Chris Nieratko, owner of four skateshops in New Jersey and "the former editor of legendary skate bible Big Brother Magazine," recently had a short discussion with Riley Hawk about skating for Lakai Footwear and Baker Skateboards amongst other skate happenings in Riley's life. In the short but sweet interview, there is a link to a new Lakai commercial featuring Riley skating solo. Below are some selected snippets from the discussion. To read more, go to the page at ESPN.
What do you think the longest time is Ty could slow-mo a single trick down to?
I don't really know. I guess with all the computers you could probably get it pretty slow.
I bet Ty could do it. Ty should make an entire 40-minute video out of one trick.
That would be crazy.
How did you get on Lakai anyway?
I just had some footage that my dad had and I think Atiba [Jefferson] saw it and said something to Mike Carroll or Rick Howard and then they started giving me shoes. From there they took me on a couple trips and from there I guess it just worked out.
The entire team is stocked with amazing dudes, who is your favorite dude on Lakai?
Guy Mariano. I like watching him skate. It's cool watching him do tricks at spots because all the tricks are always insane.
Has there ever been a point in your life where you thought about having a real job?
Yeah, definitely. I don't know what I'd do. I never put that much thought into what I'd go apply for but I definitely have thought about what I would do if I didn't make money trying to skate.
At what point did you realize you could possibly do the skateboarding thing?
Probably when I started traveling a lot more and started riding for companies that weren't under my dad, just other companies that were down to hook me up. Now I'm just going to try and make that last as long as I can.