Josh Pall / Interview

If Josh Pall's name isn't without ringing a bell to you, it's probably not because you're associating it with the latest social media 'story' of that one guy puking his guts out on the streets last night, nor because you can still recite the entirety of the contents of his latest box from his jeans sponsor that he just opened in front of a crowd of Snapchat strangers. In fact Josh is more of the discreet type, who might as well just show up unexpected and tear a spot apart - a skate tendency exemplified in the (quality) Pass~Port video offerings.
 
Indeed, Josh skates fast - too fast for one to scrutinize over his haircut in a clip - and that's regardless of how rugged said spot it, as he'll still come up with a quirky utilization for it, and charge towards it via more pushes than most. Keeping skateboarding impeccable!
 
 

PHOTOS: THOMAS ROBINSON

 

LIVE Skateboard Media: The U.S. and Australia can look quite similar, in the eyes of the average, untrained European; how would you describe the main differences between both cultures?

Josh Pall: The pub culture is a lot different in Aus; going down to your local establishment and running into your mates, having your standard counter meal feeds. I'd say Australia would be similar to the U.K. in that regard. Australia is super multicultural with all their food, as well with the U.S., but I think the connection and distance between L.A. and Mexico opened myself up to this culture of people and food that I didn't grow up in and is newer to me, I'm backin' it.

"Having something else to be creative with and a distraction from skateboarding is ideal"

LSM: You turned pro a couple years ago; what are the main changes that you feel differentiate being a professional skateboarder from being an amateur?

JP: There's no differences really, you're still doing the same thing. Whether the drive to do it is the same as before is up to that person; you're just skating something with your name on it.

Coming up with graphic ideas? Which I rarely do, ha.

LSM: Who would you say are the most iconic Australian skateboarders, and why?

JP: There has been some good ones, but I'd say Shane Cross, Dustin Dollin and Lewis Marnell are all very iconic, and were all guys that paved the way for people around my age and that generation of skateboarding.

They each had their own unique style and taste within skateboarding, and are all guys that went on to the States and made a name for themselves on a global scale. R.I.P. Shane and Lewis!


Slappy 50-50.

LSM: You moved from Melbourne to Sydney and then it seems that you live in L.A. now. What made you decide on this move, and how things are going on there?

JP: I moved from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to Sydney when I was twenty, and lived there for eight, nine years.

I guess firstly moving to Sydney was because there was way more going on, skate-wise and life in general, for a young buck. Then once you've been somewhere for so long, it all starts feeling a bit too normal and familiar, so I think I just reached a point where I wanted to do something new, and certain things in my life at that time made all that possible as an idea.

I had a bunch of friends in L.A., and decided to work towards that and getting a visa. It's been great there, I'm loving it, keeping busy, and stoked on having a new city to explore.

"He tried to deck Weckingball in front of everyone at the Dime contest in Montreal last year when he was roaming around outside in his underwear"

LSM: Back when you were still am, you would work other jobs besides skating - like screen-printing or woodworking. And it looks like you still do things on the side; would you reckon you have a certain need to keep yourself busy besides skating?

JP: You for sure need some other outlets; having something else to be creative with and a distraction from skateboarding is ideal, I think. Keeps it fresh in some sense. I mean, if it's something you can do on the side to make some money, and you enjoy all the better, other than just working something else to survive.

But at the moment, I've been making picture frames. I've been trying to balance the two out, but am grateful that I'm able to use my hands in another way and get on the tools.

I have a good connection of people around L.A. who are down for my work, so it's nice to fill in the gaps and stay busy, whenever skateboarding is a lil' stagnant.

LSM: You had been to L.A. on trips before, but now that you can consider yourself a "local", how do you see the L.A. skate scene?

JP: The scene is good - there's a lot of skaters here, so most spots are pretty blown out and finding new things is kinda hard, but at the same time if you put in a lil' work then there’s plenty of cool shit to skate. The main difference from being on a trip though, is you get a little comfortable and that urgency of ‘doing something’ before you go back home doesn’t exist, ha!

LSM: Do you have any crazy story involving your teammate Callum Paul?

JP: Ha!... Ahh, I guess Callum just loves pushing people's buttons, and he's good at it.

He tried to deck Weckingball in front of everyone at the Dime contest in Montreal last year when he was roaming around outside in his underwear, that was pretty funny.

LSM: Any project you might be working on? A video part? Yet another move?

JP: Ha! I don't think I'll be moving anywhere again too soon, moving is exhausting.

We are currently working on a Pass~Port full length, which will probably be out in a few months.


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