Alejandro Walton

Alejandro was Alex when I first met him.  We were in the same grade in middle school, and he was the new kid at the YMCA skateparkHe showed up and skated as hard as he could.  I was too focused on learning how to skateboard to notice him or care, but the other skaters around our age obviously didn’t welcome him with open arms.  They were a tight-knit crew, and he was the fresh meat.  I remember them making fun of his style as he tried noseslides down the insanely janky handrail that went down the pyramid.  I also remember thinking none of them hit that rail at all.

Around a decade later, Alejandro has progressed past his naysayers.  He may still be made fun of for his ways, but no one can deny that he is a skater to the bone.  Copycat contrived styles are common, but Alejandro doesn’t feel the need to always sugar coat his tricks.  Sometimes skating needs to be raw.

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

What else is like skateboarding to you?
-Women.  Either you sink or swim.


You can also watch Alejandro Skating in these two videos.

Name: Alejandro Walton
Age: 22
Type of Job/Schooling: Vendor
Years Skateboarding: 15

What’s your first skateboarding memory?
-First hardflip, it was sick.  I was trying front shuv and messed up.

What’s your favorite skateboarding memory?
-My first board – a Toy Machine, the monster flag.

Ever quit? Want to, or say you’ll quit?
-Never.  Plus my family doesn’t support quitters.

Where did you start? Did that influence you?
-Mesa, AZ. Yup, grew up watching Aaron Suski skate in person.

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?
-Bliss, love, hate, want, need, good for when your down.

Why do you keep skating?
-My first one true love.  She will never screw me over.

Do you care about the history of skateboarding?
-You need to know your roots.

Do you care about the current skate media?
-Very much so.  Love Mindfield.  Plus there is always progression and I get amped.

What else is like skateboarding to you?
-Women.  Either you sink or swim.

What isn’t like skating?
-Everything but at the same time nothing.  After skating your mind thinks about how I can skate what.  You look at everything differently.  Or Michael Jackson.

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

Why work so hard for a trick?
-The feeling of accomplishment.

What’s your favorite terrain and why?
-All terrain.  I want to ride it all and not limit myself.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a skateboard and why?
-BS tailslides and nollie nosebluntslides.  They look sick and I love the feeling of landing it clean.

Is there a trick you don’t think you’ll ever be able to do?
-HoHo plant.  I can do handstands.

Is there any maneuver you would purposefully not do?
-Push mongo.  It looks gross and I can’t go as fast.

What’s the trick you can do every time that surprises you?
-Kickflip backside smith stall on transition.

What’s your dream “tricks”?
-HoHo plant, front foot impossible, nollie and switch tre flip, 360 hardflip.

What’s your favorite terrain and why?
-All terrain.  I want to ride it all and not limit myself.

What do you hate about skateboarding?
-Kooks, rentapigs, pigs, close minded people.

Best (worst) injury? Healing time?
-Rolled ankle, it was as big as a grape fruit.  Six months.

How do you overcome fear?
-You either land it or bail.  The first try is always the worst one.  After that the feeling subsides and adrenaline kicks in!

Do you remember the details of your first setup?
-Toy machine monster flag, Indy trucks, Spitfire wheels, Black Magic grip, Reds bearings.

Did you start with friends or alone?
-Alone, then made friends.

Was it hard or easy at first?
-Hard.

Was there anyone or anything that especially inspired you to start or keep skating?
-Rob Welsh, Aaron Suski, Jerry Hsu, Louie Barletta, all the nice pros I’ve met.

Do your parents ever have a problem with skateboarding?
-Not anymore.

When did you realize you were a skater?
-I was born one.

How do you feel about skateboarding now compared to when you started?
-I feel like I need to learn more tricks.

What is most important about skateboarding to you?
-First true love.

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?
-Bliss, love, hate, want, need, good for when your down.

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4 responses to “Alejandro Walton

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  2. Tj Long

    Love the way he skate, So freash and So Clean.. Big Up Homie.. Stay True, Stay Gold..

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