So, what's up with that pool lit by green lights? It looks like some UFO landing pad.
Skater spot, man. That was just a homie that Gregson knew that lived
out in the middle of nowhere. Me, Grayson Fletcher, Gregson, Kieran
Woolley, and Tim Aguilar went there. It was a made-to-skate pool and was
a full swimmer–you can fill it up with water and swim in it. That was
like one of the two times he's only drained it; 95% of time that thing's
filled with water. But we were there at the right time where it worked
out. We had already filmed that line during the
day. And then as it got dark, and the dude who owned the place like,
"Hey, check this out." He turned the lights on. We were like, "Holy shit;
crazy!" You can't really tell in the footage, but it made the whole bowl
glow green. Chris was like, "Hey, can you do that line again?"
You rode a few indoor pools.
Yeah, indoor pools are like, my favorite thing. Just it's so unique
and it's so different. We rode two of them in the video. Both of those
were up in Sacramento area. John Worthington took us to both. It was
kind of funny cause he was like, "What do you want to ride?" I was like,
"You have any indoor pools?" "Yeah, I do." There are so many pools
there, it's what kind of pool- "Inside or outside- what do you want?"
The one that I did the channel in was filled with peacocks; it was
You had riding clips from the last two Swampfests in there. How did
you even film anything while you're working on finishing putting
together a jam?
It wasn’t easy. While I'm filming a clip, I'm on the deck checking my
phone, on the phone with the guy dropping off the skid-steer, and then
suddenly Home Depot is calling me about a lumber package. And then I try
trick for like three times. And then suddenly, the screen printer calls
me. And I'm literally juggling all these things. Having a Swampfest
section in the video was all Chris's idea, where he was like, "Hey,
nobody really ever gets to see you ride the things that you're building.
It would be really cool if we could film some stuff." It was hard. My
motivation was extremely low, but Chris was like, "You're going to be
stoked to have these in this part." So that's why there wasn't a
lot of Swampfest footage, just because I was so depleted. I even got
that one clip the morning after the bowl was burned down. It
was a lot, but I guess I'm just used to feeling like shit at this point,
so it's nothing different.
What about the quick shot of you getting handcuffed?
We went to the coast and after hurricane Ian hit and we noticed that
there were a bunch of damage done, and it was crazy. There were some
empty pools because there was a lot of erosion; once the weight
was distributed differently within the pool, they would crack, and then
all the water would drain out into the ocean. And then there was all
this concrete stuff everywhere. We rode it for two days, and we were
like, "Wow, that was crazy." So then a week goes by and then another
hurricane comes through, and then we were like, "Well, we should go back
out there and check it out." When went back out there again, everything
that we had rode was gone, and there was three times the amount of
stuff there, which is what I filmed with Chris. (More about this in the upcoming Issue 2023) It was all stuff after
the second hurricane. So, it wasn't just the fact that there was a
hurricane, it was the fact there were two massive hurricanes that destroyed some of the coastline and it was insane, man. It was touchy
because obviously all these things were a natural disaster. And you
don't want to be having fun on somebody else's misfortune. But these are
multi-million-dollar corporations, hotels; we're not going up and
riding someone's living room, who just lost everything. I'll ride a hotel
pool that obviously is going to get redone. But what it was leading to
is that there were a lot of people going out there and looting hotels and just taking advantage of the situation. We were riding a
pool one day. The erosion was so bad on the beach that the patio of the
hotel next to us was like eight feet higher than where we were standing.
And I look over and I see a cop like eight feet up, standing on this
pile of rubble. He's like, "What are you guys doing?!" I got the camera
in my hand, I'm filming Dave (McDermott) and Marcel (Anderson) ride this
pool. "Oh, we’re riding bikes." He jumps off the pile of stuff and does
like a straight-up stuntman roll in all this broken wood and stuff,
runs over to me and snatches me up and is like, "Get on the ground, put
your hands behind your back!" I couldn't believe this was about to
happen; we're going to get arrested. So that's why there's a clip of me
getting arrested, because Jabe or Marcel pulled out their phone and was
filming me. It was funny, because when he was detaining
me, I was looking at Jabe, mouthing to him, "Film this, film this." He
put me in handcuffs and put me on the ground. And I was like, "Look,
man, we're just riding bikes. I have a camera in my hand they're riding
bicycles, he's wearing a helmet. We're not stealing stuff." Then
eventually it all simmered down, and he let us all go. Second time I've
been in handcuffs for riding, but I've never been thrown in jail yet.
So, knock on wood.
Talk about the Stone Edge Skatepark appearance.
Stone Edge had just gone out of business. Gregson went to Miami to
film some skate stuff. I drove to Miami and picked him up and brought
him to Orlando, because I was like, "Yo, there's some crazy hurricane
shit. We really should try to get some of this for my Vans part." And
when we were filming the hurricane stuff, I was like, "Oh, also, Stone
Edge is in the area, and it just closed down." So, we just went to
the park. He's like, "Yo, you got to get a clip here." And since then,
it has been demolished completely. I just thought that would be kind of
cool to have that in the part, because it's like a whole Florida section.
There are 16-inch bike clips from your yard.
(Laughs) All out of necessity. I had the idea to do the portal in
my backyard, and then do the air and then do it switch. But whenever
you go to do it switch coming back, the radius is so tight where your
position is that your bike won't fit in there. I was like, "I wonder if I
can do it on a 16 inch? I don't know, that might be kind of weird to
have a 16-inch bike clip in the part." And Gregson was like, "The move is
crazy enough where you're having to use a smaller wheelbase. That makes
sense, you know?" I end up riding my backyard on a 16-inch way more than
a regular bike at this point. Matt Beringer 2.0.