Alec Majerus's skating speaks for itself, but his win at the all-important Tampa Am contest two weeks ago speaks even louder. The 17-year-old Minnesotan beat serious young talents like Youness Amrani and fellow North Star Stater Davis Torgerson with an unprecedented kick flip bs lipslide over the course's gap. He recently spoke to RedBullUSA.com to talk contests, ball-busting, and the kindness of Louie Lopez.
Not much. How're ya doin?
Pretty good, pretty good.
Congratulations on the win.
Thank you man. Thank you. This was the biggest contest I've ever wanted to win so I'm pretty happy.
Contests seem like divisive force in the community. They display talent, yet pit people against each other and judge something artistic. What do you think?
I definitely get nervous, but for me contests are also fun. Because it's not just about the contest. It's also about the weekend with all of your friends you don't get to see very much. And skating with everybody that you look up to. This weekend I hung out with Jared Cleland and Louie [Lopez]. Louie and his dad are both super-nice. We always hang out when I'm in Cali.
One of the best pros today grew up and still lives in Germany. How has growing up in a seasonal place affected your skating?
It snows five months out of the year, which sucks because there’s no indoor skate park. 3rd Lair's an hour and half away. So in past winters I snowboard a bit, but don't really skate. Though we just got a mini-ramp in the garage, so I've been skating that. It's really whatever I can find. I just love being on a board.
How do you balance travel and competitions with school?
I used to go on-line school, but this is my last year so I wanted to go for real. You only get to do it once, so I'm not traveling much this year.
"It snows five months out of the year, which sucks because there's no indoor skate park. 3rd Lair's an hour and half away. So in past winters I snowboard a bit, but don't really skate." - Alec Majerus
Do people in your town know you're a skater?
Uhh, yeaaaaaah. There's only like 10 of us in town. Though at contests, everyone thinks I'm from Cali. Then I tell them I'm from Minnesota, and they're like “Whoaaaaaaa maaaan. I thought you were from Cali.”
You closed your winning run (and wowed over the crowd) with a hugely perfect kickflip bs lipslide over the gap. Was that planned?
Not really. When I first saw the course and saw the gap, I thought “that would be sick,” and actually landed it once two days before in practice. But then I almost wrecked and once I almost hit my balls, so I was scared to try again. But I finally just went for it and the end, and it worked out.
Cole Louison is the author of 'The Impossible: Rodney Mullen, Ryan Sheckler and the Fantastic History of Skateboarding'
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