Youness Amrani interview from issue 109.

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Youness Amrani interview from issue 109.

Do you still eat sandwiches with just cocktail sauce? I always thought that was crazy. 

No, I don’t, but it was cheap!

How does skating over there differ from skating at home? What works best for you? 

In Belgium we skate the skatepark every day and go out filming maybe two or three times a month. Out here in L.A. I’m going from spot to spot, day in day out. I can’t really say one works better than the other. Skating always comes and goes anyway. In Belgium it usually works out pretty well because I’m in my personal environment. Eating and sleeping at home does a lot already. There’s more to skating spots than just feeling good, though. Everything has to be arranged, the spot has to be somewhat decent, and in the end you need a little bit of luck to not get kicked out and land your trick.

Are the spots in Belgium harder or easier to skate than the ones out there? 

The spots in Belgium are about as good as they are over here, but in the States a hundred tricks have been done everywhere, so It’s actually easier to come up with something in Belgium.

Where are you most happy when you get a good trick? 

Doesn’t really matter to me, both are good.

This whole interview was shot in Belgium, and you are happy about this?

I’ve never gotten to film or shoot a lot of photos in Belgium and I think that’s important.


To show that it’s possible too, I guess. That’s about it.

Half cab nose grind to switch 5-o

Was it a conscious choice to shoot all of it in Belgium? 

It was, actually, but it could’ve just as well all been shots from the States, too.

Skating in general has changed quite a bit over the last few years, with a lot of web clips and skatepark footage; more content but less quality. What’s your take on this?  

I liked it better before, waiting for a video to come out and watching it every day for six months straight. They still meant something to everyone, now there are five minute parts coming out that get watched for a week and then just get forgotten, because there’s already fifty new parts that came out.

Magazines and photographers have a harder time as well, because everybody just throws all the footage on the internet.  We can’t really change anything about it, we can just keep having fun and doing our own thing.

Hardflip (click on the photo to see the sequence).


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