Vans ProTec Pool Party 2013 Interview: Joshua Rodriguez
How did you get on Lifeblood? I think it started at the Oregon “Defecta” at Pier Park. I slammed on an eggplant and split my eyebrow. Bryce Kanights was there and gave me a butterfly bandaid to hold me off so I could finish the contest. (Took 2nd). Later on at the Ocean City Maryland Dew stop, Sergie Ventura had mentioned to me that Lifeblood was looking at me. Bryce and I spoke over the phone and I was stoked to know that what Sergie said was true. Only I didn’t want to up and leave spun just like that. I told Bryce that I would like to finish off the rest of the year with Spun and I did. I’m pretty sure the Tim Brauch Memorial contest in San Jose was the last comp of the year for me. So after that, I made the switch.
What happened with the guys at Spun? Basically, Spun turned into Imperial Skateboards. Brand new company all over again. I chose Lifeblood as the new start.
Tell me about the Lifeblood video. Well, I wasn’t in the first Lifeblood video, but I’m pretty sure it was mostly filmed in Oregon. I’ve been to Oregon about 5 times over the years. Three times for Trifecta, Once for Dew Tour, and This last time for My “Welcome to the team” Video. That was fun. We filmed at Kevin Kowalski’s back yard wonderland and Tedder’s Bowl. It rained a little bit so we were kind of limited…I also slept all day one of the days. Sorry Bryce haha. Good turnout and I was super stoked on the video.
“New Zealand is an the epic-party island.”
What is the vibe during the contests in general and what was the contest you had most fun? The vibe during competitions switch back and forth from intense to fun. All depends on the sessions and who’s riding at the time. Sometimes it can be too competitive. Other times it’ll be just like a normal session with a bunch of people watching “Demo”. The contests I always have the most fun would be the Wellington and Bondi Bowl-a-Rama. I’ve only done them twice, but both times were the best.
You were at Florianopolis a couple of weeks ago. Was it your 1st trip there? Yes, the trip to Florianopolis was my first time there.
How strong is Brazilian Skateboarding and how was the vibe at Skate Generation? The Brazilians are so powerful with their skating. It was awesome to watch them on their home turf. The vibe at the skate generation was amazing. so much love from the crowd. It was hardly a contest.
I remember leaving a bar in Bondi because this drunk girl kept snatching my hat off my head and giving it to her boyfriend..
Who are the best Brazilian skaters? In my eyes, best Brazilian skaters are Pedro Barros, Foguinho, Murilo Peres, Otavio Neto, and Leticia Bufoni.
How did you feel when you won Wellington? When I won wellington it was a huge overwhelming feeling. I was in disbelief, shocked, excited, stoked, happy, just a bunch of mixed emotions.
Kevin and I are pretty tight I think. We used to only see each other at skate competitions..
Are you going at Bowl-A-Rama in Spain? I’m not sure as of now if im going to the Spain Bowl-A-Rama.
What are you doing to prepare for the Vans Protec Pool Party? To prepare for Protec, I’ve been practicing my lines every other day. Trying to eat healthy, working on my breathing and trying to stay positive.
Do you feel ready for Protec and what are your expectations? Maybe a few more sessions and then I’ll be ready. No expectations this time. Going in to do my thing and have a good time.
In oregon, I did an eggplant, slipped out, and busted open my eyebrow. 7 Stitches but still got 2nd in the comp haha.
Where would you like to see bowl contests headed in the next few years? Um..Id like to see bowl contests continue to grow like it’s doing. I have no complaints.
What are the differences among the bowl riding contests that you’ve noticed. New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Dew and Combi? Definitely different vibes at all of these contests. Some fun and some serious. Protec being indoor has its own atmosphere compared to Brazil, New Zealand, Bondi, and Dew. Brazil being kind of in the jungle gave it that fun tropical type of feeling “party in the jungle”. Bondi and Dew being on the beach gives it that fun summer getaway feeling and New Zealand, kind of reminds me of a fair or carnival..”festival”. But either way, all equally fun and a great experience to me.
How do you feel about the current popularity of bowl contests and have there been any changes that you’ve noticed in regard to format, participants or judging? I like how Bowl comps are getting more popular now. Before, I guess to be “cool” you had to be a street skater or do huge airs and 900s and stuff to win the crowd. I’ve noticed a lot of younger kids are trying to get in with the pros now. I also like that the “Jam” format has calmed. It’s hard to focus on tricks you want to do when you’re on defense mode half the time. Judging, that’s a hard job. That’s all I have to say about that.
Do you see any changes that should be made in bowl contests? Changes in Bowl contests…Not really. I have no complaints.
Do you really have a Chevrolet Cavalier? (I ask because I have one LOL!!!) Haha Yes, I have a 1998 White Chevy Cavalier. She gets me to where I need to be .
Something you want to add? Thanks to everyone who has supported and helped me throughout this skateboarding adventure. Hope one day I can give some love back. “Smile, have fun, skate to skate, and enjoy the now”.
All pictures by Dan Sparagna and Dean Tirkot. Used by permission. Thanks a lot!!.
|Joshua Rodriguez Dew Session|