Lodge Guest, Kovalenko Ivan

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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.

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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

 

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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 ?

Everything

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.

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