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Kyle Martin: Interview and New Video Part

Kyle Martin has been on a rampage this year traveling the world and filming for this part. When the first few photos started trickling in and we heard about what Kyle was working on, we had to talk to the man himself. I don’t think there was a single trick in there we’ve seen before. Go watch the part for yourself and see what it took for Kyle to make this video!

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I don’t really know what’s in the video part cause I haven’t seen it yet, but I know you go hard. I’m excited to see what you got stacked up. How was your experience filming the video part?

I got pretty beaten up over the course of filming this vid. Like a lot of slams. I had an awesome time. It feels pretty good to finally get something that you’ve shed blood over.

You have to pay to play.

You have to pay to play.

Where and over how many months was it filmed?

Guff and I filmed this part all over the place, like Vancouver, Montreal, California, around South Africa, Taiwan and South Korea. Maybe some other places that I’m forgetting. Filming clips for a video part was always a side project during our skate and explore missions. It was filmed over many months.

SkateSlate Issue 20 Cover

Kyle bluntslides on the cover of Fall 2014 issue of Skate Slate.

What’s it like for you traveling in SE Asia?

Traveling around Asia was way less of a culture shock than I thought it was gonna be. I really can’t stress enough how amazing the hospitality was there. The tiger surf crew in Taiwan and mind board shop in South Korea made us all feel like family… Better than family actually.

Guff films Kyle, David Rudgers, Travis Craig for a Dinghy promo video.

Guff films Kyle, David Rudgers, Travis Craig for a Dinghy promo video.

What’s it like traveling with Guff (Landyachtz’s videographer)?

Haha. I’ve spent many, many hours on the road, about as far away from home as you can get with Guffrey. Guff’s patient and encouraging behind the lens and has a skater’s mind that can see the potential of any “obstacle”. He’s also a tough son of a bitch and a great guy to party with. All around he’s great guy and a crack up.

Guff shows off his pop-shuvit skills

Guff shows off his pop-shuvit skills. Kyle doesn’t seem interested.

How do you decide what to skate?

Um, pretty much just if a spot has what I’m looking for… I guess I just look at a potential spot, imagine what I want to try on it and go for it? Sometimes that leads to a different approach. Also weather or not it’s a feature, usually yes if it’s the latter.

How big is Meth Hammer in your life?

Meth hammer is every day. Whatever it takes to get what needs to be done, done. Period.

Kyle lays down the Meth Hammer, while Guff films it.

Kyle lays down the Meth Hammer, while Guff films it.

Any crazy close calls or funny stories from filming trips?

Driving around for days waiting for the rain to stop is funny… to me. There are so many close calls and outrageously funny stories that I’m afraid to commit to one, in case I’m currently forgetting a better one. I’ve seen some fucked up shit though.

Kyle skates his favorite set-up in SF.

Kyle skates his favorite set-up in SF.

What’s your favorite set-up to skate?

My all time favourite set-up is a loco 33 on polar 155s with 90a street hawgs. (Or equivalent) Im not trying to shill, it’s just what I like. I’m also not picky; any board like the loco and street trucks to match would be fine I imagine, except the street hawgs. Those are a must. I waited my whole life for those.

More footy gathering. This probably won't make the cut, not gnarly enough.

More footy gathering. This probably won’t make the cut, not gnarly enough.

You’ve been skating for a long time. What are your thoughts on the direction longboarding has taken?

Where has longboarding gone? I honestly don’t pay much attention to what’s going on. I should maybe. I guess I’ve seen some things come and go, like tech sliding, I miss that. Follow cam with a car is super sketchy. I don’t know, I’m just happy that people are out there riding, I would want everybody to experience the same community, adventure, adrenalin, just everything that being a part of skateboarding has to offer. It’s been great. Fuck concerned citizens that have nothing better to do than call the police.

Kyle is known for his super stylish toe-side slides.

Kyle is known for his super stylish toe-side slides.

What do you do when you’re not traveling or skating?

I make things mostly. That’s what I do. I work with my hands on things. I love it.

Kyle mocks Travis's smoking.

Kyle mocks Travis’s smoking.

Day Job?

Not at the very moment but If you know anybody that’s hiring?

Future plans?

Try to be less of a loose cannon. Work on some ideas that I’ve got in my head, maybe bring them to fruition. There was a trick that evaded me during filming, I want to get it before I get too old, I’ll never stop skating (as long as I physically can) or at least thinking like one.

Kyle went so fast into this steep and rough sidewalk slide. Go big or go home.

Kyle went so fast into this steep and rough sidewalk slide. Go big or go home.

Shoutouts?

Ooh fun! Obviously Landyachtz, Bear and Hawgs, the entire crew and everybody involved.

Venom crew for “getting it” always.

Ironhead supporters who want to look cool. It’ll happen.

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