41. Yates

February 4, 2022
February 4, 2022 Will Mackie

Welcome back to another week of Comacan Questions, this is our first interview for the month of February, and it has been directly picked from readers. A while back we asked who people would like to see interviewed, a name that popped up quite a bit was one known to us from our own experiences skateboarding with him. We’ve had the pleasure of skating with him, we also know that he is pretty well known by quite a few skateboarders in both the Hamilton and Niagara Regions. We are pleased to share an interview this week with Rat Nuts, Push Hard Skate Fast, Andrew Yates.

Photo: Damien Gordon-Sekerak

How did you get into skateboarding?
When I was in grade one my mom and I lived with my aunt and one of my cousins boyfriends had dropped his board at the back door and I can still remember when I set eyes on it I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. All I remember about it was it had ripped up grip tape strips running across it and it was red wood grain and sick AF, so from then on I tried to get my mom to get me a board. I finally ended up with a fibreglass banana board that would give you slivers haha, after a bit of time I stepped up to the classic dominion fire fly from Canadian tire which was pretty sick until my dad Took me to get a legit board and I ended up with a pink mike McGill with Indy’s and OJ2 team riders then it was on hahaha

How long have you been skateboarding?
Like actually skating I would say since I was 10 or 11 so I guess like 35 years holy shit I’m old.

What is your favourite memory on a board?
Way too many good memories on a skateboard, can’t pick just one I don’t think.

You’ve created the FSA tour, which park did this frontside air tour start at?
I would probably have to say beaz was the first FSA, but I’m not sure when it actually became the FSA tour.

Photo: @reel4real

How many parks have you been to on your frontside air tour?
I have no idea how many parks but if it has any kind of transition, I’m trying it and I still have plenty parks to go

What does skateboarding mean to you?
Skateboarding to me means life.

Are you involved with any skateboarding projects or initiatives?
I have actually been making boards for The local Skate Shop well it’s kind of a learn as you go but it’s coming along great, and we are putting out some cool stuff not to mention making skateboards is probably the best job ever haha

Photo: @reel4real

Anyone you’d like to thank?
The board is lord.