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.

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