Charlie Whetzel

What can I say about Charlie Whetzel, the most proper skate dork you could ask for.  He skated in a way that made you wonder if his tricks were super sick or just a flook.  He was also a total weirdo, and I’m guessing he still is – in a good way! 

His non-serious weirdness was probably why I started talking to him at the skatepark in the first place.  Last I saw him he was working at my local grocery store, and even when I wasn’t skateboarding as much I still got the same “Hey Bud!” every time from him.  I appreciate how much fun he looked like he was having, whether skating or bagging groceries.  Charlie keeps it short and sweet with his answers, and he actually drew a heart for the “Why do you keep skating?” question.

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

Why do you keep skating?
-I ♥ it.

You can also watch Charlie in his, um, Battle Cummander.

Name: Charlie Whetzel
Age: 16
Type of Job/Schooling: Highschool-Dishwasher
Years Skateboarding: 8

What’s your first skateboarding memory?
-Skating the curb.

What’s your favorite skateboarding memory?
-Night seshes in summer with friends.

Ever quit? Want to, or say you’ll quit?

Where did you start? Did that influence you?
-California.  Yes.

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?

Why do you keep skating?
-I ♥ it.

Do you care about the history of skateboarding?

Do you care about the current skate media?

What else is like skateboarding to you?

What isn’t like skating?

What was the first hard “trick” you worked for?
-360 flip.

Why work so hard for a trick?

What’s your favorite thing to do on a skateboard and why?
-Ollies.  They just feel book.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a skateboard and why?
-Ollies.  They just feel book.

Is there a trick you don’t think you’ll ever be able to do?
-Yes.  Nollie heel front tail 360 out.

Is there any maneuver you would purposefully not do?

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

What’s your dream “tricks”?

What’s your favorite terrain and why?
-Ledges, tranny, flat.

What do you hate about skateboarding?

Best (worst) injury? Healing time?
-Ankle twist x3.  Still hurts.

How do you overcome fear?

Do you remember the details of your first setup?
-Yes.  Green wheels, orange tensors.

Did you start with friends or alone?

Was it hard or easy at first?

Was there anyone or anything that especially inspired you to start or keep skating?
-My friends.

Do your parents ever have a problem with skateboarding?

When did you realize you were a skater?
-When I moved to Arizona.

How do you feel about skateboarding now compared to when you started?
-It’s a lot better.

What is most important about skateboarding to you?

What’s your first skateboarding memory?
-Skating the curb.

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