Thrasher’s 2000 SOTY, Geoff Rowley, is one of the most influential skaters of all time for his contributions on and off the board. Geoff arrived from Liverpool & turned the skate world on its ass with an unbridled desire to progress skateboarding by going bigger than anyone had seen. When he 50-50’d the massive Staples Center Hubba in a pair of classic Vans Eras back in 1999 he single-handedly began a revolution to right the ship away from moon boots and back to the board feel that only vulcanized Vans skate shoes can give.
WHAT’S BEEN THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?
The Flip Miami trip with Arto, Appleyard, Skin and Fred Mortagne in 2001 was rad. We filmed so much of the “Sorry” video that week it was nuts! It was one of those trips where the skating took over the reigns! The latest Flip Feast Tour was also killer, probably the most fun trip to date -- fingerboards, good spots, rad people, truck stop coffee and desert air.
FAVORITE VANS RIDER?
Tony Alva, the original bad ass!
WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?
WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF SKATING?
Predator calling, hunting dogs [a type of dogs, not the activity - ed.] and camping.
LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?
Slash Ranch Hounds by Dub Evans has some serious insight into dog and human relations -- all first-hand knowledge. The other few books I read after this are also worth a mention: Cougar Killer by Jay Bruce, Mogollon Mountain Man by Nat Straw, The Grizzly by Enos Mills, Meet Mr. Grizzly by Montague Stevens and Lion Tales by Jonathan Kibler. The best book I have ever read is Life of the Greatest Guide: Hound Stories and others of Dale Lee written by Robert McCurdy. Until the day I die, this will hold true.