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Oliver Percovich 
Founder of Skateistan
Location: Berlin

 
What’s going on in your life right now? 
Right now we’re wrapping up everything for the end of the year. It’s been an amazing year for Skateistan, in 2016 a lot of things came together. I’m just reminiscing about all of the amazing things that happened over the last year. 

When and how did you start skateboarding?
I started just before my 6th birthday, I got a skateboard from my cousin Alex. He was a skateboarder in the 70s and he gave me his skateboard in the 80s. So I´ve been skating for a very long time! 

Where did you grow up, and where are you living right now?
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and also in Papua new Guinea. Right now I live in Berlin but I do a lot of travelling, so I’ve probably only been in Berlin about half of this year or maybe less. More than half of this year I was travelling, but Berlin is where I’m based.   

What skate spots would you recommend in Berlin? 
There’s quite a few really good skate spots. I’m so bad with names and places but I really like a skatepark that is located near Prinzenstraße in Kreuzberg
 
What places would you recommend for someone visiting Berlin?
I think the time to visit Berlin is definitely in the summer, when the nights are really long and it’s beautiful along the canal and in the parks. One of my favourite places in Berlin is an old airport, Tempelhofer Feld, that got turned into a massive park. It’s located very central in the city and it’s a really awesome place to check out. There’s big parties and people go skateboarding or running there. It’s a pretty interesting place with all the old runways and the old airport building. And a lot of refugees are currently living inside of the old airport.      

When is your favourite time of the day and why?
My favourite time of the day is really early, maybe five o’clock in the morning. I like that time because it’s nobody around, it’s quiet and I don’t have any distraction. I usually go for a run and then I do some meditation. It’s a time where I don’t have my mobile phone on, I don’t have to check any e-mails and I don’t need to engage with anybody or anything. That’s definitely my favourite time in the day because it’s very quiet.  

If you could re-live one moment in your life, which one would it be?
I think something I’d really like to re-live is just an average day when I was around 11 years old, because my father died when I was 14. Just a moment when the whole family was together, maybe at dinner time, everybody sitting there and just being a family.    

How do you think people around you would describe you?
I think people would describe me as passionate, maybe a little bit eccentric and I think they see me as a very determined person.  

How and when did you come up with the idea of Skateistan?
Well, I went to Afghanistan in February 2007 and I brought some skateboards with me. When I got there it was winter but after a while when the weather got better, I pulled the skateboards out and started skating around the city. I saw that half of the population was under the age of 15 and they didn’t have many opportunities, they needed something to do and engage in. That’s where the idea came from. It wasn’t a complete concept then, it was really something that was a work in progress and it still is.   

What’s the next step for Skateistan? 
I’m really excited to do something in Jordan, we just did a trip there. It’s going to be really exciting to work with all the refugees, especially the Syrian refugees that are currently in Jordan, that’s our next step. We’re also going to expand our program in Cambodia, we currently have two locations there, and we want to build a new facility. 

What was it that made you want to do a collaboration with Cheapo?
I really liked what Cheapo stands for, equality and rights for all human beings. This is something that Skateistan stands for as well. We’re very proud about our association with Cheapo.  

What has the Skateistan foundation gained from the collaboration? 
A lot of money has been raised for Skateistan through the sale of the watch, over 20,000 USD. People have been supporting us in a really big way. That´s the equivalence of 20 children being able to go to Skateistan for a whole year. That’s a very big contribution to what we are doing. 

Next season the Skateistan X CHPO sunglasses will be out, tell us about that! 
We are super excited to do another collaboration together with Cheapo. Sunglasses are very important in South Africa, Cambodia and Afghanistan where we work, they are all really sunny places. So I’m looking forward to see our educators wearing the glasses, working with the kids. It’s a really cool collaboration. The name of the sunglass model is Rumi, Rumi was a poet that came from Afghanistan. He was actually born very near Mazar-e-Sharif where we have a skate school and we visited the site of his ancient home a few months ago. He is one of the most amazing poets of all time and I think it’s a beautiful name for the sunglasses to remember Rumi and maybe some people will discover his poems and fall in love with them.      

