Lodge Guest, Mack McKelton

PHOTO: Joe Beckert

Name: Mack McKelton

Current: Job / school: Clean Bar, Deliver, owner and founder of OVER brand.

Where are you from? Berlin

Please name ( if posissible ) please name a cool place from where you are from? Potsdamer Platz, all the street spots there are so diverse and well know – much fun!

Where do you currently live? Moved back to Berlin

What nationaly do you feel the most? American / German… but I was feeling South African for a long time.

Family status: Married

Age: dirty thirty

Sponsors: Oakley, Globe, Bones, Forvert, OVER, Titus Berlin

Years of skateboarding: 19 Years of Skateboarding

Board size: 8,25

Wheel size: 53mm

Trucks: Indy’s

I change set up every: when it needs be, maybe every 4 months, but I hate to change trucks!

Current Board trend: Cruiser Board Shapes are becoming trendy

 

Mac

Please state your type of terrain on your board in hours, days and years or other

 

Street: 19 Years

(Skatepark) Flow Street 19 Years

Miniramp: 18 Years

Long board: 4 Years

Vert: 7 Years

Bowl: 12 Years

Freestyle: 13 Years

Please tell us about your daily DAY by the hours, (or tell us about your longest day the last week’s) we want to know how your day is looking like

07.00 Wake up because my Son (Marlon McKelton is 16 Months old) likes to get an early start! There is so much to discover, so sleeping time is over.

08.00 Breakfast is done around 08:10, because we still want 30min of playtime as a family before I bring Marlon to his Kindergarten. We go by bicycle.

09.00 We have kissed mom, done Jacket and Shoes and by half past nine we arrive and check up with all the other kids, exchange high fives and hear the latest news.

10.00 I go home again, do my mails and write the to do list of the day. Laundry, plan if I need to shop anything like food or stuff for my business etc. Clean the house, but three times a week I clean a bar too, that helps pay the bills at the end of the month.

12.00 Midday to 14:30 I work for Deliveroo, ride my bike around to stay in shape and make some money as a freelancer.

13.00 Hopefully it’s not raining too much and the temperatures are good…

14.00 If I’m not working my summer job in France, or hanging out at a beach with the family for an occasional surf, I am still pumping the bike to get those last orders in before 14:45…

15.00 At 3pm I have to pick up Marlon and take him to the playground.

16.00 We like to get some good fun into our time after the Kindergarten. Sometimes he comes with me to give a skate lesson and mess around in the skatepark.

17.00 Get that food cooking and make something special happen, like ice-cream or bake pretzels.

18.00 Dinnertime with my Wife back home and family time at the table… exchange stories and views. It’s important to have a rhythm and talk, especially for young kids. Then enough time to play again.

19.00 Marlon has brushed his teeth and is in Bed by 19:00

20.00 This is were my free time starts. Movies, Book, Bar, or the skatepark.

21.00 The indoor skatepark is open till Midnight on Wed and Friday!

23.00 Might be getting some drinks, enjoying some classic fun, but not too late, because I have to get up again early the next morning.

 

How are you doing at the moment?

Fantastic! I have energy and smiles most of the time. There are always new things that excite me.

How is your body at the moment, (injuries, knees, back, and so)?

Pretty good, just my wrist is acting up again, like it always does when I slam. And I should do more yoga and stretching. It helps to be flexible.

When did you start to skate and why? What tricked you into this?

I started skating in Africa in our driveway and in the street in front of our house because I was not allowed to go to the beach on my own for a surf. I am glad I got into skating tho, such a good way to explore places!

Do you think you made the right choice (instead of playing football FX?)?

Oh yes, skateboarding still is a fantastic, maybe best way to explore the great outdoors. Even a mountain, because if you can power slide a longboard you can ride the thrill downhill, take a break and appreciate the nature tho!

Anything that influences you at the moment?

Nijah Huston… Eliot Sloan’s Raw Cut. Downhill is f*Xing fast, it’s like a different Sport, but reduces skateboarding back to the basics – Turns, Acceleration, and Braking. I love it, that prepared me for my Super Sports Motorbike, Bad Ass Transport… or should I say trans sport? I also made the transfer back into the liquid quarter pipe as an adult, because Surfing is so good for the body. 90% Paddling is good for the back, wrists and elbows.. and it’s not so painful when you slam.

It’s good fun. I think it’s really important to do other sports that help you prepare for skateboarding and keep you fit.

Please comment your feelings, memories (if you are that old)   & know how about Skateboarding in the

80s Fun!

90s More Fun!!

2000+ Great Fun!!! But I also took things a bit too serious sometimes, after 2006 I turned Pro and figured I could make money riding my skateboard.

2010+ The best is yet to come, but stay healthy and never forget why you got into skateboarding… it’s a game and it’s Fun you are after!

Do you feel skateboarding is in a good way? Skateboarding is always in a good way if you feel the adrenalin or rush of speed, slide or grind and then Air!!! Riders have to ride…

Where do you stand & please comment with skateboarding in the Olympics?

