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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Julie Kindstrand: interview with isTia.Tv

Interview Julie Kindstrand – isTia.Tv
Photo Brandon Wong

Julie Kindstrand never planned on being a professional skateboarder, although she already had the skateboard gene inside of her, she did not know or dare to care… She was actually born of a skateboarder father, Dave Kindstrand, who is a legend on the SoCal skate scene. But it took her 11 years before she stepped on a board for the first time; despite her father’s long history with skateboarding, Julie was not pushed to skate by her father during her early childhood. But, after she started, her skateboarding gene enlightened all her soul and the God factor started to work and do marvels: she was dropping in on an eight-foot ramp almost immediately and within months she was doing frontside airs. And now it’s difficult to say who has the most skateboarding recognition: the father or the daughter? And don’t you dare asking her about that, she get offended and throw in your face that; between the father and the daughter; it has never been a competition. Yes, she has that winning personality. She tells things the way it is and don’t ever try to get on her way.

Julie’s first blood with bowl riding was when her father brought her to the infamous Basic Bowl. They sat on the roof of the small house and below them was Jules Burn doing a frontside grind, with her crazy hair flowing all over and fist clenched, Julie says she can still picture it even after all these years.
Julie Kindstrand at Vans skatepark
When she was offered to ride at the 2006 Vans ProTec Pool Party, she was dismissed by few as some kind of fad. But the vast majority knew deep inside that Julie Kindstrand would soon prove that it was just a matter of time before she would become a major player in the pro ranks, especially after her performance at the 2007 Protec Pool Party, which came complete with a multitude of high speed lines, some heavy snaking on her part, and an incident that still to this day is known to have touched the nerves of one of the most recognized female pro on the circuit. As Cara Beth Burnside recalls: in an interview with “Yeah, that’s been an ongoing drama. (…) I was about 30 seconds into my last run and then Julie dropped in on the other bowl. We eventually collided and her board hit me in my knee really hard, just above my kneepad. When we got out she was apologizing and I snapped and grabbed her on the throat for a second and was like “What are you doing?!” Her dad was pissed I apologized. All my friends were pissed at her. I guess it’s a respect thing. I have certain skate etiquette and there are just people I wouldn’t drop in on if they're already skating. It’s an unspoken thing and if you don’t know it, you’re kind of clueless.”

On top of being the winner of the Pro-Tec Pool Party 2009, Julie won 13 contests in a row and also finished on the top place at the World Cup Skateboarding female bowl rider in the 2007, 2008, 2009.

Julie Kindstrand is one of the few girls worldwide who has ridden the Mega Ramp (a 62-foot-high, 293-foot-wide behemoth that has been used at X Games since 2004). She actually had two respectable finishes at XGames: 6th in 2008 and 5th in 2009. She had an interview with Christian Hosoi in the Juice Magazine issue #60 which she kinda dismiss as a big deal…

Julie is also one of the few skaters in the world to have an 8-foot deep clover bowl located in her backyard. Who else have this? The bowl was finished in December 2005 with the promised that it would also hold a hot tub. She is also a skateboard instructor, give skateboard lessons and definitively put Santa Ana in the pro skateboard map.

isTia.Tv: Age or DOB?
Julie Kindstrand: 18

isTia.Tv: How were you introduced to skateboarding and what got you started?

Dave Kindstrand at Santa Clarita. Ph. Unknown
Julie Kindstrand: When I was 11 my dad took me to a skate park because he was a skater back in the day and thought it would be fun to dust off the board. Well, I rode my roller skates and after I saw all the kids the other kids skateboarding and wanted to try it so bad. I told my dad and after a little arguing he decided to let me try and drop in on his board. He thought I would fall hurt myself and quit. Well within three tries I was doing and it took naturally. After a year I entered my first smarter contest and took first. I told my dad I wanted to go pro and three years later I did that. I said I wanted to win the Protec Pool Party and I won it. I wanted to skate the X-Games and that came true. I wanted to land the whole mini mega ramp (drop in, gap, and quarter pipe). Skateboarding took off for me and I fell in love with it.

isTia.Tv: Years skating:
Julie Kindstrand: 8 years (started on 10/11/03)

isTia.Tv: Were there any early influences on your skating?
Julie Kindstrand: I was really inspired by Skaters like Chris Miller, Lance Mountain, Jay Adams, and the Indy and Bones Team.

