SPILL THE BEANS WITH JEAN-MARC JOHANNES (PART 2

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1. Skateboarding has obviously been your main focus. Do you have any other hobbies, passions or time wasters?

Well basically I skate everyday as much as I can and at night I make music. What some people might not know is that I am a guitarist in the band called “The Plague”, but it is more on the sideline or falls under a hobby. Check out the facebook page.

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2. You are known for your technical skateboarding. Do you feel pressured into getting more tech? Or do you have a more natural progression?

Ummm…to be honest I kind of place pressure on myself or set my own standards because I want to keep progressing everyday or learn new tricks all the time, I don’t want to limit myself to a hand full of tricks when there is so many tricks out there to get in the bag. I changed the way I go about sessions sometimes, I still go and hunt for spots to skate/film with my friends but there are days I would dedicate to a single trick and lock it down. Once that’s done it goes to routine in every session.

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3. What are your thoughts on publicity? I see you have been getting a lot of interviews on TV, radio, print media etc. Is it a bitch or bonus?

Ha ha yeah there’s been quite a few that been going down over the last year or so, but I am always stoked on it! It’s a good thing to know that some mainstream media are stoked on skateboarding.

4. I heard you are doing DAM AM again! Tell us a bit about the red lights, the coffee shops, the parties….or you can tell us about the comp?

Yes, I am competing again this year. Yeah man, Amsterdam is crazy, there are no rules and when I say rules I mean that literally anything goes. I did stumble upon the red light district but it was quite disturbing to be honest ha ha ha. When you grow up in place where that kinda thing is wrong you look at it differently I guess, but basically any story that you heard about Amsterdam that you though could not be true…its true. If the V&A waterfront in Cape Town was a city that had no rules and the sun only set at 11pm at night with countless clubs, bars and shop – that would be Amsterdam . I don’t know how many times me and my girlfriend nearly got run over by a bicycle over there. They don’t know nothing about a five point check ha ha.

The Contest itself was out of control though, I didn’t think in all my life I would be competing against riders like Youness Amrani. I managed to make the podium in best trick last year with a double bigspin flip down the big set, but Youness came straight after with a varial heel manual to back smith down the handrail and took 1st place. I really cant predict the level for this year, I’ve been training and working on runs in national comps since last year so God willing it brings good results in the near future.

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5. Please give us an update on which brands you are on now. Because I believe it is quite impressive!

I am currently riding for, Red Bull, Volcom Clothing , Almost Skateboards, Globe shoes, Nixon watches, Vonzipper S.A, Revolution ,GoPro and Virgin Active. It is honestly such an honor and privilege to be riding for and representing such amazing brands and to be interacting with the greatest, most professional people in the field. They have helped me in my skating career in so many ways. From the starting line to where we are now, they have been there every step of the way. I can’t thank them enough for everything.

SPILLING THE BEANS WITH JUAN SMIT

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1. Some know you as Mr DIY in the South African skate scene. You build spots, find spots and you make crafty stuff from old boards. Have you always been driven to do these things or do you just do it to be that cool guy that does DIY things?

I am a cool guy! come on! What do you mean, haha. Yeah I always been making stuff since I started skating and you can ask Craig Leak as that is where I met him first. I always had rails boxes by my house that I made and on some weekends random kids would come over and ask me if they could skate my park!!! haha so funny. I never guessed that I would start making stuff out of skateboards and so far its going great. I think finding spots and making spots skatable is part of being a skateboarder and its in our nature.

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2. What is your latest skateboard cut out you have done? Is there a fresh idea you have come up with or a challenging task in the process of production?

My latest cut out of a skateboard would be The Yoyo’s. It’s doing good and I think people can connect with it because all of us had one sometime in our lives. I get some funny requests but I always try my best in making the client happy. New ideas always come when I am busy with another board and when I make a mistake. Friends and clients often post links to me on my facebook page or email. That helps a lot so thanks everybody!!

3. One of your fans wrote in and begged us to ask you if it’s possible to make a detailed 3D sculpture of your face out of old boards for him? Would that be possible?

I guess so. Any thing is possible but is he willing to pay me in dollars?? Some of the work is really time consuming and sometimes its not about if I can’t make it or not. Sometimes I run out of boards or I don’t have the right boards at the time. Its a work in progress I guess and I also prefer making more industrial design stuff and ”not arty stuff”. What’s the point in making stuff you can’t use??

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4. Has your voice ever gone hoarse from screaming when you are struggling to land a trick?

Horseplaying is my game on a skateboard…bra! Its nice to get the bats out of the attic once in a blue moon. It help me sometimes to scream or laugh if I don’t get the tricks. You must watch’ ‘say no to anger” in our first streets road trip. Thats some PG 18 shit right there. haha

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5. What can the viewer’s expect for your AV Close-up? Are there any tricks that you are particularly proud of? (Except for your last few tricks! Keep that a surprise)

I like grinds and tranny/ditches bitches, no flip in flip out shit leave that to the ledge monkeys. The Mary-Poppins took a lot out of me and the foot plant in durbs. I am a easy skater lately, I am getting older and the bones ain’t that young anymore.I tryed my best in this close-up but it has also been hard having two jobs and filming on my off days. Hope you guys like it.

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