Lodge Guest, Kovalenko Ivan
Where do you currently live and where are you from ?
Russia, Moscow. I was born in Russia.
Tell us a little bit about your past ?
I have started to skate since I was 12-14 years old. Don’t remember exactly. Those time I was skating street. In the age of 15 I started to skate in Transition and Ramps. When I was 18 years old, I stopped to skate and in the age 23 I started to skate again.
Why skateboarding ? How did it start for you ?
I have installed on my PC the game “Tone Hawk pro skater 2”. After this game, I’ve realized, that I want to try to learn how to make tricks on skateboard.
What size set up, wheels & trucks do you currently ride ?
I have 2 set ups. 1) Vert/bowl set up: Wheels 60mm hardness 99a. Independent trucks 149 (8.5 inch axle). Creature deck 8.5 inch . 2) Street set up: Wheels 56mm hardness 99a. Independent trucks 144 (8.25 inch axle). Z-flex deck 8.25 inches.
Do you have any setup rituals, we need to know about ?
My ritual is, to drink 3-4 bottles of beer before training (joke).
What kind of skateboarding do you prefer ?
Vert and bowl
Do you have a skate spot in your home town you can recommend ?
Moscow: Vert ramp in Peredelkino, concrete skate park with a bowl in Sadovniki park, concrete skate park with a bowl Perovo, concrete skate park with a bowl Altufevo, indoor skatepark Moscomsport, indoor skatepark Reddeck, indoor skatepark Allproacademy, indoor skatepark Gravitation.
Who is your favorite skateboarders ?
Jimmy Wilkins, Alex Sorgente, Pedro Barros, Clay Kreiner, Tony Hawk, Jeff Grosso, Elliot Sloan, Cody Lockwood and many others…
School, work, not working or other occupation ?
I’m working as electrical engineer.
How is a normal day looking for you ?
On a working day i work on my daily job, sometimes after work I skate or visit language courses.
Tell us how a good long weekend is looking for you
To skate the whole day in a Vert ramp with friends
Any new projects or missions 2018, you wanna talk about ?
This summer I’ve participated in a german skate contest “Festcup”.
What are you planing for this Fall and winter 2018-19 ?
I want to participate in Vert Atack 2019 in Malmo Sweeden.
Who are you hanging out with at the moment ?
My vert skate fellows are Sergei Elkin, Denis Krein, Anton Meshkov, Sergei Drobakov, Yura Kochemazofff, Artur Special, Mike the Old.
Who and what is your motivation at the moment ?
I’m motivated to skate better than i’m skating at the moment.
Last country you visited ? and what happened there ?
Germany, Vert skate contest FestCup
What was the last item you bought ?
Creature Deck from Cody Lockwood.
What do you do besides skateboarding, do you have other hobbies, other interests ?
In winter I also ride Snowboard. My other hobby is electronics.
What is your to go to restaurant, you wanna share ?
Punk Fiction, Bar Svoboda
When you cook food, what do you cook ?
Whats your top 3 favorite drinks ?
Tea, Coca-Cola zero, Cherry beer
How do you see the future of skateboarding ?
New generation of skateboarders will make Skateboarding even more gnarliest and impessive.
Do you ever think about a future with no skateboarding ?
Yes, if i will become a really hard injury, which wouldn’t allow me to skate further.