Part of the purpose of our blog is to not only talk about interesting places to visit in Utah and showcase local businesses, but also talk to and promote interesting people in the community.
Richie Dominguez is a 20 year old local skateboarder that contacted us. He very politely asked us if he could be a brand ambassador for GSL Clothing. He told us about his dedication to skateboarding and talked about how he wanted to rep our local brand amongst his skateboarding friends. We were super stoked to connect with someone that seemed very passionate about the sport that he loves, but also seemed passionate about supporting our local products.
Richie has done a great job spreading the word about GSL via his Instagram page, so in turn, we wanted to showcase Richie and his skateboarding talents here on our blog. Here is a short Q& A we did with Richie about his love for skateboarding.
What was the first type of skateboard that you owned? How did you get into skating?
My very first skateboard was a Walmart board.
I was like 10 years old and remember my friends Taner, Eren, my brother Alex, and myself were just playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater and it looked like fun being able to do all those hard tricks and they looked so easy. So we begged our parents to buy us a skateboard and we went to Walmart and I remember grabbing this brown board with black wheels – its looked pretty awesome at that age, so we went back to my house and we tried taking down this little hill. I just remember all of us falling and getting back up and just looking at the board and I was thinking like “how can Tony Hawk do this??” But ever since that day we tried learning how to skate and after these years I still love skating and I’m still learning new tricks everyday.
Where are some of your favorite places to skate around Utah?
I really like skating anywhere in Utah… just cruising the streets and finding rails or ledges and gaps to skate. Utah has a lot of amazing places to skate, and the days I don’t feel like cruising around I just hit up my local park which is Kearns Skatepark and I will just skating with all my friends and have a good time.
Who are some professional skaters that you idolize?
I really look up Ryan Sheckler. This man has taught me that when I fall I should get back up and try again as he always does. He always pushes himself to the limit to succeed in what he wants. People say its “Go Big or Go Home” but to Ryan it’s just “Go Big”. After watching his new Plan B part, it makes me want to push myself to that limit so I succeed in what I want.
Favorite skate movie?
My favorite skate movie is called the “The Motivation”. It’s about eight of the world’s best pro-skateboarders prepare for the upcoming Street League Championship in NYC. Each equally talented, they all must overcome unique challenges – family pressures, injuries, money, fame and their own internal struggles – for a chance to win $200,000 and the title of best street-skateboarder in the world.
Do you play any other sports or do you just focus on skating? Do you keep skating in the winter?
I really enjoy snowboarding as a second sport. It’s fun and it’s quick. But I also skate in the winter when I get a chance at an indoor park or anywhere that not covered in snow.
What are your future plans? Do you want to compete or do you just skate for fun?
I plan on just skating and keep pushing forward and just hoping that I don’t get hurt so I can just keep doing what I love and having fun with everybody.
I already do both I have fun and compete because every day is a constant battle with yourself and trying to land a certain trick. I’ve been there many times where I have to go back and do the trick again because there’s that one day I have it and then there’s other days when I don’t have it. Every day is a competition with yourself in trying to land a trick. But we still always have fun with it. There are always friends there to support you and if you don’t ride away with the trick they’re going to be there to have your back saying “you got it next time” – so we always have fun skating, no matter what.