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Title: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: TheLurper on August 09, 2018, 11:32:45 AM
We have had a ton of threads that are kind of a bummer lately, how about one that lists our awkward (but not bad) interactions with pros, ams, or industry people.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Gentle Jones on August 09, 2018, 11:34:24 AM
i used to prank call rocco on the toll free world phone line every single day

he used to cuss but i think he kind of liked it
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: shit_for_brains on August 09, 2018, 11:37:03 AM
I used to talk to Willy Santos on AIM
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Disco234 on August 09, 2018, 11:38:16 AM
Tweaking with Hosoi
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: lilboosie on August 09, 2018, 11:38:26 AM
one time I went to the dew tour and there’s a lot of of Mountain Dew, I took a sip out of one and as soon as the fresh artificial dew hit the tip of my toungue , theotis Beasley taps my shoulder. I look back back star struck and he just says “nice drink, BALEEEEEDDD DAAAATTTTTT!!!!”

Best guy

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Betaphenylethylalamine on August 09, 2018, 11:48:49 AM
Pat chanitta and Jeremy wray.

Awkward because I love those foods

But holy fuck did they rip
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: GAY on August 09, 2018, 11:51:29 AM
I met Brian Anderson recently and I was such an idiot I felt shame for a week. He was kind and gracious, and he signed my VHS copy of Modus Operandi, but I was such a dork he surely noticed before quickly forgetting ever meeting me. Even thinking about it now I turn red with embarrassment.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: jorge on August 09, 2018, 11:53:04 AM
Watching Sam Cunningham smoke weed after Savannah Slamma while Hosoi was making out with a fat ugly girl.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: silhouette on August 09, 2018, 11:53:23 AM
My friend convinced Chris Haslam to draw a huge dick on his griptape once.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: fs overkrook on August 09, 2018, 11:55:32 AM
One time my brother and I walked into the bathroom at a bar and slash stared at my brothers dick for a few seconds then apologized.

The same night I was wearing a low card beanie and Collin provost starts screaming lowcard in my face and asked me what my name was. I told him and he was tripping out saying his brother had he same name. He started introducing my brother and I to his posse and you could tell they were all like “what the fuck who are these dudes??” And we took some shots of Jameson with him.

Another time some dude forced me into a game of skate with figgy. The whole game was awkward and he destroyed me. Then he asked to play another game no repeats and that one was fun.

Another time me and a homie went to cinco de slamo in sd and I walked out of a gas station and looked up and billy marks was just skating up to me GLARING the fuck out of me and didn’t look away. That dude is super weird.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: feedmeseymour on August 09, 2018, 11:57:45 AM
met reynolds once and he offered me a pair of foldable happy hour shades then proceeded to show me how they work with zero enthusiasm. super nice guy though, 10 outta 10 would meet again.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Cool Guy Zone KEEPOUT on August 09, 2018, 12:18:53 PM
I was working the winter camp at Woodward West and one of my first encounters with the visiting pros was Justin Brock eating potato chips of of the floor.

The footage isn't great but I recorded it, watch it here:

https://youtu.be/JEkfeXhLmPM


Also, one time Tom K came to Reno to skate, a buddy of mine was showing him around, I met up with them right as they were leaving and the only thing I said to Tom was "Hey, Did you realize that you have two ads for the same shoe in a single issue of thrasher?" and he said "yeah, I guess i'm only one who skate those shoes."
And then he left for sacramento.

I could tell it kinda threw him of, felt pretty awkward after that one.

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: streetsoup on August 09, 2018, 12:19:34 PM
Jerry Gurney was cool as fuck when I DM'd him for a quote for an article I was writing like a year ago.
Duffel took the time to shake mine and my friends hands our first time at 3rd and army. He was wearing dress boots and front boarding the end of ledges, showing Kadow and Krod the spot. Jake Johnson was there too.

Brockel gave me his board once at a c1rca demo.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Gentle Jones on August 09, 2018, 12:29:56 PM
i went to a strip club with dave duncan and tim payne and i was on mushrooms
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: cynical cow on August 09, 2018, 12:35:03 PM
my mom did dave duncan :(
Wish I was joking.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Creed Bratton on August 09, 2018, 12:41:09 PM
Sometime around 2010 when Fabian Alomar got out of prison he had his number on Facebook. I was like 14 and I prank called him saying I was this well known local skater from Sac about to go to LA for a bit and trying kick it with him. He acted like he knew who I was but you could tell he was kind of fried trying to remember someone from his past. He was super cool though, we made plans to link up and skate but it obviously didn’t happen.

Another time at the Janoski shoe release demo I was standing near the fence of the park and I look behind me and there’s Jake Phelps. I was like woah what’s up man and he was super cool too and we chatted for a minute. Later on I saw him in the parking lot and he told my grandpa I was a good kid and said to keep skating.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Gentle Jones on August 09, 2018, 12:55:59 PM
my mom did dave duncan :(
Wish I was joking.

my condolences.

me and dave worked together from 95-96 building ramps and working contests. he was a reluctant mentor to fresh era gentle jones. i skated ditches and a bowl and a few vert ramps with him. he taught me frontside rock and rolls properly.

the best things about dave duncan is he always had his own weed. i do, too.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: emchen on August 09, 2018, 12:56:35 PM
I met Ishod in April 2012 back when I first started skating and didn't know how to use the front camera on my phone.

I had missed my train at suburban and thought I'd wait it out at LOVE across the street. Walking into the park, I remember thinking, "damn, it'd be sick if Ishod were here," in that daydreaming sort of way. At that point, I had only seen his Since Day One part, so I thought he had moved out to SF. Next thing I know, I saw someone whip out a perfect switch (? memory is fuzzy here) tre, briefly catching a flash of a yellow REAL oval. I look up - it's fuckin Ishod. I watched him do lines for like 15 min before I talked to him and asked for a photo. He was super chill as I fumbled with my phone trying to use it backwards and gave me a parting high-five (which I missed, lol).

Favorite memory might be him threading the needle up the 3-stairs between tourists. It was really crowded that day and he ollied up one of the 3 stairs between a lady with a baby stroller and another dude with like inches to spare.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: FamilyMeeting7 on August 09, 2018, 01:06:20 PM
I met Heath, Jerry and Leo at a skateshop meet-and-greet in 2011.  I awkwardly stood next to them while Stay Gold played on a tv in the shop and Jerry and Leo talked about how much they hated filming for the video haha.  They were really cool, took pictures with me and my friends and they all signed my DVD copy of Stay Gold.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: h00man on August 09, 2018, 01:15:07 PM
Met Dylan at Black one night. He was talking to a girl and I rudely interrupted, shook his hand and left. Sorry Dylan, but I just had to.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Jehoshaphat Augustus on August 09, 2018, 01:27:17 PM
My friend skated up to Lutzka right before Digital: Invasion dropped and told him how psyched he was on him
Greg didn't even look at him, dropped in on the quarter and walked out of our lives and into kswiss/toyota sponsorship
oh and eventually the lead role in 270 Degrees of Justice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSbUeQeG4oY
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: ziggy on August 09, 2018, 01:30:25 PM
Chet Thomas stopped by the park in my crappy small town in 1990 or 1991. It was the first person from a skate video i had ever seen with my own eyes. I totally fanned out but i remember everyone else thought Powell was lame and cool guyed Chet.

Chet was very, very good at mini ramp skating, i don't understand the vibing
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Bumpovertrash on August 09, 2018, 01:41:08 PM
i got a bucky autograph on a billabong poster at universal studios when i was 10
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: alraunen on August 09, 2018, 01:50:42 PM
Saw Louie Barletta with a giant suitcase at 7:00AM Around Barcelona. I had to say hi, he was super cool.

Also Luan gave me a beer on SLS Barcelona, he was like "dude I have too many free tickets"
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: shannamal on August 09, 2018, 01:51:34 PM
I see Lutzka most sundays at the pool, and every single interaction I have with him is super uncomfortable. Lots of conversations started with no end game in sight.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Joclo on August 09, 2018, 01:53:13 PM
I was visiting a friend in New Orleans about 10 years ago. First saw Tom Asta, Kerry Hart and someone else (maybe Karl Watson) leaving a hotel. Later that night on bourbon st ran into Brian Anferson and his dad at a dive bar.  We shared a beer and he was cool as fuck. I'm sure I was fanning hard.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Christopher Lambe on August 09, 2018, 02:22:58 PM
Meeting Gino Iannucci in Calgary 2004 had me starstruck haha
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: canadian tm on August 09, 2018, 02:29:36 PM
i got a bucky autograph on a billabong poster at universal studios when i was 10


jealous
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: ticklefingers on August 09, 2018, 02:30:29 PM
After his pay-per-view Berrics part dropped, I attempted to give Shone O'Neill $3 in person. It seemed like a like a great idea to get a laugh, but ended up horribly awkward.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: hmmmokay on August 09, 2018, 02:33:42 PM
Met Ed Templeton at an Emerica Demo in 2012, I was nervous to meet him and all I blurted out was "I really liked that video feature Leica did with you." and he gave me an awkward "thank you?" and that was that. Nice guy though.

Same demo, I took a candid photo of Trevor Colden and he used it as his Facebook photo for a while, not awkward but as a young photography student I was stoked.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: offkilter on August 09, 2018, 02:44:53 PM
Cardiel knocked me over sliding underneath a railing to get to where all the pros were standing at the "back to the burg" contest at wallenberg, he apologized and was super nice.

I was wearing a Slayer shirt at Potrero one night and Phelps had to talk to me about it, he was high out of his mind.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Bumpovertrash on August 09, 2018, 03:19:45 PM
i got a bucky autograph on a billabong poster at universal studios when i was 10

jealous
also got kevin jones and andy irons signatures on the poster they all ripping. i might have it at my dads somewhere
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: the_unknown_soldier on August 09, 2018, 03:33:54 PM
I went to a DC demo in like 2004/2005, and Darrell Stanton took a long look at my sweaty shirt and said "no wonder you smell!", and then proceeded to do a head high frontside flip on the quarter. It was maybe a year ago when I found out that he was tripping on copious amounts of mushrooms at that demo and it gave me some much needed closure.


In 2008 I won an Osiris box from Corey Duffel. He was doing a radio interview and I won. They called me and I had a bad connection so they thought I was bummed. I later explained myself to them on MySpace and it was less awkward.

At the grand opening of my local park there was supposed to be a demo there, but I had to work so I only stopped by briefly. As I was leaving a slow mini-cooper was approaching me and then turns into the lot, no turn signal. I kinda gave a "wtf" motion at him and when we locked eyes I realized it was Tony Hawk.

This is my shame and my shame alone, but there exists a photo of Jereme Rogers putting his arm around a long haired me wearing a fedora. Every now and then I unearth just to make sure I remain grounded in life.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: virginsiloveem on August 09, 2018, 03:51:17 PM
Was in the back of my local right before a habitat demo in 2007. Uncle Freddy walks back and asks me where the bathroom was. He went in, bathroom doesn’t have a fan, I Fred had the shits and let out a lot of sighs of relief, then flushes, I didn’t hear the sink run, walks out and shakes my hand and introduces himself. Haven’t washed my hands since.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: InwardHeelsOnly on August 09, 2018, 03:53:20 PM
met Duffman at a journeys demo when I was hella young. Shuriken Shannon was there too and they both signed a random Girl board that I bought, they were both nice tho and I didn't realize how legend Corey was. Shit was tight
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: lampshade on August 09, 2018, 04:02:22 PM
Sat a row behind Danny Way on a flight from Norfolk, VA (VA Beach area) to (Ironically) DC.  It's like a 30 min flight, super small plane.  It was the morning after my good friend's wedding and they had a brunch with morning drinks, so I was drunk and hung over at the same time.  I knew it was him b/c every thing he wore/had (clothes, luggage, etc. was either QS or DC.  I was wearing Lakais and some skate related shirt.  When we deplaned I was too fucked to talk to him, but he saw my shoes and gave me the head nod. 

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Clayton on August 09, 2018, 04:04:52 PM
During the filming of Think’s “Business As Usual” I got to drive around with them a couple times showing them spots. On the way back from one of the trips Josh Mathews was talking on the phone with someone and referred to me as “some kid.” I’m only one or two years younger than the dude, so in my head I was thinking “Really guy? Some kid?” I will now always think of him as a poor mans Danny Brady. Lee Yankou was cool as fuck, Russ Milligan was chill, Cody McEntire was really quiet but cool.

I filmed Justin Strubing do a perfect nollie 270 pivot fakie at 3rd and Army when they had the lil DYI quarterpipe setup still. I was just filming my friend and poached his trick. We made eye contact right after but I’ve always been pretty shy so I just didn’t say anything. Used it in our homie vid.

I walked by Tommy Guerrero on the street right after his Nine Club interview came out. I was in a hurry and just yelled out “I liked your Nine Club interview!” real fast. “Thanks man!” Kept walking.

Ran into Jake Johnson and Al Davis with some chick at Baker Beach the day after the SF GX1000 premiere. Upon seeing them I just yelled out “GX1000! …video was dope!”  “Gracias,” said Jake Johnson. Apparently I do a thing where I yell stuff I like at pros.

When that Emeryville DIY spot was still there I did a lil baby roll up the circular pole jam thing to fakie and Karl Watson looked genuinely stoked and clapped for me. I was just surprised because there was nothing at all difficult to the trick.

Richie Jackson texted me once. He wanted to check out some spots I knew of but never followed through. I still have his number which is kind of weird.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: lampshade on August 09, 2018, 04:11:57 PM
I went to a super preppy southern college.  One of my first times I went to DC I was visiting this girl I knew at Georgetown.  It was Sunday and she had to study for mid-terms, so I just took a walk around the city.  I ran into these two girls that lived in my dorm and they showed me some of the sights.  We stumbled across Freedom Plaza/Pulaski and I was in awe.  There were like 20 dudes skating.  One of the girls goes, "That's my friend Andy from high school."  Ended up being Andy Stone. 

I was dressed like a southern frat boy.  Khakis, plaid button down, brown shoes, etc.   We talked to him for awhile and he was cool.  I wanted to get a trick at a legendary spot so I asked to borrow his board.  He says, "Ok, just don't break it" in kind of a dick tone.  I don't think he thought I really skated.  I did a killer nose slide to fakie on one of the ledges first try and was stoked. 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: DMH on August 09, 2018, 04:16:48 PM
A couple weeks ago I was at a skatepark, and as I was leaving on my board, I saw a very sweaty Danny Garcia wearing a wife beater, velour sweatpants, and some Jordan 1's. I got caught staring and immediately got my front wheels stuck in a crack, which he saw. We ended up going the same direction and I said, "Sorry, that's what fanning out looks like." He was really nice, shook my hand, and told me he was playing basketball at the court next to the park. Motherfucker oughta be skateboarding...
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: ManMelt on August 09, 2018, 04:23:19 PM
I was playing Hold ‘Em at the Hustler Casino one night in 2012. Rickk Howard and Matt Schnurr sat down at the table I was playing at, while Tim Gavin watched. I ended winning a pretty big pot that Rick and I ended up playing heads up, and he wasn’t too happy. I immediately said, “Sorry about that, but I love your part from Virtually Reality”. They started laughing though, and Gav bought me a beer for “taking that prick’s money”. It was tight.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: lampshade on August 09, 2018, 04:29:31 PM
I was playing Hold ‘Em at the Hustler Casino one night in 2012. Rickk Howard and Matt Schnurr sat down at the table I was playing at, while Tim Gavin watched. I ended winning a pretty big pot that Rick and I ended up playing heads up, and he wasn’t too happy. I immediately said, “Sorry about that, but I love your part from Virtually Reality”. They started laughing though, and Gav bought me a beer for “taking that prick’s money”. It was tight.

That's probably the best story in this thread. 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: JPeterman on August 09, 2018, 05:01:10 PM
Was skating Redfern skatepark in Sydney around 2011-2012. Van pulls up and out pours Dylan, AVE, Angel Ramirez (for some reason), Sammy Winter, Chima and a couple other guys. I stop skating immediately and start watching. I was having a cigarette at one end of the park, Dylan skates over and on the way does the most beautiful kickflip I've ever seen. He pulls out a smoke and asks me for a lighter. I'm shaking, fumbling around my pockets rushing trying to find this thing and he reaches down to the floor, laughs and says "This it?". I barely get out a "Yeah man" and he thanked me and skated off. Best moment of my life.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: VHS ERA on August 09, 2018, 05:12:51 PM
Let me preface this by saying I have met quite a few celebrities, heros, pro skaters etc and it has been cool and normal lol.

Tyshawn came into my old work and I def stared at him uncomfortably long to the point where he was prob wondering why tf this dude keeps looking at him.

