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Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Interview with Austin Poynter, winner of the Vans Protec Amateur Combi Pool Party

Vans Combi pool Amateur
Austin Poynter: winner of the "over 16" at the Vans Protec Amateur
Combi Pool Party. Ph. X.Lannes
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Interview with Austin Poynter, winner of the Vans Protec Amateur Combi Pool Party
I’m not gonna say that I saw it coming because that’s simply not true. I did not know Austin Poynter beforehand, never skated with him before and never met him or saw him at a skatepark!

The first time I saw Austin, it was the day he landed #1 at the Vans Protec Combi Pool Amateur Contest after flying too high over the coping, better than a Hawk… That day, when I saw the level of those crazy new jacks, I thought I had been hit by a trailer and that I had a lot of catch-up to do.

Actually, given Austin’s level, I will never catch-up and I’m even thinking I might stop frolicking in the pools altogether. Aaah, just kiddin’ about stopping skateboarding-what were you thinkin’? One of the reasons that make me feel good, somehow, is that a lot of old school vert dudes will not catch up either, so we are even on this one. At the same time, while we were complaining whether vert was dead or alive or kicking or resurgent or whatever, Austin was just regularly training, three hours a day at Encinitas’ Y, at the Carmel Valley Bowl or at Clairemont. Definitely smarter than us… The other reason why I don’t feel so bad after all about not previously knowing Austin is that, like his father says, “Austin is a very private person, only a few people at his high school even know he skates, more less him winning a big contest”. He adds that, after his victory at Vans, “he's been a little bombarded (…) and hasn't come down from cloud nine yet..”.

And that’s exactly the point: when Austin Poynter won the Vans Protec Amateur Combi Pool Party 10 days ago, he was forced to get out of his anonymity and bombarded into the limelight: “we'll try to get him to come out of his shell for your interview…” confessed his father. Well done, the result is just below.
Enjoy!

Austin Poynter, Vans Protec  Amateur Combi Pool  Party, Encinitas, Carmel Valley Bowl, Clairemont skatepark, vert, pool
Austin Poynter at the Encinitas YMCA. Photo Kyle Ohlson
isTia: Birthday:
Austin Poynter:
07/20/95

isTia: Hometown:
Austin Poynter:
Anaheim

isTia: Reside:
Austin Poynter:
Oceanside

isTia: When did you Started Skating:
Austin Poynter:
Since about 10.

isTia: Sponsors:
Austin Poynter:
Oakley, Powell Peralta, Bones Wheels, Osiris Shoes, S-One Helmets, 187 Pads, and McGill’s Skateshop

isTia: How were you introduced to skateboarding and what got you started?
Austin Poynter:
I was introduced through my friends. We used to do little things around our neighborhood like biking, and scooter, and eventually skateboarding. Skateboarding was the only one that stuck.

isTia: Do you remember what your first setup was?
Austin Poynter:
My first set up was a blank deck, Pig trucks, blank wheels, and some Ninja wheels.

isTia: Were there any early influences on your skating?
Austin Poynter:
My cousin’s a skateboarder and helped get me started.

isTia: How are your parents feeling about you being at such a high level in skateboarding?
Austin Poynter:
I know they were pretty excited to watch me compete, so I guess they’re stoked.lol

isTia: Are they supportive?
Austin Poynter:
My parents are very supportive; I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now without them.
Austin Poynter, Vans Protec  Amateur Combi Pool  Party, Encinitas, Carmel Valley Bowl, Clairemont skatepark, vert, pool
Austin Poynter, master of huge aerials. Photo Austin Poynter private collection.
isTia: Do they skate?
Austin Poynter:
They don’t skate. (My dad thinks he can) haha

isTia: What is the best and worst thing about your hometown?
Austin Poynter:
The best part about my hometown is the location; we have some of the best vert ramps and pools less than an hour away. There is no downside, I’m minutes away from the beach!

isTia: If you would have to change town, where would you like to live?
Austin Poynter:
I definitely like the Pacific Beach area.

isTia: Besides skateboarding, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Austin Poynter:
Not much really, school, skate, and homework is basically my daily routine.

isTia: Have you ever been injured while skateboarding?
Austin Poynter:
I’ve had a broken wrist and a pretty serious back injury.

isTia: Who are your biggest competitors?
Austin Poynter:
I’m my biggest competitor.

isTia: Who are your favorite old school skaters?
Austin Poynter:
Adrian Demain, Lester Kasai, Mike McGill, and Christian Hosoi are my favorites.

isTia: Do you prefer street or vert?
Austin Poynter:
VERT!