isTia.Tv: Who are some of the other skaters who inspire you now?
Julie Kindstrand: Kevin Kowalski, Raven Tershy, Steven Reeves, David Gravette...

isTia.Tv: When was the first time you dropped?
Julie Kindstrand: That was at Laguna Niguel.

isTia.Tv: Were you scared?
Julie Kindstrand: Not really…

isTia.Tv: Tell me about the Bible Bowl…
Julie Kindstrand: It’s a bowl in Santa Ana, California…

Butler's Pool
isTia.Tv: It is a real backyard pool or was it built as a skateboard pool?
Julie Kindstrand: Built to skate…

isTia.Tv: Are you skating the bowl every day?
Julie Kindstrand: No. I no longer live there and I miss it now, it's a fun pool. When I lived there I barely even skated.

isTia.Tv: Are there a lot of sesh going on there?
Julie Kindstrand: Pretty much all the time. Who are generally coming to the bowl?
Julie Kindstrand: People who talk to my dad.

isTia.Tv: How is Christianity influencing your everyday life?

Christian Hosoi, not a mentor, not a skate mentor, not a Christian mentor. So what kind of influence?
Photo Ted Terrebone
 Julie Kindstrand: Hummm, well I will say that when I lived at my dad’s he was a
Christian and avidly in church, reading the bible, and trying to teach us about the good word as much as possible. Right now, I believe God is God whether you call him Jah, Allah, Buddah, or Jesus. I prey and believe we had to come from something. I believe in positive and negative energies and that we ourselves are responsible for what we choose to do. That doesn't mean I don't pray and read the bible. But I have different convicts and don't believe a God would want me to judge or treat others differently because of what they believe.

The same Christian Hosoi on the cover of Juice.
Ph Ted Terrebone.
isTia.Tv: Is Christian Hosoi a mentor to you?
Julie Kindstrand: No

isTia.Tv: Is he a skate mentor?
Julie Kindstrand: No

isTia.Tv: Is he a Christian mentor?
Julie Kindstrand: No

isTia.Tv: When you did that interview with Christian Hosoi (for Juice), did you realize how revered he is throughout the world? For you, was he just like another guy coming at your pool, or was he more like one of the most influential skater of all time stoked with your level and interviewing a 13 year old girl with only 2-3 year of skate?
Julie Kindstrand: I wish I could say that but I just view him as another person and don't put him on a pedestal. He is a skater to me.

isTia.Tv: Did the Juice interview with Hosoi change something for you?
Julie Kindstrand: Hummm. I really don't know people thought it was awesome and everyone wanted a copier. I think it helped me to progress in my
skateboarding as far as exposure went.

isTia.Tv: How important is skateboarding in your father’s life?
Julie Kindstrand: My dad used to be a part of a group of skaters called the Chrome Domes. He ripped from the home videos we used to watch at night before bed. My dad blew out his knee and had to stop skating for 10 years and when I started skateboarding avidly my dad got back into too! We would challenge each other to skate contests. He still rips and loves to skateboard and now my little brother wants to skate the etnies park with him every night so I think he loves it. If you skate, you know, how could you not!

The # 60 Issue of Juice Magazine with Julie Kindstrand interviewed by Christian Hosoi 

What's better than skating at sunset at Venice? Photo Ray Rae Goldman.
isTia.Tv: Do you think skateboarding is more important for you or for him?
Julie Kindstrand: I think that I'm a little more limber and do some more difficult tricks than my dad. Lol! I don't think either of us has mote, we both love to skateboard. It's a passion and lifestyle for both of us. The lifestyle to get your feet on a board and have a good time doing it when ever you can possibly get on it!!

isTia.Tv: Who is more aggressive in the pool, you or him?
Julie Kindstrand: Lol! Well he has the benefit of facial hair so he seems more aggressive lol! but I don't know… He does some pretty hard grinds! Sparks flying every where!

isTia.Tv: Are you better than him or his skatin’ pals?
Julie Kindstrand: Jeeze!! Lol! I didn't know I was in a contest with my dad.

