A Quick Pry With Joe Baldwin

3rd up Joe Baldwin, a short interview.

Photo by  Tomas Januška

What inspires and frustrates you the most about Skateboarding?

Nothing inspires me in the skate industry anymore which frustrates me. But amazing scenery, beautiful hills, large pack runs and a touch of danger will always inspire me. I've been lurking in the shadows a bit recently, but I still lust for gnar.  


What is new for 2016, what are your resolutions, standing philosophies or goals for this year?

I'm going to level up my videography this year. Expect more backstory and colour-correction. If you want to see it, you'll have to hunt for it. I’m also going to try and be wiser, do more for others and do more non-skating activities too.


What recently has been an important thing you’ve learnt (not just skate wise)?

I've learned to take life a bit slower.. Kind of. After a serious accident recently, four days in hospital and having to poo into a bed pan on my birthday, I’ve been on a hiatus from my board.


If there was one thing you could change about the world what would it be?

I’d ban social media because it facilitates people whoring themselves out for companies who give them basically nothing in return. But I would keep cat videos. In other news I would change working contracts so we could have more time to play and go on adventures.


How do you fund your travel and skate?

After years of trying to make it in the skateboarding industry I decided to move away from all the fakers, snakes and megalomaniacs. I got a work from home job with a salary and I relocated to a place where I don't need to travel to be in nature anymore. No sponsors, no problem. The skating has never been better!


How is everything going with your Spanish skatehouse?

Things have changed, loads of interest for this year, we are moving house for terrace, pool, sunset views and bbq life. I like being able to offer this opportunity to people, especially from the UK, to skate until their legs fall off.

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    "Lots of people skate to work, school, the shops, to their friends house and back again. This skating goes unnoticed and unrecognised; this project intends to address this, and bring all those little victories of skating, all those stolen moments of fun that get lost along the daily commute, back to the forefront, to celebrate them and the skaters who tirelessly do them, come rain or shine.

    The goal of this project is to collect 365 skater commutes - it doesn't matter what you do it on, as long as it fits the description "skateboard". We're looking for penny riders, street skaters, electric Longboards, pintail cruisers or dedicated downhillers on their precision trucks. Whoever you are, if you commute by skateboard we want your story.

    365 days, 365 stories, 365 otherwise unnoticed acts of pure skating. You can't glamorise the drizzle soaked, leaf- covered pavements, the puddles, the short sneaky pavement bombs, the ungraceful duck and weave through gridlocked traffic like you can Cali hills. There's no shiny 4 minute glitch mob song follow run for this type of skating. It's tough, it's gruelling, but it's skating, and a core part of being great on a board: fast reactions, traffic sense,the ability to hold your balance, to tolerate any surface. To not flinch at short steep janky hills, to not think twice about braving roads the same as cyclists, to racing them and winning. To finding unrideable spots and proving anything can be ridden.

    This is your commute. One posted, every day for a year. And at the end, we hope to make a printed copy of the entire year. The scene is bigger than just downhill. It's the everyday skating that holds it together at the core. Be a part of that."

    Here's where you can submit your story about your commute - it can be a regular run to a place of work or study, the Friday night burn from home to the pub, your weekly shopping run route, whatever! Grab us a picture of you with your board, host it somewhere private (imgur has free uploads, google drive, dropbox, onedrive etc. Instagram images can be manipulated into a collage, and then linked if you want to get artsy)
    Whatever your regular commute, we want to hear of those little victories of skating you have every day:




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    How long have you been skating?
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    Setup, and why you ride it
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    Describe your #skatecommute route: any good hills, any nice smooth bits, any janky bits?
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    The worst bits
    What's the least fun part of the journey? Is it seasonal like leaves? Is it a bit of road or a junction? Was there this one really bad time during a hurricane?
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    The best bits
    What part of your commute gives you that little buzz: is there a kerb your like to pop down, a banked driveway you carve up, a bus you skitch, a pedestrian phase on a junction that leaves the road clear for you to bomb?
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