isTia: What’s your favorite trick?
Austin Poynter:
I don’t really have one, backside airs are always fun.
Austin Poynter, Vans Protec  Amateur Combi Pool  Party, Encinitas, Carmel Valley Bowl, Clairemont skatepark, vert, pool
Austin Poynter at the Encinitas Ramp. Photo Kyle Ohlson
isTia: What trick are you trying/ training to do?
Austin Poynter:
Right now, probably kickflip indy and more variations on the 540

isTia: What is a Judo Air?
Austin Poynter:
A backside air with your front foot kicked off. Adrian Demain taught me the proper way! haha

isTia: When was the first time you did a 540?
Austin Poynter:
The first time was sometime last year, a lot of hard work and determination into that thing!

isTia: What’s the most difficult trick you have done?
Austin Poynter:
Definitely the 540.

isTia: When did you start training for the Amateur Combi Pool?
Austin Poynter:
I started training soon after Thanksgiving.

isTia: How often do you skate at Vans?
Austin Poynter:
I try and make it to Vans about every few weekends. But for the contest I went about 4 to 5 times a week.

isTia: How do you go to Vans so often if you live in Oceanside?
Austin Poynter:
I would leave right after school and do homework in the car. Vans is exactly an hour from where I live so it’s not too bad.

isTia: What’s the best skatepark closest to Oceanside?
Austin Poynter:
Encinitas YMCA is my favorite, it’s where I go most often, mainly for the vert.

isTia: Do you wear pads and helmets in a pool?
Austin Poynter:
Yeah, I wear my pads most of the time. I feel like I won’t get anything done if I don’t have them on.
Austin Poynter, Vans Protec  Amateur Combi Pool  Party, Encinitas, Carmel Valley Bowl, Clairemont skatepark, vert, pool
Austin Poynter
Austin Poynter, Vans Protec  Amateur Combi Pool  Party, Encinitas, Carmel Valley Bowl, Clairemont skatepark, vert, pool
Austin Poynter, backside twist. Vans skatepark. Photo Austin Poynter private collection.
isTia: Have you skated backyard empty pools?
Austin Poynter:
I haven’t… I really want to though.

isTia: When was the first time you dropped?
Austin Poynter:
The first time in a pool was maybe a year after I started skating, it was at Vans in the Combi, I was feeling pretty confident with it.

isTia: What are your favorite skateparks?
Austin Poynter:
My favorites have to be Clairmont YMCA, Encinitas YMCA, and Vans skatepark in Orange.

isTia: What’s your dream skatepark?
Austin Poynter:
I really miss the old Vans skatepark set up, I would give anything to go back to that park for a day.

isTia: Describe how you would built the skatepark of your dreams (cradle?, full pipe? Huge pools?what other features.. etc…)
Austin Poynter:
The Combi, an X games vert ramp, and a fun little flow course is all that I need.

isTia: What is your typical day like?
Austin Poynter:
School, skate homework, repeat. haha

isTia: Where do you like to skate?
Austin Poynter:
I like the fun sessions at Encinitas Y and the fun sessions at Vans.

Vans Combi Pool Amateur, Alex Sorgente, Clay Kreiner, Chris Russell, Cory Juneau, Juan Pinerio, Archer Braun, Morgan Wolf, Kaden Cambell, Heimana Reynolds, Max Jenson
No wonder Christian Hosoi gave him the best score at Vans Pool Party...
isTia: Who do you like to skate with?
Austin Poynter:
I like skating with anyone up for a session!

isTia: Are there skaters that are so impressive that you just stop and watch them
Austin Poynter:
It’s amazing to watch Bucky Lasek in the Combi, he kills that thing.

isTia: How long do you spend skating every day?
Austin Poynter:
I skate about 3 hours a day.

isTia: How long in vert/bowl/park?
Austin Poynter:
I probably spend more time in vert then anything.

isTia: How long in street?
Austin Poynter:
I warm up in there, so about 20 minutes or so.

isTia: So far, what have been some of the highlights of your skateboarding?
Austin Poynter:
My first time getting product was one of the most memorable things. Also, winning a trip to Woodward Pennsylvania was a fun experience.

isTia: What do you have planned for this year?
Austin Poynter:
Going to start doing some contest and traveling, and see how that goes.

isTia: "Don't get mad, get even," is the code every skateboarder should live by. Could you comment on that?
Austin Poynter:
Instead of freaking out, just focus it into the next attempt.

isTia: How many Facebook friends did you add after Vans?
Austin Poynter:
In the past week, 65 and counting, haha.

isTia: Shout outs and thanks?
Austin Poynter:
I want to thank my family, sponsors, and friends for everything.

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