Tyler Culbertson

Before Tyler Culbertson came to my little mountain town of Prescott Arizona, our only semi-skate shop had become a sunglasses emporium.  After that, we skaters had to drive twenty minutes out of town to a weight equipment store that had skate gear on the top floor.  Obviously not a legitimate skateboard shop.  Then out of no where came Calavera Board Supply.

Besides opening a skate shop, Tyler also threw some awesome contests and even managed to make Go Skateboarding Day official in Prescott.  For one day, we were allowed to skate through parts of town as a giant mob of skaters.  They even let us close off the whole block in front of Calavera as seen in this video.  Tyler is off doing his own thing now, and whatever happens to Calavera, I think Prescott should thank him for giving us a skate shop and giving back to the skaters.

A few years ago I came up with a set of questions about skateboarding.  These were Tyler’s answers.

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?
-Scary.

You can also watch more of Tyler’s video’s here.

Name: Tyler Culbertson
Age: 27
Type of Job/Schooling: Self employed/retail store owner
Years Skateboarding: 21 years

What’s your first skateboarding memory?
-Going to the Vision Pro Contest.  Christian Hosoi got 1st, Tony Hawk got 2nd.  Spine vert ramp.  Red Hot Chilli Peppers played.  I was five years old.

What’s your favorite skateboarding memory?
-Being a part of Prescott skate scene today.  And hanging out at XYZ skate supply as a kid.

Ever quit? Want to, or say you’ll quit?
-I have stopped skating off and on due to injuries.

Where did you start? Did that influence you?
-Carlsbad, CA.  My Dad helped start Airwalk shoes.

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?
-Scary.

Why do you keep skating?
-Too fun not to.  I love to roll on four wheels.

Do you care about the history of skateboarding?
-Yes, in the whole scheme of things skateboarding is very young.  Know your roots.

Do you care about the current skate media?
-Owning a skate shop keeps me tuned into all facets of skate media.  I am always stoked to see a new skate video.

What else is like skateboarding to you?
-Art, music, creativity, exploring, adventure, friends.

What isn’t like skating?
-Just about everything else in the world.  Organized sports, moto shit.

What was the first hard “trick” you worked for?
-Ollie.

Why work so hard for a trick?
-Progression.

Was it hard or easy at first?
-Always hard, I suck, but it is still FUN.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a skateboard and why?
-Rolling around, different surfaces feel cool under my feet.

Is there a trick you don’t think you’ll ever be able to do?
-All of them.

Is there any maneuver you would purposefully not do?
-No, I don’t think the whole “trick trend” is applicable anymore.  Except pressure flips.

What’s the trick you can do every time that surprises you?
-None.

What’s your dream “tricks”?
-Anything done proper.

What’s your favorite terrain and why?
-Streets, in the middle of the roads and banks and ditches.

What do you hate about skateboarding?
-Haters.  Companies making money off skating and not giving it back.

Best (worst) injury? Healing time?
-Broken elbow three times.  Surgery on the last one.

How do you overcome fear?
-I haven’t yet.  I am too scared.

Do you remember the details of your first setup?
-Mark Partain pro model Blockhead skateboard, Gullwing trucks, Slimeball wheels.

Did you start with friends or alone?
-Alone.

Was it hard or easy at first?
-Always hard, I suck, but it is still FUN.

Was there anyone or anything that especially inspired you to start or keep skating?
-My hometown of Carlsbad.  Over 1/4 of skate industry is based in Carlsbad.  Big influence.

Do your parents ever have a problem with skateboarding?
-Nope.

When did you realize you were a skater?
-Poser at age five till present day.

How do you feel about skateboarding now compared to when you started?
It’s amazing!  The progression is insane.  I can’t believe how many guys still skate as they get older.  Lance, Hosoi, Hawk, Cab, etc.

What is most important about skateboarding to you?
Creativity/style and watching people rip it up!

Why do you keep skating?
-Too fun not to.  I love to roll on four wheels.

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3 responses to “Tyler Culbertson

  1. Awesome! Reading an interview that brings out such honesty is always a surprise and a pleasure!
    Tyler – if you read this – “Good on Ya, Mate!”

  2. rz

    What isn’t like skating?
    -Just about everything else in the world. Organized sports, moto shit.

  3. Pingback: Jordan Rommel | So What is Skateboarding?

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