Some people call me Nate Dawg even though I am the least gangster person ever. Other people called me Nateball cause of my goofy little tuck.
20 years! Pretty hyped t be able to say that. But it makes me feel old. All these young guns that are fresh out of high school have half my experience and double the skill haha
I ride different boards for different skating but recently I have been riding my proto downhill board with Randal RIII 42 degree trucks, Riptide AFB 90/85 symmetrical, Stay Stoked Griptape, and whatever wheels tickle my fancy.
Best Skate Trip?
This is a trick questions because every journey has its memorable moments. BUT, one of my all-time favorites was a big joint effort team trip I did a few years back with the Black Dog team an the Killbillies. We loaded up like 5 cars and skated the Tri-Cities, Maryhill, Rowena, and then headed to Portland for one of the last Switchbacks races. We filmed a lot of No Graphics on that trip too. It was the quintessential homies and skateboards trip.
I don't know about the worst but my scariest was definitely getting broke off at Jake's Rash at the freeride a few years back. I kicked out in front of some dudes that were way faster than me without knowing it. When I got into Powerlines corner, I had about 600 pounds of world class skater bump-draft me way harder than I ever expected. I ended up "flying over the handle bars" and helicopter spinning on my back at around 45mph. I completely missed the hay and crashed into the spectator area, taking out a tent and coming to a dead stop against the side of the Glacial Gold van. I was pretty lucky to walk away with just a messed-up hand and a bruised ego haha Everyone ran over to me and immediately told me to not get up or move. That is never really a good sign.
I mean, I really like skating everything. Downhill, freeride, park, you name it, but anyone who knows me will probably tell you that I really just like to sidewalk surf whenever I can. There is something about bombing sidewalks and slashing driveways on a big double kick that just feels like the essence of skateboarding to me. I can never really get enough of that.
Shoutouts to all of the homies that have kept me stoked on skateboarding over the years. To name a few: Todd Bearden of Paradigm Skate Supply, Duane Boschee of Black Dog, Jackson Wells from my Motion days, Johnny Lupo at Boardworks Tech Shop, Kyle Martin of Skagit Valley DH/ Stay Stoked Grip, Malachi Green from Randal Trucks, Dean Ozuna of the Maryhill Ratz, and of course my fiancee, Katrina Vogel for being my life long skate/adventure buddy! I am definitely leaving some important figures out, but basically all of the homies that have helped me keep the stoke alive. I am super grateful to anyone that has helped me in my skateboarding journey.