Lodge Guest, Matthew Carlisle
What is your name ? Matthew Carlisle
Where are you from ? UK
How old are you ? 19
Sponsors ? TSG, Theeve, Toy machine, Wreck wheels,Red Bull UK, Adrenaline Alley, GLL Sport Foundation
Board, Trucks & Wheel size ? Any Toy Machine deck at 8.25 wide with Theeve TiV3 trucks and Wreck RF 58mm Square cut wheels
What is your normal skate terrain ? Anything with a transition
Why do you skateboarding the first place ? My parents bought me a cheap complete set up from a supermarket and I got hooked skating flatland and small launch ramps in the garden – it was just fun.
Tell us how a great day is looking for you Get up late, have some lunch, chill out at home then skate either some park or vert in the evening
Do you think your parents wanted you to skate ? To be fair they have been very supportive when i was a junior but i don\’t think they want me to do it for a career as an adult.
What is the future of skateboarding ? No idea! but it will probably be shaped mainly by VANS for tranny and Nike for street. I’m told things go in cycles.
How are you doing at the moment ? Are you fit for fight ? I\’m doing good. I\’m fully fit and enjoying skateboarding a variety of terrains and locations.
Have you been on any mission(S) lately, you wanna tell about about ? No bigj trips recently, been doing a lot more filming in locally. I am planning some good trips this summer all over the UK and to Europe.
Who do you normally skate with ? I don\’t mind skating on my own, I actually prefer that if i\’m trying to learn something new, but I also skate with my girlfriend and some of the local rippers like Trev Johnson and Fin Kirkby.
What is your plan this summer ? To visit as many of the best outdoor concrete parks that I the UK and Europe and to fit in some UK and European Vert comps where I can too.
What is the future of vert, street or bowl ? Do you see any new directions ? Hard to say. Vert is struggling for funding at the moment, both for competition prizes and for athlete sponsrships so it’s only natural that we are seeing vert guys moving across to skate Park where VANS have put a lot of money. Street seems to have peaked to me, but what do I know? Bowl seems to be getting incorporated into Park with the exception of the Combi bowl which is something very unique and very special to watch.
What motivates you at the moment ? My number one priority is to have fun and enjoy my skating. I’m enjoying skating more Park after focusing so much on just vert for almost 8 yrs. Variety keeps me interested.
Any thank you’s ? All my sponsors and anyone who has tried to help me out along the way like my family, Stephen Wingy Wilkinson and Pete King have.
Random storys ? Ha well there was that one time when we nicked a load of beer off Duane Peters from his hotel room one night at Vert Attack. He was too busy being mobbed by babes to notice two 15 yr olds legging it with his beer. Sorry Duane, my bad 🙂
How does it feel to be on the lodge ? It’s an honour to be on with some of my heroes of skate
Best Lodge interview / post you have read and why ? I like all the vert attack interviews – they’re fun
What do you want to know about other skateboarders, do we miss a question ? can’t think – I hear Jake Anderson just had a new baby – congrats to him and his lady.