A Quick Pry With Uldis Tretmanis

A couple of nosy questions for all the nosy parkers.

 

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

I never have resolutions per calendar year, but i do for the foreseeable future. Like the next rolling months. I have just had a complete change in life. Having lived the corporate oilfields for the last 28 years, I have just broken away from it, I couldn't stand the greed, falsity and psychosis of it all.

Due a sequence of events in my personal life the last couple of years, I have decided just to live life. In essence I plan to skate, travel, skate more, and develop and grow CTD but I don't need a lot of money for that. I have always believed in being truthful and authentic, everyone should always be themselves, and say and do what they mean. This has led to some friction with people that are not very like-minded, but hey, you've got to live life according to your own values.

The short term goals - Get back to my previous skating level and improve on it. For that I need to get very fit (already on my way), avoid stress (having left the corporate world that should be easy) and just skate.


 

 

You recently left the UK, what for? Where to? How comes?

I left the UK because there was nothing there for me anymore. The energy sector experienced a big downturn and it's just shrinking. So it's a dog-eat-dog world at the moment to survive it. I have a couple of wonderful daughters but they're grown up now and have flown the nest. Recently divorced, just had to look out the window and see: rain, always raining. That's it, let's move to a place that is dry and has wonderful roads to skate. Tenerife it is.

 

What inspires and frustrates you the most about Skateboarding?

Inspires - All the new kids that are so freaking good. When I grow up I want to be like them.
Frustrates - My own progress! No, not really, I don't care. I skate for fun. In reality I have no frustrations anymore. Have learnt to deal with them which takes me to the next question.


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

I learnt to let go. I had to. It was very difficult, but there are things that you can't control and it may be life taking you in a new direction. You have to learn to let go and float in the air like a leaf in the wind...

 

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

One thing I would change... can it be two? Erase debt and eliminate politicians from the world structure. I think that would be a good starting point.

 

How do you fund your travel and skate?

I decided I wasn't going to race the rat race anymore, and the last few years skating have taught me I don't really need much money to be happy. My happiest moments have been outside a tent chilling in front of a fire with my friends after a day skating. I have given away most of my money to my family but have a little savings. Plan to develop Crash Test Dummies and that should be enough to see me travelling and skating some more.

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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)
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