Chris Pfanner was recently in Milan at the pop-up House of Vans celebrating Vans’ 50th year anniversary. Fortunately, Lovenskate Stu was on hand and kind enough to put a few questions to Chris on our behalf; basically a check-up of Chris’s life after Propeller, talking the world tour, that double set kickflip in Split, skating with Daan Van Der Linden and more.
Words: Smith, Broadley, Kliewer | Pics: DVL, Vans
Hi Chris, what have you been up to lately?
I just came back from a trip with Volcom, a filming mission for the video Holy Stokes. I was at home for Easter with the family, had a little bit of time there. Alexis (Jauzion, from Vans) called me up and asked if I wanted to come hang out here, I thought why not? Maybe I can catch some sun rays!
It’s Vans’ 50th anniversary, can you tell us about your relationship with Vans?
It all started back in 1998, I started getting shoes from Vans Germany and from then on things started picking up. I skated all the European contests and got on the Europe team in 2003, then at some point I moved to Barcelona, got bumped up to the global team in 2007. It’s been the same but somehow different. It’s really good, I can’t complain, the support from Vans has been killer all through the years. I get to do what I love doing, so what’s there to complain about?
Did you survive the Propeller premier tour ok?
At first it all sounded really fun, we’re going to tour the world like rockstars you know! It seemed really adventurous in the beginning. But after the first three stops – L.A, Sydney, and Shanghai – and being lost in different time zones within three days, it was kind of like ‘woah, we still have ten days ahead of us like this?’
»Definitely needed a break, sort my marbles!«
I imagine all the time people expect you to be on the top of your game and you just want to go to bed?
You get interviewed after you’ve travelled half the world you’re just lost, you don’t know where you’re at or what time it is, you have a little vertigo going on and then people ask questions like ‘What are the 5 worst things you’ve done in you’re life?’ and you’re like ‘really?! I should have to think of that right now?’
In the end it was a really good experience, a once in a lifetime thing. When do you get to travel around the globe in two weeks and see all this stuff? The people were super nice everywhere, they were really stoked on the video, it was all good. But you definitely needed a break after that, sort my marbles again!