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.
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.
What’s happening with Martin Place? I’d heard they were making some changes there?
Yes, I think in around 3-4 years they will be tearing it all out and putting in a completely new design. Hopefully there’s something for us to skate!
How important is that spot in terms of your progression as a skateboarder?
I grew up skating it before it was how it is today. It was redesigned before Sydney hosted the Olympics in 2000. It has just about everything you could want to skate. It’s been featured in just about every part I’ve ever had and I’ve learned a good amount of tricks there also.
"I know what a Liverpool kiss is"
What are some of the most memorable sessions you’ve had there?
Last year, we skated there on the first day of Kyle Walker's SOTY trip. It was probably the most amount of tricks gone down in one session I’d ever experienced. There were also around 70 kids who just happened to be there. A good time was had by all.
How did you end up riding for Lost Art? What’s the best thing about reppin’ Mackey’s shop?
I went through Liverpool a couple of years ago on a Vans trip and we did a signing at the shop. Everyone there was super nice and the store was great. A year or 2 later I was at a party in Germany and ran into Mackey randomly. I asked him if he’d be down to put me on and we went from there. It’s a great skater-owned shop and the clothes they make are awesome too.
Do you know any Liverpudlian slang?
I know what a Liverpool kiss is (laughs).
Many projects coming up that we can look forward to?
The Vans project I mentioned is just about finished. I’d like to do a part completely filmed in Australia later on in the year, also!
Looking forward to it, thanks Chima!