I was just tryna figure out who he was lol. I recognized him but couldn’t figure it out for a minute (the adidas and supreme gear finally made it click).

being around Reynolds was prob the closest ive been to “starstruck”. As far as people I’ve fanboy’d my whole life the Boss is pretty high on the list. I wasn’t really star struck more like.... I had the chance to say what’s up and pussied out. I didn’t have shit to say anyway.  There was really no reason for him to hear me say “durrr I like your frontside flips”. I decided to just leave it alone. Maybe I awkwardly head nodded at him when we walked passed each other lmao.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: plasticsurgerydisasters on August 09, 2018, 05:13:47 PM
was showering off at a beach in maui and looked up and saw lucas puig with his girlfriend
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: GAY on August 09, 2018, 05:26:35 PM
Sat a row behind Danny Way on a flight from Norfolk, VA (VA Beach area) to (Ironically) DC.  It's like a 30 min flight, super small plane.  It was the morning after my good friend's wedding and they had a brunch with morning drinks, so I was drunk and hung over at the same time.  I knew it was him b/c every thing he wore/had (clothes, luggage, etc. was either QS or DC.  I was wearing Lakais and some skate related shirt.  When we deplaned I was too fucked to talk to him, but he saw my shoes and gave me the head nod.

You're lucky you didn't catch a brick, son.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: BISCUITS AND GRAVY on August 09, 2018, 05:28:35 PM
For some reason I've seen a ton of pro dicks.  Skateboarders are idiots.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: friendly dave on August 09, 2018, 05:32:55 PM
Once I tried to go to a Real demo and they showed up pretty late. I was in my school's choir at the time and had to leave to go back to the event. As I was leaving and they were rolling in I said what's up. Nate Jones told me "don't go to school maaaaaaan!"

I said hi to Darren Navarette once at burnside, and told him I had rider a few of his 151 boards. His response was "cool, but I am so stoned right now"

A friend of mine went to the KOTR meet up when it happened in Wisconsin, and I ended up talking to Josh Kasper on the phone. I said hi and told him to do a benihana. Apparently he had just done one in a challenge.

Karl Watson said hi to me personally at pier 7, as well as everyone else there. He's the nicest dude. Same session Wu Welsh just parked his car on the sidewalk, and I got to see him do a back noseblunt. It was pretty dope.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: kid casserole on August 09, 2018, 05:34:55 PM
i used to prank call rocco on the toll free world phone line every single day

he used to cuss but i think he kind of liked it


I used to do it with Rodney, we'd just talk my whole school lunch break if he wasn't busy.  He was really cool...and GJ...it's D_W from the other place
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: VHS ERA on August 09, 2018, 05:36:25 PM
Met Dylan at Black one night. He was talking to my girl and I rudely interrupted, shook his hand and left. Sorry Dylan, but I just had to.

I misread this story as this and I prefer it my way

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Betaphenylethylalamine on August 09, 2018, 05:38:16 PM
Josh kalis and drake Jones still hit me up every few months.

Kinda funny I formed a a friendship with them for no real reason.

Both are super nice guys though
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: BacksideWallride on August 09, 2018, 05:39:20 PM
I texted Kalis  :P
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: lampshade on August 09, 2018, 05:42:15 PM
Sat a row behind Danny Way on a flight from Norfolk, VA (VA Beach area) to (Ironically) DC.  It's like a 30 min flight, super small plane.  It was the morning after my good friend's wedding and they had a brunch with morning drinks, so I was drunk and hung over at the same time.  I knew it was him b/c every thing he wore/had (clothes, luggage, etc. was either QS or DC.  I was wearing Lakais and some skate related shirt.  When we deplaned I was too fucked to talk to him, but he saw my shoes and gave me the head nod.

You're lucky you didn't catch a brick, son.

I knew a brick joke would come up.  Glad it was from you. 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: LeeMarvin on August 09, 2018, 05:45:10 PM
I met Salman Agah at a Warped Tour. He was nice, signed my shirt, and shook my hand, but clearly felt a little weird about signing an autograph to some little kid that never actually said a single word to him and just sorta shoved a Sharpie into his hand.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Monkey_Mcpott on August 09, 2018, 05:49:34 PM
Was skating skating Hawthorne skatepark once when Daewon pulled up solo and skated the park about a total of 5 minutes and left. He charged so fast to the manny pad and did a switch fs shuv fakie manny right in front of me then went to the tranny and did a fs tail 270. I was shook, wanted to at least say hi but I was too stunned.

I had to pleasure to see Antwuan Post Baker 3 Pre face tatts skate also at the Hawthorne park. He became a regular but that was one of the only times he actually skated. Did a ollie backfoot heel on flat on request. I remember bailing an inward heel when he came right behind me and did it first try, pretty much never tried that trick again.

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Budgie Lasek on August 09, 2018, 05:54:21 PM
Smoked hash (that was laced with something) with Sheffey and Gall at a party in an old mansion during one of the classic era Slam City Jams. Had a laugh with Sheffey about a demo he did in eastern Canada in 1990.

The first time I ever met Sam Devlin he tried to fight me because he thought I 'ratted him out' about throwing a girl's bike off the roof of a skatepark. I had no idea what he was talking about. He was cool from that point on and I used to see his mom all the time on the bus.

In the bathroom at the Berrics, Malto comes in to piss, farts while he's pissing and giggles, then leaves without washing his hands. Weird thing is I have met one other person who had the same experience.

I was in the bathroom at a house where a vert pro was staying when they were robbed at gunpoint by gang members (a dealer lived in the house and they took his shit), had no idea what was going on until I came out and saw 2 guys running out the door aiming guns at a car that was peeling out.

Got ticketed by under covers for not having a helmet at the old Santee park with Dobstaff and Coyne, hadn't even skated yet. They tried to argue for me, but the cop wasn't having it. Even weirder, I originally met Coyne because I was skating down the street and he stopped as he was driving by and basically just asked a complete stranger to go skate. Turned out Shockus lived right there and we rolled in for a hang. Best dude, R.I.P. I have a few funny Shokus/Coyne stories.

Shit, there's lots more... might post again if I remember anything noteworthy.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Nancy Chin The Manicurist on August 09, 2018, 05:55:50 PM
I once bumped into Dave Baschinsky on the dance floor of  a bar.


We danced together for like 2 songs.


One of them was probably Madonna.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: newpcwhodis on August 09, 2018, 05:57:19 PM
Once was in a car outside of a ski resort in Tahoe with my buddy who was hurt and couldn't ski and Karl Watson randomly walked by and recognized us since we're from the East Bay and said what's up, which was pretty cool since I don't know if we'd ever had an actual conversation with him.

Also saw Kenny Anderson at LES in like 2011-early 2012 and I just asked him if pappalardo would have a part in the chocolate video, he was like "Naw I don't think so."
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: shit_for_brains on August 09, 2018, 06:03:15 PM
Sergei Trudnowski fixed my cappucino machine in 2007
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Mongoloid on August 09, 2018, 06:04:22 PM
What I gather from most of these accounts is that Karl Watson is the best dude.

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: AngryBlackMan on August 09, 2018, 06:25:40 PM
I met Koston standing in line at a Whole Foods in Atlanta. I asked what he was doing in town and he said they were on a FourStar tour.  As I walked out Malto was skating up to the door and when I got to my car their van was parked right next to me with the doors open. I saw BA and some other dudes inside, I just waved at everyone and drove off. 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Francis Xavier on August 09, 2018, 06:27:06 PM
I jacked a parking spot from Nora V,and she stared me down all pissed while I just gave her an awkward look realizing who she was.

Vanessa Torres and Allysha Le photobombed my Vans skatepark id photo,sorta wish I had a print of it for novelty.

Leaving a record store once I held the door open for Jeff Lenoce, and he instantly stopped mumbling to himself as I was staring all stoked in silence.

I shook Grosso's hand in a Hot Topic, and said I wished we weren't in this store,he laughed uncomfortably then I just dipped.  Seen him around a bit more, and it's less strange.

Had a drunk conversation with John Lucero,but all I remember is talking about Tecate.

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: patrick c. on August 09, 2018, 06:33:36 PM
I saw Alex Olson at a vegetarian restaurant in Greenpoint and waived hello.  It was pouring rain & he looked really frustrated.  We made eye contact from across the room and it was awful.  Still one of my favorite skaters though & really back what Logan & him are doing with 917.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: McJagger on August 09, 2018, 06:50:23 PM
Bobby Worrest skated past me and once I noticed, I was psyched and watched him for a second.  He happened to turn and saw me staring directly at him...

He turned his head right back and started pushing faster.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: David Puddy on August 09, 2018, 06:58:27 PM
Met Chico Brenes at a trampoline park, it was okay.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Matthew_James on August 09, 2018, 07:02:10 PM
I bothered the fucking shit out of Mike V when I was a little kid, probably 13 or 14, and he was cool as fuck. I mean he made a bunch of claims that he didn't live up to, like how he was never going to quit Black Label and Etnies and Accel wheels, but whatever. He also told me he invented that tail slide, never bothered to fact check it though. Well, some kid ended up breaking his fucking back at the demo because he tried to show off & Mike V visited that kid in the hospital. The kid quit skating a couple of years later and eventually died of a heroin overdose in later years, but whatever.

I also talked to Gino on the crailtap phone while they had it up on the website. Chico answered, and he passed the phone to Daniel Castillo but I wasn't really trying to talk to him. Luckily Gino was in their van, and he was really cool about shit. He pretty much told me about his Nike deal, his jail stints, and shared every single skate spot on Long Island with me. Dude chopped it up with me for almost an hour, and then I had to go because my early 2000's prepaid cell phone was about to run out of minutes. Thanks for the convo Gino, I didn't take any of your advice about not going wild with partying or anything but I appreciated your diverse knowledge of Long Island skateboarding.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: VHS ERA on August 09, 2018, 07:04:55 PM
Bobby Worrest skated past me and once I noticed, I was psyched and watched him for a second.  He happened to turn and saw me staring directly at him...

He turned his head right back and started pushing faster.

This may have happened to me with BA. doesn’t really count as an awkward one because BA got away before I could make it awkward lol (another dude on a shortlist of people I would truly fan out over).

A year or 2 ago I saw him doing powerslides throughout traffic in the middle of Broadway in soho and definitely stopped dead in my tracks and watched with the “holy fucking shit that’s Brian Anderson doing backside powerslides in real life” face

He looked my way and I think saw me staring at him like I saw I ghost but I don’t really know
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: JORNDA on August 09, 2018, 07:05:46 PM
i once saw sage elsesser at a festival and i said what's up and how i was a big fan of his skating and he said "thanks, i'm gonna go get some shnacks" and walked away, he was a cool guy though.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: AitchBeeGayBuh on August 09, 2018, 07:32:08 PM
After riding a bicycle around various HB spots found myself at the tall Sunset ledge Nicky T. SSBSTS'd in the Suffer the Joy. My last session there I was getting into FS tailslides across it but didn't roll away. Really wanted to pull that maneuver but instead ran into Andre Genovosi. After a couple attempts he pulled me aside n explained to me he was tryin HIS trick there n he already tried it on a few different occasions with no avail (so I guess he was more important than me???).

I sat down, drank some beers for a a couple hours n left after witnessing some dude not land somethin for that amount of time. Never seen a photo or video evidence of that...

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: The Ghost of Lenny Kirk on August 09, 2018, 07:38:14 PM
there was this one time where me and Tony Trujillo were posting in the same slap thread about this pro who beat women
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: euro tm on August 09, 2018, 08:11:19 PM
During the filming of Think’s “Business As Usual” I got to drive around with them a couple times showing them spots. On the way back from one of the trips Josh Mathews was talking on the phone with someone and referred to me as “some kid.” I’m only one or two years younger than the dude, so in my head I was thinking “Really guy? Some kid?” I will now always think of him as a poor mans Danny Brady. Lee Yankou was cool as fuck, Russ Milligan was chill, Cody McEntire was really quiet but cool.

I filmed Justin Strubing do a perfect nollie 270 pivot fakie at 3rd and Army when they had the lil DYI quarterpipe setup still. I was just filming my friend and poached his trick. We made eye contact right after but I’ve always been pretty shy so I just didn’t say anything. Used it in our homie vid.

I walked by Tommy Guerrero on the street right after his Nine Club interview came out. I was in a hurry and just yelled out “I liked your Nine Club interview!” real fast. “Thanks man!” Kept walking.

Ran into Jake Johnson and Al Davis with some chick at Baker Beach the day after the SF GX1000 premiere. Upon seeing them I just yelled out “GX1000! …video was dope!”  “Gracias,” said Jake Johnson. Apparently I do a thing where I yell stuff I like at pros.

When that Emeryville DIY spot was still there I did a lil baby roll up the circular pole jam thing to fakie and Karl Watson looked genuinely stoked and clapped for me. I was just surprised because there was nothing at all difficult to the trick.

Richie Jackson texted me once. He wanted to check out some spots I knew of but never followed through. I still have his number which is kind of weird.

i was taking a piss after some video premier and richie crawled into the stall i was in and asked if i was doing coke. i said no and he left without saying anything.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Zurg on August 09, 2018, 08:31:40 PM
gave caswell a light and he said "thank cap'n!". found that funny for some reason

beibel told me about going to the peep show across from parallel(he said the chick was kinda fat, but he was still stoked on it) while the majority of the girl/chocolate guys kinda cool guyed everyone.

bought setups and parts off Jeron and Chico after having ours taken by the cops. both were super sick and nice guys.

already told this one before, but i was sitting at macba with my friend while Fred Gall rolled a fuckin bat of pure hash next to us. he lit it up, hit it once then said "you guys need this more than i do" or something to that affect and gave us the joint. later that night i was walking down rambla de raval and someone puts me in a half nelson while yelling "GIMME YOUR BOARD, NIGGA!!". turned around and it was uncle freddy again. scared the shit out of me for a second.

met other pros in barcelona, but those were the better ones.

i interviewed arto for the website of a canadian skate mag that i worked at. i was super nervous and kinda fanning out, but it ended up going really well and we chatted for about an hour. looked at my recorder after and realized i hadnt been recording the whole time  :o never got the re-interview. had other pro experiences via that job, but i cant really think of anything good from that.

was walking down my street when a car stopped at the light and atiba was in the passenger seat. when i noticed him i said "atiba!" without thinking. he looked at me like mr burns looked at lenny.

https://youtu.be/lDQR5Tw79ds?t=32s




Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Pigeon on August 09, 2018, 08:55:31 PM
Andy Roy was taking pics with someone who gave him money for new teeth 1-3 months ago. I accidentally made eye contact, but just skated past to the BART station on 24th. I also got shit on my back right wheel, so I now associate a stock photo of feces with Andy Roy.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Not Local on August 09, 2018, 08:59:41 PM
Skated the Powell skate zone with Frankie Hill, early 90s. Totally kooked it by landing the trick he was trying in front of him but he was very cool about it.

Also met James Kelch there, he wanted to me know he was under the influence of LSD.



Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Jeff Groucho on August 09, 2018, 09:04:24 PM
met jerry at a demo. musta been 1998 or so. he was exactly how i thought he would be, humble and mellow. can't remember if it was an osiris demo or not. but he was doing nollie heel flips into this bank and the next day i went back and was doing them too. i thought i was cool then i realized i in fact was.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Witcheshit on August 09, 2018, 09:37:34 PM
Was at an in-store event and we had it rocking so hard, that Felipe Gustavo and his girlfriend, came in, and did an about face, without talking too or making eye contact with anyone there.

Me and friend did blunt run for Stevie Williams while he waited to get in line in some SF bar

I gave a truck axle nut to Brian Tucci when he still lived in the Bay Area at 3rd and Army (which I got lost going too my first time  :-[)

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: TheLurper on August 09, 2018, 09:41:28 PM
I was driving some am around the night before a demo while talking on the phone to one of my friends. I was on the phone saying, "Guess who I hung out with tonight?!" and the am assumed I was talking about him. He slinked down in his seat and was obviously super uncomfortable. I could feel him thinking about how to escape from my car, but I wasn't talking about him I was talking about my ex who I really wanted to get back together with.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: SlashPoolCoping247 on August 09, 2018, 09:49:48 PM
I met Sebo Walker at an art show being put on by the local shop. I tried to act chill, but my high ass told him how much I liked his style and his art, super enthusiastically. I got a picture with him and I tried to high five him which turned into a flimsy handshake. Im pretty sure I caught him off guard and I felt super embarrassed afterwards. Good times
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: ihatejulio on August 09, 2018, 09:56:10 PM
Was at a legit lowkey kickback at a buddies house in downtown HB when Nigel unexpectedly showed up at the front door. My friend didn't know him and he and his entourage got kicked out. When we told him who he was and how he was a pro skater he said, "don't worry, we'll get another one."
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Nth syd bear on August 09, 2018, 10:09:33 PM
Too many to mention ..
Bunch of my mates use to be the annoying kids that would turn up
Skate at most of the demos in Sydney in the late 90’s

Keenan was funny as hell and so cool.. Mariano only one I kinda went quiet like ohh shit

But the best was me and a freind decided to leave a demo at Penrith to smoke
A joint and it turned out Penny and Chris senn had the same idea and smoked with them in the car park.. they were fucking mellow as and Penny had just cut his hand inside on a sketchy ledge thingy inside.. was brief but fucking cool
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: HeadInLionsMouth on August 09, 2018, 10:51:51 PM
On a number of occasions I've found myself kind of staring as I watch some pros skate, only to realize I'm staring when I make eye contact with said pros. Usually I shake myself out of it and give a nod to whoever it is. I used to live a block away from a park with some popular ledges in Bed-Stuy. Had it happen there a few times. Also saw Mark Suciu and some other Adidas dudes while I was at a buddies art show at a gallery not too far from Labor. Most everyone is cool about it. I never really talk to anybody though - I just don't want to bother.

