Aaron moves to Van

Our homie Aaron Enevoldsen moved to Vancouver, and honestly I’m quite jealous!  It’s a beautiful city with one of the most vibrant longboard communities in the world.  We asked a few questions to see what’s happening in the life of this Canadian, Latino loving song bird.

After you read the interview be sure to watch Aaron’s Rayne Longboards welcome video!

1. We hear you recently made a career change?  What’s the deal?

Ok Brian, very personal question. I might have to leave the room for a second…… *throws up* *comes back*

(Ed. Note:  A regular vomit routine is clearly what keeps him so skinny.)

Hello New York City and friends.

So I’ve had quite the raw longboard salesmen experience for 2011. I love my expanding knowledge about longboarding from an industry stand point, very complimenting to the knowledge I gained previously from a promotional standpoint. I’ve found out what I was capable of by riding a skateboard. Rayne Longboards is a company that pushes innovation both in their products and how their ridden, building products that should be looked to and sought for. Quality board-making makes quality riding, and you shan’t argue with that y’all. Building a better tomorrow means people using fresh skateboards, eating fresh salad, and leaving some flesh on the road.

I was previously working for Sayshun Longboards in Calgary, Canada, where I’m from. Sayshun is a powerhouse of people. I’m stoked on what they’re doing for the future and, as a very rapidly growing company I didn’t see myself fitting into their future, especially having wanted to move to BC for so long. The last member of my immediate family left Calgary when I was 17 and most of them moved to BC.

2. What’s your history with Rayne products?

I skateboarded 2400km on a Rayne Demonseed De-Lite Foam Core across Peru and Bolivia, with one friend (Paul Kent), and one total stranger(Adam Colton). Both had A Lot more experience than I. Then the next year we knocked down another 2000kms around Morocco on a Custom Long Treks Demonseed De-lite Foam Core with a 25lbs backpack. These ultra light-weight board designs have not failed 4 times in a row (Paul and I each on our 2 trips).

3. What’s the Rayne crew like?  Do they tar and feather the new guy?

We’ve got a rad little office crew. Tivohn Cox is that guy who makes you ask yourself, ”how have I not known you all these years DUDERRR?” And Les is incredible, he can fight off a herd of angry wild bulls in fewer a sentence than a Klondike Bar commercial. The G man Buksa Force has done nothing but worked ever since I got here. Though I went over to Grahams apartment this Sunday and we threw weights into his pool and dived in after them…. And you thought his skateboards were cool!

4. What’s Vancouver like?  Must be a nice change from being in a relatively quiet riding community…

Well if you mustache I got here in November and it has been awesome. The music scene here is enthralling dude. Weather is great! People really have the freedom to express themselves in Vancouver. I played an Open Mic last week and had a really welcoming crowd. Besides the tomatoes….There is a banging art scene here, and there are lots of Latinas, that’s all that matters. If you think Calgary has a quiet riding community that is an understatement! Where did G-Mack, or P-Kent, or J-Douglas or R-Harris Anna O’Niell come from? These guys making big holla.

(Ed. Note: Point taken – we’ll be up in Calgary this summer for the IGSA World Championships to find out for ourselves.)

5. Can you tell us a little about your Dirt Surfer history?

I’ve won a few lost a few. I’ve been professionally boarding in some ways for 6 years! It’s hard to be considered a professional when there’s very few people doing something. Dirtsurfer was an example of this, It’s not too hard to win a race when only 13 people show up to competed at the Paskapoo DH Rodeo, and there is a $1000 prize. The next Paskapoo only 6 Dirtsurfers showed up and I got 2nd $750 prize! I lost Top Challenge Montreal against 26 people. I biffed over and over again hard at that race constantly and didn’t proceed anywhere near the finals two years in a row! I did win the USA Mountainboarding Championships, ofcourse in Dirtsurfer category, it was a sweet offroad mountainbike boardercross course.

Through Dirtsurfer I travelled to Germany, Utah, Colorado, Montreal. I have to thank Nihat Uysal from Nixed sports for the incredible trip to Germany a few years back.

 

6. Any Long Trek plans for the future?  If not, what are most looking forward to in 2012?

Living a normal life. Haha, nothing yet from the Long Treks front.