Dillon Stephens: Issue 31 Interview Outtakes
I assume you have already read the Dillon Stephens interview in the latest issue of Skate[Slate] Longboarding Magazine, Issue 31. If so, you’ve gotten to know this trap-loving, second-place-getting Canadian racer a little better. His magazine feature only had so much room for the many photos I’ve made over the years and words I had with him recently. Here are some outtakes from the interview as well as a bangin’ collection of photos of Dillon from past years.
The Prince Dillon of Summerland has been in the game for awhile now. His nickname comes from Bricin “Striker” Lyons, and it’s because King Brian showed Dillon the way of downhill in Summerland where Dillon grew up. Dillon has held royal status in his racing career thus far, having won some races, traveling the world racing and placing high in the world rankings for many years. But like a past Venom ad pokes fun at, Dillon is known for finishing second place. So the Prince name is fitting.
I’ve known Dillon for a good many years now. I’ve traveled, skated, photographed, and partied with him enough to know him pretty well. I had wanted to interview him for the past few years, but the opportunity only recently opened up to interview him for the magazine. Check out Dillon‘s story in the magazine article. You can subscribe and view on your mobile device or tablet. Below are some unedited excerpts from the interview. The interview had been edited down for space in the magazine.
You’ve travelled all over the world for a few years with Landyachtz. As a boy growing up in Summerland, did you ever think that you’d see the world as you have now?
Nah. Before longboarding, I had travelled nowhere. I had never been on a airplane before. It just sort of popped out of nowhere. I didn’t have that planned; it was just a bonus. I’m super stoked I ended up moving to Summerland, because without Giant’s Head that might not have happened. It really progresses your skills much quicker up there.
So you said you before that you were riding a Landyachtz Evo, Right? What did you ride next?
Well before the Evo, I was riding a Sector 9 top mount. Then I got my Evo and after that a Rayne Nemesis. I rode that for a while until Landyachtz hooked me up with a Switchblade. I’ve been on Landyachtz ever since.
Before longboarding, I had travelled nowhere. I had never been on a airplane before. It just sort of popped out of nowhere. I didn’t have that planned; it was just a bonus.
Right on. So now you have this Triple Beam. What is a Triple Beam? Is that some sort of hard alcohol?
[laughs]No. A triple beam is many things. It’s an old school scale that is notorious in some kinds of rap music, ’cause it’s good for weighing large amounts of things. On the longboard, there are three beams and it’s super light referencing the scale.
So when is it being released.
It is for sale. Right now we are doing a big run for distributors. Once that is done, we are going to do an official release and tell people where to get it around the world. That’s when all the media will come out.
How many countries have you been to?
Off the top of my head, I can count about twenty-something. I mean, I’ve been to fourteen in Europe, and five in South America… I’d say about 22.
So how many events have you been to throughout the years?
If you’re counting going to the same event multiple times, I’ve been to well over 100, easily. I couldn’t count it.
Maybe even 200 potentially?
Yeah, I’ve never even attempted to count that.
That’s crazy. Over the years, who have been your favorite travel companions?
Definitely, Adam, Tony Graves… Camillo Cespedes showed me around South America a lot. From Landyachtz, traveling with Kyle Martin was always fun. Louis [Pilloni] and James [Kelly] are always fun meeting up with.
You got second place last year in the IDF circuit?
Yeah, fucking so close. It came down to the Mega Space finals. Whoever won the finals between me and Carlos Paixão, won the championship. I was the most nervous I’ve ever been before a heat and the most pissed off I’ve ever been after the heat.
Damn, that was such a nail biter. What’s up with this second place curse. How do you break that?
[laughs] I don’t know. One year, I got so many fifths and got fifth in the world. Then this last year I got so many second places, and then I got second in the world. I don’t know what that’s all about.
Do you think you’ll break out of that?
Hopefully I get to try next year.
You should try for some big corporate sponsor.
[laughs] That would be the dream.
I imagine that just the experience of being able to travel around to these races is enough.
Oh yeah, it’s been the best. Everyone wants to win, but ultimately not everyone remembers who won the race and it’s about the experience.
You have a nickname right, Prince Dillon?
Yeah, Bricin “Striker” Lyons named me that way back.
Why did he name you that?
Because the King showed me the way.
I asked Dillon those two questions after the actual interview was finished. I texted him for clarification.
Fucking shout outs. There’s always the people you miss.
You could just shout out to no one, and then no one will be missed. Or everyone will.
Definitely, shout out to Travis and Eric in Summerland. They definitely got me into it and pushed me to go to the next level. Shout out to Mike and Tom at Landyachtz for making my dream happen and sending me everywhere. Shout out to my other sponsors, Uzi and Hondar. Shout out to Adam for making me want to beat him all the time. Shout outs to all the Summerland homies, Landyachtz crew, YSB, and all my foreign friends I’ve met in my travels.
What is YSB?
YSB is me, Charlie [Darragh], and Nick Hurley. Young Smash Boys.
What do you guys…never mind, I don’t want to know.
That was the end of our interview. This last week, Dillon Stephens left Vancouver, BC on his motorbike for Mexico, where he plans to stay for three months with the Treee Skateboarding dudes in Guadalajara. On his way down, he stopped at my house in Portland for the night and so I got to chat with him a little bit more. He’s got relatively minimal gear: no sleeping materials or tent, his Landyachtz Triple Beam longboard, a few sets of wheels, and a gas can for long legs without gas stations. Coming from cold and rainy Vancouver, we was layered heavily on his bike. He’s slightly concerned with how he’s going to fit all the extra layers in his bag once it warms up for him down south.
He had just attended a Halloween party at the Landyachtz shop where he said he was pretty inebriated. At the party he was handing out pills to a few friends in the way that someone might hand out drugs. Georges MacKenzie took one and a little later Dillon asked how he was doing. Georges was like, “I’m so F—ed up,” or something and Dillon laughed and said something like, “no you’re not, those were my lactose-intolerant pills.” If you’ve read the interview or know him well, you know he takes lactose-intolerant pills to aid his digestion of dairy products, which he loves so much. It is a perfect example of both the placebo effect and Dillon’s desire to mess with people when he’s drunk.
I wish Dillon the best with his travels to Mexico and hope he enjoys his time as a snow bird. Follow Dillon’s journey on Instagram through his handle, @DillonStephens. Thanks to Dillon for shooting photos with me over the years, it’s been fun.