The first time I saw Alex was in Summer 2019 when he attended the Euro SB contest in Germany, and from out of nowhere, skated the infamous Olga rails on one of the street missions like they were some relaxed flat bars and everybody was just like, “What the fuck!?” You could see that this kid has something special. As this interview also shows, he has his very own style and a great trick selection. He is a graduate of Bryggeriet school in Malmö, just like Heitor Da Silva, Oski, or Ville Wester, who he hung out with during his time there. His skating is on the same level. It’s well-rounded and has something unique, and it’s just a matter of time till his name will be as well-known in the skateboard community as theirs.
My dad never skated but had skateboarding friends and he showed me a Rodney Mullen video when I was young. I also got a small skateboard from a supermarket and used it till the wheels fell off. When I got older, I got into other stuff. I was playing ice hockey. We won some smaller junior championships. Then at some point, I got another board and I was so tired of doing what everybody else was doing, so I decided to quit the other stuff and just skate.
I had thought about it for a few years cause I’ve known about the school since I started skating. It’s a big deal in Swedish skateboarding. There are two skate schools: one in Stockholm and one in Malmö. I was thinking about going to the school in Stockholm because it’s so much closer to my hometown, but right before I applied, I thought I’ll go to Malmö instead.
It was more that I just was so over being in my hometown and I wanted to go away from here and do my thing, start my own life.
Yeah, for sure! It’s more than fun. Just imagine having a school with all your friends, and after school, you live with them. We didn’t even talk about school when we were at school. We went to class, did some school stuff really quick, and then went to the park and skated for 20 minutes till the next class. It was so normal for us.
"Malmö is kinda crazy. One afternoon, Heitor got out of school and saw a guy shooting somebody."
It was all like a normal school, but outside of class, it was not a normal school.
I don’t know. I feel like it was easy for me to learn tricks when I was younger, but I can’t do nollie or switch flips, for example. A talented skater can do anything.
In my class were Heitor Da Silva, Karl Berglind, and a few good skaters from Sweden and Norway. Ville Wester was at school as well as @Kf3hunna, who was super famous on Instagram at that point, but he stopped skating.
The first day of school was so crazy, and in the beginning, it was like you had to prove yourself. However, everybody became homies really quick, it was so natural.
The school is kinda in the ghetto, so there were a lot of shootings at some point. Malmö is kinda crazy. One afternoon, Heitor got out of school and saw a guy shooting somebody, but I think it was not with a real gun but a BB gun; but it looked real. He panicked and went back to the other guys in school telling them, but they thought he was kidding. So he went off to a homie’s place, but after he left, police were everywhere and were asking if anybody saw anything. Then they told them that Heitor saw it, so the police tried to contact Heitor, but he didn’t have a cell phone. I went to another homie’s place as well just next to the school and we were smoking and because the police were looking for Heitor, all of a sudden, they knocked on my homie’s door. We were like, “Fuck, don’t open!” and kept quiet. However, at some point, we opened and the policemen just laughed. Afterwards, we found out the guy who got shot was from a falafel place. Now it’s a bit calmer in Malmö, but in 2016/17, it was gnarly.
It started with mini ramps. Then I went to the bowl, pumping around and getting comfortable with transitions. At some point, I wanted to skate flat rails, and from there, went to the streets more and more.
A round flat bar is the most comfortable thing, but I would say I could skate a mini ramp with extensions every day.
It’s nice to be compared to him, he has good style.
"I couldn’t picture myself skating an American high school."
Ishod and Grant Taylor. I really enjoyed watching Grant Taylor. I thought he’s the best skater ever, but I liked to watch Brent Atchley as well in the Elementality video, where he’s floating around Burnside.
I don’t know, it was just stupid me. I wanted to be comfortable again. I graduated just before summer and thought I’ll go home cause summer there is always a good time. When fall came, I thought I should’ve figured something else out.
I didn’t do shit. I had some money saved up and lived at my parents’ place. Just chilling with my homies. Then I moved to Barcelona in the beginning of 2019 for four months.
I just didn’t want to be in my hometown anymore and had some friends in Barcelona. I went there with a homie and got work at a call center for cell phone customer service. I didn’t even skate that much cause I worked all the time and that shit sucked, so I went home again.
For sure, it was. I got an invite and it turned out all right.
Yeah, after three years in school, I felt like nothing had changed. I got some products from distributions but nothing else. I gave it a last shot and went to Barcelona, but I was just working there. Then I went to the Swedish championships and got second place and the opportunity to do all the Street League qualification contests for the Olympics. That was the first turning point and then I went to the Euro SB.
Yeah, at the same time right when I came home from the competition in Germany. It was unbelievable.
It’s funny and weird to see your name there. I laughed when I saw it.
Not really. I had some people telling me that I have to go to the U.S., but I never felt like I needed to do that. I’m more comfortable in Europe. Everything looks better in Europe. I couldn’t picture myself skating an American high school, and I never thought about the business side of it. Everything just happened, and because of COVID, a lot of stuff isn’t possible at the moment anyway, so I haven’t been able to progress with my sponsors. I just skate and see what happens.
We learned about injuries and the history of skateboarding but not too much about the business side. Although, they helped people like Heitor, Oski, or Ville with their contracts, but at that time, I didn’t have anything like that.
Yeah, it can be that I go skating in the middle of the night if I can’t sleep. Go to the skate park, listen to music, and have a session on my own. I don’t prefer to skate by myself, but sometimes I have so much energy and have to do something to get tired, so when my friends don’t have time, I just go skate by myself.
No, I would never do that. I did some boardslides on small rails on the way home from homies but nothing crazy.
"I don’t like to be at dirty spots, you know, spots where people are peeing."
It’s not a problem, but I like to be clean and fresh. I don’t like to be at dirty spots, you know, spots where people are peeing.
Maybe sometimes. [laughs] When it’s too dirty and it smells really bad, it could happen.
I want to move out from my parents’ place, but I don’t know where to. I think Malmö or Stockholm. It depends on the crew. I have friends in both cities, so it’s hard to decide. Then release the new part and go with the flow.
Probably, I’ve moved out. [laughs] I hope I can be on trips and still do this. Get a bit more money from it.
I’m kinda old then. I hope I have a family, someone to chill with, a nice house, and I hope I’m happy.