What are your plans for the future? 
I intend to keep working for Skateistan for as long as I live. I’m very excited about that. Next year I’ll be taking some time off to regain some energy and I’m going on a big motorcycle trip all around South America, so I’m very much looking forward to that. 
 
If anyone wants to support Skateistan, what should they do?
Right now we have a campaign called ‘Give her five’  where we encourage people to give 5 dollars, 5 euros or 50 SEK, anything with the number 5 in it. This is all to help us create more opportunities for girls and the work that we do with girls all over the world. People can go to our website and follow the instructions for the ‘Give her five’ campaign. That would be amazing.   

Illustration by: Iñaki Azpiazu


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Dominik Wagner

Der Snowboarder aus Österieich

Age: 28

Location: Schladming, Austria

What’s going on in your life right now?
Right now I’m finishing packing, I’m going to Canada tomorrow. It’s going to be great, my friend told me yesterday that I was going so it was on pretty short notice! Otherwise I’m just snowboarding, and trying to get ready for the season. It snowed a bunch in Austria pretty early for the season, but now it’s pretty dry.   

You have been to Sweden a few times right? How was it?
Yes, I’ve been to the Frontline Railjam three times I think. And I’ve been to Stockholm six or seven times. The first time I ever travelled alone for snowboarding, was to Stockholm. My luggage got lost and then I was running around Stockholm by myself for five hours before I got a hold of my friend who saved me. But it was fun because I got to see a lot, and I just walked around and had some food. I know the city now and I really like it, everybody is really well-dressed and I just like the whole vibe. I like the water, the small islands and the architecture. There are many things that makes it special, parties and good food haha.   

What do you do when you’re not snowboarding?
I’m skateboarding a lot. I snowboard almost the whole year, there’s three months when I’m not snowboarding, when I try to spend time with my family and my girlfriend. We’re also building a skate park back home, with our own bowl. We’re called the Bowlriders Club, you should check it out! I like to go to the seaside, my girlfriend has a house on an island in Croatia. We go there a lot and fish and eat good food.   

When and how did you start snowboarding?
I started when I was 12 years old. My first day of snowboarding was on Christmas Eve and I had been excited for a month because I knew I was getting a snowboard for christmas. And then I tried it out and fell on my head so I got a concussion. I had to spend the night in hospital, not the best start but I kept on doing it and had fun, so the accident didn’t stop me!   

We’ve seen that you ride in all white clothing, why is that?
Honestly it’s really just, I don’t know, I just need to change things. I’ve been snowboarding for over ten years, if everything is always the same, it gets boring for me. I try to change small things in my setup, like my clothes. One day I was just wearing all white for fun just to keep it interesting. It’s pretty much what I do with everything, I like change.

What are your inspirations?
I like skateboarding a lot, I get a lot of ideas and motivations from that. Whenever I see something I like I get inspired, it doesn’t have to be skate or snowboarding, just when someone does anything cool, motivating or creative. Everything can inspire me really.

Inspired by life?
Haha yeah, that sounds a bit corny but I guess that’s pretty much what it is.

If you weren’t a professional snowboarder, what do you think you would have done?
That’s a tough question. I went to school and studied sports science for two years, but then I quit because of snowboarding. I don’t think that I would’ve wanted to do that anyways but I guess that I would have tried to find something else that gets me as stoked and happy as snowboarding. I’d probably study something interesting or maybe just work in a factory or something, I wouldn’t mind having a normal job and just skating in my free time.

Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
I grew up in a town called Neunkirchen, it’s in lower Austria, 40 minutes outside Vienna. It’s a nice little town outside the big city. I moved to Schladming last year with my girlfriend. It’s better for me and for snowboarding, since it’s in the mountains. The park that I ride for, Absolut Park, is just 25 minutes away. And the glacier where you can snowboard in the summer and in the pre-season is just a 15-minute ride away. I can snowboard almost all year-round without really travelling too much.  

What places would you recommend in your hometown?
I don’t know, I don’t do much here except for snowboarding, whenever I’m not travelling I’m just at home. But there’s a good Italian restaurant next to my house, that has the best pizza in town, haha. I usually spend time with my girlfriend or with my friends and skating. It’s good for hiking, climbing and cycling, it’s a good place to do outdoor stuff. I try to be outside as much as possible.

