"When difficult flip tricks started to go down in the early to mid 90's, consistency was a major issue. And when they got applied to grind or slide tricks, the attempt to land ratio was even more grim. It was just flick your board toward the curb or ledge and hope for the best. Fast forward a couple decades to today, and thankfully we have skaters at the skill level of Tommy Fynn. Not only does he do really difficult tricks, he does them really really well, he does them with great style, and he does them with a level of consistency unmatched by previous generations. I am really proud to welcome Tommy Fynn to the Stereo skateboards family today. The future's in good hands" - Chris Pastras Some words with Tommy Fynn
When Stereo sent over Tommy's sweet welcome video filmed by Stuart Fogarty, Michael Pearse, Mark Spencer, and Mike Poore and edited by Mark Spencer; we decided to take the opportunity to ask him a few questions about what he's been up to lately and his move to Stereo. Check out the interview below to find out what Tommy's got in the works for the rest of 2011 and beyond.
You just got hooked up by Stereo, how did that go down?
My friend Steve who works at Stereo in Australia came to Brisbane and we went skating. I was just telling him how psyched I was on Stereo and then I received an email from Trevor Ward who also works at Stereo Australia and then before I knew it I was talking to Chris Pastras. It all happened fast!
How does it feel to be on Stereo?
I'm super excited to be a part of the team. I've always thought Stereo was a really amazing company. I look foward to being a part of them for many years to come.
You're from Australia, have you been spending more time down there or in the US lately?
I've been spending a lot of time in Australia, but recently went on a trip to LA and got to meet a lot of the guys who are a part of Stereo and work at the company. I think I will be spending a lot more time out in the States in the future.
How does skating in Australia compare with skating in the US as far as spots? Do you feel like you're more productive there or here?
I feel more productive in Australia because everything is not as far apart as it is in America and you don't get kicked out of as many spots.
Who are your current sponsors other than Stereo?
Lakai flow, Matix flow, Independent flow, Modus bearings, Picture Wheel Company, Ashbury flow, and The Bay.
Tell us a little bit about The Bay. What is it and how did it start?
The Bay is a website / blog from my home town on the Bayside in Brisbane. I met the boys when I was fifteen and now we skate together all the time. It's run by photographer Tim Black and filmer Kane Stewart, both have been in the game for a long time. We just represent real skateboarding and from the start it was a way to expose all the talent that is in this area. At the moment it's starting to get a lot more of a global following so who knows where it's heading. Check it out! thebayskate.com
What's up with the Mobbn Deep video, how is your part coming along for that and when is it going to be released?
Mobbn Deep is going really good! There are a lot of upcoming Australian skaters in it. Everyone has been working really hard on their parts. My part is coming along good, but I still have a lot of work to do. I think they are looking at putting it out at the start of December, so make sure you look out for it!
Other than Mobbn Deep, what other projects are you working on? Does Stereo currently have a video in the works?
Yeah, I think Stereo is going to put out a new video soon, so once Mobbn Deep is done I'm going to start working on the new Stereo video.
What's a typical day like for you these days?
I still skate everyday! I usually wake up around 9:00 AM and call up the boys and see who's down to skate. We usually head down to our local park to warm up then we try go skate the streets!
You've got a mean backside noseblunt that you throw down in variations in most of the clips I've seen from you. Is that your favorite trick? Do you have any special technique when it comes to back noseblunts?
I like doing back noseblunts. My friend Dennis just told me to pose it out and ever since then it has worked for me.
Do you prefer skating ledges or rails? You seem to be equally good at both.
I like skating everything, but i really like skating rails. I just love the feel of it.
Who are your top five favorite skaters of all time?
Eric Koston, Heath Kirchart, Dennis Durrant, Tom Penny, and Scott Johnston.
Other than Australia and the United States, what countries have you been to that are good for skating?
China! China is the best place that I have ever been to for skateboarding.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2011?
I'm going back to the states in a month and I just want to keep skating and film for Mobbn Deep.
Any last words that you'd like to say to wrap this up?
Keep skating because it's the best thing in the world! And I just want to say thanks to all my sponsors.
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