We got another few questions answered by the other International rider travelling to Australia for the up and coming Shakedown / Be The Influence Boarder X Series. Tyler will be attending all the races on the East coast from Sat 26th OCT to Sat 16th Nov. Make sure you get yourselves to the races to see all the action for your own eyes!
Name – Tyler Howell
Age – 23
Home Town – Santa Barbara, California
Sponsors – Arbor Skateboards, Caliber Trucks, These Wheels, Arnett Sunglasses, Riptide Bushings, and TSG Pads
Stance – Regular
So how long have you been skating for? Also what type of skating are you doing most currently? I’ve been skating since I was about 10. I started skating in ditches and cruising mellow hills to get to the skate park and around town. I’ve always loved skating transition and bowls, but this past year I’ve been focusing on racing and making it to events. But I try to skate everything along the way.
Who are your closest homes/mates to go shredding with? and who pushes you to go bigger and steezier? The local Santa Gnarbara homies are always out shredding and killing it, both on and off the hills. I feel blessed to have Santa Barbara and such a rad crew of homies to come home to between trips. I tend to find myself being pushed the hardest while skating with any of my teammates, at competitions, or where everyone is throwing down crazy tricks and combos. All my teammates are rippers and most of them love to skate everything, which has us hitting almost every rad skate park and road in our path. I most find myself trying to emulate these homies and have taken the most consistently heavy (balls out) runs with- James Kelly, Byron Essert, Liam Morgan, AFB, K Rimes, Brandon Tissen, Ross Druckrey, Duke Degen, Scott Lembach, Chance Gual, just to name a few..
Photo – Jon Huey
So when you not skating, what other sports or activities fills in your life? Snowboarding is my favorite sport, so I try to get up to the snow and ride as much as possible. I love to surf when the waves are good. If theirs no waves ill go skim, rock climbing, or hiking if I’m not skating.
Broken bones are something that goes hand in hand with skateboarding, what’s been your worst injury to date? and what happened? Yup, this is definitely true and something I know to all too well. I’ve broken both ankles, my hand, and had wrist surgery in the last 3 years along with knee and shoulder problems. In fact I’m in a cast right now with a broken hand waiting to get it off the day before I leave for Auz. My first ankle break was by far the worst. It happened doing a miller flip at my local park and caused a 2inch spiral fracture into the center of my ankle. I was on crutches for almost 10 months and couldn’t skate, surf, or snowboard that whole year- It SUCKED!
Would you say you’re all about racing? or more the Free ride guy? … and why? If its not race season I’m all about skating fast standup into every corner and goofing off down every run. Do what makes you happy. It’s skateboarding, so if you’re not happy you’re doing something wrong. I’m pretty new to racing so I know when the season comes around I have to become much more focused on nailing lines, gaining consistency and doing everything in my power to be faster if I want to be a contender with guys like James and Kevin. As much as I love to goof off and just have a good time, sometimes that competitive side will take over and it’s on! I would love to be successful in this sport so I can keep getting sent to amazing places and meeting awesome people.
Photo – Mark Golter
What’s your thoughts on the whole Hybrid / Crossover thing that’s happening with longboarding? No complaints from me, that s*** is so fun! All the crossover events I’ve been a part of have turned into progression sessions with new tricks and combo’s coming out left and right. To me its just like slopestyle and boardercross snowboarding, only on skateboards. But what does worry me is what’s going to happen when the best pro park skaters want to be a part of what were doing.
Travelling and skating would have to be one of the best things you can do, where and what have been your top trips / destinations so far? Traveling has been such an awesome experience and I’ve meet so many rad people along the way. This season I would have to say my favorite events were Angies Curves, Pikes Peak, Cathlamet Downhill Corral, Boomtown BoarderX and Slopestyle, Catalina Classic, Giants Head, and Britannia. Went up to British Columbia in Canada 3 times this summer- 2 Slider bus trips with the caliber crew all the way from San Francisco and caravanned with the Arbor bus one trip. Both adventures we skated close to 20 epic skateparks along the way, smashed some epic roads, and explored some of the most beautiful area’s I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to make it back to Canada and to explore more beautiful countries like it. It’s been a dream of mine to visit Australia since I was a kid and couldn’t be more amped to get the chance to live it.
Photo – Scott Wippermann
Day job? What brings in the bread & butter mate? I’ve been lucky enough to keep my job throughout my travels at a high-end steakhouse in the downtown area of Santa Barbara. My boss thinks what we do and the opportunities we get to travel are rad. He’s been letting me go to any event as long as I tell him ahead of time and gives me work when I get back, even if its only for a week. My other job is working at the Arbor Collective shop in SB where I sell what I love. My boss is my friend and a super rad dude that shares a passion for all the same hobbies. He was actually my first connection with Arbor and started me as one of his shop sponsored riders for skating a 40inch double kick in the park. He gave me my first longboard, which started my addiction. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him. I feel very blessed with the way I’ve been able to live this past year, and know it wouldn’t be possible without them.
Photo – Mark Golter
Your set up? A lot of the crew down here are wondering what to ride at the up and coming Boarder X events can you tell us what your riding? It’s the same set up I’ve rode for the past coupe boarderX events and its been handling great!
Deck? Arbor Shakedown 39” (double-kick)
Trucks? Caliber 50degree
Bushings? Riptide 93 wfb magnum board-side, barrel road-side/maybe double barrelWheels? These Wheels 272 66mm energy core
Bearings? Bones Swiss
Extras? Blood Orange grip, Riptide pivot cups, TSG pads