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James Abraham Interview

Photo: Terry WoronaTell us about the skate scene in Ottawa back during the Top Dollar days??I blew it back then. I wasn't really involved with everything until after. Everyone of those guys was crushing and I was crushing 6 packs and eating pizza. I was over skating until around when that video came out, Wade hit me up and gave me a board and some DCs. The period after the video really set the bar for me, like everyone around me was doing craziest stuff. We all hung out everyday and skated 24/7. Definitely like the least productive crew though, so much good shit went down but it was all undocumented. Imagine one of us or you guys - Donovision/Seb (Lyman) - had an iPhone 8 back then, what would've been captured. Then there was a west coast exodus. There was a pretty big void because in a short period of time most of the guys that helped put Ottawa on the map left to pursue skating in other cities. I went back to crushing 6 packs and eating pizza. Shoutout to Ben Sanchez.Nowadays it seems like you’re the last man left out there, you and Mike Fyfe, how come you haven’t bounced like everyone else?Mike is the best, he's a father now. Such a god damn legend. He left for probably 6 or 7 years too. I don't really have any excuses but I used to make a lot of them. I honestly don't know. At first it was university, then girlfriends, then work. Everyone talks to me like Ottawa is wasteland in 2018. Bro check my instagram obviously its not.Boardslide Photo: Terry WoronaFor the last little while you were making the drive to Toronto almost every weekend, tell us about your relationship with the 6?That’s where a huge part of my life is, that’s where I was raised originally. I met my girlfriend almost two years ago there now but the biggest motivator before was just my friends and the skating. Most of my friends live there now so its perfect, I just go to Blue Tile and there's always someone skating or I can link up with some people. Truth is I bunted on a job there about a year ago and it fell through so I took that as a sign but the move almost happened. Plus who wants to live east of the DVP for cheaper rent...You’re an OG in the Lewis cruise gang, who’s your favourite young buck riding for the squad these days?Not a chance I could pick any one person. Evan, Justin David, Dylan, Nolan and Justin Basset are all so fucking good (Sam is an OG too!). I catch such a spark off of that crew of dudes honestly. Kind of shitty the feed is clogged with so much stuff now because Lewis is pre-iphone, major respect to Jacob for keeping it alive. It’s fucked that so many kooks around the world get love in 2018, I really hope the Lewis guys get theirs! I would say recently twofirstnames' fall 2017 shit was the biggest jaw dropper and definitely Evans euro trip madness last year was nuts. Jacob and Rich really put together a savage roster. Only two missing are DesRoches and Monsantokills.50-50 Photo: Terry WoronaYou're on your board more than anyone, and have one of The Bunts favourite instas, how does a man working a 9-5 find the time and energy to put out all the clips that you do?Thanks man. Once again, its all my friends. Dude its you guys! I feel like I'm so late to the game, making up for lost time and trying to catch up to everyone else. I have some really good friends here, John and Rich, and some other guys too that we skate with who definitely all encourage or make that possible. Spence was a huge influence too, he filmed some of the first shit with me, Terry and Laurence too! I enjoy making videos and documenting shit. To me it's still so crid to put your own shit out but eventually I got over it. I see Jim Greco out there shining, so why not do like he does right? Year 13.We’ve heard you honed your ledge skills skating a box inside your one car garage during the winter, any truth to this?Dude that’s a Canadian winter staple for sure. Yeah man, I would skate boxes and little obstacles in my parents garage almost at a stand still speed. I really don't know what ledge skills you're talking about though, I'm still in the process of "honing" bud. On a related note, the Desarmo basement tape hasn't surfaced?Living in Ottawa, with no indoor parks, how do you survive the winter?I don't. Part of you dies each year and eventually you shrivel up and quit skating. I only kid. I do the usual healthy maintenance, yoga type shit mixed with a steady jail-style work out so that I don't wither away and can still ollie in spring. I also go to Spin in Montreal once or twice a month. Oh yeah! I'm training to be called up for the Patty Kings 2019 season and am trying to learn proper method grabs and 540s on the slopes lol.Nose Manual Photo: Terry WoronaYou made the wise life choice to get off the sauce, what was behind the decision?I have a pretty addictive personality. I just wanted to do more shit and partying always got in the way. It was definitely my close friend Dylan, he stopped drinking and made things happen for himself. I tried it out it and went through a weird introverted stage for about a year, then started skating and here we are. Plus Ellington admitted to not getting fucked up after the Carlsbad big spin so after learning about that lie why would anyone want to drink lol.What’s next for James Abraham?Try and squeeze some more juice out of this old ass lemon. Love you guys.