Speaking of bothering people, I was doing some man-on-the-street interviews with strangers for a podcast right after the Away Days premiere in NY. I was asking people about the worst injuries they'd sustained skating. One dude was super hammered and yelled in my face, "I DON'T KNOW ABOUT GETTING HURT. YOU SHOULD TALK TO THIS GUY, MAN. HE'S FUCKIN' GOOD, MAN. THAT VIDEO? HE WAS IN IT! HE WAS IN THE VIDEO", and he proceeds to shove some guy in front of me, who turns out to be Brian Peacock. He kind of cool-guyed me, but also seemed super embarrassed as he waved me off and sheepishly went to stand behind his friends
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: natenola forever on August 09, 2018, 11:48:02 PM
I watched Brian Anderson fan out on Jessie Nehaus on random run in in New Orleans, Jessie was def confused I'm assuming cuz of how much more famous BA was in skating than he was.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Oli96 on August 10, 2018, 01:28:12 AM
I bet Ben Kadow in SoHo NY in 2016, he was with Chris Millic I think and both were really nice in person. I explained I was on holiday from England and asked for some local suggestions. Got a photo then left
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: FuckingAweful on August 10, 2018, 01:29:07 AM
When the converse team came to Australia me and a couple mates ended up out the back of the local shop smoking a blunt with Aaron Herrington and Sage Elsesser.

Aaron was a super nice dude, didn't take himself seriously at all but Sage seemed way up his own ass, was really odd
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Thrillho on August 10, 2018, 01:39:29 AM
Butcher jumped in front of my friend in the hotdog line at a Hurley demo, grabbed one, then turned around and said, "I stole your weiner." Then later, walked past him and said, "I ate your weiner."
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: somethingmustbreaknow on August 10, 2018, 02:23:51 AM
met geoff rowley and david gonzalez in a metro station once.
fanned out a little over rowley, i asked him for a photo and he
asked us whether we're drunk. we answered in the affirmative.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: VHS ERA on August 10, 2018, 03:04:23 AM
gave caswell a light and he said "thank cap'n!". found that funny for some reason

beibel told me about going to the peep show across from parallel(he said the chick was kinda fat, but he was still stoked on it) while the majority of the girl/chocolate guys kinda cool guyed everyone.

bought setups and parts off Jeron and Chico after having ours taken by the cops. both were super sick and nice guys.

already told this one before, but i was sitting at macba with my friend while Fred Gall rolled a fuckin bat of pure hash next to us. he lit it up, hit it once then said "you guys need this more than i do" or something to that affect and gave us the joint. later that night i was walking down rambla de raval and someone puts me in a half nelson while yelling "GIMME YOUR BOARD, NIGGA!!". turned around and it was uncle freddy again. scared the shit out of me for a second.

met other pros in barcelona, but those were the better ones.

i interviewed arto for the website of a canadian skate mag that i worked at. i was super nervous and kinda fanning out, but it ended up going really well and we chatted for about an hour. looked at my recorder after and realized i hadnt been recording the whole time  :o never got the re-interview. had other pro experiences via that job, but i cant really think of anything good from that.

was walking down my street when a car stopped at the light and atiba was in the passenger seat. when i noticed him i said "atiba!" without thinking. he looked at me like mr burns looked at lenny.

https://youtu.be/lDQR5Tw79ds?t=32s

Fred Gall is a racist and Slap loves him
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: DBOONFOREVER on August 10, 2018, 03:57:48 AM
A few years ago me and a friend got to be extras in this TV On The Radio music video Atiba directed. We show up early to this skatepark in Highland Park, and it’s pretty much every big-name pro in the industry there skating in the background while the band plays next to the bowl. Reynolds, Guy Mariano, Koston, Chris Cole, Lance, Justin Strubing, Trevor Colden, Herman, TK, Vincent Alvarez, etc..

I decided to go back to my car and get my board, I don’t think extras were supposed to skate but I said fuck it. I got to skate in a session and somehow land a lot of tricks with some heroes of mine and it was a rad day.
Anyways, while I was standing there Guy came up to me with arms outstretched like “heyyy dude! How are you, how have you been!?” and pretty much hugged me while I was just like “uhh I’m good thanks!” being pretty frozen in surprise. LOL I really wonder who he thought I was. Nicest dude.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Frvbp2PC0E

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: DBOONFOREVER on August 10, 2018, 04:02:06 AM
Also, just wanted to throw in that BA is hands down the nicest pro I’ve met.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: brucewillis on August 10, 2018, 04:50:28 AM
i met p-stone at Vans Park Series in 2016, smoked a joint with him some and helped him light a fire. He asked me if i could buy some beers and gave me like 20 bucks, i bought the beer and then Grant, Ronnie Sandoval Omar Hassan and Kevin Kowalski just came by. Translated a conversation for Omar, where a crackhead girl wanted him to sleep in her house, and asked what Grant's favorite band was. Talked about sobriety with Ronnie and how shitty Brasil is with P-stone while them all were talking good things about my country. Phelps was there too. He talked about some acid trip in south africa.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: CrappyChan on August 10, 2018, 05:00:19 AM
When I was like 13 and I wasn't really skating much I saw spanky and some of the America team while I was riding my bike through the parking lot of a Kroger in a leather jacket. I didn't expect to see them soon got like nervous shakes and i looked like a look

I saw Cairo at target the first day I moved to California, I backed away while staring for some reason as not to be detected

I got to go to the since day one premiere in sf and my awkward Asian friend was like Steve berra! as berra walked in front of us and he turned around and tried to be cool but it was really weird and awkward

My friend told me to come to this chicks birthday party because some friends from high school were there but first thing when I skate up.and walk in the door Dustin Dollin walks up and starts rubbing the sweat off my face with his own shirt saying how i was filthy but he liked that or something could tell I had been skating hard
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: jomeara1 on August 10, 2018, 05:07:53 AM
In 2004 I was at a Red Bull demo and PJ Ladd was there but only did like 2 tricks and then just stood around the rest of the time. I went up to him and asked why he isn’t skating and he said something like “dude I didn’t even know we were coming here today” I just said oh ok and just awkwardly walked away without saying nice meeting you or anything lol.

At that same demo, it was later in the day when it was starting to die down and Kerry Getz was still skating the park. I was rolling up to the quarter pipe completely oblivious that Getz was rolling up to too and I got in his way. He immediately picked up his board and slammed it against the ground in anger. I turned red in embarrassment.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: ThrillOfItAll on August 10, 2018, 05:27:45 AM
Most people i met have been rad, Mike Mo was a little bit odd but meant well i think.

My mate pissed Biebel off enough he left the bar. Same dude stopped Dave duncans energy drink rolling off a table at a comp, i swear Dave thought he was trying to steal it but then opened it, slugged it and told us to pass it around as it was cold, just awkward.

Ha, I saw Devine Calloway and thought, ah cool, can i get a signature on my board!? I forgot i was riding HIS board, felt a little bit kooky but he was so stoked i had his deck he couldn't keep thanking me. Oh shit, same mate of mine from above told Devine in Barca he just full cab flipped Macba and was pro and Device just smiled and said " Cool Man" haha Cunt.

Saw Louie Barletta and crew in Barca a few times over a week, So Rad.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: SkateChimney on August 10, 2018, 05:38:13 AM
I was skating macba last year and was trying a kickflip nose manny on the low slope ledge. i scraped, bailed and when i looked up Stevie Williams was there about 20 meters in front of me, smiling as if he was thinkin 'damn! nearly had that". I rolled over all sweaty  just gave him a handshake/hug and said thank you. He smiled and said 'keep it up dude' and walked of. i got zero pussy that holiday so defo the highlight.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: cosmicgypsies on August 10, 2018, 06:22:13 AM
my friend met jerry hsu and went for a high five and jerry went for a fist bump and he ended up awkwardly grabbing his fist
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: FakieNollie on August 10, 2018, 06:25:12 AM
Shane O'neill bought my friend and I a beer at the Tampa Pro after party, after I offered to buy him one. He is a super nice dude. Louie Lopez poured champagne into my friends mouth that night as well. 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: calvinsdream on August 10, 2018, 06:36:44 AM
Evan Smith bumped into me once at Southside looking for the shitter, does that count
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: butterballs for jerry on August 10, 2018, 07:21:02 AM
My brother's soon to be wife at the time was good friends with Billy rohan's fiance. They (not Billy) came over my dad's house one night and I showed her billy's big brother interview about all the crazy shit he's done and getting arrested and stuff. Was all news to her. Oops.

Anyway he was a guest at my brothers small wedding. We hung out, shot the shit, I didn't really have a lot to say, had very little life experience and had never met a pro before. He was talking about spreading skating and building ramps,  was super chill. I was dumb and asking him what tricks he could do and if he ever went back for the huge fs flip at flushing meadows.

Then a couple years later shit hit the fan.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: OrangeVHStapes on August 10, 2018, 08:12:49 AM
I moved from New York to LA in 2012, first week I was out there I saw Heath at some random restaurant... While he was waiting to be seated I walked over to him and his girlfriend or whatever and awkwardly fan girled out... He was pretty quiet and then was like "Thanks", I nervously like nodded and walked away in such shame... Fast forward three years later and I would "casually" small talk and get drinks from him at black every weekend or so... Totally still fan girling out but totally acting like a cool guy and hiding it... I'm pathetic.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: birdplops on August 10, 2018, 09:01:59 AM
It's amazing how many pros I've had awkward interactions with, but I suppose we all hang around the same sorts of places and I'm an awkward guy. Off the top of my head:

*Bumped into Tom K who was with the New Balance team in Edinburgh a few weeks ago. He couldn't have been more lovely.
* Went to Barcelona on my own and when I got to Paralel, the Lakai team were hanging about- MJ was eating chicken and had a big bandage on his hand, while Biebel was trying to pop-shuv one of the benches. I started skating one of the ledges at the edge of the spot and end up sharing it with JB Gillet. Knowing that he was waiting for me to slowly scoop myself/my board up most every time killed me.
*The Gravis guys were in Oxford and came to the local ramps but didn't skate. Just watched a couple of us be cack.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: MintySandwhich on August 10, 2018, 09:08:57 AM
Was at a fun little bar with some friends one night, and some of last year's KOTR company arrived in a group. Kyle walker seemed pissed, and just stood outside the bar the whole time talking with some other randoms. As we were walking out to leave, I passed by Axel. Tongue-in-cheek, I said "Yo dude, big fan" and he just said a cold thanks without making eye-contact and continued walking. I later wished I said something of value.

Made it outside of the bar and were waiting for the rest of our friends to make it outside. I was kissing on my girlfriend, and heard a voice. I knew exactly who's voice it was before even looking. It was Andy Roy SCREAMING.. "AAAWHHH LOOK AT DA LOVE BURDS!!! YO!! THAT'S FUCKING CUTE!!" We were all just laughing, and having a good time. Andy was the coolest one out of em all.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: BISCUITS AND GRAVY on August 10, 2018, 09:29:05 AM
I saw Pancho Moler at the Amoeba Music on Haight once. I was super stoned and got stuck staring at him and he noticed. I felt bad because he probably thought I was staring because of his size and not just stoned and stuck.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Pat Eisenhauer on August 10, 2018, 09:43:28 AM
Sometime last year I ran into Pappalardo in front of my work.  He was working as teamster for some film/TV shoot. I was just like, "hey are you Anthony? I skate too!" but keep in mind I'm a 44 year old man so it was nice and awkward.

He was a bit defensive and pretty much like you would imagine, a little negative and a little sarcastic but we bullshitted for about 10 minutes.

I told him he should do a late career comeback because those are obviously all the rage right now, since this was right after when Wenning started to reappear.  I don't know how he took that one.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: calvinsdream on August 10, 2018, 10:18:01 AM
Sometime last year I ran into Pappalardo in front of my work.  He was working as teamster for some film/TV shoot. I was just like, "hey are you Anthony? I skate too!" but keep in mind I'm a 44 year old man so it was nice and awkward.

He was a bit defensive and pretty much like you would imagine, a little negative and a little sarcastic but we bullshitted for about 10 minutes.

I told him he should do a late career comeback because those are obviously all the rage right now, since this was right after when Wenning started to reappear.  I don't know how he took that one.

"Just do a comeback bro"
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: pizza bitch on August 10, 2018, 10:29:28 AM
Was drunk walking in to a bar as Louie Barletta was walking out. I got really stoked and grabbed him by the shoulders and said thank you. He responded with "I love you dad!" Then we parted our separate ways.

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: ShoeProblem on August 10, 2018, 11:47:15 AM
I interviewed Markovich for a zine I did a long time ago and asked him about Gator (this was right after all that shit happened) and he politely declined to answer any questions about him.

It was a short interview.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: notcool on August 10, 2018, 11:54:34 AM
saw nyjah last weekend at griffith park in LA his friends were awesome came up to us shook our hands and said their names. nyjah did nothing.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Parker on August 10, 2018, 12:09:34 PM
was walking through the grocery store and spotted Koston. Tried to talk to him but it was so awkward. He was just trying to buy some food..
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Lenny the Fatface on August 10, 2018, 12:10:24 PM
I've randomly walked past Justin Eldridge four times. Each time realizing it was far too late to acknowledge him. It's only funny because I live in North Carolina.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Putaslocas on August 10, 2018, 12:36:09 PM
After riding a bicycle around various HB spots found myself at the tall Sunset ledge Nicky T. SSBSTS'd in the Suffer the Joy. My last session there I was getting into FS tailslides across it but didn't roll away. Really wanted to pull that maneuver but instead ran into Andre Genovosi. After a couple attempts he pulled me aside n explained to me he was tryin HIS trick there n he already tried it on a few different occasions with no avail (so I guess he was more important than me???).

I sat down, drank some beers for a a couple hours n left after witnessing some dude not land somethin for that amount of time. Never seen a photo or video evidence of that...

Um who?
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: full of jerks on August 10, 2018, 12:37:15 PM
I saw Pancho Moler at the Amoeba Music on Haight once. I was super stoned and got stuck staring at him and he noticed. I felt bad because he probably thought I was staring because of his size and not just stoned and stuck.

(https://bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Screen-Shot-2016-12-16-at-9.52.59-AM.jpg)

...

I was skating the curb in front of Bronze Age on my new Julien Stranger syringe deck which had just come out a week or two earlier.  Julien watches me skate for a bit and then as I'm going into the shop or something he asks me how I like the board.  I said "I really like the concave" and he stares at me like he wants to kick my ass.  Eventually a girl comes out and pulls him away or tries to calm him down or something.

To be fair in those days different companies had different concaves, like Santa Cruz had a second upturn in the tail or something, and that was what made the strongest impression when comparing my new board to the old one.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: MintySandwhich on August 10, 2018, 12:40:57 PM
Why would he be pissed?
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: full of jerks on August 10, 2018, 12:44:31 PM
Why would he be pissed?

Because the concave wasn't something he had anything to do with, unlike the shape or the graphics.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Putaslocas on August 10, 2018, 12:56:09 PM
I saw Pancho Moler at the Amoeba Music on Haight once. I was super stoned and got stuck staring at him and he noticed. I felt bad because he probably thought I was staring because of his size and not just stoned and stuck.

(https://bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Screen-Shot-2016-12-16-at-9.52.59-AM.jpg)

...

I was skating the curb in front of Bronze Age on my new Julien Stranger syringe deck which had just come out a week or two earlier.  Julien watches me skate for a bit and then as I'm going into the shop or something he asks me how I like the board.  I said "I really like the concave" and he stares at me like he wants to kick my ass.  Eventually a girl comes out and pulls him away or tries to calm him down or something.

To be fair in those days different companies had different concaves, like Santa Cruz had a second upturn in the tail or something, and that was what made the strongest impression when comparing my new board to the old one.

