The first in a series of Vans rider interviews conducted at the House of Vans, London during last weekend’s 50th Anniversary party.
Keep checking back every day this week for more.
Your first appearance in skateboarding’s collective conscious was Anti-Hero’s Cow  video. How was it being a teenager thrown in the van with dudes like Andy Roy, Sean Young, John Cardiel and Eric J?
I didn’t know anything else so it was pretty normal to me. Mic-E Reyes was good, he kind of took care of me when everyone else was going nuts and I’m fourteen years old just watching all this shit go down. He took care of me, I mean he went nuts too, but it was a fucking trippy experience seeing that go down at such a young age. But, like I say, I didn’t know anything else and that’s how it started.
What’s the best spur-of-the-moment Cardiel trick you witnessed during those early years?
The one that comes to mind is that Thrasher cover he had doing an indy nosebone over the oilcans on the wet vert ramp, with a jump ramp to bank or whatever. He stacked up the cans and rolled in on like a vert ramp but half of the width of it was just roll in. It was like a BMX roll in, and he did it when it was soaking wet and just blasted this indy nosebone and with like sixty millimetre soft wheels. It was nuts. You couldn’t even ride across it without slipping and he’s rolling in, that was gnarly.
Over the last year two years you’ve had sections in Propeller  and Destination Unknown , which you’ve said before were very different experiences. Which of the Destination Unknown tours were you on, and which ones stood out as the best?
I don’t know man; it was such a long process, years and years if you add it all up. We all kind of did our own thing across that whole period. I did a lot of trips on my own in smaller crews too. Like up to Montana, and we did an East Coast mission and brought Frank (Gerwer) on that one, just low key. Nothing really sticks out. It was all just so long looking back at it but the time just flew when it was happening if that makes sense…