Lodge Pro, Josh Stafford

Photo: Matt Smith


Where do you currently live and where are you from ?
San Diego, CA currently still there living in north county, Vista

Tell us a little bit about your past ?

Born and raised in San Diego CA

Why skateboarding ? How did it start for you ?

My buddy had his 9th birthday at the Mission Valley YMCA skatepark. After that I pretty much stopped surfing all together and skating became my new thing.

What size set up, wheels & trucks do you currently ride ?

Arbor Skateboards Martillo 8.5

Do you have any setup rituals, we need to know about ?

Back heelside wheel is always graphic facing out, with the rest facing in. That way or no way…

Any sponsors ?

Pick Pocket MFG, Arbor Skateboards, Independent Trucks, OJ Wheels, Carve Wicked, Culture Brewing co

What kind of skateboarding do you prefer ?

Whatever gets me the most hyped to have fun with friends. Been having a lot of fun trying to get better at slappys lately. But I\’ll always be a vert kid at heart. Anything with big tranny.

Do you have a great skate spot in your home town you can recommend ?

The new curbs outside of the….

Who is your favorite skateboarders, under and over 30 ?

Hewitt, Rick McCrank, Alex Perelson, and Gou Miyagi

School, work, not working or other occupation ?

Just been working on trying to get my own little brand off the ground. Pretty much spend most of my time behind a sewing machine or thinking about being behind a sewing machine. It\’s called Pick Pocket Manufacturing. I pretty much cut up any old tees and materials I can find to sew them onto new tees and garments as patches or pockets.


Boardslide Transfer. WSVT. Photo: Matt Smith

Boardslide Transfer. WSVT. Photo: Matt Smith


How is a normal day looking for you ? 

Wakeup around 8, take my dog carver on a walk, spend a few hours sewing in the shed, then MAYBE go out and catch a session for a bit with the homies

Tell us how a good long great weekend should look for you

Bail from work on Friday, go out to somewhere sick to camp/skate for the weekend with some homies and my dog. Waking up with a coffee and a nice nature poop, then skating all day, bbq, and beers to camp again.



fs hurricane. Photo: Rhino

fs hurricane. Photo: Rhino


How is the summer treating you ?

Not bad, more work than skating, but not bad

Who are you hanging out with at the moment ?

Everyone I live with, Alex Perelson, Clay Kreiner, Mitchie Brusco, Jimmy Wilkins, Willis Kimbel, and Sam beckett is in town so been skating and kicking it with him a bit.






Who and what is your motivation at the moment ?

Being able to sew as much cool shit together as possible. I get super hyped on being able to revive peoples old clothes into something they’ll actually wear.

Last country you visited ? and what happened there ?

Last country I went to was Australia… Missed my first flight, got food poisoning on the way there, then got hit by a car on the way to the contest. It was super fun ( not even being sarcastic)

What was the last gnarly thing you witnessed ?

Mitchie FUCKING Brusco did a 1260! also Gnarcel fs inverting the clamshell at WSVT.

What was the last item you bought ?

I bought a steamer for making clothes not wrinkled. Super hyped

Do you have any odd or strange things you do, that you wanna share ?

Most people think it’s kinda funny I sew haha

What do you do besides skateboarding, do you have other hobbies, other interests ?

Last time I got hurt I bought Alex Perelson’s dad’s camera and have been doing a bit of filming. It can be as exciting as skating is when you can’t do it. And of course, sewing.

What is your to go to restaurant, you wanna share ?

La Perla in Oceanside has some of the best street tacos I’ve ever had. Get there. You’re welcome.

When you cook food, what do you cook ?


How do you see the future of skateboarding ?

As long as you’re just worried about having fun, I don’t think anything could ever go wrong

Who do we need to interview on the lodge ?

Grosso, Hewitt, and Alex Perelson if you can get him to talk enough haha.

Shredderslodge note:  we did already have Alex & Peter Hewitt on the lodge, please check links below

Person:  Alex Perelson Interview  

Hewitt: Peter Hewitt Interview


Do you ever think about a future with no skateboarding ?


With this interview, do you think we know you now for the better ?

Possibly, maybe I just seem kind of boring.

Last words, thank yous, other, did we miss anything ?


Shredderslodge note:

Thanks JOSH, this was good, yes we will work on your CPH visit !!


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