Landyachtz Sails East: Interview with Nick Breton
JZ: Hey Nick, how’s it going?
NB: It’s going well, how are you?
JZ: Not too bad. Ready to jump in? So what happened, why did you have to leave the trip?
NB: This college tour, we thought we’d do a little something different to go along with the videos. On top of doing the regular stop at the campus to meet with crews and skate with them, having a good night on the town and then moving on, Justen and I figured we’d do a skateboard/challenge competition. Every state we had a challenge to complete on our skateboard: The biggest stair set ollie, the best handrail, the best hippie jump, in combination with a bunch of other crazy things. Jumping off the highest bridge or taking your shirt off in public, all that kind of stuff. Some of them were fun, some were really out there. From the very get go, I had a pretty good handle on the skate challenges, I had a lead and everything. I was feeling very comfortable with the skateboard challenges and keeping ahead. I didn’t eat a single bug, I didn’t trade clothes with a single girl, I was doing so great! So I started trying to up my game on the skate ones because I grew up street skating but I hadn’t done it probably 7 years. I had been doing handrails, gaps, drops, so I was like, “Alright, we’ve got this Loco and these Street Hawgs, and this is what they’re made for, I’m going to do it.” And I was skating this one scary handrail in Maryland, getting close to what I used to skate back when I was 15. On the first roll up to it, I clipped my front wheels trying to do a boardslide down it and I ended up on the ground. And I felt fine at the time, I took a few more runs at it and I got it, but later that day I knew something was off with my foot. I broke the same bone at the end of last year at Cathlamet, so I should have learned my lesson. It was during a big air competition, so it was the big, showboaty kind of stuff that broke it on the same spot. About 20 minutes after the rail, I knew I had done it again. I chilled out for a day, but I couldn’t skate, so that kind of sealed the deal for me.
JZ: Shoot, that sucks!
NB: Well, there are less cool ways to break a bone!
JZ: True. So how do you think Travis [Craig] is going to do filling in your place in this challenge series?
NB: Travis has a very large deficit to catch up on, because even though I was in the lead up until that point, as soon as I stopped skating I started falling behind. Justen had a smooth sail. He could early grab off a curb and get the points for the biggest early grab. So he was cleaning up, on top of eating a lot of bugs. I still did a few, like the cinnamon challenge and eating a bag of pork rinds. I’d never had pork rinds before eating that jumbo bag, and those things suck! The worst was the powdered pork fat at the bottom. I tried to give Travis a good warmup but he’s got a long way to go. The good news is that Travis comes from a similar background as I do, he can do a lot of that kind of stuff. On top of that, he’s much more outgoing than me, and he’ll do a lot in the competition. So at the very least there will be some very good competition. I really hope he wipes the floor with Justen. I guess they’re done now with two episodes left to go, but Travis was closing the gap, last I heard.
JZ: Are you rooting for him now that he’s taken your spot?
NB: Yeah, we’re just like a tag team and he’s picking up where I left off. There’s definitely a gap, but I have faith in my man Travis.
JZ: Cool. So you’re originally from Alberta, right?
NB: Yeah, I was born in Saskatchewan, but all of my life until a little while ago I lived in Edmonton.
JZ: So you’re from out West, living in Vancouver now working for Landyachtz, what kind of differences did you notice out east during the campus tour?
NB: The East coast scene I think is more reflective of East coast culture in general. Especially in the small towns, they’re so hospitable. Especially in the South where they’ve got the Southern twang, they’re gonna take you in and help you out. People were rolling out the red carpet. People didn’t just show up and skate, they wanted to make sure we were well fed and taken care of. Which happens out West, but it just had a different feel to it. People were super friendly and would come up and talk to us, people who had no idea about skateboarding or anything. They were definitely a little more open to conversation, I find. And hardwheel is way bigger on the East coast. You might have a list of like 5 people who do it in Vancouver, but there are so many people who do it [out East], and have lots of cool tricks, stuff I’ve never seen before.
JZ: Any upcoming campus tours?
NB: That remains to be seen, there’s a lot of uncharted territory. We haven’t done Canada, we haven’t done the MidWest. There is potential and we’re telling people the same thing we did last time: If people have a college or university club anywhere, contact us! There’s definitely potential in the future for another trip. Turnouts are always huge. This trip more than the last one, the groms were almost outpacing the college kids. They’d somehow get their parents to get them out of school, give them a ride to campus, and then there would be a huge pack of groms hanging out with us all day!
JZ: Anything else you want to add?
NB: Not really, there’s no moral to the story! We went out to have fun, and we definitely got that! Big thanks to all the college club organizers who found us a place to park and stay and hooked it all up and made it all come together for us.
JZ: Thanks for taking the time to talk, I hope your foot is better soon!
NB: Anytime. I’ll be skating this weekend at the Maryhill freeride already, chilling at the back of the pack.