Just when you thought this blog was sittin heavy with nothing but food, refection, and farming, a skate crew came and shredded through the sucka!
Six months ago I came to Whidbey and for the first month I was totally bummed. I thought the Oak Harbor skatepark was the only park to shred. Dont get me wrong, it has a sick 6 foot concrete mini, but in my opinion, thats it. The rails seem more like a funky alien decoration, the crete is tired and rough, and there is more flat bottom than I care to skate. I had heard there was a park on the naval base but received mixed feedback from the locals. Plus, you apparently need to know someone in the military to get in. So that never materialized in my quest… But then my roommate Stephen spotted a little gem on the south side of the island: South Whidbey Skatepark. I scoped it out and jumped for joy! So much more my speed! Bowled out concrete mini, perfect transitions, long 4′ quarter to practice grinds and stalls on, and much more- all tucked into a peaceful northwest fir tree silhouette. Oh and no-one is hardly ever there, so the runs are a plenty. One day at the park I met a group of cats that spoke of a secret indoor mini on the island. JACKPOT! Next thing you know, I was meeting all kinds of skate family and back on the axle stall prowl. Of the people I met at the ramp, was a cat named Watson. A dapper ripper with manners and steeze, who scooped me up with his crew, HOME skateboards, to Orcas after just a few hours of meeting me. Since then I’ve been uber stoked to be able to skate with him & his peeps a few times a month to get a break from the never ending responsibilities on the farm.
And so I introduce to you: HOME skateboards via John Watson. Peep their Facebook page and if you are in the Seattle/Whidbey/PNW area, give em your support. They are keepin the stoke alive out here!
Home Skateboards – with John Watson
1) Home Skateboards. I’ve stalked you on the internet and can’t find you anywhere. Are you a covert operation attempting to take over Washington State? Whats the deal? Give us the who, what, where, why, how, when!
W- My friend Brian started the company early last year. I took a trip to Chile/Peru in November and when I got back I had a message from Brian on my phone asking me if I would be interested in being his partner in the company so I said sure. So far its working out great. We both have real jobs and aren’t doing this for money, which is key because skateboarding is something I love and I don’t want it to start feeling like a job.
2) Any lady skaters in the Home crew?
3) The secret miniramp on Whidbey Island. I’m so stoked to have been able to skate it with you guys. I’ve heard stories about its changes since inception. Can you give us a little history on it?
W-That ramp is was originally built back in 1999. It’s pretty much a frankenstien of three different ramps but the way we built it this time is by far the most solid.
4) Top five skate spots in the PNW and why. GO!
W- 1. South Whidbey skatepark. I know there are way better parks out there but that one is still my favorite. Must be because its my home turf.
2. Tegus’s Moonboot bowl. I don’t even know where to begin. If you been there, you know.
3. Bingin skatepark. Hot laps!
4. Lower Woodland skatepark. Because its my local park now.
5. Whidbey ramp. It’s the Dojo. It’s where you go to work shit out and theres always friends showing up to skate.
5) Skating is a lifestyle for sure, but there are other rad things to get stoked on in life as well. Tell us about your car and what you’ve done so far!
W- Living where we do it rains about 10 months out of the year so until they invent the aquatread skate wheel you need to have a hobby you can do indoors. So last year I picked up a 1947 Pontiac and now I have my hands full rain or shine.
6) You’ve always got a video camera in tow. Any footy you’d like to share with us?
W–This is a clip of Shults, Johnny, The Rook and I taking a trip out to the Bag Pipes last summer
Home Full Pipe DAYYYYYUM!
7) What do you see happening with Home Skateboards in the future? Any plans?
W– One thing we are really trying to do is to become self sufficient. The graphics on our next run of boards will be silk screened by our friend Quill. So we will have real paint on our decks instead of heat transfers which is what all the big companies use. Heat transfers are cheaper but its basically just a sticker stuck to your board and the graphics tend to flake. We are also working on making forms and pressing our own decks. Other than that just keep it fun.
8) How many times have you hit your head on that cross beam at the ramp?
9) Any inspirational messages you want to share with the youth of today?
W- Turn off the TV.