Bridger Pierson

Bridger is one of those skaters that I have seen grow up at the skatepark, both in size and tricks.  To be honest though his size never seemed to affect how big his tricks were.

I don’t remember how it all happened, but somehow him and a whole gang of skaters showed up at the storage yard where I lived and learned to skate.  Suddenly, he was popping off the roof into a bank.  I had seen Vince McLaughlin do it before, but Bridger did it twice and did it better.  You can see the footage at the end of the video below.  I don’t know how much Bridger is skating now, but his answers and footage do all the talking.

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

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?
-Thousands of butterflies in me.  Better than kissing girls.

You can also see Bridger throwing himself down something huge here.

Name: Bridger Pierson
Age: 15
Type of Job/Schooling: Highschool
Years Skateboarding: 4

What’s your first skateboarding memory?
-Me and my Brother in the driveway building a quarter pipe.

What’s your favorite skateboarding memory?
-Skateboarding trip to California with my Brother.

Ever quit? Want to, or say you’ll quit?
-No way!  Never.

Where did you start? Did that influence you?
-In my house on the carpet.  My Brother is my influence.

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?
-Thousands of butterflies in me.  Better than kissing girls.

Why do you keep skating?
-Because it is the funnest thing I’ve ever done!  I love it!  I can’t stop!

Do you care about the history of skateboarding?
-Kinda.  I just do it cause it’s fun and it’s a way to express myself.  Who cares about History.

Do you care about the current skate media?
-Yeah, I love looking at skate media.  It’s the next funnest thing to skating.

What else is like skateboarding to you?
-Art.  Adrenaline.

What isn’t like skating?
-Being a PoPo!

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

Why work so hard for a trick?
-When you land it, it feels even better, like ecstasy or a drug.

How do you feel about skateboarding now compared to when you started?
-It’s more serious.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a skateboard and why?
-Throw myself down huge stuff.  I guess for a rush.

Is there a trick you don’t think you’ll ever be able to do?
-A lot of tricks.

Is there any maneuver you would purposefully not do?
-Heelflip.

What’s the trick you can do every time that surprises you?
-Overcrook.

What’s your dream “tricks”?
-Kickflip front blunt.

What’s your favorite terrain and why?
-Tranny and street.

What do you hate about skateboarding?
-Not landing tricks!!!!

Best (worst) injury? Healing time?
-Broken foot, dislocated shoulder, broken wrist.  All about a couple of months.

How do you overcome fear?
-Think about how much you want to get the footage and get pumped.

Do you remember the details of your first setup?
-Zero deck, Independent trucks, Spitfire wheels, Zero griptape.

Did you start with friends or alone?
-My Brother.

Was it hard or easy at first?
-Easy.

Was there anyone or anything that especially inspired you to start or keep skating?
-My Brother…  That’s it.

Do your parents ever have a problem with skateboarding?
-Yeah, how much money it costs.

When did you realize you were a skater?
-When I stepped on the board. I loved it.

How do you feel about skateboarding now compared to when you started?
-It’s more serious.

What is most important about skateboarding to you?
-Being able to do it forever.

Why work so hard for a trick?
-When you land it, it feels even better, like ecstasy or a drug.

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