After 22 years of skateboarding I still cannot pivot fakie because of Julian. I first met Julian when I worked at a shop with a Mini ramp in the back. He used to come drink beer and heckle me for having access to a ramp and not being able to axle stall. For those of you lucky enough to have skated with Julian you will know him for his relentless love of slamming and his addictive witch-like cackle.
On that night he taught me how to feeble fakie. That gave me enough courage to try and pivot fakie. With his cackle and words of encouragement I soon found myself at the bottom of the ramp having taken one of the more painful slams of my youth. Hooking up on a pivot fakie shattered my chances at professional stardom but brought me closer with a great skateboarder and mentor.
Julian, Ri and I have been making the journey down south every year for more than ten years to skate empty pools and backyard ramps. Most skate trips are all the same, so you do not want to hear about that. We skated, drank beer and people ripped. Same shit different year, just like our fearless leader and veteran Julian who still has a love for falling and I still cannot pivot fakie.
Words by Aaron Cayer
Photos by Dan Mathieu and Aaron Cayer