Am i missing something? What was wrong with your positive response to a question he got a decent answer for ?
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: essal on August 10, 2018, 01:18:45 PM
last year in cph my buddy said "haha karsten doesn't ride for lakai anymore" to carroll and i kinda had to explain to carroll that my buddy is an asshole. wasn't hard to do, but awkward as fuck. thank god we were all drunk and in a good mood.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Skate_lurker_Rob on August 10, 2018, 01:53:04 PM
I was in Colorado for a hot second from 03' to 09'  really focusing on my skate career I got flowed by Advocate and a defunct Plank Lounge in Chattanooga,TN.


 I was at Carbondale KOTR 03' and met TNT and the DLX dudes Dan Drehobl is my hero and Lance Mountain as well DD and LM were tight as fuck to me invited me and my gang to chill and watch dudes rip. TNT that guys a bitch, I am sure you guys seen the infamous KOTR segment where street punks were sliding in mud down the hill that was my friend's Alex, Jared, and Maggie like I said we were sharing beer with a bunch of dudes I believe beer and having a good attitude is what makes people affable and maybe a potential rep that'd put in a good word if you are decent at skating. As the gangs getting more beer I am trying to just shmooz with DLX dudes kinda hey maybe I can get in the van to ride with who knows?!  I have heard many many many many stories where dudes on tour's would be down for a potential new am or flow guy so I gave it a shot without being too needy or desperate but ultimately he probably saw through my ruse which is okay as the next part is where it solidified my opinion of TNT is he said in arrogant way like your friends left you here....... Yeah so? we are bringing more beer over you want to kick it? or are you too good for us? TNT............. Yeah I am and you should beat it, I told em to go fuck himself and really cried I was kinda bummed not because he was mean just the fact I don't expect much from ppl in general but if I talk too much tell me or try to be a genuine person altruistic in most naive aspect treat me with the same common respect  as the next person?!!!?!?! I have been through alot as I expect you'll have and for someone to be a dick for no reason at all except to drink our beers I would smash your face in and shit on you, no joke.


Also Met Toy Machine, Foundation, Darkstar, and Baker gang during Colorado KOTR 06' (they had a slipnslide with beer and Greco tried to fight a friend of mine as he called out Greco like hey fuck you don't steal from here this that and the other they had it on a copy somewhere can't find it)A challenge was to them in Boulder as one of the challenges was steal a shirt from this whack snowboard/longboard/skate shop in Boulder. I have tried to find the dvd or a copy of it to no avail. How I came to meet them was I had a basement apt above a Local Denver crew Wetboys a potshot towards Mike Vallaley inside joke was there was a gay 1-800-WETBOYS ad and the dude looked very similar to Mike V and we all had a good laugh at that as it could be true? Eventually someone superimposed a real cutout of Mike V and put it on the ad it was really funny.

Tony Hawk was nice I met him at Kona Jacksonville really late 80's

 Jamie Thomas and Toy Machine co during jump off a building days they were rad Mike Maldanado killed the local Amsouth gap to bs 5050 and ollie out to street or it could have been ollie gap to ledge and ollie to street that segment was sick.

I partied at Stevie Williams indoor spot in ATL with Sid & Thurm Stevie wasn't there that'd be sick as fuck to kick it with him.

I'll add more if I can remember got hit in the head som memory fails me and drugs are a fuckery thing that messes with my head.

most of my encounters were just random and some were just okay this is happening, It usually was always was me just being a skate nerd and probably pulling a Nick Merlino and annoying the shit out of someone with skate talk whatever!!!!! better to be acknowledged with annoyance then to be forgotten at all,  Jerry Gurney is a down as fuck dude too met him while I was squatting and he was very similar in being a dork skate nerd so fuck yeah he is rad as shit.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Makaveli on August 10, 2018, 01:54:07 PM
I told Jon Newport he should skate more. He reacted as if I had told him he fell off.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Sick Duck on August 10, 2018, 02:12:32 PM
I was in the next bed to jesse paez in an emergency room when I was like 12. Didn’t say much to him cuz I was a kid and we both had broken bones
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: burn_to_live on August 10, 2018, 02:17:38 PM
I met Curren at Ojai Skate park and Brad McClain at Santa Barbara Skatepark. Both were super nice. I also met Mike Anderson at 5 Points.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: GAY on August 10, 2018, 02:19:57 PM
I stood in line at Trader Joe's behind Biebel once. He was in full exercise gear and looked like a basketball playin' jock. I wanted to tell him that my mere existence meant more pussy for him.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Sick Duck on August 10, 2018, 02:28:26 PM
I stood in line at Trader Joe's behind Biebel once. He was in full exercise gear and looked like a basketball playin' jock. I wanted to tell him that my mere existence meant more pussy for him.
That would have been classic
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Joust Ostrich on August 10, 2018, 03:27:37 PM
I had no idea 6 years = a hot second. 

Nsa contest 90ish
Watched my current girlfriends mom try to splint the vertical vampire's broken arm with a pizza box.  This was mentioned in the back of a skateboarder mag "15 things you didn't know" article.  I think Dave Leroux won.  Berra got kicked out for sleeping under the ramp.  Also mentioned in the same skateboarder article, different issue.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Skate_lurker_Rob on August 10, 2018, 03:54:20 PM
I had no idea 6 years = a hot second. 

Nsa contest 90ish
Watched my current girlfriends mom try to splint the vertical vampire's broken arm with a pizza box.  This was mentioned in the back of a skateboarder mag "15 things you didn't know" article.  I think Dave Leroux won.  Berra got kicked out for sleeping under the ramp.  Also mentioned in the same skateboarder article, different issue.
Yeah longest I have ever stayed at one place for 6 years aside from my hometown in Chattanoogle, TN even then it was very sparse.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: butterballs for jerry on August 10, 2018, 04:32:48 PM
How I came to meet them was I had a basement apt above a Local Denver crew Wetboys a potshot

Huh.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Frank on August 10, 2018, 04:33:22 PM
met lizard king at a bar about 8 years ago. actually boulala and snowy were also there, but they were sitting directly at the bar and i only noticed them when they left. for some reason when we came in lizard king started to greet all of us like some sort of host. i was the only skater in the group and already rather drunk and did the typical stupid "yo i know you maaaaaaan..." thing, but lizard was super cool. he was hyped up and showed me his new tattoo of the local beer brand astras logo, asked us if we wanted to drink and stuff. this was when there was a krew or supra tour thing was going down here. it was awkward because i was already super smashed and it was hard to keep up with how much lizard king wanted to talk. since then i can't hate on the dude, he was way more friendly and positive than most pros i've met or seen.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: notcool on August 10, 2018, 04:35:40 PM
met lizard king at a bar about 8 years ago. actually boulala and snowy were also there, but they were sitting directly at the bar and i only noticed them when they left. for some reason when we came in lizard king started to greet all of us like some sort of host. i was the only skater in the group and already rather drunk and did the typical stupid "yo i know you maaaaaaan..." thing, but lizard was super cool. he was hyped up and showed me his new tattoo of the local beer brand astras logo, asked us if we wanted to drink and stuff. this was when there was a krew or supra tour thing was going down here. it was awkward because i was already super smashed and it was hard to keep up with how much lizard king wanted to talk. since then i can't hate on the dude, he was way more friendly and positive than most pros i've met or seen.
  on boulalas epicly later'd he said he hasn't been in the US in like 12 years or more was this in another country?
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: shredder sequel on August 10, 2018, 04:39:11 PM
About a year ago. My daughter and I are helping out at an event at 4DWN, Mike Crum’s skatepark. Mike hands me a bag of charcoal and a bottle of lighter fluid and asks me to get the grill going. Shortly after saying “Sure” I realize I haven’t started a grill with lighter fluid in about 20 years—I use a chimney.

I do my best to get it going, with no luck.

He sees what’s going on and has a look of absolute exasperation on his face. He shouts “Mosley,” and points at me. Anthony Mosley comes over and, confused, asks “What are we doing here?” I tell him we’re getting the fire going. He says, “Yeah. No problem,” takes the lighter fluid from me, squirts half the bottle on the charcoal, and lights it, producing the biggest flame ball I’ve ever seen.

We both start laughing our assess off.

Mike walks over looking at us like a dad who’s not mad at, just disappointed in, his kids. We stop laughing. He takes everything from us and gives a agrunt that roughly translates into “fine, l’ll do it my fucking self!”

He sighs and grumbles his way through getting the fire going, giving us instructions along the way. We nod and try our hardest not to laugh, which only bothers him more.

Mike asked me for help less after that. My daughter did all her shit right. He appreciated that and gave her more work with more responsibilities.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Gbeerme on August 10, 2018, 04:50:48 PM
Must have been 98 or 99. Mad Circle/new deal demo at Rampage in Davenport Iowa. Wu Welsh was not skating and sat down by us. He was rather unknown, new guy on MC at the time. Said he was just there to chill, not feeling the park. After the demo my buddy and I took SJ, Karl Watson, Welsh and I believe Bobby p to McDonald’s(its fucking Iowa) . SJ gave me his brand new DC pro models off his feet. All of them were super kind, especially Karl. Oh Mad Circle, what a magical time.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: BISCUITS AND GRAVY on August 10, 2018, 05:05:54 PM
One time my buddy Tyler and I were skating "mini hubba" around the corner from real hubba/embarco.  This was like 94. Anyway, Karl Watson and some other dudes roll by, chuck a fucking rock and hit Danny in the face and just laugh. He got a bloody nose but that was it, he had to use the new shirt he bought at FTC to stop the bleeding. It happened so quick, like drive by rock throwing.  Anyway, fuck Karl.

At a house party in San Jose, late 90s, I watched one of Slap's favorite pros get their dick stuck in a bottle of Jameson.  He tried to smash it on the coffee table to get it out.  Didn't work.  I guess it just receded enough on it's own and it came out  8)
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: BISCUITS AND GRAVY on August 10, 2018, 05:10:14 PM
Only one of those is true.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: fs overkrook on August 10, 2018, 05:17:02 PM
After riding a bicycle around various HB spots found myself at the tall Sunset ledge Nicky T. SSBSTS'd in the Suffer the Joy. My last session there I was getting into FS tailslides across it but didn't roll away. Really wanted to pull that maneuver but instead ran into Andre Genovosi. After a couple attempts he pulled me aside n explained to me he was tryin HIS trick there n he already tried it on a few different occasions with no avail (so I guess he was more important than me???).

I sat down, drank some beers for a a couple hours n left after witnessing some dude not land somethin for that amount of time. Never seen a photo or video evidence of that...

Um who?

I’m pretty sure when I first started skating a read a transworld interview with that guy and all I can remember he wore Hurley shoes
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: itsyourdad on August 10, 2018, 05:46:35 PM
story goes berra had a huge crush on my mom and tried nabbing her away from my dad until she got pregnant with me.

when i was a lil’ straight edge teen i told jimmy greco he was the reason i stayed sober but he totally misunderstood what i meant and got really bummed out and didn’t sign my cast. got the whole baker / deathwish team to sign it besides him.

missed a high five with dylan once and went back to try again and he just goes “you only get one chance buddy” and skated away.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Zurg on August 10, 2018, 07:09:32 PM
I was in Colorado for a hot second from 03' to 09'  really focusing on my skate career I got flowed by Advocate and a defunct Plank Lounge in Chattanooga,TN.


 I was at Carbondale KOTR 03' and met TNT and the DLX dudes Dan Drehobl is my hero and Lance Mountain as well DD and LM were tight as fuck to me invited me and my gang to chill and watch dudes rip. TNT that guys a bitch, I am sure you guys seen the infamous KOTR segment where street punks were sliding in mud down the hill that was my friend's Alex, Jared, and Maggie like I said we were sharing beer with a bunch of dudes I believe beer and having a good attitude is what makes people affable and maybe a potential rep that'd put in a good word if you are decent at skating. As the gangs getting more beer I am trying to just shmooz with DLX dudes kinda hey maybe I can get in the van to ride with who knows?!  I have heard many many many many stories where dudes on tour's would be down for a potential new am or flow guy so I gave it a shot without being too needy or desperate but ultimately he probably saw through my ruse which is okay as the next part is where it solidified my opinion of TNT is he said in arrogant way like your friends left you here....... Yeah so? we are bringing more beer over you want to kick it? or are you too good for us? TNT............. Yeah I am and you should beat it, I told em to go fuck himself and really cried I was kinda bummed not because he was mean just the fact I don't expect much from ppl in general but if I talk too much tell me or try to be a genuine person altruistic in most naive aspect treat me with the same common respect  as the next person?!!!?!?! I have been through alot as I expect you'll have and for someone to be a dick for no reason at all except to drink our beers I would smash your face in and shit on you, no joke.


Also Met Toy Machine, Foundation, Darkstar, and Baker gang during Colorado KOTR 06' (they had a slipnslide with beer and Greco tried to fight a friend of mine as he called out Greco like hey fuck you don't steal from here this that and the other they had it on a copy somewhere can't find it)A challenge was to them in Boulder as one of the challenges was steal a shirt from this whack snowboard/longboard/skate shop in Boulder. I have tried to find the dvd or a copy of it to no avail. How I came to meet them was I had a basement apt above a Local Denver crew Wetboys a potshot towards Mike Vallaley inside joke was there was a gay 1-800-WETBOYS ad and the dude looked very similar to Mike V and we all had a good laugh at that as it could be true? Eventually someone superimposed a real cutout of Mike V and put it on the ad it was really funny.

Tony Hawk was nice I met him at Kona Jacksonville really late 80's

 Jamie Thomas and Toy Machine co during jump off a building days they were rad Mike Maldanado killed the local Amsouth gap to bs 5050 and ollie out to street or it could have been ollie gap to ledge and ollie to street that segment was sick.

I partied at Stevie Williams indoor spot in ATL with Sid & Thurm Stevie wasn't there that'd be sick as fuck to kick it with him.

I'll add more if I can remember got hit in the head som memory fails me and drugs are a fuckery thing that messes with my head.

most of my encounters were just random and some were just okay this is happening, It usually was always was me just being a skate nerd and probably pulling a Nick Merlino and annoying the shit out of someone with skate talk whatever!!!!! better to be acknowledged with annoyance then to be forgotten at all,  Jerry Gurney is a down as fuck dude too met him while I was squatting and he was very similar in being a dork skate nerd so fuck yeah he is rad as shit.

this was hard as fuck to read. sounds like you got called out for trying to shmooz. being annoying and trying to con your way onto a team trip(king of the road, no less) isnt the best way to get on a company.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Nth syd bear on August 11, 2018, 12:23:48 AM
I was in Colorado for a hot second from 03' to 09'  really focusing on my skate career I got flowed by Advocate and a defunct Plank Lounge in Chattanooga,TN.


 I was at Carbondale KOTR 03' and met TNT and the DLX dudes Dan Drehobl is my hero and Lance Mountain as well DD and LM were tight as fuck to me invited me and my gang to chill and watch dudes rip. TNT that guys a bitch, I am sure you guys seen the infamous KOTR segment where street punks were sliding in mud down the hill that was my friend's Alex, Jared, and Maggie like I said we were sharing beer with a bunch of dudes I believe beer and having a good attitude is what makes people affable and maybe a potential rep that'd put in a good word if you are decent at skating. As the gangs getting more beer I am trying to just shmooz with DLX dudes kinda hey maybe I can get in the van to ride with who knows?!  I have heard many many many many stories where dudes on tour's would be down for a potential new am or flow guy so I gave it a shot without being too needy or desperate but ultimately he probably saw through my ruse which is okay as the next part is where it solidified my opinion of TNT is he said in arrogant way like your friends left you here....... Yeah so? we are bringing more beer over you want to kick it? or are you too good for us? TNT............. Yeah I am and you should beat it, I told em to go fuck himself and really cried I was kinda bummed not because he was mean just the fact I don't expect much from ppl in general but if I talk too much tell me or try to be a genuine person altruistic in most naive aspect treat me with the same common respect  as the next person?!!!?!?! I have been through alot as I expect you'll have and for someone to be a dick for no reason at all except to drink our beers I would smash your face in and shit on you, no joke.


Also Met Toy Machine, Foundation, Darkstar, and Baker gang during Colorado KOTR 06' (they had a slipnslide with beer and Greco tried to fight a friend of mine as he called out Greco like hey fuck you don't steal from here this that and the other they had it on a copy somewhere can't find it)A challenge was to them in Boulder as one of the challenges was steal a shirt from this whack snowboard/longboard/skate shop in Boulder. I have tried to find the dvd or a copy of it to no avail. How I came to meet them was I had a basement apt above a Local Denver crew Wetboys a potshot towards Mike Vallaley inside joke was there was a gay 1-800-WETBOYS ad and the dude looked very similar to Mike V and we all had a good laugh at that as it could be true? Eventually someone superimposed a real cutout of Mike V and put it on the ad it was really funny.

