Skating through life


Nancy Remoll

Sophomore Conor Kerr prepares for a dismount after he skates off the side of the bowl at the SK8 Charleston Skateboard park on Jan. 24.

Lauren Creech, Staff Writer

Q: How long have you been skating, and how did you get into it?

A: I’ve been skating for about nine years, since I was like six… My mom and dad divorced and my dad didn’t know what to do with us, so then we just picked up skateboarding.

Q: So how did you come about being on the Parrot Team?

A: We’ve been family friends with Angelo [Vleck], who owns Parrot, ever since I started skating. And then one day when me and James [his older brother] started getting better, he just wanted us kind of on the team and to spread about Parrot.

Q: How often do you go to competitions?

A: I try to go to competitions as much as I can, but I probably get like two or three a year, not a lot.

Q: What is it like to compete?

A: I get so much butterflies, I get so scared. I don’t really like doing them, but it’s fun after you do it.

Q: What do you do at a competition? Do you have a favorite competition moment or a story?

A: It depends how big the competition is, usually if it’s like a small one you go and you’re with most of your friends so it’s pretty fun. And then you have a minute or two minute runs and you try and get the best tricks and they take the best score. One time in Tampa, like two years ago, it was really fun because it was like my first competition I won in Tampa, and it was a pretty big one. The first round I did terrible and I thought I was going to lose, and then my last round I did pretty good and I won.

Q: What about skating do you love?

A: I love that you don’t need a coach or a team to do it, you just do it when you want. There’s no set times about it, just whenever you want to you go and do it.

Q: Are there any famous skaters you look up to?

A: I look up to many. One of my favorites is Jamie Foy, I don’t know, he’s really cool.

Q: Why do you skate?

A: It just brings me happiness I guess. Whatever’s on my mind just goes away when I think about skating.

Q: How would you describe how you feel when you skate?

A: I feel free.

Evy Apostolou