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Asking Stupid Questions at Street League

What better way to spend a sunny weekend than indoors asking stupid questions at Street League? We’ve all got our opinions on the world’s largest skateboarding spectacle, but one thing that everybody can agree on is that Street League is far too serious. To act as somewhat of an antidote to all that seriousness, after all this is skateboarding, we hit up some of the competitors with some stupid Q&A questions.

Photos: James Griffiths

Sebo Walker

Sebo, noseblunt.

If you could pick any skateboarder from any era to compete at Street League who would you choose?

Harold Hunter for the energy.

How much would you need to be paid to focus someone’s board during the competition?

I would do it for 50 buckos.

Did you try to win or were you just here to get paid?

I’m there for the experience, the change of scenery, to check out the local skate spots, people and culture.

What’s the most stinking trick you saw go down? Name and shame please…

Myself, not landing a single trick. I didn’t watch much else, but everyone I saw was solid. No turkey flips or willie bag lady manoeuvres. Mostly A-Team performers.

Who’s the worst snake during practice?

No idea, I’m too in my own head when I skate to notice anyone snaking. I admire a good snake anyway. Get ahead ya know why not?!

Do you consider yourself an athlete or a skateboarder?

Child athlete turned skateboarder.

“I’d focus someone’s board for 50 buckos”

If you were able to enter like a WWE wrestler, what would your entrance music and costume be?

Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden and a full adidas tracksuit with tiger print and Gonz drawings, a tiger mask and gold chains.

What’s the weirdest contractual obligation you have to fulfil to skate this competition?

Skating inside when it’s beautiful outside, but that’s not contractual just happenstance. Other than that nothing, it’s chill.

Who was your favourite to watch this weekend?

Louie Lopez and Mason Silva

How did you find London beyond the Street League circus?

That’s all I found!

Southbank, crusty spots, rad architecture, great culture, tasty food, good weather – we got lucky I know! I love it!

What’s the deal with drugs testing at the event?

They briefed us on the upcoming anti-doping measures now that we are nearing the Olympics. It was a mandatory meeting for everyone, since the Olympics are not far out. Makes sense to tell everyone – some of those guys will be Olympians, it was long but somewhat informative.

Do you see SLS as the Olympics blueprint?

I suppose, as much as I wish it was more of a Dime Glory Challenge scenario, I don’t see that coming to fruition so yeah, SLS seems like it will be the Olympic standard.

What would your ideal skate competition look like?

One or two hours to film a video part at a spot, in a certain vicinity or even just around a section of the city. Best video part wins.

Marek Zaprazny

Marek, backside tailslide

If you could pick any skateboarder from any era to compete with at Street League who would you choose?

Keenan Milton.

How much would you need to be paid to focus someone’s board during the competition?

Not much! Any bets?

Did you try to win or were you just there to get paid?

I did try to skate, I don’t care too much about winning or money.

What’s the most stinking trick you saw go down? Name and shame please…

I don’t remember exactly, but there was a lot of contest tricks going down.

Who’s the worst snake during practice?

The young contest dudes.

“They’re looking for steroids and that unnatural shit but drugs will get you denied as well.”

Do you consider yourself an athlete or a skateboarder?

Skateboarder, but you tell me…

If you were able to enter like a WWE wrestler, what would your entrance music and costume be?

Brooklyn Zoo by ODB of course.

What’s the weirdest contractual obligation you have to fulfil to skate this competition?

There isn’t anything that weird yet, next year that will change for sure.

Who was your favourite to watch this weekend?

Tiago Lemos.

How did you find London beyond the Street League circus?

Lovely, got to spend 10 more days around, was sick!

What’s the deal with drugs testing at the event?

I have no idea because I bounced from ‘the important meeting’, but I think they will test randomly skaters in the contest starting from this years’ championship. It’s mostly focused on the crazy protein shakes rather than drugs. They’re looking for steroids and that unnatural shit but drugs will get you denied as well.

Do you see SLS as the Olympics blueprint?

Of course, next year it will be one way to qualify for the Olympics so there is no question about it in my mind.

What would your ideal skate competition look like?

The Dime contests are pretty much how skate contest should look like from my point of view, something different. We’ve seen enough runs to last a lifetime.

Phil Zwijsen

If you could pick any skateboarder from any era to compete with at Street League who would you choose?

Grant Taylor.

How much would you need to be paid to focus someone’s board during the competition?

200 euros.

Did you try to win or were you just there to get paid?

I tried to win so bad haha, no I just tried my best.

What’s the most stinking trick you saw go down? Name and shame please…

Hmm probably a trick that flipped more than it should have done.

“My entrance music would be Adele and I’d wear an Adele costume”

Who’s the worst snake during practice?

I can’t remember, not too sure.

Do you consider yourself an athlete or a skateboarder?

Skateboarder.

If you were able to enter like a WWE wrestler, what would your entrance music and costume be?

Adele and an Adele costume

What’s the weirdest contractual obligation you have to fulfil to skate this competition?

Hmm not really sure on that one.

Who was your favourite to watch this weekend?

Vincent Milou.

How did you find London beyond the Street League circus?

I love London I used to spend a lot of time here.

What’s the deal with drugs testing at the event?

I’m not really sure, I think soon they will test people.

Do you see SLS as the Olympics blueprint?

I guess, it’s kind of the contest they will do before it.

What would your ideal  skate competition look like?

I prefer runs, I’m not so good at the whole ‘3-2-1 insane trick’ format. So runs for me.

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