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the supra skaters take london

Meet the SUPRA boys; skate boarding’s hottest new talent. There’s Spencer Hamilton, whose eyes are as blue as the ocean and whose skills are sharper than a knife. Then there’s Kevin Romar, king of the Backside 360s, although his friends call him Fromar because of his trademark ‘fro. Oscar Candon is the cute French one who plays the guitar and is gnarly as fuck (he smokes rollies without the filter). And finally, there’s Lucien Clarke who’s more chill than a bucket of ice, and who twists and turns as if he’s cutting through butter. Skating since they were kids, these guys are fresh as they come, we caught up with them on the last leg of their SUPRA tour in London.

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What did your first board look like?
Spencer Hamilton: It had a tomato, which turned into a big fucking skull and had a needle going into it.
Lucien Clarke: It was a World Industries Wet Willie board. It was like a flame boy, there was a whole series of them. There was one with a blue flame and the other one was a fireball, basically.
Kevin Romar: It was one of those boards that you could get from a regular grocery store. And they’re just plastic and it barely rolls. 

What posters did you have on your walls growing up?
I had Michael Jackson; you know the one where he’s standing wearing the leather jacket. 
SH: I wasn’t that kid who had a bunch of posters on his wall but I did have one of Mark Napier for fucking reason. Probably because he was from Canada.

What do you love about skating?          
Oscar Candon: Just the community factor. You can come to any country or town and if someone has a skateboard they’re your friends straight away. You just get there and go straight to the skate park and there are other skaters there. Most people don’t have that, if you come to a new city and you don’t have a friend or know the city you better get drunk otherwise you’re fucked.
KR: The satisfaction you get from landing a trick. Once you land one trick you just want to move on to another, and it feels even better.

What does it mean to be a pro skater?
SH: To have your name on a board, that’s the most clear cut definition. 

What does it mean to skate for a brand?
SH: Fucking paycheck. 

When did you find out that you could make career from skating?
LC: When I was about 16. I was skating for Vans, back then. Then I started going on tour, and I was like, "Fucking hell, this is kinda cool.’’ They’ve literally taken me everywhere, like Portugal and all these places I’d never been. I was like, "This is banging, man.’’ I love skating and now I can earn some money from it. I’ve just been doing it ever since.
KR: I went pro a year and a half ago. It was a surprise, I didn’t know I was turning pro; it was actually Dennis Martin, the team manager for Supra. He had taken me out to dinner one night and he was like, “Do you want to do something? Let’s go to the Red Room.” So we started driving there and I see a bunch of my friends outside, and then as we pull up in Dennis’ car they scatter. I walk up the bar and inside are all my homies: Chad Muska and Stevie Williams, everybody up there is just hyped and being like, “Congratulations, you’re pro now!”’ 

Do you plan out your skating routine beforehand or do you just go with the flow?
SH: Some people plan that shit out. I mean they’ll watch skate videos and be like, “I wanna go to this spot and do this trick,” which works for some people but I fucking hate that. When I’m on tour I’m like let’s just go to a spot, wherever you wanna take me, just as long as I’m skating, you know? I like the random stuff.
KR: Sometimes I’ll plan it like that but sometimes someone will take you to a spot and if you’re feeling it your mind starts going all over the place thinking, “What can I do?’’ Once you see a bench or a table your mind instantly starts seeing all these images in your head. It’s kind of like art, actually. That’s what skateboarding is. 

Do you still get scared?
LC: Yeah, all the time. The best feeling is when you actually do it though, even if you’re petrified.
SH: Yeah course, that’s the whole point. That’s why you do it. There are those fucking terrifying tricks that you’ve got to get hyped for and then there are the tormenting small things, they’re not scary but they’ll take you fucking longer.

Have you had any major injuries?
OC: Loads. You see my broken teeth? When I was a kid I was running as fast as I could against my old brother. And I was winning, so I turned around to look at him and then turned back and suddenly there was a fucking metal fence.
KR: I’ve actually broken 11 bones. I broke my wrist six times. I broke my jaw seven years ago. But it wasn’t skate boarding though; it was miniature golf, of all things. 

What music are you into?
OC: I really like Neil Young and Black Sabbath.
LC: Mainly hip-hop, Detroit house and reggae. 

What do you think will be the future of skating? Will it still be about subcultures of kids just hanging out and wanting to skate or will it be more commercial driven and become all about sponsorship?
SH: It already fucking is, I have kids coming up to me and being like, “How do I get sponsored?’’ When I was a kid I wasn’t worried about getting sponsored, I didn’t even know what sponsoring was. 

Do you ever reach out to young skaters and give them advice?
SH: I try. My board company promotes in the direction that I’d like to, with food companies. I’m really into that. I mean just like raising awareness about the bad ones, like Monsanto. I feel like personally I try to put out awareness for local initiatives, and like farmers markets.
KR: Kids love hearing advice from pro skaters, so I’m down to help them with professional skating. It’s not easy, if it was easy, everyone would do it. It’s gotta be hard and you have to do that journey to become a professional skater.