Renan Lazzarotti interview: Keeping It Tricky On Paris Trucks
I was introduced to Renan Lazzarotti a few months back by Paris Trucks Team Manager Ryan Ricker and was stoked on some of his photos and video. Renan put together an awesome 2015 best of edit and it was about time we got to know more about him. We’ve got more in the works with this talented skater, but we had to get this interview together and share more with you all now! [Feature Image thanks to Mark Nisbet]
Hey Renan, thanks for the interview. Can you give us some basics for our readers, full name, where you from, where you living, how old are you?
Les! Thank you for the opportunity, I’m very happy to do this interview with Skate[Slate]. My name is Renan Lazzarotti Barros, I’m from São Paulo, Brazil and I am 22 years old.
How did you get your first skateboard? Were you hooked from day one?
Haha, my first skateboard? I remember watching an old video from Loaded & Orangatang, called “Longboarding: Whirling Dervish,” that video started all for me. I found a job at a chicken roaster and worked there for 5 months, killing bugs, washing dishes, peeling potatoes…things like that, all so I could make money to buy a board. With the help from my father for Christmas, and the money I had saved, I was finally able to buy my first longboard.
You have a unique style on a skateboard, where did it come from? Where does your skate-inspiration come from?
Thanks the kind words Les. I always loved street style skateboarding but I’ve never had skills do to that. I was really bad trying ollies, kickflips and pop shove-its. With a longboard I feel more comfortable and confident to try things, but the standard tricks are still hard for me. So, when I saw videos from Thiago Nobre and other videos from Adam Stokowski, I thought “wow, they are doing street tricks with a longboard but with a different weird style.” Later I heard that was a old school trick style. BANG! I loved it! And I immediately started practicing.
Watching trick tips and a lot of videos from these guys, I trained every day and learned a different way to do old school tricks with my own style. I noticed that usually Thiago and Adam used their front foot to do tricks, and I discovered that with my back foot it was much easier for me. Every time I heard someone telling me, “Hey! Those tricks are impossible with a longboard!” or, “Longboarding wasn’t created to do tricks.” it gave me a lot of strength and inspiration to keep trying and that helped me to progress everyday. Of course I have other influences in street skateboarding like, Tiago Lemos, Cody Mcentire, Shane O’neill and Jimmy Carlin. Skaters that have a strong will and have their own unique style.
What’s your board rack look like? Are you more a one board kinda guy or do you have a bunch of setups you enjoy?
At the moment I only have my Pro Model prototype board that I use to skate in all terrains and my mini cruiser that I made from old skateboards, that I use for commuting.
Do you spend a lot of time skating [read: practicing] or are you more natural with your progression?
I skate as much as I can! Whenever it’s not raining haha. I skate for fun with my friends, work on new tricks and make media stuff. Usually I ride in the morning, 3 or 4 hours per day, at some spots near of my house.
How do you work through landing new tricks? Is there a trick you’ve been trying to land and can’t seem to get?
Yes! Hahaha, I always have tricks I want to learn. I have a method. Everyday that I skate, I have to learn a new trick, doesn’t matter if it’s easy or hard, or on any obstacle. At the moment I am trying a hard one, old school varial flip backside lipslide. I’ve landed it on small ledges but I want to land it on a rail. It’s too difficult right now, but I hope get this one day.
Making a video these days seems to be all about raw runs and quick edits for the web. Your videos are more made up of more clips and over time. Do you film all the time or do you film specifically for a video part?
I agree, the media today is moving and created very fast. I’m filming quick videos as much as I can. It’s good for me and my sponsors. For a video part I need money to pay filmmakers, and the mostly important, I need filmmakers. I don’t know many, my friends that helped me in old videos, now they no have time. This makes it difficult to film.
For me, I am always down to film a part. I love it. It’s exciting. I push myself to another level when I’m filming; it’s a challenge and I like that.
Some of your tricks are pretty technical, how long did it take to make the Paris Trucks / Renan Lazzarotti in São Paulo edit?
Thank you Les, some of the tricks are tricky. This video I filmed in one week I think. One day at each skate spot. Sometimes it rained during the session, and we had to suspend the filming and try the next day.
Is skating your full time life or do you have a day job to support the habit?
One day I hope it will be although I still skate almost everyday. Last year I finished my University studies. I’m happy to say that I graduated in industrial design and am now working to begin my own product design company. I’m creating products with broken skateboards; the project is called “Projeto RL.” I really hope that one day I will be a professional skateboarder and work with the companies that I ride, developing new products
How do you relax after a day of skating?
I listen to music, think of new ideas for products or new tricks to do in the next session and hang out with my girlfriend.
If you were hosting a dream session who are 3 skaters you’d want to invite?
I wish to invite all my skate friends, they are a big inspiration for me! But 3 skaters? I think I’d invite my influences, Tiago Lemos, Cody Mcentire and Shane O’neill.
You’re 2015 highlight video is great. What were some of your personal highlights of the year that didn’t make the video?
Glad you like it Les! My personal highlights not in the video would be my university. But as far as skating, I got to visit new skate spots where I worked to incorporate old school style tricks with new features including ledges, rails, gaps, and stairs.
What’s on the horizon for 2016? Skate trips? New videos?
The most important, is to get a job to help my family and also skate more now that I am finished with my university. I hope for positive things with my project “Projeto RL.” As far as travels go, in 2016 I wish to visit California again and make a short trip skating all around Brazil. I want to create a lot of videos, much more than 2015. And of course, skate my best, always!
If you could only have one place to skate for the rest of your life, where would it be?
Any place in California.
Thanks again for chatting with us. Any last words? Sponsor shout outs?
I’m so stoked for this interview! Thank you very much Les, Ryan Ricker and of course Skate[Slate]. I just wanna say thank you to God, my family, girlfriend and friends for all support and opportunities. Thank you to all my sponsors: Paris Truck Co., Orangatang Wheels, and Riviera Skateboards. Thank you guys for believing in me and always keep skateboarding.
For everybody, I just want to encourage you to get out and skate, do it for fun and keep safe!