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Monday, January 24, 2011

Rob Roskopp interview

Rob Roskopp
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Rob Roskopp is now the big cheese from Santa Cruz Bicycles, the main man pushing the Syndicate and now pointing DH frame manufacturing towards carbon! But for those of you that are around the big four zero, you may want to know what happened with him. The guys at got an exclusive chat with Roskopp.

Here are excerpts from the interview:

I hadn’t seen Natas in years, but had the chance to catch up with him at the Action Sports Retailer Tradeshow in San Diego. Santa Cruz Skateboards threw a reunion party for us Old Timers a few years back. We had emailed years back because he wanted to get a bike. I think he got a Superlight back then. We were in contact recently and now he wants a Tallboy. Anyway, Natas and I always got along, he’s a really talented artist and run’s the art department at QuickSilver. Natas was an incredible street skater and really changed things up back then.

Steve Alba and I still talk once in a while. We traveled a lot together towards the end of my skating days and were always pretty close. Keith Meek and I hung out and skated in Santa Cruz all the time. Keith ran our art department at SCB for years, now he’s freelancing out of his home. He was a incredible pool skater with great style.

I see Steve Caballero every once in awhile, he lives close to me and is still skating and ripping it up.

I wasn’t in touch with him at that time, but after he got out we spoke a few times. He was looking for a bike to re-hab his knee on, so I sent him out one of the Swobo bikes. Christian was and is still an incredible skater and had the best style I’ve ever seen on a skateboard.

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