Lodge Guest, Steve Roche
Name: Steve Roche
Current: Job / school: Freelance software developer and CTO of a small company. We are making iPhone apps for the blind & visually impaired.
Where are you from? USA, originally from a tiny town in Connecticut.
Where do you currently live? San Diego, California
Family status: No kids, awesome girlfriend, and a fat cat that is kind of dick.
Sponsors: No real sponsors any more. Sam Hitz has been making me boards at Watson. Route 44 used to hook me up before they closed their doors, RIP
Years of skateboarding: Since I was 15, 29 years. Some punker kid moved into our town, he introduced me to punk and told me to buy a skateboard.
Board size: 8.25, 14.75 wheel base
Wheel size: Just downsized from 58’s to 56’s.
Trucks: Hollow Indy 149 with the red bushings.
I change set up every: When my tail explodes or my wheels sound like hell.
Current Board trend: Been riding the CPH open 8.25 board, I like it with some Chacales grip tape.
Please state your type of terrain on your board in %
(Skatepark) Flow Street 9%
Your daily DAY by the hours, (or tell us about your longest day the last weeks)
07.00 Waking up, making coffee, or sleeping
08.00 Might still be waking up, or might be working.
11.00 Making lunch and texting friends to see where the session is.
12.00 Move laptop to coffee shop and work some more
13.00 Click click click, still working, hopefully skate plans have been made.
14.00 Trying to cram in a last bit of work before skating
15.00 Heading out to meet up with homies to skate
16.00 Probably skating by now.
19.00 Chilling and talking shit.
20.00 If I’m still skating, my legs are probably done.
21.00 Making food at home.
22.00 Probably fire up the laptop, answer emails, get a little bit more work done.
23.00 Waiting for Melissa to get home
24.00 Hanging out with Melissa
01.00 Probably falling asleep.
How are you doing at the moment? Life is great!!! I’ve been in CPH for the past 3 months, been on a bunch of good trips, lots of good sessions, and great friends.
How is your body at the moment , (injuries, knees, and so so ) ? It’s falling apart, but I’m stoked it still lets me ride.
Please comment on Skateboarding in the
80s When I started 1987. Era of shitty backyard vert ramps (like the one at my house) Good times back then.
90s Vert stopped being cool, I never was so no biggie. I rode giant wheels (47mm). Moved to Seattle where there was a solid crew skating vert and bowls. Late 90’s I moved down to CA. Rhino would take me to backyard pools instead of the vert ramps.
2000 Early 2000’s lots of trips to the pacific NW, lots of backyard pools.
2010+ Holy shit the kids are getting good!!!!!
When I chill, I chill with: CPH crew is: Gerald, Fredrik Tanghøj, Travis, Brent SD Crew: Jordan, Walba, Kriegel,
I’m have been on a mission lately in (with): Walba and Jimmy, current mission is to skate some more vert, the new vert at Clairemont and the Rumble in Ramona ramp.
Dream session is: Any session with smiles and grinds.
Lately I have been working on: Relearning the tricks I forgot how to do last week.
When I was little I would like to: legos
When I’m home I like to: Plan trips
I normally call my homies for: To skate or chill
Your homies are: Awesome
I enjoy going to: yes
Favorite drink is: coffee
Favorite food is: sushi, pizza, farm fresh
Favorite drug: no drugs here
Favorite music: metal
Favorite film, So many good ones, Road Warrior, Blade runner, Caddy Shack, Grand Budapest Hotel,
Favorite skateboarders, My true favorite skaters have always been the people I skate with. But to answer the question, Peter Hewitt, Steve Bailey, Lincoln Ueda
Favorite skate film, insta clips of my friends skating
Favorite skatepark, I like to mix it up, but Fælledparken is pretty amazing, Mammoth, Washington Street, Kernside
Favorite spot, tranny spots, tight with pool coping.
Favorite woman / men (blond, fat, thin, big, small) Melissa
When I cook, I cook: I like to cook, I’ll cook anything in the fridge. I make a lot of salads, sandwiches, chicken, veggies, and burgers.
To go to resturant is: Tabu Sushi
To go to trick is: Frontside grind, rock, or disaster
To go to trick when you are farked is: healing
To go to trick when you are winning is, same as when I’m losing, frontside grind, rock, or D
TOP 3 Cities, San Diego, Copenhagen, third place is tied between Seattle, Berlin, Boston,
When I travel, I always bring, passport, skateboard,
Best travel advice I can give is, GO GO GO, it’s always the unexpected that ends up being the most fun.
Best travel memory you want to share? Not sure if this is the best one, but had a pretty entertaining road trip with Terror. Remember the Magic 8 ball, you ask it a yes/no question and shake it, and an answer appears. Glenn and I used the magic 8 ball to make every decision on the trip. Destinations, food, tricks, directions, everything. It was hilarious, but I don’t think everyone enjoyed it.
When I do not skateboard I, bike around, jump in the water, bbq in the park, go for hikes, see bands play, read a book
My fitness program is, skateboarding, hiking, biking, started doing yoga before I left SD for the summer, I need to start again.
When I get old I want to, I think I am old, and I still want to skate and travel. Make new friends see new places, revisit the old places.
I would like to see more of, I love seeing people who are having fun skating.
That one time where I was in jail because of, never been
I should do more of, I’m pretty happy with my life balance, just need to keep the ball rolling.
My future looks like, really good, Fred, Pete, and Gerald are going to be out in California this winter, I’ll be in Hawaii in the spring, and should be back in CPH next summer.
I dream of, the days when everything works like clockwork, when everything you try goes exactly as you envisioned.
The book I currently read is: I have two going, “The Lean Startup” and “The Warlizard Chronicles”
The best travel I have been on: There have been many, but one of the best tours was with Terror Skateboards, from San Diego to Seattle and back. It started with 15 people and 3 dogs crammed into 3 borrowed cars and ended up with 3 people, 1 dog, and 1 car.
The world travel(s) I have been on was: Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia, Slovenia, Finland, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Nepal, China, India.
On Netflix I watch: Scrolling through the menu for 20 minutes looking for something good before getting frustrated and turning it off.
If I could change the world I would: If I could change to world, I would probably fuck it up more than it already is, so I’m gonna just let it ride.
Everybody should own a: Dream.
The hobby I have, no one knows about is: I raced cars for about 10 years. Dirt circle track, everything from stock cars, modifieds and dwarf cars. Got pretty heavy into it, but stopped a few years ago to have more time to skate and travel.
I will never get rid of: Not super attached to any of my possessions, I’ll try not to get rid of my friends.
I would love to be in a movie with: An old Jackie Chan movie, I would love to see some of those stunts in person. Imagine if he had traded martial arts for a skateboard.
I currently follow (social media, instagram twitter, Facebook): The only one I pay attention to is Instagram.
Life advise so far ? You can’t have the sweet without the sour. Enjoy it all.
Anything else: Huge thanks to everyone I met and skated with in Copenhagen!
My name is Todd Benoit a new Steve roche when I was a kid we started skateboarding when we are probably 15 years old. Could you relay the message to him I will give you my email.