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When is your favourite time of the day and why?
It’s kind of weird because I have the hardest time waking up in the morning. But I’m almost looking forward to going to bed so I can wake up and make coffee. I really enjoy that, drinking coffee in the mornings next to my fireplace, just enjoying the morning hours.

If you could re-live one moment in your life, which one would it be?
I look so much forward to everything that’s happening, that whatever I’ve done before, even if it was the best moment of my life, I still look forward to things that’s coming up. It’s more exciting for me to see change and what’s happening in the future than looking back on things I already did.     

What are your biggest fears?
I wouldn’t say that it’s a fear, but it would definitely suck to get hurt or sick or something, or if something happened to my family or friends. I’m not scared of stuff that could happen, you can’t really change things so I don’t like thinking about what could happen. Of course I’m aware that stuff could happen but I’m not sitting at home and worrying about it.  

How do you think people around you would describe you?
They probably all hate me and think I’m annoying, haha. No, but I’m my own biggest critic, I always try to reflect on what I’m doing and try to be a better person. I really have no idea how they would describe me, I hope they like me though!  

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you?
Some people don’t even know that I’m living here in Schladming now. It’s funny because I have friends that live here but they don’t know that I also live here now. I’ve been around for the past couple of years even when I wasn’t living here, and they still see me just hanging around so they probably just think that I’m visiting for the weekend or something.

We’ve seen that you always wear a Manchester United hat, is it because of Zlatan?
No, it’s pretty much just because I wanted to have a white hat, haha. And that was the only white hat New Era, the brand that I ride for, had. That’s pretty much what it is, I’m not a big soccer fan.   

What was it about Cheapo that made you want to be a part of the team?
It was because of Zebbe Landmark, we were filming for this L1 video, he came on the trip and had six or seven watches with him. I hadn’t been wearing a watch for fifteen years, but I asked him about the watches because I really liked them, and he told me about the brand. I asked Zebbe to sell me one, but instead he gave it to me and put me in contact with Cheapo. I just like the concept that they are not that expensive, but still good quality.  

What is your favourite piece from the Cheapo collection?
My favourite is the ‘Never too Late’ watch, but unfortunately I broke it when I was skating, that’s the one I got from Zebbe. I like the simple black and white style. And the Skateistan watch, I really like that one.   

Taking a strong social stance for equality and human rights are fundamental parts of Cheapo’s DNA. What social responsibility and/or charity is the most important to you?
I’m a fan of every charity that actually works with helping people, that is the most important thing that everybody should do, just watch out for each other. I like giving stuff to people or helping people out as much as I can. Especially in skating and snowboarding I feel like it’s important to help people that don’t have the opportunity or the money to do it, to help them out and try to make it happen. I really like the skateistan project, the concept of sharing something that you like to do with others. That’s also why we started to build our own skate park, to motivate and show other people why we like skating so much.    

What are your plans for the future?
I will just try to stay healthy and be happy with my life, that’s my biggest goal, just to do stuff I like. Try to snowboard as much as I can, and maybe try to think about some education for the future. Sometimes it freaks me out to think about what I’m gonna do! But I don’t want to stress too much about it, it’s gonna come to me at some point I hope.  

Last but not least, which animal would you be, and why?
I don’t know for what reason but my family gave me a nickname, small bear, I really don’t know why. But it makes sense to choose a bear since they used too call me that, and still do actually.  


On Thursday the 8th of December we together with Swedish skate mag Giftorm hosted a Christmas party at PSB in Stockholm. It was a good time with great music, Broder John on stage and through a raffle supported by Jens Andersson, Robin Boon Nilssen, HOEP Brands – Skateboarding, Nollatta Dist, Skate Out, Sweet Skateboards, Junkyard, Sveriges Skateboardtidning Giftorm and Cheapo Brand we were able to donate 5660 kr to the homeless in Stockholm. Thank you to everyone who came out!


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Lucy Adams
Pommy and skater
Age: 32
Location: Horsham, UK

You have been visiting Sweden a few times right? What do you think about it?
Yeah, I really like it, it’s great that it’s so close and the flights are cheap. The best thing is that people are really friendly and welcoming and they speak such good english so it’s easy to fit in here.

