Jed Anderson Interview

Jed Anderson is a born and raised Calgarian who happens to a bunch of things really well. He’s a talented skateboarder, but he’s also much more. Read on to learn a bit more about Jed.

Where were you born?

Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

How long have you been skating for?
I started skating when i was about 6 years old. I slowed down a little bit through junior high after Source Park had closed. I was kind of intimidated to go to Mills when I was younger. I eventually started going there a little bit. A little bit turned into everyday. It’s probably one of the most positive things that has happened. Everyone of my friends from Calgary I’ve met through that skatepark basically. It’s pretty crazy.

A lot of people who aren’t into snowboarding probably don’t know this but you’re pretty well-known in the snowboard world. Are you pro?
Haha. Yeah, I am a professional snowboarder. Skating is what got me into snowboarding. I started skating and it snowed so what else was I to do? Luckily enough my family had the resources that allowed me to make it out to the mountains and have gear and everything.

You must travel a lot for snowboarding. Do you do a lot of contests?
Nah I don’t really do contests any more. When I was younger I would enter them all the time. I used to really enjoy it. It was a great way to push my self during that time. Nowadays I just like to film video parts and push my self at spots.

Do you bring a skateboard on your snowboard trips?
Every trip I go on for snowboarding I always bring my skateboard. Even if we are in the most wintery of cities I always find some time to skate.

Who do you skate with? Where are your favourite places to skate?
I skate with bunch of people in Calgary. Bacon, Dustin Henry, Kevin Lowry, Thorburn, Tre, Ben Blundell, Tyler Warren, Drew Merriman, Andy Lockhart, Luke Gonis, Tristan Henry, Dave Livingston, Coulten, Bobby Lee, Mike Able, Dan Morales, etc. Anyone who’s at the park that day ahha.
Favorite places to skate… Mills, downtown Calgary, any mini ramps or bowls, New York City, Portland Oregon, any city, any shitty skate park, any good skatepark, any skatepark, any cement, anywhere.

Name your sponsors:
The Source, Indy flow, Krooked flow.

What video parts are you most proud of? (skate and snow)
I havent really had a skateboard video that I am proud of yet. Hopefully this year. snowboard wise im probably most proud of my most recent part called In Full. I still don’t have any part that I am too pleased with yet though.

Who are your snow sponsors?
Nike, Salomon Snowboards, Protec, Ashbury, Stance, The Source.

Who did/do you look up to?
I’ve always admired my friends and family. They will always be the people I look up to the most. In skating there’s a huge list.
When i first started it was everyone on the Shorty’s team. I had Fulfill the Dream and would watch that over and over again. I also had Transworld’s video Interface. After those videos I got my hands on Real to Real. This was the first time I saw Mark Gonzales. I always remember thinking his part was different. But it wasn’t until I got a little bit older that he became one of my all time favorites (of course). Nowadays I am into all sorts of skateboarders. To name a few…. Andrew Allen, Andrew Reynolds, Omar Salazar, Shawn Powers, Arron Harrington, Nolan Johnson, Logan Lara, Van Wastell, Tony T, Jason Dill, AVE, Jake Johnson, Mike Carroll, Alex Olson, etc. I probably get the most excited watching my friends do tricks though.

Favourite music?
I enjoy most genres, depending on my mood. I listen to a lot of rap and hip hop, new and old. I like lots of old hardcore and punk music. I like a lot of house and “electronic” made music. A lot of “chill wave” hahaha. I like lots of blues and jazz. A lot of old rock n roll. A lot of alternative.

Rap (new): Juicy J – Smokin and Sippin
Hip Hop (old): Beatnuts – Riks Joint
Old HC: Urban Waste – Public Opinion
Chill wave: Clams Casino – All I Need
Blues: Sleepy John Estes – Down South Blues
Jazz: Mulatu Astatke – Girl From Addis Ababa
Old Rock n Roll: Summer Time – Santo and Johnny
Alternative: Hope Sandoval – On the Low

Any big plans for 2013?
Just skateboard and snowboard I guess. Stay healthy, travel.

Do you still play music? I remember you had a band, Topanga and the Flatspots.
I never personally played any music, I was vocals. I would love to learn how to, or just be vocals in a band again. It was really cool being in a band, I loved playing house shows.

You’re currently living in Brooklyn, right? Did you get evacuated because of the storm?
Yeah I’ve been living in Brooklyn for about 2 months now. Just for the fall. It’s great here, but a bit overwhelming. Skateboarding in the city just feels right. It’s crazy when you’re skating around and you see a spot you remember from a video or something. I was in awe the first time I went skating here. It all seemed so surreal. I was lucky enough to meet a bunch of cool skateboarders out here too, so its nice to have homies to call up and skate rather than just going by your self how I did when I first got here.
The hurricane is getting pretty wild right now, I haven’t been evacuated but stuff is flying everywhere out there.

Are you coming back to Calgary? Why or why not?
Yeah I’ll come back to Calgary. Calgary is home for now, and i don’t really have a problem with that. One thing that really bums me out though is that we don’t have any indoor facility to skate during the winter months. It really makes no sense to me. I think that if the city were to provide a spot for kids to go skate in the winter there would be a lot less problems for the youth in the city. I’ve seen countless skateboarders fall into stupid shit during the winter months just out of boredom and nowhere to skate. I know for a fact that if we had a place to skate during the winter, you would see a lot more successful skateboarders coming out of Calgary. Kids here are already so good, and they only have those months of warm weather to skate. If they had a place to go when the weather was bad, they would improve twice as quick. I know that some people might think “well why don’t these kids just start snowboarding like you did?” There are so many families out there that can’t afford to do that. I know if I wasn’t able to get free gear now, and I had to provide equipment for my self, I probably would snowboard either. It’s so expensive to snowboard. I just wish the city would realize that skateboarding is the most positive thing in the world. It’s the ultimate outlet for me, and a lot of people. If I feel angry, sad, happy, whatever, I can always express it through skateboarding. I know how cheesy that sounds but it’s true. I can’t think of many other ways you can express your self creatively and physically with no rules behind it. Every movement is your choice, no right or wrong way. I owe a huge part of who i am to skateboarding. I will never forget the day i got my first skateboard. For a lot of kids it is the only positive thing going on in their life.

Shout outs/last words.
Thanks, Nanny, for bringing over that yellow banana board to our house. Thank you to my family for encouraging me to do what I wanted. Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way. Thanks to Calgary for doing one thing right over decade ago and building the biggest shittiest/best skatepark ever. Shout out to all my homies In Calgary. I miss you! See you soon.

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