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Johnny Layton

Long Beach, California’s resident Vans pro, Johnny Layton (aka J-Lay) is jokingly nicknamed ‘Big Boy,’ a moniker that refers as much to how high he pops his tricks as it does his solid build.

Johnny turned Pro for world-famous artist and legendary skateboarder, Ed Templeton’s Toy Machine Skateboards back in 2006, and has been on Vans since 2004. In high school, Johnny was scouted heavily by colleges to play baseball and to possibly even go pro, but his passion for skateboarding and the culture surrounding it far outweighed any desire to ride the pine for some conventional team sport activity. Recently, Johnny cemented his name in the annals of skateboarding history by ollie-ing the legendary double wall at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., just yards away from the White House. For decades the greatest skaters with the biggest snaps have tried to clear this massive wall gap, but none have risen to the challenge and only J-Lay has ever been able to go the distance. Good job, Big Boy!

Interview

WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?

I don't think there's one trip I've been on that's better than any other. Just as long as there are good spots, food, trees and the homies. Spain is always the top on the list though. 

FAVORITE VANS RIDER?

Geoff, by far! He's been one of my favorite skaters since I picked up a skateboard. 

WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?

540s!

WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF SKATING?

Bowling, photography and Wii. 

LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?

I haven't read a book since high school. I mean, I've tried to, but I can never finish.