James Abraham


Terry Worona


Posted on May 14, 2018 by Donovan Jones No Comments

Colin Passy Interview

So Colin, you’re a married man now, how has that changed your life?Well its definitely changed because so many things happened so fast after the wedding. We just went on a trip to Europe (for the first time) and recently moved into a house, so no more apartments. That's a big change because we are working with a lot more space then previously. I lived with my wife a long time before we got married so home life didn't change so much. I’ve also noticed time moves a lot faster than it used to, that's for sure.Any advice for us incase we ever decide to tie the knot?Yes absolutely, sharing a sense of humor is massive. What's love without laughter? Not for me that's what. Live with your girlfriend, boyfriend or significant other before getting married because living with someone really changes your life. It also will truly prove if you work for each other. Last thing, you really shouldn't half ass anything but definitely not marriage, it takes two to tango and one to cry. Yes I just made up that saying, you get the point.Married life has you living in the depths of Scarborough, how are you liking your stay so far?Back to the house I mentioned earlier, yes its in Scarborough, located at McCowan and Ellesmere. What can say about Scarborough, it is actually very nice looking in areas, especially the bluffs. It also looks like shit in a lot of places with the most random plazas everywhere, the businesses don't make sense, there’s always like a rug shop, adult store, or some other randomness. Many look deserted and it makes me wonder how these businesses stay open. Our parents grew up in Scarborough so I think they're pretty pumped about the whole thing, we're adjusting to our environment you could say.Frontside Boardslide Photo: Mike McCourtYou grew up under the TLG, (the lovely gentleman), can you give us an example of a life lesson they taught you?One thing for sure is it's "nuts" to wear a skirt without underwear, well depends on your mood (referencing early adrift parties). Truly to celebrate skateboarding culture and have fun, which they most definitely do. They're about skateboarding togetherness, it's not a bad thing. You know I learned a quite a lot when I was young and I'm thankful for it.
Your brother Ian Passy, trolled the skate world when he posted your sponsor me video on Kazaa/Limewire titled, this is skateboarding, yeah right, dying to live, etc. Can you tell us about the fame and feedback your received being one of the first viral skaters pre YouTube days?My brother was definitely ahead of the times and really saw talent in my skating. He knew it would get a greater response putting it under "Dying to Live" the most anticipated video at the time, it got massive feedback and my life changed completely. So it was the time where MSN messenger was really big so a lot people started contacting me through that, people from Ajax, Toronto, Edmonton, Sweden, Vancouver, and the States, it was very overwhelming.

I got a commercial gig right off the bat, which was pretty cool. I got sponsored by a sister company of Premium Wood called Avera and I was excited because Toronto rippers Adam Mancini, Morgan Smith and Mortal (Adam McLaughlin) were on the team.