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isTia.Tv: How is your mother involved with skateboarding?
Julie Kindstrand: My mom loves my skateboarding and supports it. She came to her first contest of mine the last Oregon trifecta at Pier Park.

isTia.Tv: How good are you at school?
Julie Kindstrand: I do good independently and am really smart. My best subjects are English, history, and auto shop lol

isTia.Tv: Let’s talk about your involvement in competitive skateboarding. Are contests important for you?
Julie Kindstrand: Not more important than having fun doing it. You can easily get lost competing and it can start to feel like a job. I don't ever wanna skateboard for the wrong reasons because I love it. But skateboard contest are fun and challenge you to step up your game and try and skate better than I did the last time.

isTia.Tv: How many contests have been in?
Julie Kindstrand: too many to count now! Lol

isTia.Tv: Do you often go to contest?
Julie Kindstrand: I try and go to every one. I may miss one out of the whole bunch but I'm pretty much always there.

isTia.Tv: Do you like contests?
Julie Kindstrand: They have their ups and downs but it encourages progression and it's fun to see all the people you haven't seen since the last time. It's like a family reunion!

isTia.Tv: Your best contests ever?
Julie Kindstrand: 1st at protec pool party 09

isTia.Tv: Your worst contests ever?
Julie Kindstrand: 8th at x-games because of an injury a week before the contest practice.

isTia.Tv: Best contest memory
Julie Kindstrand: when I won my first pro contest and got thrown up on someone's shoulders an when they handed me the mike I looked around and saw people cheering an smiling and clapping the bowl looked amazing with the pier park full pipe in the sunset and Duncan had to hand me his clipboard so I could think of who my sponsors were!

isTia.TV: When Dave Duncan announced your #1 position at Pro-Tec, how did you feel? Julie Kindstrand: I was elated and finally was able to check it off my bucket list. It made me feel accomplished and proud to hold down for my home park and the Vans Locks.

isTia.Tv: Worst contest memory?
Julie Kindstrand: Don't even wana talk about it....

isTia.Tv: Tell us about your first X-games contest.
Julie Kindstrand It was a lot of fun and I got 6th place. I was scared of how big the ramp was when I skated it. I qualified by skating good and doing well on the vert ramp. I took home a lot of free product I think that was the best part!! I know my mom was stoked!! Haha it was a lot of fun bummed the girls aren't in it. Hopefully they'll put us in the super park next year!

isTia.Tv: When was the 1st time you landed 1st at a big contest?
Julie Kindstrand: The 2007 pro Tec pool party I got 7 th place and when I dropped in for my first run everyones cheers filled the whole place and I started shaking and got really nervous but then I skilled because with my first hard grind in knew I was gonna skate my best.

isTia.Tv: How many contests have you done abroad?
Julie Kindstrand: None yet

isTia.Tv: Do you go to every contest of the WCS?
Julie Kindstrand: I try to because it keeps me on my feet and going. I skate contest to hopefully encourage other people to see it doesn't matter who you are or what you do or how you look, you can do it to! You just have to give it a shot. I hope by skating contest I can give back to skateboarding because if it weren’t for skateboarding I wouldn't be alive today.

isTia.Tv: Do you go to the Dew tour contests?
Julie Kindstrand: Yes when they have the girls vert! What are the 5 more important contests of the season?
Julie Kindstrand: Protec, x-games, Florida bowl riders, dew tour, and costal carnage.

isTia.Tv: Do you surf? Snowboard? Other sports?
Julie Kindstrand: I snowboard really well, I'm a Bear Mountain Born girl!! It's my favorite mountain to ride and amazing riders like Danny cas is a bear local. I surf. I have a six foot 2 country board and surf the river jetties in Newport beach.

isTia.Tv: Favorite Music?
Julie Kindstrand: Reggae, punk, metal, rock, classic rock, Indy, rock-a-billy. Everything!

isTia.Tv: Favorite band?
Julie Kindstrand: Sublime, Kings of Leon, the Distillers, Horror Pops, Slayer.

Pink Motel
 isTia.Tv: What’s sick: skateboarding
isTia.Tv: What’s not sick: poser punks.
isTia.Tv: Metal or Pool? Pool all day
isTia.Tv: Loose or tight trucks?: custom
isTia.Tv: Wheels size? Durometer? 52 bones stf's.
isTia.Tv: Sponsors:
Julie Kindstrand bones wheels, s-one helmets, black flys, attic skate shop, and volcom.
My sponsors are great I live every one of them! They are a great support and encouragement. I met my sponsors mainly at skate parks people would see me skate ask if I was sponsored and then talk about being on the team, trying the product, and if it's right I support it!

