Lodge Guest, Rick Morgan
Where do you currently live and where are you from ?
I live in Middleburg Florida. Im a Navy brat so kinda everywhere but Jacksonville, KeyWest, and Alabama are homes
Tell us a little bit about your past ?
Im a RadDad. Married 26 years. 4 boys. Full on skate family. I have been skating since 1979
Why skateboarding ? How did it start for you ?
I wanted a frisbee for my 6th bday. My Dad was out to sea n Mom got me a plastic thing w wheels. It came in a box w a little booklet. I think Salba was on the cover in a red whote n blue downhill leather get up. I WAS BUMMED! I wantrd a damn frisbee! Hahah. Mom was a Cocoa Bch bunny so she knew whats up. She rode down the driveway n spun a couple 360s n I was all in. My Mom could fly! Later in life she got both types of MS and it crippled her then eventually took her life. Fuck MS btw
2020, new year, new me ?
Yes, I quit doing coke n drinking. Finally free. I feel awesone. Life is good again Im super thankful.
What is really your plan for 2020 ?
Get TheVertSeties under control n running smooth n efficientky. Build new lasting relationships to carry us year over year. Really trying to get Vert out of the shadows. Someones gotta try
Do you have a great hangouts spots in your home town you can recommend ?
Other than my place I guess The Poles is a great spot to surf n Kona parking lots killer on wed nights. Idk I stay home. I never leave
How is a normal day looking for you ?
Lately Ive been up at 10am. Coffee, rip, n get to work on TheVertSeries.com we launched n its not perfect do we Im making common adjustments, emails, messages etc. Riley Kozer comes out everyday so we bs n get a few in most days. I havent been skating as much as I should. After that its homework w the kids n clean up. Dinner. Back to the grind till 7am. I think this is day 9 of those. Almost done. Its just me n Ridbey n he doesnt have a computer so… lots to do n need an army behind me but its coming together.
Tell us how a good long great weekend should look for you
We just did it at Tampa Pro. Perfect weekend. Friday night dinner n movie w my girl Melissa. Come home to the bpys camping out w friends on the ramps n a bonfire. A good saturday sesh n bbq w friends here at the house. Maybe a show or something sat night? Sunday is the day. Its VertSunday. My fav day. Id say that or a general key west lobster snatchin weekend. Idk. Everyday is a good day if ya let it.
Who are you hanging out with at the moment ?
Kozer, Tim Johnson, Paul Vaughn, Travis Ochab, Frazier, Rodney Mead, Bob Umbel, Adam Effertz
Who and what is your motivation at the moment ?
My motivation is to get vert out of the shadows. Brian Schaefer and Adam Effertz motivated me to keep going n move fkreaed. Skating wise… fucking Riley Kozer. Hands down my fav skater rn. Genuine to the bone
Last country you visited ? and what happened there ?
USA. I found put that the “they” ppl talk about is really… WE, US, THE PEOPLE
What was the last gnarly thing you witnessed ?
Skateboarding wise, Tonys 7 at Pcola aka Pensacola 900 only cause the crowd thought it was a 900. So funny. Tbh Jake Wooten 5ft ollie out of the tombstone at Kona. Idk. In life? Saw a man get his hands cut off once. Gnar af
What was the last item you bought ?
Do you have any odd or strange things you do, that you wanna share ?
I crochet. Im addicted to reading service manuals and the markets. I love to bodyboard, flouder gig, eyc
What do you do besides skateboarding, do you have other hobbies, other interests ?
I love to follow the markets. Yoga. I like go consult n help get businesses started n operate efficiently. I love to fish but giggings wuzon. Tbh iI truly just skate. .
What is your to go to restaurant, you wanna share ?
VPizza alll day.
When you cook food, what do you cook ?
Southern fixins. Collards, sweet potatos, cornbread. I actially just made some blueberry muffins. Want some?
How do you see the future of skateboarding ? more ? less ? bigger ?
Depends on the market n Coronavirus rn. I think our series is going to propel vert into the olympics n I know some ppl hate it but its not all about us sonetime. Sometimes its about soneone or soneyhing 7 runs down the line. I think we will see the kids in parks coming of age and building back yard set ups as they take on mortgages n families. Like Harkeys you build n then go…. I shoulda went bigger. I see a backyard resurgence so long as expendable cash is around. I
Who is the next person we need to interview on the lodge ?
Paul Vaughn aja Twothless
Do you ever think about a future with no skateboarding ?
Yes. I did sone fed time for pot n considered walking n starting a business but its all I know. All I know is skateboarding. If not for skating idk what Id do in life
With this interview, do you think we know you now for the better ?
Haha. Nope. Text doesnt do justice to anyone ever. Thank you SkatersLodge for even listening to my bs. Thank younto Melissa Kyle Jamie Jaje n Corey Pesci. Shoit oit to my sponsors n supporters @triple8Nyc, @zflex, @187killerpads, @gopro, @cbdmd,@hardcorewheels,@sparrowbearings,@tambos,@errandsbrand@gatorskin@zensei@skateoarkoftampa@kona@thevertseries@allll you crazies nutty enough to back us!
Last words, thank yous, other, did we miss anything ?
Thank you Brian Schaefer n Don Bostic for believing in me