What was it like hanging out with Forrest Edwards?
Everybody always thinks he’s a dick because he just says what he thinks, but I hang out with him a lot and we skate all the time. He’s so fucking good it’s insane. He’s one of the best to hang around with.
I got this really funny clip on my phone of him. We went to this pool place and a guy asked him for a cigarette, he’s like ‘nah, I don’t have a cigarette’ and then the guy calls him a bitch. Forrest replies ‘don’t call me a bitch’ so the guy calls him a bitch again, Forrest again says ‘don’t do it’ and the guy asks ‘why not? Bitch?’ The guy had put his glasses on the side so Forrest takes the glasses, smashes them and throws them on the ground! The guy jumps up and is trying to fight him, the guys tries to punch Forrest and misses him, then one punch from Forrest and the guy is lying knocked out on the ground. Forrest walks over to him ‘I told you, you fucking pussy!’ It was so fucking funny!
So you’ve been in the U.S a lot lately, any plans to move there?
I guess, I’m trying to get a visa so I can get a place there and a car. It will be easier to skate and stuff. I still want to spend a bit of time in Europe, I want to go half half or something.
Do you have specific goals within skateboarding? You’ve spoken before about leaving Antiz to further your career?
I was thinking I should try to go bigger, in a certain way you know? I think it’s working out, I mean I got on Toy Machine, I’m lucky. I just want to have fun, film parts and maybe one day turn pro. That would be really cool, in the first instance I just want to have fun and keep doing what I’m doing.
“I fucking hate bananas, I hate the smell of them, they’re fucking disgusting”
Can you talk about your relationship with Jelle Keppens?
I remember when I had just started skating he hit my parents up to ask to go shoot with me. I kick flipped this stair set, maybe a 12 or something, and he put it on the cover of the magazine he had at the time. We’ve been traveling together ever since, we’re really good friends, hang out all the time. I love him, he’s cool. He looks like the scariest dude, like a viking, but he’s like a little bear you know?
What have you been spending your contest money on? Someone said you bought a house?
No, I wanted to but I haven’t done that yet. Right now I am just trying to save as much as I can, one day maybe I’ll be able to buy a house but it’s expensive. I guess I’ll be spending money on rent in Long Beach soon…
Is it true that you’re scared of bananas?
Yeah I fucking hate bananas, I hate the smell of them, they’re fucking disgusting. Jelle always fucks with me with bananas, when he eats them I try not to make eye contact because as soon as I do he will start fucking with me. I think they’re gross, I don’t know why.
Chewy Cannon also has a phobia of bananas
That makes sense, they’re fucking gross! I don’t know why I hate the smell, not a big fan. Never tried them either.
What’s next for you then?
Filming for the Toy Machine video, and I think we might do some New Balance stuff. I’m not too sure yet, we’ll see.
Thanks Axel, all the best.