JONATHAN

Meet Jonathan,

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21-year old skater from somewhere near Gent,

whistling Growlers songs while skating his ass off around the streets of Europe and doing tricks I don’t know how to pronounce.

Also, he forced me to start our interview saying ‘hey guys what’s up ?’ and it felt very lame.

He swinged by Amsterdam for a Martini,

a catch-up on life and to try the apple pie they sell down the road that’s been my topic of the month with everyone for the past five months.

I truly like that apple pie.

So what do you want to talk about today ?

‘Interviews aren’t really my thing.’

So you’re a skater ? Why not a blader ?

‘That’s a good question. Blading is super cool, all those tricks. That’s how you get the chicks.’

When and why did you start skating ? Any broken bones or bad scars so far ?

‘In 2007. Is this video thing working for real or you’re joking ? Damn it’s rolling. Well, I got a playstation and my grandma bought me the Tony Hawk game, you could unlock bonus videos promoting the brand shorties, it was pretty big back then.

As a kid I wanted to try and flip the board in real life, slide down the handrail.

I’ve been quite lucky. I like jumping staircases but I haven’t broken anything.

The main thing was losing some skin during this one tour, I messed up my chin but scars play as a good icebreaker.’

And how’s it going now ? Do you want to become a professional skater ?

‘That’d be sick. It’s nice to earn money doing things you like. Iight now I’m doing my best to get better at it, skating everyday. Though I always forget to stretch.

Competition out there is tough, you have all these kids doing crazy tricks and all sorts of jumps just like that, making it look so natural.

Training plays a big part but you need to be lucky too, being at the right place at the right time, be seen by the right people and not acting too arrogant or too shy.

People don’t want to invest in someone who goes around and acts like a prick but you also have to get out there, take those headphones off and talk to who’s around, skate together. You never know.’

Do you want some peanuts ?

‘I’ll have some peanuts. Is there more Martini and juice ?

California is pretty big for the skating scene, are you planning some trips there ?

‘I’d love to, but it’s expensive. That’d be (he whistled and i’m not sure how to write the sound of a whistle). I think these vans shoes are a bit too hipster so I only wear them in Amsterdam.’

Any advice for young skaters out there ?

‘I’m not good with advice. Don’t drink too much. Stay focused.’

The interview ended with us stealing quotes from Ali-G and other irrelevant details that made it a hell lot of fun of an interview.

Like me taking half an hour to learn how to say kickflip backside lipslide or serving peanuts, martini and juice for dinner.

Keep it real kids.

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All photos were shot by talented @joselitoverschaeve

good at taking pics, awful at choosing horror movies.

 

 

You can have the best apple pie in the whole world at

Winkel43 – Noordermarkt 43, 1015, Amsterdam

 

Stay tuned for recipes of food i don’t cook and tips on how to have a diet made of Thai food and vinos but keeping it so casual that people think you’ve got your stuff together.

 

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