The Prescott, AZ skate scene has produced some impressive skaters and it is hard to pick favorites, but I have always had my eye on Ryan Zimmerman. Beyond doing good tricks with style he also has a really solid head on his shoulders. He is genuinely kind and considerate and his answers to my questionnaire five+ years ago were some of the most insightful thoughts on skateboarding I have ever read. Needless to say I was excited when I found out he was moving back after five years in California, and even though I was done skating for the day Ryan got me hyped and we had a great session with Will Livingston at the park and a few street spots. He may have made me too hyped though as seen by the slam at the end, but getting together and skating with friends makes the pain feel alright
It is no secret I like doing “weird” tricks on my skateboard. Skaters like to use terms like tech or gnar skating, and I like to use the term avant-garde skating when it comes to my strange maneuvers. My friend Pat Fisher is a ridiculously avant-garde BMX rider who occasionally throws a skateboard into his tricks. While he was in town we decided to bring our own lights to the unlit skatepark for some fun. There are some normal tricks in here, but I was stoked on filming some of my signature weird tricks and learning a few new variations as well. Enjoy!
Billy is a classic Prescott skateboarder. He dealt with the rough spots before the skatepark was built. We ran with different crews so we didn’t cross paths often, but during the early days of the park we became acquainted. Even though we didn’t really know each other we always had good sessions together because we were around the same level, but more importantly we liked to have fun.
As time went on he got a skate-van and collected countless stories. He hung out and went on trips with good kids around his own age and adults that were often questionably sketchy. As I said, he is a classic Prescott skater. His skating is strong and surprising. He doesn’t skate often, but after twenty-plus years on the board he still has the ability to beat some of the best kids in the area at SKATE. People will never know all the tricks Billy has done, and somehow it is better that way for the man known as Chicken Hammer.
Several years ago I came up with a set of questions about skateboarding. These were Billy’s answers.