May 1, 2024/ & / VIDEOS/ Comments: 10

We hate to say it, but most interviews with pro skateboarders tend to produce some pretty stale content these days, and who can blame them?

With big sponsors to keep happy, multiple video deadlines to juggle and various modeling gigs to book, routines and opinions have gone bland. In pursuit of finding compelling stories we decided to take a page out of OG Jenkem’s playbook: turning the camera back on you.

Our series “Locals” focuses on the often overlooked characters that surround skateboarding – the eccentrics, weirdos and local legends who are staples in the community for reasons outside of having a great back tail. It’s the people with no sponsors to answer to and no paychecks to lose. The people who skate for the love and have a routine unique to themselves.

For our first episode, we bring you Frank, a Venice Beach skater and dedicated maintainer of the sandy, trash-accumulating skatepark. He is also a practicing magician with a sleight-of-hand show on the Santa Monica Pier. Follow Frank as he shows you a day in Venice, and if you have a local worthy of tracking down hit us in the comments. The weirder the better.

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  1. Humberto

    May 4, 2024 11:47 am

    Agree about Lookback Kevin. His crib is a treasure trove of skate history and he’s always on the road. More than most pros. He definitely gets people hyped.

  2. PF

    May 6, 2024 12:00 pm

    Pretty Nice. There’s só many skateboarders with such interesting livres out there. Cool Jenkem!

  3. Julián halpern

    May 6, 2024 2:12 pm

    You gotta do an interview w Cliff Pinski of Berkeley Skate Park. Rad kind dude, súper tripped out, unique style, a Bay Area legend.

    • Bro

      May 7, 2024 12:58 pm

      That dude Cliff is a trip. My 12 year old son saw him and rolled his eyes and called him a kook, but I think that’s a little heavy handed

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