First day of high school was super weird, a lot kids already knew who I was and I was attracting a lot of attention. If I was smart I would of used it to meet girls and what not but I wasn't. It was great in a sense because it was easy to meet new people in a new part of my life. Then it got to my head a bit which isn't like me, I try to be more modest and quite frankly I don't love talking about myself to strangers. Also I was getting some offers that was kind of stirring some shit up with the shop I was on Perception, a relationship I didn't want to tamper with. I liked it to a certain degree because at first I just got tons of compliments from it but I also hated it because it sucks to attract attention all the time, it feels like you can't be yourself and relax. Ultimately I enjoyed skateboarding less as a consequence which isn't good.
Your honeymoon looked like the trip of a lifetime, travelling all across Europe, what was the highlight and lowlight of the trip?Europe is definitely an interesting place, lots of history, very laid back, everyone is hacking darts everywhere. So many highlights, the Alps were beautiful, Switzerland and Austria were amazing as well. Amsterdam was up there obviously and Czech was really affordable and so many things to see and do. I would recommend anyone going to Europe to see Prague, best bang for your buck. Lowlight I hate to say it some of Eastern Europe has a different feel for sure. The people are friendly and there's of stuff to do and everything but the cityscapes can be bland, boring and ugly so for that reason I must say Slovenia. It's also very hard to travel by train in some parts of Eastern Europe, which also added to my reasoning behind my choice for the lowlight.Backside Air Photo: Mike McCourtYou’ve always been one of the most underrated skateboarders, never really cared about having all the sponsors and flashy new gear, do you ever think you could have made a career out of skating?Well it comes back to the sponsor me video, probably not. I love skateboarding in my free time as a passion, but not as a job. I would compare it to how some people love to play golf or hockey. I do love pushing myself but for me not for some bullshit sponsor sub par quality gear, or some bozo ass photographer trying to get a cover. Plus I'm not a brown noser, which helps in this business (white noser doesn't hurt either). Hate to break it to you, if you think going pro is easy, you’ re in for a treat. The odds are against you and although many Toronto skaters have gone pro in the past you can imagine the amount of effort they put in. I remember going to pick up Morgan with my good friend Nathan and he would have been skating his box in a near by parking lot for hours already and sometimes he would be out there at nine in the morning., so you can really see the determination that’s needed.You were a fs salad grind master, do you still break them out these days? What do you think about the current state of the salad grind?I don't ever remember being a salad master, but yes when I skated handrails and what not I liked to throw them out. You know until you brought this up I haven't though about this trick in years, I even used do them on ledges which is risky to pull off. The current state? haha they’ll probably come around again, I don't know if you guys know this about skating but everything was done in 92' and it just recycles every few years. If you pay attention now, everyone is on 50/50s for some reason, not my cup of meat but whatever. Then will come 5-0's and then salads and I’ll be there with open arms. Wait I was a salad master, I used toss endless salads at East Side Mario's when I was 16.What did it feel like to turn pro for the homies with a super exclusive bachelor party pro model?Crazy, it was the kindest thing a group of people have ever done for me. I honestly didn't know how to respond I was over the moon. I would never expect this or ask for it, but getting as a gift and knowing all the effort that went into it gave me a warm feeling. I literally thought in my head well I guess I can throw in the towel I've been officially acknowledged as a skater permanently. I haven’t put the board on the wall yet because I hate looking at pictures of myself but definitely will in the future. Thank you to all who made that happen, it made me very happy.Throw one of the following three individuals under the bus with a fun story: Warren Ounjian, Morgan Smith, and Johnny TangFuck it all three....Here's one about Johnny, hahaha I love this one, so when I was 11 or 12 I would skate with Johnny, and on this particular occasion it was Johnny, my brother Ian, and myself and we were going to a Chinese restaurant by his house for food after skating. Walking up to the restaurant I saw Johnny's dad and brother in the window waving to us so I say "hey Johnny is that your dad and brother?" and Johnny replied "shut the fuck up you racist piece of shit.” This went back and forth a few times and finally we got in the front doors and low and behold it was them. I don't believe he apologized but to be honest I don't think the joke was beneath me.

Morgan is great, but his friends were hilarious, one time my friend Nathan was driving us all home, and of course Bowskill was there, a very odd man. There are four in the back and for some reason Bowskill is all sugared up and going ape shit being a goof and hanging out the window yelling. We get pulled over and being a teenager at the time of course I have illegal items on me. I had to pull a smooth move and pull my bag out and grabbed the desired items and the cop goes "what the hell do you think your doing" without skipping a beat I replied "your searching the car and I got my skate shoes on standing in the mud, I have to switch to my walking shoes" and he replies "well ok". Little did he know I had my walking shoes on and switched to my skate shoes. Really Morgan is a well behaved, solid guy.

Best for last Warren, I'm going say I have lots of stories of Warren but I really love to retell his stories in my words. So here it goes, classic warren story in my words. He was about 16 at the time riding for Perception, sometimes the owner Greg would have parties at his house after the shop closed and some guys on the team would go. Now I think Warren was fairly new to the party game and he didn't know what he was in for, he didn't dabble with chemical drugs but other older guys at the party were obviously and I'll tell you why. He can't recall who did it (probably thanks to the after effects of alcohol) but apparently this guy or dude couldn't feel pain. He was hitting himself with stuff and doing all these things to show he was not receptive to pain. Finally the curtains come and he decides to take his penis, yes penis, dick, cock, John Thomas, dong, pecker, pocket snake, chud, chunk, nugget or whatever you’ve got and closes a door on it, not once but twice! Fuckin' twice! I love this story because you could never truly make it up.
What do you have up your sleeve for 2018?I want to start skating some mini ramp, I haven't been on my board in a while and I'm dying to skate some ramp. Keep pushing at work and start some new projects soon. I will probably get a haircut at some point hair its getting long, or I’ll try to rock a pony tail, the world is my oyster, but I really do hate oysters. Final thought, whatever I'm doing in 2018 I'm going to push myself to it the best I can because truly that’s what life's about.

