We were lucky enough to have the chance to catch up with Vans’ pro rider Chima Ferguson ahead of the release of his second pro model, the Chima Pro 2. Read on to find out what he’s been up to of late, an update on the future of Martin Place, and how he ended up riding for iconic Liverpool skate shop Lost Art.
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What’s been going on with you?
I’ve been on and off of trips with Vans filming for our upcoming project, featuring our newest addition, Tyson Peterson.
Tell us about the new shoe, you hyped on it? Any major differences to your first shoe?
Very excited for this new shoe. It’s a lot different from my first shoe and features new technology that has never been used in a Vans shoe before. It has a sidestripe and is a completely different build, featuring an UltraCush Lite 3D sole.
Did you design the clothing collection yourself?
They’re mostly designed by myself with the help of the Vans apparel department.
“it was good to purchase my first home and get situated in Sydney where I always wanted to be.”
You bought a house in Sydney a little while back, still living the dream?
Most definitely. After living in the USA for so many years, it was good to purchase my first home and get situated in Sydney where I always wanted to be.
What’s the skate scene like in Sydney in comparison to Los Angeles?
I’d say they are polar opposites. LA takes a lot of driving and space between spots as where Sydney is mostly skating from spot to spot.
Australian skateboarders, generally speaking, are gnarly as fuck (on a skateboard) – why do you think this is?
I guess the ones that make it as far as The States stand out from the rest so they have a bit to prove.
Who are some people we should be looking out for?
A lot of good kids are coming out of Sydney these days. Charles Robertson and Jack O’Grady are my personal favorites, they can skate everything and do so with style and ease.