Anthony Van Engelen (or AVE, as he's affectionately known) has been killing it at the pro level for more than a 15 years now, ever since going pro in 1999 at the age of 21 for Alien Workshop.
Van Engelen, a San Diego native, spent six months of his formative teenage years living in Russia without a skateboard. More than anything, it made him really appreciate skateboarding. He returned to the USA on a mission and turned pro four years later. Regardless of the era in skateboarding, AVE has always exuded a natural, raw style on his board. He's like a bull charging at everything in his path. Van Engelen began riding for Vans in '05 and in '09 was honored by Transworld SKATEboarding with the Best Video Part of the Year award for his part in Alien Workshop's Mindfield. In 2013 he and Jason Dill starting making boards through Jason's longtime brand, Fucking Awesome. AVE is a certified (and certifiable) classic.
WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?
Miami, 2000. We were partying and skating our balls off with Freddy [Gall]. It was an epic trip on all levels. I don’t know how anyone could stay out partying all night and still get that much shit done. But we did.
FAVORITE VANS RIDER?
WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?
Kickflip. I’m serious.
LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?
I don’t really read. I guess the last book I read half of was The Power of Now. It’s on Oprah’s book club so I had to read it.
WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS/HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SKATING?
Surfing and that’s about it. I’m pretty boring.