Julie Kindstrand.
isTia.Tv: Do you feel you have fewer sponsors because you are a girl? Julie Kindstrand: If I were a boy I would have to step up my level majorly in order get the sponsors I do have.

isTia.Tv: Besides skateboarding, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Julie Kindstrand: I write a lot of music, kick it with friends, snowboard a ton in the winter, surf in the summer.

isTia.Tv: Who are your favorite old school skaters?
Julie Kindstrand: Lance mountain, Steve caballero, Chris Miller.

isTia.Tv: What’s your favorite trick?
Julie Kindstrand: I love to do frontside 5.0s they have so much style and feel so good under your feet. You can go so fast and grind so far and put so much style into them and when you roll away it's as good as a million bucks!

isTia.Tv: What trick are you trying/ training to do? Julie Kindstrand: All of them!!!
isTia.Tv: New trick you just learned? Julie Kindstrand: Frontside lip slides, front smiths.
isTia.Tv: What’s the most difficult trick you have done? Andrect inverts
isTia.Tv: What is your favorite surface to skate? Julie Kindstrand Concrete parks all day ( Oregon)
isTia.Tv: What’s your favorite skatepark?
Julie Kindstrand: The vans skatepark in orange is my home park, favorite park and I'm there all the time.
Steve Alba at Upland (Pipeline) in April 78. And, yes, he is more than 40 now
 and yes, he can still do this, especially when skating with Julie.
Photo Jim Goodrich
isTia.Tv: Do you wear pads and helmets in a bowl?
Julie Kindstrand: Knee pads and helmet. Helmets save your head from concusions and can save your life. And knee pads to help my knees last.

isTia.Tv: How often do you skate backyard empty pools?
Julie Kindstrand: Back yard pools are the best, the feeling of skating something that wasn't made to skate feels so RAd... I've skated a lot of backyards with skaters like Skreech, and I've done a mission or two with Steve Alba. I just skate around and look over fences and most of the time skate by myself.

isTia.Tv: What skate videos do you like?
Julie Kindstrand: I like any video that has insane skating and hardcore metal blasting out of my tv. The new bones video is insane!

isTia.Tv: Where do you like to skate?
Julie Kindstrand: Everywhere and anywhere my wheels can roll!

isTia.Tv: Who do you like to skate with?
Julie Kindstrand: If I skate with people I like to skate with people who are encouraging and challenge you to step it up.

isTia.Tv: Are there skaters that are so impressive that you just stop and watch them?
Julie Kindstrand: Kevin Kowalski, Ben Rayborne, Robbie Russo, all the pros.

isTia.Tv: What magazines do you read?
Julie Kindstrand: I read all of the Skate magazines and I read Tatoo magazines…

isTia.Tv: How long do you spend skating every day?
Julie Kindstrand: I try and skate as much as I can!!

isTia.Tv: How long do you train in bowl?
Julie Kindstrand: I don't train I just skate. Everytime I skate, I try and progress

Dew Tour
isTia.Tv: How long do you train in street?
Julie Kindstrand: I skate street more for fun…

isTia.Tv: Why do you like so much vert and less street?
Julie Kindstrand: I like park and flow because you can just keep going and it feels amazing connecting lines and adding tricks and going as fast as you can.

isTia.Tv: What’s better riding bowls than vert?
Julie Kindstrand: Bowls and park over vert all day by I'll skate whatever I love it all!!

isTia.Tv: Do you prefer lines or tricks?
Julie Kindstrand: I think they both go together hand and hand and are equally important.

