andy Macdonald Interview
Andy Macdonald Interview. Rhino
Andy Macdonald is a well loved skater, wholesome and fun to talk to! In his interview, he says a lot about his life and skateboarding. "I started in skateboarding when I was 12 years old, and it wasn’t an issue of making it or not - it was just the funnest thing that I knew how to do. So, I did all the team sports all through high school but skateboarding came along and all the team sports went out the window. Just felt like, you know, not having a regimented training schedule and a coach telling you, “If you want to be the best this is how you have to do it, blah blah blah.” Just the freedom and the self expression that comes along with skateboarding is what attracted me to it."

Jamie Thomas Pro Skateboarder Interview

Jamie Thomas Pro Skateboarder Interview
Jamie Thomas Pro Skateboarder Interview. Photo: Jamie O'Clock
Jamie Thomas has been amazingly successful in going from outstanding pro skater, to business man. He now owns several key skateboarding brands that he used to just ride for! And to top it all off, he's an incredibly easy guy to talk to.

"My favorite tricks would be basics," Jamie explained when I talked with him at a contest. "I really like basckside smith grinds. I like the feelings of certain tricks, like every time you land it it makes you feel really good, no matter how many times you do it." With a smile he added, "Backside smith grinds are my favorite."

Pierre-Luc Gagnon Interview

Pierre-Luc Gagnon Interview
Pierre-Luc Gagnon Interview. Photo: Jamie O'Clock
Pierre-Luc Gagnon has been massively successful on the pro skater circuit. When I asked him if he ad any advice for young skaters out there, he had a lot to say!

"Just have fun," PLG said with a grin. "Keep doing what they are doing, have fun skating, and be original. Just don’t limit yourself to street skating. Skate everything. I think it’s good to experience every aspect of skateboarding, everything that’s out there. It’s good to try it and experience it. You don’t judge a book by it’s cover, so if you haven’t tried vert skating, then you don’t know what it’s like to skate vert, you know? So you’re better off trying everything before you limit yourself to one type of skating."

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