Colin Passy on Instagram

Mike McCourt on Instagram

Posted on December 6, 2017 by Donovan Jones No Comments

Max Fine Interview

What’s good brother, the calendar year is slowly coming to a cold end, are you happy with your 2017?What’s up! 2017 has been good, I got a warm jacket, no complaints here.What was your highest and lowest moment this past year?I’d have to say just chilling with friends really. Skating, beers, going camping and getting out of the city as much as I can. The lowest moment is definitely the passing of Darrell Smith. Such a massive loss, I’m sure as you all know, he was one of a kind. RIP.Backside 180 - Photo by Ralph DammanGetting older our relationships with our boards change. How’s are things with you and four wheeled wifey these days?Definitely true. Me and wifey still love each other and I still get out there but I’ve been super busy these days so it’s a bit tougher to find time. She’s waiting for me at my front door ready to go. Looking to turn that excuse around for 2018 though. The new Skate Loft is looking pretty nice these days.I feel like traveling brings out the best of you on a skateboard, what’s on the horizon in terms of skate trips?I love everything about travelling so I’m usually pretty hyped when I’m on trips. Unfortunately I don’t have anything planned at the moment. Maybe I’ll hit up a last minute vacation during the holiday break. I was thinking of doing a massive road trip through the states next summer. That’ll probably be a half skate half life banger trip.Backside Flip - Photo by Jeff ComberYou’ve been known to make it pop in montages and trip articles, when can the people expect that full Max Fine part, cover, and 20 page interview?Haha, Isn’t this a 20 pager? I’m pretty sure that I’m destined to be a token guest trick guy. which I’m cool with, I always have extra clips for friends projects. Who knows though, 2018 could be my year to make it. Thrasher what’s good?5050 - Photo Will JivcoffYou’ve been getting more into following the NBA the past couple years, who’s your team, who’s your favourite player and do you have a finals prediction to put on wax?I’m new to the game so I’m not going to pretend like I know much about it haha. My team is definitely the Raps. Other than that I’ve been down with the Rockets. Harden’s my guy, I got him on my fantasy team so I’ve been watching their games, he’s a beast! I’m going to go ahead and say Lebron is going to do a mid season trade to the Raps and we’re going to take it. If that doesn’t happen then probably a Golden State repeat. It would be real nice to see a different finals matchup, which may be the case cause the Cavs are shitting the bed. Oh and Hayward for MVP.Can you tell the people who Cletus is, where he’s been hiding and when we can expect him back in our lives?Hahah oh fuck, I don’t even know where to begin. Cletus is basically a cooler version of me. He’s a middle aged man from middle America who looks and sounds exactly like me. It’s fucked! Except he’s balding, has better posture and a much more successful tinder game. He hasn’t been back in Toronto for a while now, I haven’t seen him for some time. Last I heard from him, he sent me a postcard from his new home in Fiji. He married some Brazilian model and his hair is starting to grow back. Hopefully he comes back for a visit soon!Can you throw one of the following three people under the bus with a story of your choosing? Mitch Barrette, Matt Canadien, Chad Dickson.Hahah damn, sorry in advance. I’ll give Mitch and Matt a break and take this opportunity to share a little story about Chad. We rode for DC at the time and we were on a world tour, our first and only stop was Hamilton Ontario. I’m not sure how it happened but a bearded chick showed up in the hotel room. Chad disappeared and returned a couple mins later wearing nothing but a hat, socks and underwear. One thing led to another, he hooked up with a bearded lady. I guess I can’t knock it till I try it. I wish I got to see these guys more, love em all to death.What’s keeping you busy these days? Give us a day in the life.Well after a pretty chill 9 year summer break I decided to go back to school, that’s basically been my life these days. I wish I had something mind blowing for you. I wake up, get my cat to chase a laser for 10 minutes, then go to school. I’ve been working on a couple side things. dI’m doing a commercial for my dad and working on a friends film. Ive been really enjoying the change of pace, and exposure to different types of work, but its definitely tough to keep up at times. If I don’t have too much shit to do, I’ll go skate or try to get out of the city for a bit.Kickflip - Photo by Ralph DammanWhat do you have up your sleeve for 2018?Oh man, big year. Hopefully a couple guest tricks here and there haha. I plan on putting a lot of focus into school at the moment. other than that just skate as much as I can, chill with friends, ball on Fridays and hopefully the road trip of pain in the summer. Try to enjoy myself as much as possible.

Max Fine

Ralph Damman

Will Jivcoff

Jeff Comber

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Cephas Benson No Comments

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