Welsh ripper Jake Collins is part of the Kill City Skateboards crew, and also rides for Vans, Bones Wheels and bearings, Monster Energy Drink, Independent, Pop headwear and Newport’s Freestyle skateshop. His parts include the penultimate section in Kill City’s long-awaited, banging Rookies vid from 2011 and a night-time welcome edit for Quiksilver UK in 2010, filmed in Hereford by Lee Dainton, as well as a Ten Tricks for Kingpin filmed at the Newport Bowl in October 2010.
He performs well in competition too – at the 10th anniversary Vans Wängl Tängl in Mayrhofen, Austria in 2012, a competition which featured some of the finest transition skateboarding known to man, he excelled in the Best Trick Contest, taking home the most ‘cash for tricks’ with stand-out back-to-back moves on the massive mini-ramp.
Hailing from the Welsh town of Newport, it seems as though young Jake has been around forever, such has been the ease which he has fitted into skating life. Since first skating just 12 years ago, he has rapidly developed into one of the biggest talents currently on the UK skate scene.
With a goofy stance, he is an all-terrain destroyer who is as comfortable on the streets as he is on tranny. His video appearances over the last couple of years have featured crazy control and a succession of tough tricks on gnarly spots, and in competitions, he is always the guy that stands out, making his manoeuvres look simple with a nonchalant and relaxed style.