Tony Hawk was nice I met him at Kona Jacksonville really late 80's

 Jamie Thomas and Toy Machine co during jump off a building days they were rad Mike Maldanado killed the local Amsouth gap to bs 5050 and ollie out to street or it could have been ollie gap to ledge and ollie to street that segment was sick.

I partied at Stevie Williams indoor spot in ATL with Sid & Thurm Stevie wasn't there that'd be sick as fuck to kick it with him.

I'll add more if I can remember got hit in the head som memory fails me and drugs are a fuckery thing that messes with my head.

most of my encounters were just random and some were just okay this is happening, It usually was always was me just being a skate nerd and probably pulling a Nick Merlino and annoying the shit out of someone with skate talk whatever!!!!! better to be acknowledged with annoyance then to be forgotten at all,  Jerry Gurney is a down as fuck dude too met him while I was squatting and he was very similar in being a dork skate nerd so fuck yeah he is rad as shit.

this was hard as fuck to read. sounds like you got called out for trying to shmooz. being annoying and trying to con your way onto a team trip(king of the road, no less) isnt the best way to get on a company.
I’m glad u said that was hard to read..
I kept reading that hoping what he was trying to say would make sense
But really it didn’t ... I took from it that tnt was arrogant didn’t want to hang out with you and there were some beers.. okay great.. move along
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: tom on August 11, 2018, 12:39:21 AM
The first time I watched the Bootleg video I was sitting between Andrew Reynolds and Heath Kirchart, who were also watching it for the first time. Nobody said a word until it was finally over when Reynolds said "Jesis Chirst; I fucking hate J.Strickland". Austin Stephens borrowed my board and skated flatground for a while the same night
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Pigeon on August 11, 2018, 12:48:33 AM
The first time I watched the Bootleg video I was sitting between Andrew Reynolds and Heath Kirchart, who were also watching it for the first time. Nobody said a word until it was finally over when Reynolds said "Jesis Chirst; I fucking hate J.Strickland". Austin Stephens borrowed my board and skated flatground for a while the same night
You lucky bastard. That’s probably the only thing better than Emma Watson.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: SubCurban Commando on August 11, 2018, 01:02:50 AM
I bought a setup at Supreme in LA once and AO told me I needed to tighten the wheel nuts on my trucks. I thought he was just some bellend in a Quiksilver jumper so I told him I was Ok. Then Stevie came in and as we were talking to the staff he thought we were the homies and gave us knucks, I was hyped. Javier Nunez was very rude.

Asked Sheffey to sell me a board at Radlands once, he said he didnt sell boards but started chatting to me and passed me a joint, he was smoking with Gershon and I told Gershon I met him before at a demo about 2 years before as if he was meant to remember. What an awkward cunt I am.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: GOKU on August 11, 2018, 01:09:30 AM
The first time I watched the Bootleg video I was sitting between Andrew Reynolds and Heath Kirchart, who were also watching it for the first time. Nobody said a word until it was finally over when Reynolds said "Jesis Chirst; I fucking hate J.Strickland". Austin Stephens borrowed my board and skated flatground for a while the same night

Amazing, lol. Is this the same day John Tweak proposed to Elissa Steamer?
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: mex.ceferino on August 11, 2018, 02:57:06 AM
My 3 friends and i drove to the ride the sky premiere without tickets. It was pretty early and somehow managed to park at the theathers’ underground parking. We got on the elevator which takes you to the lobby and we were stressing over the ticket situ. As soon as the elevator stops at the lobby jamie thomas is right in front of us and we freeze in horror and starstruck.
“What are you guys doing here? You guys got tickets?” Everyone’s quiet and i shake my head.
“It’s alright how many do you need? 4? Here you go” pulls out 4 tickets for the first screening with the industry people and even signed them. Thanks isuck❤️

On a more awkward note also pertaining jamie, my friend recently brought the zero team to our town for the first time and asked me to help him show them around. I wore an old zero tommy sandoval chula vista tshirt and met them at a spot. My bud introduces me to jamie and we shake hands, jamie tells me
“Nice shirt”
And i respond, sarcastically and smiling
“yeah it’s from this skate brand called zero, you might’ve heard of them”
Chief says
“yeah, i own zero. I design all the tshirts...”
Me “...”
JT “...”
“...So, you wanna see a handrail or hubba?”
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: tom on August 11, 2018, 11:50:08 AM
The first time I watched the Bootleg video I was sitting between Andrew Reynolds and Heath Kirchart, who were also watching it for the first time. Nobody said a word until it was finally over when Reynolds said "Jesis Chirst; I fucking hate J.Strickland". Austin Stephens borrowed my board and skated flatground for a while the same night

Amazing, lol. Is this the same day John Tweak proposed to Elissa Steamer?
Two separate times but he was there for a little bit of this one
The German Olympic skateboard team stayed at my house earlier this year. My roommates met them in Peru, then ran into them in LA and invited them to stay with us
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: videokris on August 11, 2018, 01:09:29 PM
This is the best thread I've ever seen on slap.

About 14 years ago I was at the House of Blues in Hollywood seeing Placebo (the band Appleyard skates to in Sorry) and while walking to the bathroom I see Reynolds. For some reason I yell out "Andrew!" and he turns around assuming it's someone he actually knows. I then awkwardly say "hey", he says "hey" back, and we move along. Even as I was yelling out "Andrew!" I felt like a dork.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Frank on August 11, 2018, 01:32:41 PM
met lizard king at a bar about 8 years ago. actually boulala and snowy were also there, but they were sitting directly at the bar and i only noticed them when they left. for some reason when we came in lizard king started to greet all of us like some sort of host. i was the only skater in the group and already rather drunk and did the typical stupid "yo i know you maaaaaaan..." thing, but lizard was super cool. he was hyped up and showed me his new tattoo of the local beer brand astras logo, asked us if we wanted to drink and stuff. this was when there was a krew or supra tour thing was going down here. it was awkward because i was already super smashed and it was hard to keep up with how much lizard king wanted to talk. since then i can't hate on the dude, he was way more friendly and positive than most pros i've met or seen.
  on boulalas epicly later'd he said he hasn't been in the US in like 12 years or more was this in another country?

hamburg, germany
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: fang on August 11, 2018, 02:11:41 PM
my mom did dave duncan :(
Wish I was joking.

Dunc'd
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Sick Duck on August 11, 2018, 02:15:39 PM
Oof
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: dirty ol man on August 11, 2018, 08:21:23 PM
my mom did dave duncan :(
Wish I was joking.

Dunc'd

i'd say that is a bad encounter
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: ShoeProblem on August 11, 2018, 08:51:08 PM
I saw Jason Lee at a demo and he had those big ass sideburns and was sitting by himself and I yelled, "STOP. GOTH OUT."

He squinted at me and shook his head no and walked away.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Matthew_James on August 12, 2018, 08:04:52 AM
gave caswell a light and he said "thank cap'n!". found that funny for some reason

beibel told me about going to the peep show across from parallel(he said the chick was kinda fat, but he was still stoked on it) while the majority of the girl/chocolate guys kinda cool guyed everyone.

bought setups and parts off Jeron and Chico after having ours taken by the cops. both were super sick and nice guys.

already told this one before, but i was sitting at macba with my friend while Fred Gall rolled a fuckin bat of pure hash next to us. he lit it up, hit it once then said "you guys need this more than i do" or something to that affect and gave us the joint. later that night i was walking down rambla de raval and someone puts me in a half nelson while yelling "GIMME YOUR BOARD, NIGGA!!". turned around and it was uncle freddy again. scared the shit out of me for a second.

met other pros in barcelona, but those were the better ones.

i interviewed arto for the website of a canadian skate mag that i worked at. i was super nervous and kinda fanning out, but it ended up going really well and we chatted for about an hour. looked at my recorder after and realized i hadnt been recording the whole time  :o never got the re-interview. had other pro experiences via that job, but i cant really think of anything good from that.

was walking down my street when a car stopped at the light and atiba was in the passenger seat. when i noticed him i said "atiba!" without thinking. he looked at me like mr burns looked at lenny.

https://youtu.be/lDQR5Tw79ds?t=32s

Fred Gall is a racist and Slap loves him

Gipper wouldn’t approve, he would have expected him to censor the n” word.”
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Merman on August 12, 2018, 01:34:46 PM
Mike York was in line in front of me at a supermarket back around 2001 in Berkeley.  Spike Jonze  did that parody chocolate milk commercial with him way back in Goldfish, so I thought it might be funny to him if I started with "Hey! Didn't I see you in a commercial for that delicious Chocolate Pow?"  Only I forgot the name and thought Jonze used the word Yoohoo instead of Chocolate Pow, so I say that to him instead.  He gave me the most puzzled look, denied any involvement, and started laughing as he turned away and put his giant headphones back on.    Had to awkwardly stand behind him in line, which is when it occurred to me that I mixed the names up. 

Another time, Ed Templeton and his wife happened to be entering a mall as I was leaving in 2014.  Random to see him there because it's the most expensive mall in Orange County.  I was dressed kinda formal for work on my lunch break, and I must have looked like some random wealthy dude out shopping.  So when they walk by, I said in the most casual tone "Hi Ed."  He gave out this really confused, high-pitched "Uh, hi?!"  As I was walking away, I actually heard Dianne whisper something like "He probably saw you on that TV show!" and they both started laughing and acting genuinely amazed that I recognized him.  Little did he know I was shredding next to him at the skatepark a few days prior. 

My first time in Barcelona I ran into Stevie Williams at MACBA.  I cringe just remembering this one...I stupidly assumed it was his first time visiting, and thought I was being helpful by telling him what to look out for because of all the theft in the area.  Me, from the mean streets of suburbia, giving advice to Philly native Stevie Williams on how to navigate those dangerous streets.   Stevie was really gracious about, looking back.  He even humored me a little bit, said something like "Oh yeah? For real?" 

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: headtowall on August 14, 2018, 06:26:52 AM
Met Riley Hawk outside of Jumbos Clown Room on a Monday night when i was on vacation in la.

Not a pro but skate related, a few months back I went to see Dag Nasty in Brooklyn,i was a bit hammered, I thought I spotted Atiba, turned out to be Ako after i asked, i felt bad and bought him a beer. It was insanely awkward but im sure its not the first time for him.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Pootie Calrissitang on August 14, 2018, 02:03:45 PM
Back in the early 90's, World came thru my town for a demo. I remember Jason Lee being cranky but otherwise nice. I was standing by the door all by myself and someone tapped me on the shoulder and I turned around and it was Dune. He said "Want a sticker?" and just stood there and looked at me. I held up my hand awkwardly and he gave me a handful of World stickers and just turned around and walked off without saying a word. They wanted to skate but the other businesses complained because there were so many people there. So after they all did the meet and greet, everyone went down the street to an abandoned gas station to skate. Mullen was standing around so I walked up and talked to him for a bit and then asked him how to do impossibles. He explained he couldn't show me because he was hurt but could try to explain it to me. I tried to do what he told me but the board popped up and took a chunk out of my shin, lol. He just cringed and said "Sorry". He was SUPER nice though.
If I remember correctly, it was Jason Lee, Kareem, Dune, Mullen, and a couple of others I can't remember right now.

*Just remembered, Shiloh Greathouse was there, too.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: goldenbullcow on August 14, 2018, 02:39:52 PM
Saw Karma and a bar in Manhattan and approached him... he’s done a demo at shop I owned years earlier so I wanted to say hello... he was polite and apologetic and excused himself saying he’d dropped acid and didn’t know wtf was going on.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: CoorsBurnquist on August 14, 2018, 02:43:27 PM
Shared an elevator with Chris Cole. Street League was the next day and my friend wished him good luck at the contest tomorrow. He didn't make eye contact and said "I don't need luck" and exited the elevator.

He didn't make finals the next day.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: DirtyBurger on August 14, 2018, 03:57:23 PM
Shared an elevator with Chris Cole. Street League was the next day and my friend wished him good luck at the contest tomorrow. He didn't make eye contact and said "I don't need luck" and exited the elevator.

He didn't make finals the next day.

I've heard a lot of great stories from Street League. I was at the one in Arizona in 2012 and somehow randomly ended up in an elevator with a shirtless Austyn Gillette and Dylan Reider. It was the most awkward moment ever trying not to fan out on two shirtless grown men. I'm not sure how to include a photo, but if I didn't have proof I'd think I was lying.

https://www.instagram.com/p/NH5cYomcza/?saved-by=fancygriptape
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Dong Hanglo on August 14, 2018, 04:16:52 PM
I once ran into Geoff Rowley while he was waiting for the valet to get his car. I gave him a high five and said "you rule!" I thought my night couldn't get any better. But guess fucking what? It did! I also high fived DMX!
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Fifty8mm on August 14, 2018, 04:56:56 PM
My friend was a huge Geoff Rowley fan and volcom was doing a signing in our local shop. So my friend asked me to go with him and his girlfirend to get some shit signed by Geoff. He got his copy of Chichagof, Rowley deck and Xlts signed. I guess he was not satisfied with everything he asked and pulled his girlfriends tits out not all the way and tells Geoff "sign my girlfriends tits!" He tells him "sorry mate, can't do that". I was stoked that Geoff declined since we were 15 or 16 and also stoked on what i just witnessed.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: jimbeamskinnypimp on August 15, 2018, 02:53:24 AM
Prod block me on instagram once
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Johnny Rad on August 15, 2018, 06:36:47 AM
I was skating my local park a saw Satva Leung with his whole family just watching from the sidelines. I would watch Heavy Metal all the time and was the only person who seemed to recognize him so I went to talk to him and he told me he was on a family vacation and heard there was a park nearby and came to check it out. He had his board but they required helmets to skate and he didn't have one and the park did not have any to provide. I was like "You can use mine for awhile if you want" and he said "Thanks man that would be great!" The thing is, it was summer and I had been sweating hardcore into the thing for 2 hours...as I hand him the helmet there is sweat literally pouring onto the floor from the thing. There was a moment of pure awkwardness where we both give each other "this is fucking really gross" looks. He actually put it on anyway and skates off. I still cringe at that for some reason.

The funniest one is I went to a get together with a few people in the early 2000s. People had to take off their shoes and leave them by the front door. The friend I came with picked up one of the shoes, looked at it, and goes "Holy shit, look at this ugly monstrosity" or something to that effect and threw the shoe across the room. It turns out it was either the sample or first run of a signature shoe for a dude sitting in the living room. I don't want to name who it was because I could easily dox myself, but the dude has not been pro for over a decade. 18 years later and I still laugh at that moment every time I remember it.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: AW34 on August 15, 2018, 07:41:47 AM
I got a million of these stories.
on an early Lakai filming trip to my city, I ended up at a bar with some of the dudes and drunkenly tried to tell Pappalardo that I thought his skating was tight, after a five minute rant of me fanning out, he just stared at me and didn't say a word.
at ASR a friend introduced me to Smolik, this was post-shortys, pre-skate mafia, he seemed pretty down and out.  I'm too old to have fond memories of Shortys but felt bad for him so I told him I was a huge fan, he was hyped and gave me a huge hug.  Really made me feel like a good dude.
Once gave Koston a ride to the airport in my Hyundai, he liked the Lakai shirt I was wearing so I said I could get him one, he told me it was ok, he knew a few guys over at Lakai, he'd get one from them. Duh.
Playing foosball in HB with a friend once when Greg Lutzka came in, my friend knew him but aborted the game halfway through to bounce, he said Greg had voice immodulation and can't stop himself from yelling so we bounced while Lutzka yelled his greetings too us.  I was actually hyped to meet the Lutzka!
After knowing Tim Gavin for a number of years, I ran into him and he incorrectly called me Jeff in front of my friends. 
Was hyped to bring MJ to a friends house for a BBQ, feeling like the man for hanging with him in public, but he wanted to play a weird trivia game about music that no one wanted to play, just awkward as he keeps trying to get it started with zero participation from anyone.
Was at a coffee spot with a friend and Rick Howard walked by, he came over to say hi and my friend asked if they had met before, because he looks familiar.  Rick was smooth and just said yeah maybe.  Also, that friend skates.
On my first trip to LA I ended up staying a hotel on sunset, somehow anthony moseley ended up in my room and ordered a steak, I didn't have the courage to say anything so I ended up paying for it.
and this is my favourite one, during the RDS FSU video premiere, Danny Way overheard my friends sarcastically make a comment about how strong Danny is, because obviously he's a beast.  Danny then proceeds to lose his shit threatening this friends life, with statements like "I know who the fuck you are, you're fucking dead" and then for some reason says don't go anywhere, I'll be right back.  so clearly we dip at the speed of light, my friends phone is blowing up all the way home, after which he answers it and claims ignorance saying he was home all night. Beef squashed.

