Kingpin Magazine PJ Claeys – Particles


Willy: So tell the people where you are from and for how long you’ve been skating ?
PJ: I’m originally from Aalter, but I’m currently living in Bruges (Belgium) and I’ve been skating for about 12 years now. And I’ve just finished filming my web-part with you, so I’m excited about that !

W: Cool ! What where some of the biggest challenges to you, filming for this part ?

PJ: The biggest challenges weren’t the tricks, it was more like organizing the chaos of everyone being on that point where they start to work and have little time left for skating. Remember when we would only have 2 hours to film a trick at times ? The energy of the filming was very different from the classical skate all day & film structure we used to live in. To me, the part is about all of us putting in the work and making it happen rather then the tricks.

W: Speaking of which, who are the skaters that influenced you the most ?
PJ: That’s gotta be Phil Zwijsen ! Not only because of his skating, or how good he is. But certainly because of how focussed and powerful he is at organizing stuff. He always makes sure everyone is on point. He works super hard to realize his vision. The way Phil handles things, shit gets done and that is very inspiring to me…

W: I agree, I’ve experienced that too. Is there a big difference in how you skate now opposed to how you used to skate ?
PJ: There is. Skateboarding influenced that change by changing itself. I used to be labeled as a “Handrail Kid”
because that was all I used to skate. But skateboarding became much more creative and artistic, which is an aspect I like as well, so nowadays I like to combine those various ways of skating. Cobblestones, rugged spots, clean marble.. I’m gonna try to skate it all and try to bring something different to the table… (laughs)

W: Who influences you in life?
PJ: I can’t really divide that with who influences me in skating. Other then Phil there’s not really a particular person.
I’d say my friends as a vibe, influence me a lot. Like you, you inspire me to keep going. You’re always calm and collected when I’m in those moments of stressing out on a trick not working or people getting in the way and stuff. Like I said before, the vibe of everyone working hard together to get stuff done really gets me psyched to live & skate as hard as I can.

W: So you’re not tired of looking at my face now that we are done filming ?
PJ: (serious) No ! If anything, I want to see it more. I feel like we still have much more work to do and there’s still so many boundaries to be pushed for both of us so let’s start working on the next project !

W: I hear you mate ! So what’s next ?
PJ: Next up, I’ll be at Berlin to skate the Nike SB Berlin Open and meet new people. After that, back to filming with you dude… Cheers !

W: Cheers man ! (glasses clinking)

The vibe of everyone working hard together to get stuff done really gets me psyched to live & skate as hard as I can

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