Joey Pepper on Grey Mag
Why are well-established city street spots like Southbank important? Does localising these spots give kids something they wouldn't get from hanging out at the skatepark?
I think any spot that's natural to the environment can give kids the opportunity to create their own scene. I mean if you go to a skatepark, there isn't really a scene, there are just people skating. Then you come to a spot like this and it's an actual scene and it's got so much history behind it. There have been so many crews of skaters over the years. It's just a whole different dynamic to a skatepark and it creates different styles. I feel like people have a lot more pride in a spot that is their own.
How do you feel about the addition of Dylan Reider and Austyn Gillette to the Huf team?
I think it's awesome. I'd met both of them before, but never really got a chance to hang out much with them, so this trip was good in that way too, because you're kind of forced to hang out with each other for a long period of time. They're both fucking amazing skateboarders; it's absolutely insane. And good people too