away days: meet the adidas skate team who toured the world

We hang out with the adidas team ahead of the premiere of 'Away Days,' adidas’ highly anticipated first full-length feature skate film.

by Lula Ososki
19 May 2016, 1:50pm

Blondey McCoy, 18, London

What's your most memorable experience from the trip?
I went surfing for the first time in my life, which I've always wanted to do. I was with Lucas and Benny in Bilbao, it was amazing. It's a lot harder than skateboarding. Snowboarding's a piece of piss, skateboarding is quite hard to master and then surfing's a different kettle of fish. But I was just happy to lie on my fucking belly in the middle of the ocean to be honest.

Where was the best skate spot that you found?
My favorite was just being here because personally I need to walk past something about 20 times a day and then think about skating it for like six months before doing it. Although the best footage is always the sporadic stuff, I like to have much more of a method.

How and when did you first get into skating?
I think I started when I was 11. A lot of kids in my school started doing it and I joined in immediately. There's a skate park close to my mom's house, I don't know who the fuck was behind designing it, it's just massive bowls and spine ramps. So I did that for a long time and then as soon as I came up to London and met Chewy Cannon and everyone at Southbank, I pretty much didn't come back and I must have been about 12 or 13 then. As soon I was up here I just stayed. It's nice to be in a capital city because it introduces you to a lot more a lot quicker.

What advice would you give to other young skaters?
To not follow trends too closely, just to be themselves. Do your own thing. If it works it works, if it doesn't at least you're happy with it.

Tyshawn Jones, 17, The Bronx, New

How was your experience of skating for Away Days?
It was fun. I had a good time. I traveled to London, Barcelona, LA, Atlanta, Miami, Germany… a few other places too.

What was your most memorable moment of the trip?
In Miami probably, losing $2000 gambling and jet skiing. That was fun.

You're pretty close with Na-kel Smith. How did you guys meet? Did you spend much time together while you were filming?
I met him at a Florida skate contest. We skated a lot for the video but he was hurt for a bit.

How and when did you first get into skating?
When I was 10, I used to play a video game called Skate. I was in the house with my brother and my uncle and my mom was like, "All you guys do is stay in the house all day. Go and do something." So she gave us money and we went to Target, bought boards, and that was it. 

Miles Silvas, 20, California

It's been three years in the making, how was your experience of working on Away Days?
I got on the team a little bit later, so for me it's been like a year and a half, maybe two. I traveled everywhere. I've been in Europe a lot, Barcelona, and Germany, Greece. I went to Korea — all over the world.

What was your most memorable moment of the trip?
Being in Barcelona with the whole team for three, four days was pretty cool. The team is so big. You go on a lot of trips where it's a couple of guys here, a couple of guys there, so we never really do the whole 23 people.

What was the best skate spot that you found?
Probably in Madrid, it's this plaza that you don't get kicked out of and it was the first time that I skated it. It's just perfect ledges and you can hang out there all day, have beers and skate. That was pretty cool.

How and when did you first get into skating?
I got my first skateboard when I was like five years old. So I've been skating my whole life.

Out of everyone on the adidas team, who would be the best and the worst to share a room with?
The worst, it wouldn't be too bad but rooming with Dennis Busenitz, he kinda smells. Then the best, probably Rodrigo TX because I'm used to traveling with him, he's my homie. 

Mark Suciu, 23, California

What's your most memorable experience from your time spent filming Away Days?
The tricks in my part of the film. I think back to switch frontside blunt sliding a handrail in Greece in spring of 2014. We stayed there for a week, we tried so hard to skate because it was spring break, I was going to school that whole semester and it was the only time I could skate. It just rained on us and I only got that one trick.

The full team came together in Barcelona. How was that?
That was November 2015, so just a couple of months back. It was pretty crazy. It's just impossible to get everyone to do anything at once, so it was cool to see everyone. We do have these huge dinners once in awhile though that are just, like, monumental. They're epic. The "cheers" with 40 people raising their glasses in one restaurant at once, it's amazing.

How and when did you first get into skating?
I was eight, or maybe it was earlier than that. It's a childhood thing for me. I'd always been really excited by skateboarding and it was just a small history of trying to get my parents to buy me a board and then to get me a real skateboard instead of the Toys "R" Us ones. I started skating by myself, so for the first two years I didn't really have skate buddies. I've always been pretty self-motivated. Since the beginning I've been on it.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
I think I need to be taking advice from my 16-year-old self. 16 is such a good age. I feel like at 16 I had such strong ideals and I think a lot of people who know what they like, who know what they want at 16 are really true to themselves.

Rodrigo TX, 32, Sao Paulo

Away Days has been three years in the making, have you been filming all the way through?
Yeah, we did a lot of traveling so I tried to stay on it as much as I could. I was hurt for about nine months so I missed a bunch of trips but besides that, I was on the road for two years straight pretty much.

Where was the best place you were able to visit while filming?
I think Taiwan. Everything is marble. There's not much skating there so it's new to the culture, new to the security guards too so they didn't know if they should kick you out or appreciate you. Taiwan for skating, but then Spain overall was probably the best one. I think for most skaters too, just the lifestyle, the plazas, the food.

How and when did you first start skating?
I started when I was about eight. I was just sitting on it, cruising around. Then I started getting in trouble when I was a kid and my parents took my board away. When I was 12, I had a homie from school who moved away for a year and then when he came back he was skating and I was like, "I want to skateboard again."

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
Have fun. Skateboarding is a toy in the first place, and that's why you started, to have fun. Don't worry about making it or not making it because that makes you frustrated about something you love. So don't worry about it, everything will be fine.


Text and photography Lula Ososki

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