The biggest source of inspiration I have to become a better skater is being able to watch all the other local skaters get better right outside our very own window at the Bustin shop. Solomon and I are going to be showcasing some of these riders over the coming weeks/months, and I wanted to start with one of the most inspiring to me, personally–Mr. Justin Hopwood. He is heading out of town tomorrow until some time in January, and I wanted to be sure to catch some words from him before he left, because he is sure to be an entirely different skater next time I see him. This guy has progressed faster than any other skater I’ve seen around here. He is seriously learning new tricks on the daily. Coming down our small slope in front of the shop, you can find this guy sliding in all directions, hands down, hands up, nose manuals to shuvits, and working on his big spin. He looks like a seasoned rider. I’ll let him explain the rest:
JV: Please state your name for the record.
JH: Justin Hopwood aka Hoppers.
JV: Is that accent real or do you just use it for the ladies? Where are you from?
JH: LOL yeah, it’s real. I am from South Africa. Cape Town.
JV: How long have you been skating?
JH: Around a month now and some change.
JV: What board do you ride?
JH: Maestro. Bustin always.
JV: What’s your favorite trick you like to do?
JH: My favorite trick at the moment is the frontside slide shuvit that I learned yesterday, and I like the big spin a lot because it looks lank steezy when you land it!
JV: What’s your skating background? How did you get so steezy?
JH: I skated for a bit when I was 13, but it’s been like 8 years since last I stepped on a board.
JV: What do you do when you’re not shredding the streets of NYC?
JH: I work as a model in the city.
JV: You have such great hair. Do you have any tips for those of us who aren’t so fortunate?
JH: Na, not really. I guess thanks Mom and Dad.
JV: What do you want to be when you grow up?
JV: We will miss you while you’re gone in South Africa. Will you miss us?
JH: Oh hell yes. Bustin crew has been like a family.
JV: Anything else you’d like to say?
JH: Thanks to all the guy at Bustin. Jeff, u beast. Solomon, for all the good pushes and help. Crispy for all the sick videos on youtube and helping me learn them, and all the guys at the Loft for just being good people. You oke’s ROCK. Thanks! 1 Love. Nothing is impossible.
Thanks to Justin for taking the time to answer these few questions and for continually refilling my stokeometer. You are an inspiration to us all here at the shop, and we look forward to seeing you return to NYC in January! Safe travels!