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: doctorpoopy on August 15, 2018, 09:27:10 AM
Was at a bodega in Brooklyn a few years ago with a crew of dudes.  We were on a trip for our (now out of business) shop.  Some very drunk older dude behind me in line says the name of the shop and asks about another pro who rode for said shop.  Friends and I kind of cool-guyed him, thinking it was weird that some rando knew about this pro's affiliation with our shop.  When we got outside one of my friends tells us we just blew off Kenny Reed.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Bristol_Palin on August 15, 2018, 12:27:26 PM
I was leaving a bar in Philly and Nick Merlino made fun of my bicycle, but I didn't really give a shit because why would I care that someone didn't like my bicycle. One year later I am in an uber in Margate, NJ pretty drunk and some how it comes up that I skateboard and the uber driver explains to me that he's Nick Merlino's Dad. I mentioned that he doesn't seem like the kind of guy that likes bicycles and his dad was like, "No, no bikes, always skateboards."

One time I was out in front of that same bar in Philly like a year or so earlier and Ishod was saying hi to all these people I was near and then gave me daps and like a handshake hug. He was super nice and came right up to me like he's known me forever, but has probably maybe seen me at a skatepark or something here and there (Also I am pretty ordinary looking). Then he was like wait how do I know you. I was wasted so I jokingly say, "Oh you probably recognize me from the Catholic Star Herald from 5 years ago." Important disclaimer: My senior year of highschool there was this fundraiser/charity that I helped with and I guess at sometime my picture got taken and a picture of just me got put in the Catholic Star Herald. I would never of known about this picture if the catholic star heralds target demographic wasn't Irish Catholic Grandmothers in their 90s, because my Grandma saw it and went nuts. She called to get more copies and cut out the picture of me and sent it to my parents and a bunch of my aunts and uncles and stuff. It didn't even say my name under the picture, it was impressive she knew it was me. Long story short, Ishod is not an Irish Catholic woman in his 90's so he did not get the joke. He just kind of stared at me confused. One girl from the group of people he said hi to thought it was hilarious but none of my friends laughed at it besides that.

I was at nocturnal once and this little kid that skates (maybe 12-13 at the time) was cursing a ton and Kevin Taylor pulled the kid aside gave him a little talk were he was out of earshot of everyone. I was looking at boards and I over heard KT give him like a nice talk about he doesn't need to talk like that and stuff. It wasn't scolding but it had a sick thoughtful dad like vibe, it was pretty rad.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Gino's Back 180 Nosegrind on August 15, 2018, 03:42:40 PM
and this is my favourite one, during the RDS FSU video premiere, Danny Way overheard my friends sarcastically make a comment about how strong Danny is, because obviously he's a beast.  Danny then proceeds to lose his shit threatening this friends life, with statements like "I know who the fuck you are, you're fucking dead" and then for some reason says don't go anywhere, I'll be right back.  so clearly we dip at the speed of light, my friends phone is blowing up all the way home, after which he answers it and claims ignorance saying he was home all night. Beef squashed.

The most plausible story in this thread
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: AssaultCityKookcore on August 15, 2018, 08:07:01 PM
-I went through Love the day Tyshawn varial flipped the fountain. The people I was there with really wanted to get food so we ended up leaving before he landed it, but he went out to the street to get speed to try it again, and as we were walking past him, I said "Yo Tyshawn, you got this shit," held my arm out for a fist bump, and he just looked at me and said "Thanks." Shit was sick

-The Huf team came through Syracuse on a filming trip recently. I brought up Termite to Austyn Gillette when they came through the Everson, and he did not seem amused haha. Still filmed a clip with me though.

-Went to a Zumiez Couch Tour stop in Buffalo with the Girl/Chocolate team. Pre-teen me was going down the line to get my copy of Pretty Sweet signed, and Carroll goes to me in the most monotone voice you could imagine:
"Hi, my name's Mike. What's your name?" and from there I had the most awkward conversation with him. Also MJ yelled at me in a thick, southern drawl, "END OF THE LINE," wearing a cowboy hat and all. People are fucking weird.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Barry Bongs on August 15, 2018, 10:12:51 PM
Was leaving the away days premier in London and it was a pretty small venue, loads of heads there all night but I managed to not fan out. On the way out I was pretty tipsy and as I was leaving got in the way of Daewon having his photo taken out front and think my exact words were "oh shit, Daewon!". Drunkenly dapped him up and said I was a fan and he was cool about it but seemed pretty shy. Wouldn't have approached him if I hadn't nearly tripped over him. Bit awkward, but chill. 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: RossDailey on August 15, 2018, 10:57:30 PM
Shot pool w/ Cole Wilson & his lady once (they were next up, I had the table).

Got super nervous & awkward, and completely choked on the game.

Good times... and I'm about 15 years older than Cole.

Also, sorry Cole.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: nopes on August 15, 2018, 11:10:58 PM
hanging out at love, donny barley asked to bum a cigarette off my buddy and all he could do was ask him where the spot where he smashed his tooth in ee3 was. it was just a super awkward exchange. over a decade later he was in my town to help build a park and we took him to skate a local vert ramp. all i could think of to talk to him was telling him about the time my friend asked him about his tooth. pretty sure i left shortly after that.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: t_b_303 on August 16, 2018, 04:09:12 AM
Tony Hawk gapped the vert ramp to spine ramp at my local and it ended up being in the opening credits of THPS2, after he did it I went to hi 5 him and he left me hanging.
Sometimes when seeing him on video these days I find myself raising my hand to catch that SLAP.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: roba on August 16, 2018, 04:18:55 AM
i met mark appleyard a couple days ago. it was the second time i've seen him irl, the first time was in 2015 in london at a globe demo at southbank. i was 15 at the time and english is not my first language so i was kinda scared to come up to him and ask for a photo even though he was and still is one of my favorite skateboarders. i decided to get the photo this time and i told him the whole story about meeting him 3 years ago but being too scared to talk to him. he laughed about that and i got the photo i wanted. turns out he's really nice and down to earth and it made me like him even more.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Censored on August 17, 2018, 03:38:50 AM
I was at a Volcom demo in Sydney 2000ish, the demo was pretty shit it was just a ramp and funbox that the pros were barely even skating. My friend and I left to go for a skate outside, we found some 7 or 8 stair and did some ollies down it, it had a rail that he tried to boardslide a couple of times and on maybe the 3rd try he sacked himself and faceplanted, he was laying on the ground for a while and seemed fucked up so I was pretty concerned. I helped him up and got his board, his face was all grazed and bruised but he could walk. We went to go find some help so we went back to the arena to see if we could find a pay phone or something, we walk around the corner and Geoff Rowley was standing there having a smoke, I told him what happened and he seemed super impressed and was like "Fuck yeah gnarly keep shredding lad" and signed our boards and my bucket hat hat I still have, My mate was so stoked from Geoff that he like instantly recovered from his injuries. Crap story tbh but its a great memory
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: JamesFardy on August 17, 2018, 06:40:12 AM
I was in the Philadelphia airport and I saw chris Cole lacing up his skate shoes, this was 2007 and i said what’s up and everything, he said he was going on tour for the mystery video, and I asked him what the name of the video was and he didn’t know 🤣 he was really bummed he didn’t know the name.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Tommy G on August 17, 2018, 06:49:22 AM
Met Mike V at a demo in Jackson, MS after he quit Element for his own brand. He was pretty formal and I was only 15, but it was a decent experience. Got to watch him, Duane Peters and Cyril Jackson when he was still on 1031.

Got to meet James Hardy 2 years ago at Faith before he quit Real. Seems like a humble, kinda quiet guy. Wish I could've talked more with him since I always loved his skating.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: mtvic on August 17, 2018, 07:06:59 AM
Few years back I went to skate the ledges in golden gate park. It was super windy so I had the spot to myself.  I was there for an hour and started to get the weird feeling someone was watching me.  I looked and could see some bum staring at me near through the bushes.  He waited until I landed the trick then approached me.  I have awful vision without my glasses so I couldn't recognize who it was until he was two feet or so from me.  Ended up the bum wasn't a bum but it was Jason dill.  First thing he asked me was how old I was.  I told him thirty five and he got super stoked and told me he couldn't believe how cool the trick I was doing was and that he was super motivated watching me skate this way.  The conversation ended up being really cool and we chatted for sometime about mutual friends and Barcelona and shit. 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: redux on August 17, 2018, 07:26:06 AM
Long time ago during Tampa pro we were out with DGKALIS and he was macking on some girl from Brooklyn. At the end of the night somehow he got a rose and was rubbing it on her neck on the drive back to the apartment. He kept saying "That feels dope, right?"

A few years before that at the same venue a few guys I was with latched onto Josh Kasper for the night. When everyone was filing back to the cars Josh got sick and asked one of the guys to hold his hair back while he puked. Anyone in Chicago go to Asylumn for scooter lessons? Ask Jeff about that night.

Way back in my high school days there was a World demo in my hometown. Jovantae Turner was there and asked me if the X on my hat was for Malcolm X. I said, "No. I'm straight edge." Would have been way cooler if it was for Malcolm. That was a couple days before Berrska said something racist and Jovontae punched him in the face and sent him running back to Cali like a little baby.

I was visiting Tommy Budjanec for a week when he rode for Human with Andy Mac and Gershon. He and his girl were living at the same apartments in San Diego that MJ, Dave Mayhew, and Chad Knight were at. One morning I was on the balcony and saw them heading to the car to skate and I was bummed because I was stuck with a bunch of guys who were more interested in hanging out than skating. The highlight of the trip was kicking it with Chad at the pool while he and Mayhew spit water at each other. Chad kept calling himself a "cobra" and spitting water.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: cilantro on August 17, 2018, 07:31:32 AM
One time Jason Park came to town to skate with some local YouTubers and wore a colorful ‘raver girl’ outfit and danced at cars as a prank. I don’t have anything against skaters wearing women’s clothing, but it was a really cheap gag and my god I hate youtubers
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Frank on August 17, 2018, 09:12:28 AM
Got to meet James Hardy 2 years ago at Faith before he quit Real. Seems like a humble, kinda quiet guy. Wish I could've talked more with him since I always loved his skating.

was out of the loop for a while, why did he quit? did some voyeurism on his insta, he's working construction now? had a sick kickflip over a barrell at the site in his workboots. seems pretty happy tho! also real apparently won't take him off the team page and the last post on his insta was a heartwarming letter that they miss him along with an alabama hat they found. he said he's going on tour soon with the crew.

EDIT: yo not sure if i misread that, he said "trip soon!!!" not that anyone says i make up rumors.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: RCB3 on August 17, 2018, 09:26:46 AM
At the Since Day One Real premiere, I had some liquid courage and was trying to say hi to as many pros as possible. Everyone was super friendly and Caswell Berry gave me a hug and drank some of my PBR outside of a bar. I even worked up the courage to talk to Peter Hewitt and tell him his Washington St crailslide was one of my favorite covers, and he was very thankful, which surprised me because I would see him cruising around OB all the time and I was always intimidated to talk to him.

When JT Aultz cruised up to the bar with his family, I decided to bust out some some inside knowledge and tell him how lame it was that he didn't get a Thrasher cover that he was supposed to (an insane fs board on this wooden rail you can see on the way to Shelter Island in SD) that ended up going to TK fs crooking a 10 rail. I went on and on basically fanning out and he was super friendly, and then he kindly just said, "Hey, I'm going to go inside and see my family, but great to talk to you." Not that awkward, but on the night of a video premiere he had a part in when he's with his family, I felt bad I held him up for 5 minutes talking about random fan out moments, but it also shows how nice he is.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: cold budweisers on August 17, 2018, 12:31:33 PM
a couple years ago i saw danny montoya at a ying yang twins show and i (very insincerely) told him i loved his adio shoe, he was acting cool and didn't even say thanks so fuck that guy
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Far from relevant on August 17, 2018, 12:39:02 PM
I had a lengthy dm conversation with Colin McKay. It started off flaming him about how much plan b sucked but by the end we were friends and he told me he was learning to play the piano lol
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Francis Xavier on August 17, 2018, 12:47:00 PM
I had a lengthy dm conversation with Colin McKay. It started off flaming him about how much plan b sucked but by the end we were friends and he told me he was learning to play the piano lol
I have his black amex card number,but am never going to use it
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Clayton on August 17, 2018, 12:47:08 PM
Few years back I went to skate the ledges in golden gate park. It was super windy so I had the spot to myself.  I was there for an hour and started to get the weird feeling someone was watching me.  I looked and could see some bum staring at me near through the bushes.  He waited until I landed the trick then approached me.  I have awful vision without my glasses so I couldn't recognize who it was until he was two feet or so from me.  Ended up the bum wasn't a bum but it was Jason dill.  First thing he asked me was how old I was.  I told him thirty five and he got super stoked and told me he couldn't believe how cool the trick I was doing was and that he was super motivated watching me skate this way.  The conversation ended up being really cool and we chatted for sometime about mutual friends and Barcelona and shit.

You can't humble brag that hard and not mention the trick you were doing. What was the trick?!

Long time ago during Tampa pro we were out with DGKALIS and he was macking on some girl from Brooklyn. At the end of the night somehow he got a rose and was rubbing it on her neck on the drive back to the apartment. He kept saying "That feels dope, right?"

A few years before that at the same venue a few guys I was with latched onto Josh Kasper for the night. When everyone was filing back to the cars Josh got sick and asked one of the guys to hold his hair back while he puked. Anyone in Chicago go to Asylumn for scooter lessons? Ask Jeff about that night.

These both had me laughing haha
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: morningcommute on August 17, 2018, 02:17:16 PM
not a pro skater but the only famous person I met was Frank black /black Francis.
my homie got free tickets to see the picked a few years ago.
the gig was rad. we drank, sang and danced. at the end of the gig we had a beer at the bar. the pixies were drinking on the benches behind ours.
I turned to my musical hero since when I was 13 years old and with genuine admiration and love said 'Jack, I love your music man'.

I called Frank black Jack black.

he said 'thanks' and turned away in a shroud of anger and disgust.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: mtvic on August 17, 2018, 04:15:35 PM
Clayton
It was a nollie shuv behind me to backside nosegrind to shuv out the same direction.  Kind of like a helicopter I guess.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: silhouette on August 17, 2018, 05:17:21 PM
not a pro skater but the only famous person I met was Frank black /black Francis.
my homie got free tickets to see the picked a few years ago.
the gig was rad. we drank, sang and danced. at the end of the gig we had a beer at the bar. the pixies were drinking on the benches behind ours.
I turned to my musical hero since when I was 13 years old and with genuine admiration and love said 'Jack, I love your music man'.

I called Frank black Jack black.

he said 'thanks' and turned away in a shroud of anger and disgust.

I've called Murph from Dinosaur Jr. Lou Barlow once and I've been a fan since Video Days. The wrong name just rolled off my tongue. Murph just said "no. he has hair", and I felt so embarrassed I just turned and walked away.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: TommyDuggs on August 17, 2018, 05:29:56 PM
Met Jereme Rogers in Dominican Republic and he told me to find Jesus. No context, I didn't even say anything to him first.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: AnnihilationTime on August 17, 2018, 10:49:46 PM
Was on a trip to SF couple years ago, our hotels was in Chinatown. Went outside for a phonecall and to smoke pretty late at night, out of the corner of my eye see someone with a board drunkenly ambling across the street up to me, ended up being Phelps, he asked me if I was goin to bomb the hill or something then stood there for a minute and swayed waiting for the light then bombed down through dragons gate and almost ate shit.

Also Rodney Mullen had a house in my hometown, we used to randomly come across him at like 3 am skating by himself with his dog, when we would stop to talk to him it was surprisingly not that awkward.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Skate_lurker_Rob on August 18, 2018, 01:02:35 PM
Was on a trip to SF couple years ago, our hotels was in Chinatown. Went outside for a phonecall and to smoke pretty late at night, out of the corner of my eye see someone with a board drunkenly ambling across the street up to me, ended up being Phelps, he asked me if I was goin to bomb the hill or something then stood there for a minute and swayed waiting for the light then bombed down through dragons gate and almost ate shit.

Also Rodney Mullen had a house in my hometown, we used to randomly come across him at like 3 am skating by himself with his dog, when we would stop to talk to him it was surprisingly not that awkward.
nice handle your name Jamie or Noel from SB or Goleta?
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: AnnihilationTime on August 18, 2018, 06:55:44 PM
Haha thanks! no but I am from the 805 and Graham was one of the staff at our shitty wood park when I was a kid, actually I just saw Noel and all those guys last week their new band is fuckin great too.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Skate_lurker_Rob on August 18, 2018, 07:23:35 PM
Haha thanks! no but I am from the 805 and Graham was one of the staff at our shitty wood park when I was a kid, actually I just saw Noel and all those guys last week their new band is fuckin great too.
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I spent a gratutious time in SB & Goleta area, I was friend's with Jamie Noel and Graham. Rex and DJ were tight friend's of mine early 2000's.  You remember Chuck from Eden in flames? Been trying to get ahold of him saw him at a glance in Seattle at Neumos for Amebix back in 09'
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: 914shred on August 18, 2018, 07:24:57 PM
I was in 10th grade and went to CA for the first time. I was skating the old Huntington Beach park and asked Tom Penny for a cigarette not knowing who he was. He told me it was his last one  and then offered to share the one he was smoking. After he came back from the store he offered me one from his pack.