What do you always bring when you’re travelling?
I always bring my skateboard and my favourite hat. And I can’t leave home without my phone.

We see that you have some tattoos, can you tell us about them?
I got my first one when I was 20, on my back that says ‘Skateboard’ haha. My favourite is my new one which is on my arm, it’s a graphic by Chris Bourke, an artist from the UK. He did this graphic for Lovenskate, the brand I ride for.

What’s going on in your life right now?
I’m about to start a new job at RSPCA, a national charity which helps to prevent cruelty to animals. The best thing about it is that I can bring my dog Penny to work. Another thing that I’m involved in is Skateboard England that supports and promotes skateboarding in the UK. We are developing a structure and an organization for skateboarding to help the sport grow.

What do you do when you’re not skating?
I like to walk my dog, she really likes the beach so we try to go there, I really enjoy that. And my wife does crossfit, she’s very good at it, and I’ve been trying to go and participate with her to strengthen myself and just to spend time with her.

When and how did you start skateboarding?
I used to swim at the local pool, and they started to build some ramps right next to it it that looked really interesting. I already had a pair of rollerskates that I skated in my garden and around the streets, so I went to the ramp on my skates. The boys that were skating there were really good and it looked magical, and they told me that I needed to get a skateboard instead. It was when I was 13.

If you weren’t a skateboarder, what do you think you would have done?
I wish I was able to do skateboarding full-time but that has never been the case, I have always had a full-time job. If it wasn’t skateboarding, I think it would have been another sport, since I’ve been into that since I was a child.

Where did you grow up? And where do you live now?
I grew up in a small town called Horsham in Sussex, which is quite close to London. I left to go to university in Manchester. After four years at university I moved back to Horsham and that’s where I live now.

What would you recommend someone visiting your hometown?
My favourite place where I usually go with my dog in the summer, is a place called Chesworth Farm, there’s a lot of fields and forests and a lot of wildlife.

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When is your favourite time of the day and why?
Again, in the summer, I prefer the summer when it’s light outside. I like the summer mornings, being up early and get out with the dog before everyone else is up and it’s still quiet. I even like to go skateboarding early in the mornings.

If you could re-live one moment in your life, which one would it be?
I really enjoyed this special moment on our wedding day, it was after the ceremony and we went back to where we were having the party afterwards, there was only our families and some close friends there. That moment was really nice and then the other guests came and it was all very fun.

What are your biggest fears? Are you afraid of something?
Vinegar. I hate it! It’s my biggest fear in life, that people put it on my food. I also have a fear that someone might stick a pin in my eye and pulls my eyeball out.

How do you think people around you would describe you?
I think people describe me as calm. That’s a horrible question, it feels like a job interview!

What was it about Cheapo that made you want to join the team?
Generally the whole vibe of the brand, the way that it stands up for something. If you don’t stand for something, you fall for everything. I think that’s from a Katy Perry song… haha. It’s good to have something that you can be proud of, that not just looks good, but it has a message too.

Taking a strong social stance for equality and human rights are fundamental parts of Cheapo’s DNA. What social responsibility and/or charity is the most important to you?
It goes with my new job, I would like to stop the cruelty to animals.

You have a collab watch coming out with Cheapo and your board sponsor Lovenskate next season. Tell us about that!
I was really lucky to be offered the opportunity. I wanted to do this in collaboration with the brand that I skate for, Lovenskate, because it’s really different and have a unique selling point. The main message behind Lovenskate is a lot about tea, drink tea – get rad, and my thing is camouflage, I love camouflage print so the design needed both camo and tea. So the idea is that it looks like camo but if you look closely you can see a teapot, a tea stain and a teacup. And the strap is a woven olive strap with vegan leather which makes it look a bit smarter.

What is your favourite piece in the Cheapo collection?
The Nando Mini, I like the small ones since I have such baby wrists. I also like the Ericeira sunglasses.

