Wyatt McIntosh

When it comes to the new generation of Prescott skateboarders, everyone knows Wyatt killed it.  There are a lot of skaters that specialize in certain kinds of skating, but Wyatt was well rounded.  He has real pop.  Strange thing is, he hasn’t skated in eight months according to his facebook page. 

Not skating is something I am familiar with.  Through the course of my ten years skating I have had many hiatuses that lasted months at a time.  No matter how good skateboarding is, it’s possible to get burnt out.  Life can wear you down.  Lots of skaters also discover love, and they quickly realize there are other things that can compete with the feeling of skateboarding.  I’ve been there, done that, and come back.  I understand if Wyatt is over it, but I doubt it.  I’ve seen him skate, and after reading his interview it reminded me of the raw passion that has kept me coming back to skateboarding.  I hope Wyatt from a couple years ago will inspire the Wyatt of today.

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

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?
-Absolute spiritual bliss and joy that I’ve never gotten from anything else!

You can also watch Wyatt in his part from That’s That.

Name: Wyatt McIntosh
Age: 16
Type of Job/Schooling: Flow Skateboarder/PHS Sophmore
Years Skateboarding: 6

What’s your first skateboarding memory?
-I remember my first board, and building ramps in my driveway and just little times like that.

What’s your favorite skateboarding memory?
-Two years ago I was skating at the skatepark and was doing a melon over the big pyramid.  I hung up my back truck and fell, got air-lifted to Phoenix to St. Josephs hospital where I spent my b-day and had my severely ruptured spleen removed.  I almost died.

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

Where did you start? Did that influence you?
-In my drive-way, and no not really, but skating alone for so many years did influence me.

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?
-Absolute spiritual bliss and joy that I’ve never gotten from anything else!

Why do you keep skating?
-Hmmm…  I really don’t know anymore.  There’s no reason, you know.  It’s just what I want to do!  And LOVE doing!

Do you care about the history of skateboarding?
-Yes.  I love learning everything I can about how skating has become what it is today.  Steve Rocco muthafucka ha.

Do you care about the current skate media?
-No!  It’s all stupid shit, like six digit Gatorade contracts and shit.  Ah so lame.  People just like that were “cool” again and can make money off of us stoops.

What else is like skateboarding to you?
-Music.  I love music so much, no matter what mood I’m in music makes me happy.

What isn’t like skating?
-Football and wrestling.

What was the first hard “trick” you worked for?
-Dude are you kidding all of them.  I can’t think of a trick that wasn’t “hard”.

Why work so hard for a trick?
-That natural high you get when you land it!  The more time put into it the more rewarding the feeling of rolling away is.

Was it hard or easy at first?
-So hard.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a skateboard and why?
-Anything.  I’ll skate any terrain, it’s all so much fun, from a sketchy ditch to a hubba to a mini-ramp or any transition or stair set, I’m down.  I skate gaps and stairs the most though, I really don’t know why.

Is there a trick you don’t think you’ll ever be able to do?
-Yes…  Knock on wood. 🙂

Is there any maneuver you would purposefully not do?
-Yeah I have some tricks that I don’t do.  Either cause they look weird or stupid to me or they’re not fun to do.

What’s the trick you can do every time that surprises you?
-BS crook on almost any hubba or handrail.  So stoked on that.

What’s your dream “tricks”?
-Nose blunts are one but I almost got them, so, BS 360 kickflip or cab flip.

What’s your favorite terrain and why?
-Like I already said, I’m down for anything, it’s all so fun I could never choose.

What do you hate about skateboarding?
-The pain, ha, that’s not so bad.  I hate that kids who skate hate on other skaters?!!  Like what the fuck is wrong with you?  Your hate feels great!

Best (worst) injury? Healing time?
-Ruptured spleen removed, eight months.

How do you overcome fear?
-The “fear” is all in your head.  At least for me the fear kinda disappeared at least a little bit after almost dying from skating.

Do you remember the details of your first setup?
-Like a Wal-mart board but it wasn’t.  The logo was this cartoon guy bungi jumping off a bridge with a skateboard.

Did you start with friends or alone?
-Alone man, for the longest time.

Was it hard or easy at first?
-So hard.

Was there anyone or anything that especially inspired you to start or keep skating?
-Pros and Ams inspired me to start, like Andrew Reynolds and Tony Hawk are why I started.  Reynolds and so so many other pros, and being friends with some Ams like Aaron “Jaws” Hamoki keeps me skating.  And my friends.

Do your parents ever have a problem with skateboarding?
-Yeah all the time.  “Do something with your life,” “You waste all your time,” stuff like that.  But they really do try to support me.

When did you realize you were a skater?
-Haha sixth grade, “skater fag!” is what I heard hahaha 🙂 and last month when I got flow.

How do you feel about skateboarding now compared to when you started?
-So much better for me personally.  And industry wise too it has gotten a lot better like companies doing more for the skate community, giving back.

What is most important about skateboarding to you?
-The love that almost every skater shares with one another, how I can meet a kid, never seen him in my life, but if he skates we can become great friends instantly.  The feeling, the love, and the hate make it what it is!!!

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

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