I used to work for a sandwich shop in NYC and would skate to do deliveries, skating back from one I ran into the Gonz, my face immediately lit up and we proceeded to skate down the street together. He did a kickflip, I tried to do one after, blew it and ran into him.

At some random posh NYC loft party I ended up in a hot tub with Justin Strubing in our boxers. I think theres a picture of it on some old blog.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: notaLOCAL on August 18, 2018, 09:16:41 PM
danlu was just chilling in the van and i said what's up. all he said was right on
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: AnnihilationTime on August 18, 2018, 10:26:33 PM
Haha thanks! no but I am from the 805 and Graham was one of the staff at our shitty wood park when I was a kid, actually I just saw Noel and all those guys last week their new band is fuckin great too.
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I spent a gratutious time in SB & Goleta area, I was friend's with Jamie Noel and Graham. Rex and DJ were tight friend's of mine early 2000's.  You remember Chuck from Eden in flames? Been trying to get ahold of him saw him at a glance in Seattle at Neumos for Amebix back in 09'

Ya I’m pretty sure he lives in Oakland now at the a.t. house I also heard he was in Pittsburgh though too but that might just be for skull fest, btw if you were around during that time you probably saw Holier than thou and if so I am jealous, in any case you should check out blasting concept they’re an sb band and they’ve been in a couple blu Ray edits
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Josh on August 18, 2018, 11:45:04 PM
During the stay flared tour stop in Milwaukee I got an awkward photo with jerry hsu right as they were about to leave. I no longer have the photo, but I was squinting in the camera and Jerry’s is holding up the peace sign with a look in his eyes the just screamed “I’m done with these kids” can’t blame him though. Got an awakened photo with Spanky as I’m about a foot taller than he is. I also met Carroll and after saying nice to meet you he says in a slightly sarcastic voice “the pleaseure is allll mine.” Not in a mean way, but he was probably being goofy. Jeremy Leabres, Stevie Perez and Sebo Walker were also very nice. So was Leo Ramero.


These two are not my stories, but my friend who worked at the local shop got a call from Donny Barley when he was working for element, must’ve been our sales rep or something. The conversation went something like this
“Hey this is Donny your sales rep”
“Wait....Donny Barley?”
“..Yep”
“Toy machine/welcome to hell Donny Barley??”
“.....Yeah due....”
Not an awkward encounter, but one of the local older guys met Jason Lee at a 101 demo in Madison Wisconsin in 91 or 92 at the shop flying fish. He and his girlfriend, now wife took him and a couple other team dudes out for Pizza Hut.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Zurg on August 19, 2018, 01:09:40 AM
Met Jereme Rogers in Dominican Republic and he told me to find Jesus. No context, I didn't even say anything to him first.

too bad youre not a chick or you could have witnessed an artist at work
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: quadcuff on August 21, 2018, 09:03:03 AM
a couple years ago i saw danny montoya at a ying yang twins show and i (very insincerely) told him i loved his adio shoe, he was acting cool and didn't even say thanks so fuck that guy

i mean, should you even really talk to another man at a ying yang twins show?
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: feedmeseymour on August 21, 2018, 09:09:08 AM
a couple years ago i saw danny montoya at a ying yang twins show and i (very insincerely) told him i loved his adio shoe, he was acting cool and didn't even say thanks so fuck that guy

i mean, should you even really talk to another man at a ying yang twins show?
maybe you should have whispered it in his ear, tell him alil something he might like to hear.... wait then he may have showed you his dick like bayum bayum bayum
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Robert Baratheon on August 21, 2018, 09:09:52 AM
I shook Lenny Kirk's hand and he immediate began with the Jesus stuff.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Budgie Lasek on August 21, 2018, 09:57:05 AM
I went to a shitty movie with Lindsey Robertson and Jimmy Carlin because apparently Jimmy reviews movies? 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: LOU.502 on August 21, 2018, 11:13:15 AM
I went to a shitty movie with Lindsey Robertson and Jimmy Carlin because apparently Jimmy reviews movies?
I get the Mystery connection, but that’s a totally random pairing of skaters I’d never imagine would hang out with each other for extra curriculars.  It almost sounds like a shitty Odd Couple rip-off movie in and of itself “The Juice and the Jokester”
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Baron Samedi on August 21, 2018, 11:30:04 AM
I talked shit on God in front of Chad Tim Tim and I felt pretty bad about it because he's a very nice guy and if he wants to be into Jesus that's totally okay with me. I didn't realize he was standing behind me while I was talking about how stupid it is that adults have an imaginary friend because they can't cope the fact that life is a miserable and tragic crock of garbage. I was younger and respected people's choices a lot less than I do now. Truth be told, he didn't really seem to mind all that much. Turn the cheek and all that, I suppose. I'M SORRY CHAD U SEEM A WONDERFUL MAN
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: GOKU on August 21, 2018, 03:17:21 PM
I talked shit on God in front of Chad Tim Tim and I felt pretty bad about it because he's a very nice guy and if he wants to be into Jesus that's totally okay with me. I didn't realize he was standing behind me while I was talking about how stupid it is that adults have an imaginary friend because they can't cope the fact that life is a miserable and tragic crock of garbage. I was younger and respected people's choices a lot less than I do now. Truth be told, he didn't really seem to mind all that much. Turn the cheek and all that, I suppose. I'M SORRY CHAD U SEEM A WONDERFUL MAN

You're not wrong, though!
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: VHS ERA on August 21, 2018, 07:42:46 PM
Met Jereme Rogers in Dominican Republic and he told me to find Jesus. No context, I didn't even say anything to him first.

Lmao
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: cucktard on August 21, 2018, 08:50:51 PM
I accidentally blew off Tony Alva once.

I was in Whistler, and Dog Town and the Z Boys was having some kinda premiere. I was cruising at the local park with some rereleased old school wheels on whatever boat I was riding at the time.

I rolled right by this old dude not realizing who it was or that he was talking to me and asking where I got my wheels, until a friend afterwards said “Dude, you just blew off The Godfather of skateboarding!”
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: fs overkrook on August 24, 2018, 10:43:38 PM
So since I’ve started skating my friends have always told me I look just like Sean Malto. I got a job after high school traveling with people who worked the fair circuit selling cell phone cases and accessories. I was basically a carnie.

I was working a fair in Marietta Georgia (right outside Atlanta I think?) and I see Justin Brock with his wife and kid. He walks up to our booth and checked out our wares and told me I looked just like his friend with a big smile on his face. When they walked off he kept looking back smiling.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: IamCircus on August 25, 2018, 05:42:57 AM
I was at the Del Mar Racetrack once for a concert and while I was coming out of the bathroom I hit Adrian Lopez with the door. He was pretty drunk but I apologized and told him that I really appreciated his skating. He said thanks and stumbled over my foot as he pushed past me into the bathroom.

At an ASR show in like 2000 or so I was hanging around one of the local hotels after the days events just to see what trouble I could get into. I ran into Kris Markovich (I wanna say hell rose days) and I said what’s up and told him I loved his skating. He said thanks and said come with me. I followed him out of the hotel lobby and into the street. Don Nguyen pulled up in a taxi and Kris told me to get in and come to the Casbah (a local bar/music venue) with them. I told him I wasn’t 21 and couldn’t get in. He said he’d try and get me in and I could just taxi back if he couldn’t. I was like 15 or 16 and I only had enough money for the bus so I told him I couldn’t. He shrugged and said sucks for you. Took off with my lame ass standing on the curb
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: cucktard on August 28, 2018, 10:19:39 PM
Not a direct encounter, but on my only trip to SF a few years ago, I stopped in a consignment store called Buffalo Exchange or something. Not expecting to buy anything, I found a mint (albeit XL) Dickies/Spitfire flannel for like $10.

I picked it up, and later on told my firms about it. He says he’d sometimes seen mint Nikes in the same store, but always size 13. He suspects BA dropped some of his stuff off there.

So I think I ride in BA’s flannel.

And I didn’t see any pros the whole time I was there. I did get to session the China Banks by myself, that was cool.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Hairy Ballsagna on August 28, 2018, 10:44:50 PM
Not a direct encounter, but on my only trip to SF a few years ago, I stopped in a consignment store called Buffalo Exchange or something. Not expecting to buy anything, I found a mint (albeit XL) Dickies/Spitfire flannel for like $10.

I picked it up, and later on told my firms about it. He says he’d sometimes seen mint Nikes in the same store, but always size 13. He suspects BA dropped some of his stuff off there.

So I think I ride in BA’s flannel.

And I didn’t see any pros the whole time I was there. I did get to session the China Banks by myself, that was cool.

Jeez man, these place everywhere always have mint Nikes in size 13. You just got someone else's bullshit flannel, and you paid too much for it too.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Gay Imp Sausage Metal on August 28, 2018, 11:02:22 PM
Met Jereme Rogers in Dominican Republic and he told me to find Jesus. No context, I didn't even say anything to him first.
classic Casanova ;D
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: TheDraught on August 29, 2018, 06:01:48 AM
During the big slump of skateboarding in the early 90s I was at a Birdhouse demo.
Willy Santos, Hawk, Ocean Howell and some other pros and ams were there.

There were about 20 kids watching. The only obstacle was a 2 foot high bank. Hawk was trying frontside 180 flips and switch kickflips on flat. He was super friendly but it was very akward to see the best vert skater of all time like that.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: chump91 on August 29, 2018, 06:36:16 AM
I ate pizza with Anthony Pappalardo at his pop's pizza shop and we talked about Love Gap and his Lakai part for like an hour. Super chill dude but I could tell he has some sort of anxiety.

Antwon Dixon caught me staring at him during a signing and I quickly looked away out of embarrassment and then when I looked back he was staring at me and then looked away and we had this weird back and forth and then he just laughed and called me the homie.

Manny Santiago almost punched me in the face on accident during Tampa Pro a few years back and apologized profusely.

A young Grant Taylor signed my hat once and his homie took it and drew a big dick and Grant called him out hardcore.

One time Chaz Ortiz wanted to fight my friend at Woodward but it never happened. Would have been so sick to toss that fool.

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: ballintoohard on August 29, 2018, 12:54:32 PM
Someone stole Paris Hilton's cellphone and published the phone book online. I saw Muska's number on there and cold called it and dude answered. A few weeks later we partied together in Phoenix. I had to pre-game solo because I was so nervous as he was a childhood hero, but he was so gone I doubt he remembers any of the dumb shit I said to be cool.

My worst pro encounter was skating Pier 7 for the first time and I accidentally snaked a Chocolate pro. I was so nervous of doing that that I didn't skate the first hour or two I was there. They focused my board and threw it off the Pier. Later, Karl Watson gave me his fairly new board.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: hey pickle on August 29, 2018, 01:03:39 PM
Someone stole Paris Hilton's cellphone and published the phone book online. I saw Muska's number on there and cold called it and dude answered. A few weeks later we partied together in Phoenix. I had to pre-game solo because I was so nervous as he was a childhood hero, but he was so gone I doubt he remembers any of the dumb shit I said to be cool.

My worst pro encounter was skating Pier 7 for the first time and I accidentally snaked a Chocolate pro. I was so nervous of doing that that I didn't skate the first hour or two I was there. They focused my board and threw it off the Pier. Later, Karl Watson gave me his fairly new board.

hahahahaha

the best part is that in my mind the choco pro is crob
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: stevedave on August 29, 2018, 01:18:17 PM
Someone stole Paris Hilton's cellphone and published the phone book online. I saw Muska's number on there and cold called it and dude answered. A few weeks later we partied together in Phoenix. I had to pre-game solo because I was so nervous as he was a childhood hero, but he was so gone I doubt he remembers any of the dumb shit I said to be cool.

My worst pro encounter was skating Pier 7 for the first time and I accidentally snaked a Chocolate pro. I was so nervous of doing that that I didn't skate the first hour or two I was there. They focused my board and threw it off the Pier. Later, Karl Watson gave me his fairly new board.

hahahahaha

the best part is that in my mind the choco pro is crob

i'm going with york. 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Baron Samedi on August 29, 2018, 01:25:48 PM
Someone stole Paris Hilton's cellphone and published the phone book online. I saw Muska's number on there and cold called it and dude answered. A few weeks later we partied together in Phoenix. I had to pre-game solo because I was so nervous as he was a childhood hero, but he was so gone I doubt he remembers any of the dumb shit I said to be cool.

My worst pro encounter was skating Pier 7 for the first time and I accidentally snaked a Chocolate pro. I was so nervous of doing that that I didn't skate the first hour or two I was there. They focused my board and threw it off the Pier. Later, Karl Watson gave me his fairly new board.

hahahahaha

the best part is that in my mind the choco pro is crob

i'm going with york.
stevie pulled shit like that all the time when he was in SF. a friend of mine who was a little kid at the time gave him 20 bucks for a set of wheels and he just took the money and walked away
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: FOGDOG on August 30, 2018, 09:52:57 AM
Salman Agah talked to me about Skaterade, the energy drink company he was starting, at a skatepark in 04 while I was icing my knee for 35 minutes.

Completely spaced and asked Reynolds how he was dealing with the southern summer heat on the East Coast Skate Rock Tour in 2010. He replied, "Well, I'm from Florida, so I'm kinda used to it." I felt like a total dweeb.


 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Mount St. Hermdog on August 30, 2018, 11:17:34 AM
when I was about fourteen years old a pro gave me a pair of his size twelve shoes which I passed off to someone who wasn't five foot four
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: MintySandwhich on August 30, 2018, 11:24:49 AM
Someone stole Paris Hilton's cellphone and published the phone book online. I saw Muska's number on there and cold called it and dude answered. A few weeks later we partied together in Phoenix. I had to pre-game solo because I was so nervous as he was a childhood hero, but he was so gone I doubt he remembers any of the dumb shit I said to be cool.

My worst pro encounter was skating Pier 7 for the first time and I accidentally snaked a Chocolate pro. I was so nervous of doing that that I didn't skate the first hour or two I was there. They focused my board and threw it off the Pier. Later, Karl Watson gave me his fairly new board.

hahahahaha

the best part is that in my mind the choco pro is crob

i'm going with york.

ballintoohard is this dude confirmed

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Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Willie on August 30, 2018, 05:01:47 PM
I know two girls who have slept with various Philly pro/am skaters who have for reasons unknown, told me about the dick size of said skaters and thus made every interaction weird (for me).
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: fs overkrook on August 30, 2018, 05:19:45 PM
I know two girls who have slept with various Philly pro/am skaters who have for reasons unknown, told me about the dick size of said skaters and thus made every interaction weird (for me).
There’s nothing wrong with wondering how big a pro/ams dick is.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: the_unknown_soldier on August 30, 2018, 07:01:04 PM
I know two girls who have slept with various Philly pro/am skaters who have for reasons unknown, told me about the dick size of said skaters and thus made every interaction weird (for me).

So...let's hear it.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Craig Lutzka on August 30, 2018, 07:32:55 PM
I was in the goodwill at Beverly and  Fairfax and Dill came in to look at the books. He told me through eye contact not to even attempt to speak to him
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Andy_Roys_Left_Nut on August 31, 2018, 03:11:15 AM
What kind of masochist would even consider attempting to initiate a casual conversation with Jason Dill?

I was in the goodwill at Beverly and  Fairfax and Dill came in to look at the books. He told me through eye contact not to even attempt to speak to him
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: brewer on August 31, 2018, 03:25:46 AM
At the Cherry premiere in London I legged it for a leak as soon as the video finished, only to end up in the middle urinal with Dylan to the left of me and AO to the right.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: SodaJerk on August 31, 2018, 05:42:26 AM
At the Cherry premiere in London I legged it for a leak as soon as the video finished, only to end up in the middle urinal with Dylan to the left of me and AO to the right.
You ever ski?
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: cucktard on August 31, 2018, 05:54:51 AM
At the Cherry premiere in London I legged it for a leak as soon as the video finished, only to end up in the middle urinal with Dylan to the left of me and AO to the right.
You ever ski?

https://youtu.be/kVHJADafIpI
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: finecojeffe on August 31, 2018, 06:36:41 AM
stevie pulled shit like that all the time when he was in SF. a friend of mine who was a little kid at the time gave him 20 bucks for a set of wheels and he just took the money and walked away

That sucked for your friend. I had been around stevie a bunch as kids, doubtful he'd remember me, but puffed together a bunch. I never really saw the side of him that would do what you describe, some of his friends though would do that to kids for sure. They once punched me in the back of my head for $1.60 which was my bus fare at the time, but wound up giving my money back...so basically I just got punched for nothing.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: curbappeal on August 31, 2018, 06:38:57 AM
Gino showed up to the local, skated, then asked where some good food was.