Julie Kindstrand and a young Dave Duncan at Protec.
isTia.Tv: Do you prefer doing more tricks or having more style?
Julie Kindstrand :Style is key when you do tricks.

isTia.Tv: Have you suffer any injuries in skate?
Julie Kindstrand: I had A couple concusions. Some broken bones... Nothing too major, I've been lucky.

isTia.Tv: So far, what have been some of the highlights of your skateboarding career?
Julie Kindstrand: 3 years in a row overall female bowl points, Protec Pool Party, skating the games, and mini mega.

isTia.Tv: So, you were ranked #1 female bowl rider in 2007, 2008, 2009, and then Lizzie Armanto arrived, what happened?
Julie Kindstrand: What happened?? You tell me. I'm still skating. I'm an adult now and have bills, injuries, but I'm still skating good everyone's got their
bad days and struggles.. And seems like even injured I've still been on the podium and having fun skating.

isTia.Tv: Do you have a special diet:
Julie Kindstrand: Sushi, pizza, cookies, and junk! Lol! in-n-outs where it's at when you got the munchies!!

isTia.Tv: Aren’t you vegetarian …
Julie Kindstrand: (??) Steak?

isTia.Tv: What do you have planned for this year?
Julie Kindstrand: Live my life successfully and make it the best it can be. Live day to day. You never know what can happen!!

isTia.Tv: Tell me about “Girls Just wanna Grind”.
Julie Kindstrand It's a little documentary on girl skaters because we have the potential to be great but there's just not enough market yet. It's grown and it shows how it is in the lives of the girl skaters, it'll be great.

isTia.Tv: Is there a difference about how skaters treat girls in skatepark?
Julie Kindstrand: Some guys are just jealous and the ones that aren't have respect and think it's rad.

isTia.Tv: Is there a difference about how girls are treated in the industry?
Julie Kindstrand: Of course! There's about 1million guys to a smaller group of girls...

isTia.Tv: Has someone ever tried to take advantage of you?
Julie Kindstrand: A lot of people ask me for free stuff... Lol
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isTia.Tv: Tell me how you were contacted by Councilmember Michelle Martinez of Santa Ana?
Julie Kindstrand: It was for a recognition…

isTia.TV: How did you feel receiving the recognition?
Julie Kindstrand: It was an awesome accomplishment and an honor I was proud, I was recognized for my win at the Protec Pool Party.

isTia.Tv: What’s the difference between boy’s style and girl’s style?
Julie Kindstrand I try and skate like the guys... That's who I look to. Girls are just a little more fragile… I think a lot of girls look like they hold back because of it. Girls center of balance is in their hips and guys is in their shoulders. I'm seeing a lot more of the local girls at my home park skating with a more aggressive style and think it's awesome.

isTia.Tv: Do you have to be a tomboy to be a girl skater?
Julie Kindstrand No way... I'm Tom Boy at heart, but I'll shop till I drop and go to the salon or spa. I keep up on my hygiene.

isTia.Tv: How did you feel when ESPN cancelled the Women’s XGames?
Julie Kindstrand: It sucked majorly.

Fontana Skate Park
isTia.Tv: ESPN Says they cancelled the Women’s XGame because of a lack of competitors… Do you think that’s true?
Julie Kindstrand: When you remove the 15-20 best female bowl riders of Southern California, what’s the level of girls skateboarding? Have you heard about female bowl rider outside of California ? (Names???) Outside o the US (Names???) Yeah there are girls everywhere in the world on boards everywhere I go there's at least one. They took the girls outa the XGames because we aren't marketable enough... An ESPN article said because we aren't hot blonde babes, we aren't good looking, and don't wear stilettos.. Since when is that skateboarding... That's some people who definitely don't skate, and don't do it for the right reason. I'll stand behind that.

isTia.Tv: I’ve heard people called you the “female Tony Hawk” Is that true? Are there still people calling you that or is it that they call Tony Hawk The “male Julie Kindstrand”? Julie Kindstrand: Ahahahaha: I am who I am and I love to skate. I just try and encourage people to skate by skating my best and having fun.

isTia.Tv: Would that be a good thing for skateboarding to be at the Olympics?
Julie Kindstrand: I think skateboarding is amazing and if I got to the Olympics that would be awesome because more people would get to see it and wanna try it to!!

isTia.Tv: Shout outs and thanks
Julie Kindstrand: Thank you to all my sponsors, my family, friends, people who support me, people who love skateboarding, thank you to music and positive vibrations, and thank you the most to skateboarding I wouldn't be alive if my skateboard didn't save me.

Thanks Julie!

Thanks to Brandon Wong, Jim Goodrich, Ray Rae and Ted Terrebone for the pix. Used with permission only.
All other pictures previously released coming from Julie's Facebook page.
To see more pictures of Julie Kindstrand, go to Ray Rae's website...

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