GH3 what’s going on legend!?
Chilling my dudes! Life’s good these days for sure.
Is there a hubba safe out there from the GH3 switch noseslide? What do you have your eyes set on next?
Oh man haha, I have a heavy beef with that Barcelona Kenny Reed hubba up at the stadium. That super long one, anyway, two separate winter trips and a hospital visit on that beast. She’s the one that got away thus far for sure. The dream one is the Montreal double kink that Josh may or may not have 50-50’d wink wink. I’ve bunted a few times on that mission but hopefully next time I’ll pull my balls out of my purse for the kinks of Zeus.
You’ve rode for a number of Canadian companies over the years. Where does your inspiration come from to #supportyourlocal and grow the Canadian scene?
Over a decade ago I went on my first skate trip to Argentina with a whole crew of Canadian heavies! I still don’t know how I ended up on that trip, especially since I was supposed to be the filmer haha. Argentina at that time couldn’t get any American product, they didn’t even have functioning griptape it was a wild eye opening experience. The locals knowing this had created an entire industry of local brands that all supported each other and it was amazing. Geoff Dermer was on that trip also and as soon as we went home he started Kitch skateboards. I was blown away how sick that was and Dermer has been a huge inspiration ever since with supporting local rather than just trying to be pro for some random company.
What did it mean to you to see your name not only on a board but on a wheel?
Its a rad feeling for sure! Seeing people stoked on a product with your name on it is way better feeling then actually getting the “pro” status. That wheel turned out to be some best selling wheel in Ontario which was so jokes haha. I only ever seen one person in Toronto ever with my board and it was some random dude Mall Grabbing through Trinity Bellwoods park. Was so funny I was hyped haha.
What happened to Kokblock skateboards?
Well Paul Flintoff was moving to Van and couldn’t do the graphics anymore and Sarrazin was going through some family issues and everything kinda just fell apart. It was a great few years though, mad love for that time to everyone involved in Kokblock
Where did the idea to start your own board company come from?
So on Sept 1, 2016 I quite drinking. It was a long time coming and it has been the best decision I have ever made. Real quickly I realized how much money I had been wasting for so long on just being a selfish pile. So I started putting all the cash I would usually have been drinking into a stash and one day it was fat! Fat enough that it seemed like the universe had given me a chance to use that money for something positive. Latchkey was born of my sobriety and now seeing the company grow is so rad! I used to be obsessed with getting photos printed in mags to almost justify my partying, now to see the dudes on the team be able to save a few dollars, to have a platform and a reason to go film. Just knowing that Kong can forget about buying skateboards and instead spend that money on feeding his kid is worth more to me now than anything else.
Tell us about the team and what you have planned for the company?
The team is a pack of savages! Blackwood, Noftall, Nate and Kong they just rule love these dudes. Our first promo drops any day now, it’s hot fire! Hopefully we’re gonna do a winter trip to keep the footy rolling out. Other than that hopefully get some Guest models popping so we can honour dudes that deserve boards for all the destruction over the years that may have been forgotten. Hopefully i’ll have the honour of printing some team dudes names on boards! Can’t wait for that day, they all deserve it if they want to work for it.
We’re in the small brand era, the 917s, FA, Hockey etc. Where do you see Latchkey in 5-10 years?
The dream would be that the company is stable and everyone has boards under their feet. Asking for more then that is just selfish. As long as the teams happy and we’re making product people want to rep then that’s all that matters. Latchkey is supposed to be fun so letting it grow organically and stress free is all I can hope for. Real recognize real so the sky’s the limit.
Your trick selection isn’t that of an ordinary skater, where do you get your trick inspiration from?
Boredom. Straight up. I like skating original, hard to skate, spots that make you say “Where the f*ck is that!” The spot should complement your trick. If it doesn’t and your just filming some flip in flip out on some random plastic bench at the local Wal-Mart… Just don’t. Be creative or else its just sports.
You get to do your fair share of travelling, what’s been your favourite destination, and if you could plan your dream skate trip what would it be?
Argentina for sure! that trip changed the entire course of my life and I would love to go back again one day. Anywhere in South America really.
Dream trip would be anywhere sunny with great spots and all the homies who have passed away just laughing and loving life with us once again.
What’s the latest hot conspiracy theory the people need to be aware of?
Well it’s not a conspiracy since its real… Don’t give your phone your finger print! Now they don’t need to arrest you. Snowden gave up his entire life to expose the surveillance state we live in and no one even bothered to read the papers. Then they call me crazy cause I put tape over a web cam as if you’ve never read 1984 by George Orwell. Come on hevs.
Which Canadian skater doesn’t have a board that deserves one?
This list is endless. No idea where to begin, Mitch Barrett deserves a board no matter how short he is. Also we may not be too tight these days but Joe Buffalo is a legend.
What’s in store for GH3 in 2018?
Smile and skate on. Lets get it!
Ollie Photo by Geoff Clifford
FS Tail Photo by Jeff Comber