Dan Zaslavsky posted up an interview with Brian Delatorre over at Thrasher. In the interview Delatorre conveys his time with sobriety, relating how his focus has improved and that his body recovers faster and feels healthier. It appears that Delatorre is exploring new and creative ways to express his passion for and through skateboarding during this self-reflective stage of his.
Did you take a break from drinking to focus on finishing your video part?
Nah, it was derived from something else completely. It had nothing to do with video parts or skating. I needed a change and hit the reset button. I was going back and forth about a lot of things. All these things that I thought I needed and wanted to do were just putting a monkey wrench into what I really should be doing. I wasn't listening to myself. I was listening to a bunch of others. I was sick of listening and sick of talking. I found out that less is more and I'm finally practicing and applying that method to my life. It's made life a lot more mellow and happy. My knee doesn't hurt anymore. My ankle hurts less. My body really appreciates it. I'm not struggling to wake up everyday. Being sober is kinda tight.
I hope you continue to feel this way into the new year.
Yeah, exactly. This is what I'm getting at. This year all I wanna do is fuckin' skate and film more. I just wanna go back to my roots and film some cutty shit. Trick up the curb, cross the street, hit something else and keep going. I find a lot of joy from that. It's simple, fun and honest. It's not contrived. It's more free flowing and being in SF let's me skate that way. And that's what I've been trying to do in NYC this last bit instead of trying some gnarly shit and then not skating for another week or two 'cause I'm recovering. That's what I was doing. Then during the down time I would drink and get fucked up.
Does skating in SF help 'cause it's full of hills where you don't have to push as much which allows you to think less about which direction to go?
Exactly. I'm realizing that places like SF are just more ideal for my kind of skating. I'll move back out there soon enough. But right now I'm just gonna live in the now and live in this moment.