1. Where are you from. Virginia Beach, Virginia
2. Where do you live now. I am trying to buy a place in Virginia, but I have been traveling so much this year that it has been kind of hard to do. I am also pretty indecisive about where I want to end up. Being in LA, this seems like the place I might end up soon. I always thought California would be too much pressure for me, but lately I have been meeting more friends out here and it makes me feel a little more comfortable.
3. When did you first turn pro, and who was it for? I am pretty sure I turned pro for Hurley first and then Chapman.
4. My first memories of Kyle Berard was of seeing this young kid who was super consistant and could throw the kickflip front boards at will. This was about five or six years ago when flipping into a front board was something that really set you apart from the pack…What was it like in those days, being so young, and getting that kind of attention? It was fun meeting all of the skateboarders my friends and I looked up too. When I was younger I was drawn to the contests because I loved watching everyone skating in real life. I kind of just fell into the contest scene and I made a lot of good friends over the years. I still skate contests and get to hang out with the same guys. Lately I have been going on filming trips with world industries.
5. Did that have anything to do with you being dubbed the “Man-child” . I have a beard just about every other minute and I don’t really keep up with it. I don’t shave all that often because I know it will come right back. It is like when I was younger and didn’t want to make my bed because I knew I was going to sleep in it again. Maybe I should keep up with it though because I don’t think that mentality is the healthiest way to go about things.
6. Was there pressure from your sponsors to move out west? yes, there has been over the years. I think I have been putting pressure on myself lately to do so. It feels good this time around. It must be the people around me. The Dwindle dudes are great and we have a lot of fun skating together.
7. Is it hard for a pro skater to function living on the East coast? I guess so, in some aspects, but I have been traveling so much lately that I don’t really have a home base east or west. It is easier to communicate in person rather than on the phone or e mail. There are of couse way more filmers and photographers on the west, but before I never knew any of them. Now I know some and I understand the opportunities out here.
8. Tell us about you’re Skateshop. My dad and I started Cardinal skateshop in Virginia about a year and a half ago. I work there when I am home, but he pretty much runs the show. Lately a few cool things have been happening that made us realize that kids actually respect our shop and what we are trying to do. One being about a month ago a kid came in and stole some shoes. Obviously that kid doesn’t care whether our shop survives but, another one of our customers found the kid at the local skatepark about an hour later. The customer roughed up the kid and took his shoes off of his feet. We knew who the kid was and of coourse what he stole and that was all the guy needed to hear. Within an hour we had our shoes back. The shoes had a few scuff marks on them when we got them back, but it was the thought that counted. My friend Gibbs told me we should put the kid who got our shoes back on the team.
9. There were a few years there, where we didn’t hear much from you. Did you take time off, were you injured or were you just keeping a low profile? A little bit of everything. I was in a very bad car accident along with two of my close friends and one not so close friend who ended up trying to sue me. It was a terrible experience for me and all of my friends and family. Our good friend Jon was in a coma for about two weeks and that was a struggle for all of us. I broke my femur and bruised most of my body. I had two surgeries over a year and decided to go to college while my body and mind healed up. It was just one of those things that happen in your life where you just have to learn and take as much positive information and use it towards the next struggle in your life. It woke me up to what was going on around me in so many different aspects. It taught me life is a fragile gift not to be taken for granted, as obvious as that seems, sometimes people still tend to forget.
10. Riding for Blind is a pretty big deal considering their history and praise they getting for “What If”…How do you feel about being part of such an impressive team? I ride for World industries. We are coming out with a full length video soon. We all have been busting our asses and there is not any breaks until the deadline. its fun working towards something like that even though at times it can be a bit overwhelming.
11. Do you ever feel neglected being 3000 miles form your sponsors? not at all, I stay in contact with all of my sponsors. It is easier though to wake up and go to dwindle instead of wake up and call.
12. When I finally got to see you skate in person, I was amazed at what an ATV you are. Did this come form the people you skate with, the terrain you have to skate, or just from spending hours in you backyard.. I started out as a park rat in virginia beach, then peewee and sergie got me skating vert. I did that until the very ramp was gone and then a started skating street. My roots are in transition, that is for sure. I would feel way safer skating a pool than a rail, I am pretty sure I always will.
13. What’s up with your ramp? I have a mini ramp in my parents backyard. It is the best mini ramp I have ever skated and the sessions are so fun. We usually get some bugers and cook out and rip.
14. Who’s the local crew you ride with? Fat tony, Gibbs, all the guys that ride for Cardinal, everyone a winslow’s ramp, and my buddy paul and his drywall crew. Its great.
15. What are you doing these days? I am just trying to stay busy. I still like going to the contest, but I am trying to be productive in other aspects of skateboarding. Besides skating, I am trying to buy a house and just take it easy when I can. I love hanging out with my close friends, skating or no skating, and hanging with my family. I have been reading more books lately and watching less TV. ” The Five People You Meet in Heaven” is going pretty well. I am half way done with the book and hope to finish it soon. God that sounded gay.
16.What brings you out to L.A. World Industries. That plus the good friends I have been traveling with lately. I have been able to skate everyday. No rain and good spots.
17..On a scale of 1-10 How much do you love Mike Petersons Cigarette smoke. I like it 1. He likes it 10. His mom bought him the patch every year for christmas. I think she gave up a few years ago after catching wind about mike wearing the patch while smoking.