Lodge Guest, Ramon Santiago Soto
Tell us a little bit about your past ?
44 years young ,was born in Puerto Rico .Moved to NY when I was 9 ,where I started skating.
Why skateboarding ? How did it start for you ?
My father was a maintenance supervisor in a building. One afternoon doing the trash run with my brothers I found ,my life saver. Our common ground ,a skateboard .It was a lil plastic banana.
What size set up, wheels & trucks do you currently ride ?
8.5 fulls 54 mm spitfures formula 4 ,Bronson bearings and 149 Independents
Do you have any setup rituals, we need to know about ?
Spit on my grip after I finish a setup.
What kind of skateboarding do you prefer ?
On 4 wheels with no motor. With the homies where ever.
Do you have a great skate spot in your home town you can recommend ?
Save Channell Street DIY.
Who is your favorite skateboarders, under and over 30 ?
Under Ishod Wair, over all hail Cardiel, and Daewong.
School, work, not working or other occupation ?
Turning my house in Puerto Rico into a bed and breakfast.sorking with PTR skatepark company on future projects for the island.
How is a normal day looking for you ? ( start from morning til late night)
When in Cali,I work delivering patio teak furniture, skate in the afternoons. But when in Puerto Rico, is more fun ,coffee first and foremost,go down to jobos grab boards at Pelicano for ding repairs,go up to the house che k and answer emails to future guest ,fix some boards and skate with the homies in the afternoon. If the cojones are good Quebradillas, if not Isabela or Aguadilla.
Tell us how a good long great weekend should look for you
Like the Las one. Skate event in Quebradillas, BbQ and cold ones with the homies after, and surf and relax on Sunday at Noboa with the crew
Working on a skate after school program,with the boys and girls club of Isabela.
Who are you hanging out with at the moment ?
Roberto Cortez aka Boli fucking Goma and Chemi Rosado when I’m in PR. In LA my homie Himmy Shao and with the ninja Daewong Song at Ghetto park also Pedro Chavez and Sunny.
Who and what is your motivation at the moment ?
The people that stayed in Puerto Rico during hurricane Maria and after. The ones that kept their heads up for their kids here ,without power for almost a year.
Last country you visited ? and what happened there ?
Puerto Rico. Fixed the park in Ciales ,fell in love with my people again.
What was the last gnarly thing you witnessed ?
Steven Piñeiro 540 in Quebradillas, with his grandpa seeing him demolish for the first time.
What was the last item you bought ?
A board. Fuck Spirit airlines.
What is your to go to restaurant, you wanna share ?
Eliseo chiken,Aguadilla Puerto Rico, or Bonellos Pizza in San Pedro.
When you cook food, what do you cook ?
Viands and cod
Whats your top 3 favorite drinks ?
Beer,Cuba libres, and Malta India
How do you see the future of skateboarding ?
Too brigt,its a performing arts that doesn’t stop growing.
Who do we need to interview on the lodge ?
Do you ever think about a future with no skateboarding ?
What would that look like? Fuck no.
Last words, thank yous, other, did we miss anything ?
Wanna thank everyone that says good morning ,those skaters that skate towards each other,instead of a part from one another. The crew from Ghetto park ,and Oakland (ourlife ) for treating me like a brother.