DAVID RUDGERS 》INTERVIEW
What hooked you on skateboarding?
I don’t really remember the story exactly* I had a skate park just up the street from my house and one of my best friends wanted to go so I borrowed one of his decks – Basically, I remember never stopping after that day, that was about 16 years ago.
What are your hobbies?
Skateboarding (duh) Video games, music & art
Any hidden talents?
Not sure if this counts but I’ve accomplished some crazy shit in video games and in general i’m just good at them. I also can play drums.
The best piece of advice/wisdom for new riders?
Be cool and don’t be a piece of shit. Also, take care of your body while you’re young.
My everyday setup is an ATV street deck with Caliber trucks and Chubby Hawgs. For downhill, I go back and forth between a Gambler or the Sidewalker. I’ll set both of them up with Caliber precision trucks and I ALWAYS use White Mini Monsters for bombing hills or Easy Hawgs for cruising and freeride.
If you had to have only 3 Landyachtz boards for the rest of your life, what would they be?
ATV street deck – Sidewalker – Top Speed 34
Favourite skater? Or who inspires you?
Tons of people inspire me – James Kelly has always been one of my favorite DH skaters, Matt K too. both of them have the best style on a big skateboard. Big Dave, Nick Ronzani & the SF crew. Matt Rodriguez, Ricky Winsor & John Cardiel (All from Sacto) have been a huge influence on me as well. Byron Essert is probably my favorite skater, as far as I know, he can actually skate everything… Hills, street,vert.. anything at all.
First Landyachtz board?
I borrowed a demo 9two5 from Rip City Skate for a while so that was the first one I rode. The first one I ever actually had for myself was when I got my first box of gear from Landy and it was the original 2011 Wolf Shark. I still have it today!
What is skateboarding to you?
Skateboarding for me is for FUN first, always. But it’s also an outlet for creativity and an escape from the fucked up shit going on in the world. You need something to put your energy into and skateboarding is great for that.
What would you be doing if you were not skating?
I honestly have no idea. Skateboarding integrated itself into my life so early on that its hard to imagine life without it. Currently i’m working in the music industry and I’ve always wanted to do something with music so I think it’s safe to say I probably would have followed that path earlier on.
Skater that you would love to skate with?
First person that comes to mind is Casey Morrow
Which skate videos changed your life?
DVS skate more, Fully Flared, 411VM, Second Nature, Thrasher’s Beer Helmet, Tent City
Which three books, shows or movies changed your life?
The Big Lebowski, Hands Maid Tail & Avatar: the Last Airbender
What would you change in Skateboarding if you had the chance?
Get rid of the racist and homophobic attitudes in skateboarding. Yeah, even in skateboarding it still exists…
Favorite music to skate too?
I’ve got all kinds of stuff I enjoy listening to, far too much to call out individually. So i’ll just link you guys to one of my playlists on Spotify
In your opinion, what is the role of a team rider?
Well when a company sponsors you it’s because they see something in you. You will be sent gear and travel to new places so make that investment for the company worth it. Help give the company a good image and reach out to other riders and people involved with the company to stay connected.
What does being a professional skater mean to you?
First off, recognizing that you have an amazing opportunity. You need to treat that with respect and take full advantage of that opportunity. Work on perfecting your skill and work on building yourself for the future. Most sponsored skaters only make it 2 or 3 years before they’re either hurt or quit etc… Make it last! Also, the connections and friends you make through skateboarding can be something that stay with you for life – even after skateboarding.
What is your dream setup? It doesn’t even need to exist!
Some kind of hybrid street/DH deck that I personally create (With Landyachtz.. looking at you..) with a good broken-in set of Caliber trucks and some small soft wheels.