Barney Page is a great skateboarder. You probably know that already. What I especially like about him is, that he doesn’t skate every spot. He has to feel it. The vibe has to be there. It was missing at this manual spot in Munich that we visited together on a recent Etnies trip and so he had time to sit down and do this interview. But when he feels a spot, he very likely does the best trick there. Like at the ledge spot in Innsbruck that we visited later. He poped up some crates and built himself a kicker to do a Barley grind [which is actually now the last new trick he learned, but it was after the interview, editor’s note]. And he also did some effortless lines there just for fun [after mumbling “I hate people” for some time, cause he was angry about the passerby’s. Another update for the interview, editor’s note]. So before even more answers get outdated, lets start with Barney’s last words.
It was actually from my girlfriend. She is from Australia and I haven’t met her family yet and I’m supposed to go out there soon and it was about her family not accepting random people in the house. She was nervous about.
It was yesterday. That was a really cool spot. It was over a side rail into an orange brick bank. It was a brick run up so it was kind of hard to skate but it looked really cool and we all were having a session on it. And within ten minutes some guy runs down. He is mad pissed of for everyone skating there because it was kinda loud and there was this courtyard for housing around. So he called the cops. Within 15 minutes everybody somehow got their tricks so. And all the tricks that went down were amazing. Trevor [McClung] switch pop shouvit, Chris [Joslin] did frontside heel, Jiri [Bulin] did backside flip, Nassim [Lachhab] did a switch frontside flip, and I did switch frontside 360. So that was a really cool session.
"I’m planning this route around Europe..."
„Legend - The Kray Twins“. It’s about the gangsters from east London. Really good movie. Tom Hardy plays it and they’re twins and he obviously plays both characters.
That’s a good question.
I don’t learn tricks. [laughs] No actually I did a manuel the other day. I never ever do manuels ever. I have no patience for manuels and somehow I did this… it was three blocks in a row and you had to go up, cross and then the next gap to a manuel and I did a backside flip to fakie to a switch manuel. I’ve never done that before. Just worked. I probably never be able to do that again so I can’t really say I learned it. But I did it.
Everything man. [laughs] But me getting my money stolen in the hotel, my wallet and my ring. That was quite confusing.
I got rarely any apps on my phone. It was either an airline app to check in or the one before that was my theory driving app to learn to do the theory test. But I deleted that recently because I passed everything.
There is this project I’ve been thinking about doing this summer. I’m gonna renovate a Mercedes Sprinter van. I’m planning this route around Europe starting in Scotland and coming down from France to Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia through eastern Europe to Scandinavia and then back around end up in Barcelona. So i needed to get a drivers license obviously.
"I don’t get gifts for Christmas. I’ve been naughty through out the year."
When I wasn’t skating.
At Copenhagen Pro at the bowl party after the contest. I had a mellow one to be honest. Usually my fucking alter ego comes out.
It was one in Napoli and I can’t remember the artist now but it was at the Napoli palace.
Ages ago. I don’t remember. I think May.
I guess it’s the same with every trick you’re trying. So last trick I tried I. I did a kickflip on flat earlier and I was like, „I’m fucking doing this!“. [laughs]
Frank Sinatra – Greatest Hits. I’m a fan. It’s cool. Good music. Legend.
My mom when I passed my driving test.
When I was just in Italy, perfectly relaxed on the beach with my girlfriend.
"My tooth fell out when I was eating a peach in Italy [...]"
I don’t get gifts for Christmas. I’ve been naughty through out the year. [laughter] I don’t know man. What did I get? Oh my mom got me some Birkenstocks… always stoked on those!
I bought two gold rings back in my hometown. I don’t know why I bought two. I just went in and was like, „ah looks weird to have one, I just buy two.“ And then I felt weird wearing two rings so I put one on my necklace.
I fixed my tooth at the dentist. Three weeks ago. I didn’t fix it myself but I got it fixed. My tooth fell out when I was eating a peach in Italy so I had to go back home to get it fixed.
Last photo I took was with my camera of an old woman holding a phone or texting on a phone in Napoli.
I don’t watch a lot of skating anymore … just generally being out skating with people that stokes me.
I’m currently reading a book. Ted Simon. It’s about a guy that rode around the world on a motorcycle in 1970. 40000 miles, four years on 1500 pounds.
It was yesterday in the Isar.
No. No last words. Oh, maybe: I love you mom!!!