1.) Tell me a little bit about growing up in Stockton CA.
Like most cities in the Central Valley, outward sprawl is the preferred method for residential and commercial growth in Stockton. You know the image: acres of housing developments spread over hot, flat and otherwise vacant countryside. As a thirteen year-old from the suburbs, I couldn’t exactly relate to the urban environments I was seeing in my 411VM and ON Video collection, but I envied the style of the skaters that were born and bred in—or had skillfully adapted to—these surroundings. I browsed early skate sites like Metrospective and 5050Skateboarding (now Quartersnacks), admiring the density of the city and the fact that people were seemingly always skating together. Stockton was mostly suburban and boring, so my first few years of skateboarding consisted of dragging a box and flat rail out into my driveway each afternoon and longing for a scene.