Andy Roy asked me for a lighter, supplied flame.

Evan Smith told me over a cig that Mike Mo shattered his leg the night before

Ran into Phelps as he was entering Portrero and he thought I was someone else

Donny bought my coffee

Met Johan at New Blood during his ripndip days

Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: newpcwhodis on September 03, 2018, 11:33:21 PM
Back in 2011, pretty recently after OIAM I saw Reuben Barrack at the Oakland airport.  I went up to say hi, he was super cool and told me he was going to San Diego.  I asked him what he was going to do there, like if he was on a trip or filming mission or something, and he told me that's where he's from.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Burt Ward on September 04, 2018, 01:18:19 AM
Awkward = fanning out on Reuben Barrack.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Putaslocas on September 04, 2018, 10:12:10 AM
Long time ago during Tampa pro we were out with DGKALIS and he was macking on some girl from Brooklyn. At the end of the night somehow he got a rose and was rubbing it on her neck on the drive back to the apartment. He kept saying "That feels dope, right?"

A few years before that at the same venue a few guys I was with latched onto Josh Kasper for the night. When everyone was filing back to the cars Josh got sick and asked one of the guys to hold his hair back while he puked. Anyone in Chicago go to Asylumn for scooter lessons? Ask Jeff about that night.

Way back in my high school days there was a World demo in my hometown. Jovantae Turner was there and asked me if the X on my hat was for Malcolm X. I said, "No. I'm straight edge." Would have been way cooler if it was for Malcolm. That was a couple days before Berrska said something racist and Jovontae punched him in the face and sent him running back to Cali like a little baby.

I was visiting Tommy Budjanec for a week when he rode for Human with Andy Mac and Gershon. He and his girl were living at the same apartments in San Diego that MJ, Dave Mayhew, and Chad Knight were at. One morning I was on the balcony and saw them heading to the car to skate and I was bummed because I was stuck with a bunch of guys who were more interested in hanging out than skating. The highlight of the trip was kicking it with Chad at the pool while he and Mayhew spit water at each other. Chad kept calling himself a "cobra" and spitting water.

Lol damn pretty sure kalis has been with the same chick for like 20 years. Possibly even married that long too.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: D. Bag on September 04, 2018, 06:45:22 PM
in '93, was at a 101 demo, fanned out big-time on Koston, Dill, and whoever the hell else was there at the park in IL where it happened.  Koston kept trying noseslide to fakie nosegrind on the knee high box, wasn't getting it to work, shot his board out at high speed and screamed FUUUUCCCCKKKKK!!!!! at the top of his lungs multiple times.  Board came right at me, I stopped it, picked it up and nervously handed it back to him.  He went from angry to a wide smile instantly, said "Thanks!" politely, then turned around and had a screaming meltdown and started throwing his board at the ground multiple times.  It was kind of silly. 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Joust Ostrich on September 04, 2018, 06:46:55 PM
in '93, was at a 101 demo, fanned out big-time on Koston, Dill, and whoever the hell else was there at the park in IL where it happened.  Koston kept trying noseslide to fakie nosegrind on the knee high box, wasn't getting it to work, shot his board out at high speed and screamed FUUUUCCCCKKKKK!!!!! at the top of his lungs multiple times.  Board came right at me, I stopped it, picked it up and nervously handed it back to him.  He went from angry to a wide smile instantly, said "Thanks!" politely, then turned around and had a screaming meltdown and started throwing his board at the ground multiple times.  It was kind of silly.
Rotation Station?
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: artskool on September 04, 2018, 07:36:21 PM
not a pro skater but the only famous person I met was Frank black /black Francis.
my homie got free tickets to see the picked a few years ago.
the gig was rad. we drank, sang and danced. at the end of the gig we had a beer at the bar. the pixies were drinking on the benches behind ours.
I turned to my musical hero since when I was 13 years old and with genuine admiration and love said 'Jack, I love your music man'.

I called Frank black Jack black.

he said 'thanks' and turned away in a shroud of anger and disgust.

I've called Murph from Dinosaur Jr. Lou Barlow once and I've been a fan since Video Days. The wrong name just rolled off my tongue. Murph just said "no. he has hair", and I felt so embarrassed I just turned and walked away.

I 100% did the same thing once, but telling a super famous snowboarder (I'm a nerd) how much I loved his brand in the 90's, only naming completely the wrong brand. He didn't even call me out on it, but he's kind of a weirdo. There is probably a named syndrome for this kind of thing.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Ayanami on September 05, 2018, 04:37:27 AM
Two great but awkward things: had Louie Barletta laugh at me and a friend for being stoned out of our minds at the oververt premiere so he had Cairo take a picture of us with him in front of the theater it was at and got us in with him right away in exchange. Later on in the theater, we watched Forrest Edwards drunkenly fall off a balcony and onto the floor below in the middle of the video, then sadly limp away.

*side note: for some reason I commented on Dane Burmans picture the next day to ask if Forrest was okay(due to them sitting next to each other) and he called me a scumbag and blocked me instantly.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Ayanami on September 05, 2018, 04:41:27 AM
Had Ed Templeton stalk my girlfriend on Instagram after posting us as his daily hb pier photo. Nice guy, talked for a while, but kept liking and unliking photos of her randomly for about a month or so before suddenly stopping.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: D. Bag on September 05, 2018, 04:08:50 PM
in '93, was at a 101 demo, fanned out big-time on Koston, Dill, and whoever the hell else was there at the park in IL where it happened.  Koston kept trying noseslide to fakie nosegrind on the knee high box, wasn't getting it to work, shot his board out at high speed and screamed FUUUUCCCCKKKKK!!!!! at the top of his lungs multiple times.  Board came right at me, I stopped it, picked it up and nervously handed it back to him.  He went from angry to a wide smile instantly, said "Thanks!" politely, then turned around and had a screaming meltdown and started throwing his board at the ground multiple times.  It was kind of silly.
Rotation Station?

You betcha.  Drove the 90 minutes there at least 20-30 times a year back in the day.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: UselessAsshole on September 10, 2018, 02:38:43 PM
I was staying at a skate house my buddy lives in when I was visiting him in Kansas City. At the end of the weekend, I went to the kitchen to grab my insulin from the refrigerator and I saw Gershon Mosley doing dishes. I just said good morning and asked how he was doing. Turns out he lived in the basement, seemed like a really nice guy.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Sarcasm on September 10, 2018, 02:51:00 PM
When I met Tony Hawk I was paralyzed for a minute cause I didn’t think it was possible to meet someone of his stature in real life. Then he was all like, “wtf you doing here kid, how’d you get backstage?” He didn’t really say that but it was definitely a groundbreaking moment for me when we high fived.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: butterballs for jerry on September 10, 2018, 04:19:54 PM
I was staying at a skate house my buddy lives in when I was visiting him in Kansas City. At the end of the weekend, I went to the kitchen to grab my insulin from the refrigerator and I saw Gershon Mosley doing dishes. I just said good morning and asked how he was doing. Turns out he lived in the basement, seemed like a really nice guy.

Nothing to add, just warms the cockles of my heart whenever I hear about a roommate doing dishes unprompted
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Knox Harrington on September 10, 2018, 07:10:49 PM
I was at the sand gaps, and Billy Valdez said something to me like, "This guy looks like a bum, but he has money," while pointing at Paulo Diaz who was within earshot.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Trashcon on September 10, 2018, 08:13:04 PM
not a pro skater but the only famous person I met was Frank black /black Francis.
my homie got free tickets to see the picked a few years ago.
the gig was rad. we drank, sang and danced. at the end of the gig we had a beer at the bar. the pixies were drinking on the benches behind ours.
I turned to my musical hero since when I was 13 years old and with genuine admiration and love said 'Jack, I love your music man'.

I called Frank black Jack black.

he said 'thanks' and turned away in a shroud of anger and disgust.

I've called Murph from Dinosaur Jr. Lou Barlow once and I've been a fan since Video Days. The wrong name just rolled off my tongue. Murph just said "no. he has hair", and I felt so embarrassed I just turned and walked away.

I 100% did the same thing once, but telling a super famous snowboarder (I'm a nerd) how much I loved his brand in the 90's, only naming completely the wrong brand. He didn't even call me out on it, but he's kind of a weirdo. There is probably a named syndrome for this kind of thing.

I'm not alone. I ran into Braydon Szafranski at a show in L.A about two years ago. I called him "Stefan" because I had just ran into Stefan Janoski. I don't think he noticed but he was very cool and took a picture with me. Maybe he did but thing is no one was going up to him, maybe he appreciated the attention. I don't know. Anyway, he was partying backstage with some skate industry people who were also nice. It was a festival and Allah Las were playing.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: handsclapanin on September 11, 2018, 09:18:37 AM
in '93, was at a 101 demo, fanned out big-time on Koston, Dill, and whoever the hell else was there at the park in IL where it happened.  Koston kept trying noseslide to fakie nosegrind on the knee high box, wasn't getting it to work, shot his board out at high speed and screamed FUUUUCCCCKKKKK!!!!! at the top of his lungs multiple times.  Board came right at me, I stopped it, picked it up and nervously handed it back to him.  He went from angry to a wide smile instantly, said "Thanks!" politely, then turned around and had a screaming meltdown and started throwing his board at the ground multiple times.  It was kind of silly.
Rotation Station?

You betcha.  Drove the 90 minutes there at least 20-30 times a year back in the day.

Rad. Fellow Midwesterner here. I was at Rotation Station 2 - 3 times a week during the winter back then. And probably at that same demo. It was a bunch of Blind and World riders too, right? I remember Jeron Wilson doing a nollie heel noseslide on the curb high ledge. And Kareem blasting over the pyramid. Me and my buddy got into an argument over a free shirt they tossed out. It said "I Saw": then had a list of all the riders with a checkbox next to their name. "and they weren't as good as I thought".

I got one. I seen Berra at Rotation Station a few times, back in those early 90s. I think he had family somewhere around there. One time, I did a 1/2 cab flip on flatground and he started making such a big deal about it, it was really weird. All "how do you do that trick? I can't do that trick at all" Im just like "thanks. but I know you can do it. I've seen you." It kind of felt like he was being over hyped to be an asshole. But who knows, maybe it was genuine.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Joust Ostrich on September 12, 2018, 04:21:25 PM
in '93, was at a 101 demo, fanned out big-time on Koston, Dill, and whoever the hell else was there at the park in IL where it happened.  Koston kept trying noseslide to fakie nosegrind on the knee high box, wasn't getting it to work, shot his board out at high speed and screamed FUUUUCCCCKKKKK!!!!! at the top of his lungs multiple times.  Board came right at me, I stopped it, picked it up and nervously handed it back to him.  He went from angry to a wide smile instantly, said "Thanks!" politely, then turned around and had a screaming meltdown and started throwing his board at the ground multiple times.  It was kind of silly.
Rotation Station?

You betcha.  Drove the 90 minutes there at least 20-30 times a year back in the day.

Rad. Fellow Midwesterner here. I was at Rotation Station 2 - 3 times a week during the winter back then. And probably at that same demo. It was a bunch of Blind and World riders too, right? I remember Jeron Wilson doing a nollie heel noseslide on the curb high ledge. And Kareem blasting over the pyramid. Me and my buddy got into an argument over a free shirt they tossed out. It said "I Saw": then had a list of all the riders with a checkbox next to their name. "and they weren't as good as I thought".

I got one. I seen Berra at Rotation Station a few times, back in those early 90s. I think he had family somewhere around there. One time, I did a 1/2 cab flip on flatground and he started making such a big deal about it, it was really weird. All "how do you do that trick? I can't do that trick at all" Im just like "thanks. but I know you can do it. I've seen you." It kind of felt like he was being over hyped to be an asshole. But who knows, maybe it was genuine.

I got the other shirt from that demo that said "Plan b sucks".  Berra stayed semi-frequently, at a locals house.  He was an ass then...
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: tart.mommy on September 14, 2018, 12:44:43 PM
Bobby Worrest - me and the hometown crew made it to camp woodward around 2009, 2010 ? Some Krooked pros were there that week, Bobby was for sure the most talkative. Im from Virginia, so he was a DC legend for us. I was wearing an oversize hand-me-down button shirt that i spray-pained 'Bad Brains' on, he was super stoked. We would meet up with him at the parks after lunch, I was hucking myself so hard to try and be cool, he was mad fun and would egg me and the other kids on. Super sick, and then there was a camp competition to show off cabinmates' group energy. We convinced Bobby Worrest to get David Clarke and join us during our run, which they did. It was fuckin hilarious honestly, we put on this goofy Bollywood song and just did stupid shit around the park followed closely by a guffawing Bobby Worrest and cheesing David Clarke. I guess it wasnt awkward to us, but I bet Bobby was tripped out lol
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Switch_fsflip_noseslide on September 18, 2018, 09:30:19 PM
Took my camera to the stay flared tour. Got a good shot of Jerry hsu doing a fakie flip over a hip that he was battling throughout (he did land it). After the demo, i saw him stumbling about. For some reason in my head i said, "go show him the picture".  So I walk up to him, he  watches me looking at him from a distance. I knew right there that he knew this was going to be awkward. So I say "Jerry, you wanna look at a photo?  I got a shot of your..." And at that moment, I don't know if I was too high, nervous to talk to a pro, especially someone I've watched for so long , or what but I forgot what trick or was. I'm standing there like a deer in headlights. It slowly staring coming back to me, but mind you this is in mid conversation. So it's weird as fuck. I remember that he popped off his nose and it flipped. So hesitantly i said, "I got a shot of your nnnnollie heel." He looks at me confused as I press his face to my camera LCD screenn. He looks at me dumbfounded, smelling of beer, and goes "ughh, that was a fakie flip", and walks away.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: Francis Xavier on September 18, 2018, 09:48:12 PM
I just remembered today that back at one of the Vans Pool parties I took a donut (from a box of a dozen) from Tom Remillard that he was actually offering to Andrew Allen,who was standing next to me. I also shook Spanky's hand,but didn't introduce myself or say whats up,because I was thinking of which name he'd want to be addressed by..we shared an awkward silent stare.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: ballintoohard on September 20, 2018, 01:58:22 PM
Someone stole Paris Hilton's cellphone and published the phone book online. I saw Muska's number on there and cold called it and dude answered. A few weeks later we partied together in Phoenix. I had to pre-game solo because I was so nervous as he was a childhood hero, but he was so gone I doubt he remembers any of the dumb shit I said to be cool.

My worst pro encounter was skating Pier 7 for the first time and I accidentally snaked a Chocolate pro. I was so nervous of doing that that I didn't skate the first hour or two I was there. They focused my board and threw it off the Pier. Later, Karl Watson gave me his fairly new board.

hahahahaha

the best part is that in my mind the choco pro is crob

i'm going with york.

Bingo.
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: stevedave on September 20, 2018, 03:11:06 PM
Someone stole Paris Hilton's cellphone and published the phone book online. I saw Muska's number on there and cold called it and dude answered. A few weeks later we partied together in Phoenix. I had to pre-game solo because I was so nervous as he was a childhood hero, but he was so gone I doubt he remembers any of the dumb shit I said to be cool.

My worst pro encounter was skating Pier 7 for the first time and I accidentally snaked a Chocolate pro. I was so nervous of doing that that I didn't skate the first hour or two I was there. They focused my board and threw it off the Pier. Later, Karl Watson gave me his fairly new board.

hahahahaha

the best part is that in my mind the choco pro is crob

i'm going with york.

Bingo.

i fucking KNEW it. 
Title: Re: Awkward (but not bad) Pro Encounters
Post by: csb711 on September 20, 2018, 08:20:20 PM
I bothered the fucking shit out of Mike V when I was a little kid, probably 13 or 14, and he was cool as fuck. I mean he made a bunch of claims that he didn't live up to, like how he was never going to quit Black Label and Etnies and Accel wheels, but whatever. He also told me he invented that tail slide, never bothered to fact check it though. Well, some kid ended up breaking his fucking back at the demo because he tried to show off & Mike V visited that kid in the hospital. The kid quit skating a couple of years later and eventually died of a heroin overdose in later years, but whatever.

I also talked to Gino on the crailtap phone while they had it up on the website. Chico answered, and he passed the phone to Daniel Castillo but I wasn't really trying to talk to him. Luckily Gino was in their van, and he was really cool about shit. He pretty much told me about his Nike deal, his jail stints, and shared every single skate spot on Long Island with me. Dude chopped it up with me for almost an hour, and then I had to go because my early 2000's prepaid cell phone was about to run out of minutes. Thanks for the convo Gino, I didn't take any of your advice about not going wild with partying or anything but I appreciated your diverse knowledge of Long Island skateboarding.

what did Gino go to jail for (multiple times)? always wondered