The Last Quick Pry, With Ry Swanton

Our final quick pry, next we will be featuring some Proust Questionaires so keep your eyes peeled.


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

Most prominently, Ive pretty much entirely given up my regular stance, now transitioning over to goofy. I’ve destroyed the cartilage in my right knee and have had periods where I couldn’t walk for longer than 10 minutes before serious pain set in, but with some training and avoidance of certain motions it is going to be manageable. So that’s really my main goal for this year, to learn everything all over again.


What inspires and frustrates you the most about Skateboarding?

Skateboarding for me has really only ever been about good friends and personal progress. It’s a sport where I can really push myself to do things that I would have previously thought impossible. But where is the fun in that if you don’t have good company? So to all the people I skate with, you are a huge part of why I skate and you make skateboarding, skateboarding.

J Patten Photography

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

Something that really hit home recently is that actually I can’t skate in the same way or with the same frequency as before. This has pushed me to work on other areas outside of skateboarding, as well as take a brand new mental approach to my skating. Filming and photography will definitely be bigger for me this year.

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

Every shop should be 24hr to match my sleeping pattern. Besides that I think the world would be a far nicer place if everyone was just that little bit more relaxed and took some time to consider other people. Im not asking for miracles, just patience and tolerance.

How do you fund your travel and skate?

Copious hours behind the petrol station till until recently, every shift I could get, often pushing past 50 hours a week. As of late, Ive had great amounts of help from AOB and Slide Perfect to keep me rolling, cant thank them enough. 

Knee injuries are becoming quite common place,
do you have any advice, warnings or tips for other people
who might suffer a simular fate?

Knee injuries suck, while longboarding is generally pretty free of big injuries they can happen. In terms of joint/muscle injuries definitely think about each motion in terms of where and how it stresses your body, from there you can work on how to stretch or strengthen that area. Approach it with some athleticism and you will thank yourself later.

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