I think it’s a good thing because it offers more possibilities on a skateboard, and might get Kids some respect. The exploration and time on streets will never die. That part of skateboarding is just too much fun, and you learn so much for life when traveling on a skateboard. Imagine how much fun it is to explore in a different country, streets and back alleys… and if you can get there for a contest, maybe your flight got paid for, how good would that be for the kids involved. I am also looking forward to the new tricks and level of skating that will come with that. Creative Tricks will be so important, and seeing something new. But maybe they will have a routine, and everyone has to do the same thing so that fair judging is possible…I don’t know, but it will definitely be interesting.

Where do you stand in terms of politics?

I’m left wing, liberal, democrat… whatever that translates to, HUMANITARIAN!

When I chill, I chill with the person who is around that feels like chilling, sometimes strangers.

I have been on a mission lately in (with) my young OVER team here in Berlin

Dream session would be, back at Bob’s house (Burnquist)… not just the Mega Ramp but all the stuff there is so much fun to explore.

Lately I have been working on, Backside 270 Lipslide

When I was little I would like to, do Wall rides

When I’m home I like to, dream about stuff I can do on a board that I can’t really do. I wake up and am still all excited, then realize I never did it in real life.

I normally call my homies for, sessions or advice

Your homies are, people I’ve „lived“ with… more than just friends.

I enjoy going to, new places’

PHOTO: Joe Beckert

PHOTO: Joe Beckert

 

FAVORITS

Beer: Heiniken

Wine: Bordeuax

Liquor: Amarula

Breakfast: Cerial like Muesli

Lunch: Pasta

Dinner: Asian Food

Late-night snack: Cake and ice-cream

Resturant: This special italian place in Berlin called Tratoria del Corso

Skateboarders: Bastian Salabanzi, Jake Brown, Rodney Mullen, Philipp Schuster,

Skatepark: Malmö is wonderful

Skate spot: Potsdamer Platz in Berlin

Skate film / clip: Tony Tave in this is my Element

You fave Tricks: 360*Flip Nosegrind

Art: Yes please

Film: Star Wars

Music Soul or Electronic with Lyrics

Book: The 4 Day Work Week

City’s: New York, Kuta, Berlin, Bordeaux, Berkley

People:  Parents are important

Writers: JK Rowling

Actors: Danzel Washington, Russel Crow, Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Lopez

Skaters: Danny Way, Ray Barbe, Jürgen Horrwarth

Homeboys: Ryan Sheckler, Shawn White, Eero Ettala and Eliot Sloan. We go way back.

Random’s: The Kids you don’t know yet are coming up fast!

Tablet: No

TV: Yeah

Camera: Cannon 7D

Phone: iPhone 4

APP: Deliveroo

Car: VW Mobile Home

Bike: Yamaha Thundercat YZF 6

Nosegrind. PHOTO: Joe Beckert

Nosegrind. PHOTO: Joe Beckert

When was the last time you really won big time? Last night in the bedroom.

When was the time you really lost big time? When I slammed in the Vert and broke my two front teeth off.

When I travel, I always bring, board shorts!

Best travel advice I can give is, try traveling alone, the trip can take wild turns and twists any time. You always meet people anyway.

Best life advice I can give is, stay optimistic and positive. Treat others as you want them to treat you.

Are you good with money (do you plan, safe it, cash in or blow it)? Try and stay safe.

Best travel memory you want to share? Laughing so hard my stomach hurt and I cried of laughter.

When I do not skateboard I plan, surf and use the computer

My fitness program is, live a fit lifestyle and eat healthy.

Do you care about your health? Yes, you only get one body…

Anything that concerns you at the moment? Get enough sleep!

When I get old I want to, stay agile and open minded. Keep being able to live in the moment. Get excited and share the joy. Be included into circles of friends of all age

I would NEVER, say never

I would like to see more of, BRENT ATCHLEY… what happened to him?

That one time where I was in jail because of, smoking a spliff and driving. Don’t do that!

I should do more of, Yoga

My future looks like, a good balance

I dream of some day that I would, have a private pilots license and fly every once in a while.

On Netflix / YouTube / Internet I watch, Thrasher stuff

If I could change the world I would, make it more peaceful without compromising excitement

Everybody should own, good reasoning.

The hobby I have, no one knows about is, flying remote control helicopters

I will never get rid of, my skateboard

I would love to be in a movie with, Samuel L. Jackson

Any regrets in life so far? Not stretching enough, but I can’t regret too much…

I currently follow (social media, instagram twitter, Facebook)

following your heart is more important than social media

Anything else, I feel like I was never really good at skateboarding, I had more courage than skill, the reason I got hyped and trained so much was because it was more and more amazing when i actually made a hard trick. The good thing is, once you see it, you can’t unsee it… So you evolve and keep learning always.

Random story’s you want to share? When the element guys were on tour they would fart in their hand and put the captured air under someone else nose.. I thought that was pretty funny.

Thanks to my supporters/sponsors. Everyone who shreds and shares the love of the board. We’ll never be bored. Keep learning, never give up, as Mike V. said it.

 

 

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