Long before turning pro in 1999 Anthony Van Engelen (aka AVE) charged everything in his path with a raw, raging bull-style unlike anyone before or since. In 2015 Anthony earned the coveted Thrasher Magazine Skater of the Year award for his epic ender part in Vans Propeller. AVE’s blue-collar approach to skating is what makes him The People’s Champ and remains the secret to his success: wake up each day, grab a coffee, get out in the streets, skate until there’s nothing left in the tank, pass out and repeat the next day.
WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?
Miami in 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.