It’s not the equipment that makes a true champion. It’s the spirit, desire, motivation, and pure will power to make your chosen sport an extension to your body. In the case of professional skater, Louie Lopez, his board is the extension to his legs, and you will rarely find him detached (unless he really has to, like to collect a trophy or something).
Lopez can do just about anything on four wheels, and if he can’t do it, then son, I’m afraid it just can’t be done. He’s been in the media’s eye since he was 7 years-old, and in the last 10 years he and Flip Skateboards have had an amazing run of championships–the most recent being 1st place at the Dew Tour Street Finals.
Urbasm: So, you just won the Dew Tour Street Contest–what are you going to do now?
Louie Lopez: Same stuff I’ve been doing. Skating and having a good time. I have some travel coming up with Volcom to South America that I am excited for, a trip with my new shoe sponsor in December (we haven’t announced the sponsor yet), and filming for my pro edit for Flip Skateboards.
Urbasm: That’s right, you’re a pro now. In case any of you readers missed Lopez’s passage into pro skater status, here’s the video presented by Flip Skateboards.
Urb: What areas of skating do you think you still need to master?
LL: There is always room for improvement in all areas. Every day I try and learn something new.
Urb: Have you invented any tricks that are all your own?
LL: No. Maybe someday.
Urb: What is one of the craziest experiences you’ve had while on tour?
LL: Craziest would have to be in Argentina. While having breakfast we saw a family (Mom, Dad, grandparents, and babies) looking for someone with bats, broken bottles, and keyboards. They were looking for someone that had made them angry. We were freaked out.
Urb: What legacy would you like to leave behind for future generations to remember you by?
LL: Just to remember skating is a about having fun… so go out and have a blast!
Urb: You must mean something like this:
Thanks again, Louie. Good luck on your tour to South America.