Cheapo runs a skate initiative together with Stockholm Skatepark called Stockholm Skate Nation, where we skate with refugee kids who have arrived to Sweden alone as a way to integrate them into the Swedish society. What do you think of skateboarding as a way to integrate people?
All of the things like that, like Skateistan and skate schools, that are targeting hard-to-reach groups, and doing it with the means of skateboarding are so good. There’s a different language to skateboarding but it’s the same all over the world. But it also provides with you with the tools to overcome challenges, skateboarding is obviously very physical but it’s always your mind that holds you back from trying something, and therefore the whole idea of that is what you need in life, that you need to take chances. And it’s a good way for young people that come from other countries and doesn’t feel like they belong to meet new friends.

What are your plans for the future?
I would like to travel to other small european events again. For the past two years I haven’t really gone to many other places for skateboarding other than Sweden. It would be good to do some events in France or Spain next year.

Last but not least, which animal would you be, and why?
I would probably be a bird, the peregrine falcon, which is my favourite. It’s ability to see and it’s speed makes it the most deadliest predator, I think. Not that I want to go out killing things! But it looks really beautiful.

Illustration by: Iñaki Azpiazu


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Vanessa Torres
Cali local and professional skateboarder
Age: 30
Location: Los Angeles, US

Is this your first time in Sweden?
It’s my first time in Stockholm, but I was visiting Gothenburg in June. The sun didn’t set at all, it literally went down a little bit at 11pm, I had to like close the curtains so I could sleep! So it’s my second time in Sweden this year. 

What do you think about it?
It really depends on what people you’re with, it’s not like I do research and know where I’m going or what I’m doing, when I travel I always meet up with people that shows me what places to check out. I’m always excited about that. 

We had a lot of snow here a few days ago. Have you ever tried snowboarding? 
When I was younger. I don’t go often and I feel like I always start at the very beginning every time. I always knock the air out of myself, I always eat shit. But it’s fun, I just don’t like being cold, and getting snow inside your clothes and not making it off the lift.  

You have a lot of tattoos, when did you get the first one and which one is your favourite? Yeah I have 12 of them. I got the first one when I was 19. I really like the one on my wrist, my friend Ryan Dewitt passed away a year and a half ago, and it’s actually his signature. He was my old team manager at Element, we were really close. So it’s the most significant one. But I really like them all, they all mean something different. 

What’s going on in your life right now? 
I’m going to physical therapy three times a week. I’m trying to do other work-related things around skateboarding while I’m not able to skate, just so I’m still involved and don’t lose my mind. I’m just focusing on getting stronger and healing. 

How did you get injured?
I was filming for the Quit Your Day Job-video and was skating hard that day, I was super pumped and skated a bad handrail. My feet planted on the ground and then my knee went in and fully tore my ACL, I don’t even have a meniscus anymore, they cleaned it out. It was my first major injury and my first surgery, I’ve gotten by for the last 17 years without really hurting myself.   

What do you do when you’re not skating?
People ask me what I’m doing in a day but I don’t even know. But yeah I’m going to physical therapy, get coffee and hang out with friends. I go to bed early and get up early and have meetings about potential projects. Trying to find other stuff to do which I probably wouldn’t have done if I was skating, I live and breathe skating, it keeps me from going crazy. Now I have to find other things to stay busy. 

When and how did you start skateboarding?
I used to hang out with this group of boys when I was younger, there was always different things like BMX, inline skating, skateboarding. I was always running around with these boys and I was a follower so I always did what they did. When they started skating I did too. With skating I found what I wanted to do. It was something that gave me a purpose that I could do anytime, by myself or with friends.  

If you weren’t a professional skateboarder, what do you think you would have done?
I really like animals so probably a veterinarian or marine biologist, but you have to go to school for that, and I’m not really a school person. I dropped out of high school sophomore year. But I love being around animals. 

Where did you grow up? And where do you live now?
I grew up in California. I live in LA close to Echo Park, close to downtown. I have lived all over LA really since I was 18. 

What places would you recommend in LA?
It depends on what person, there’s West Hollywood but I never go because I fucking hate it, it’s awful. But when I was younger and partying I went there all the time, it’s like the gay capital. I really like the beaches south of LA like Laguna, it’s clean and nice. There’s good places all over town but everything is constantly changing, big companies are coming in and changing it and it gets expensive. I like the small dirty bars, which I don’t go to anymore really since I’m not drinking anymore, but places that are more intimate and still cheap that anyone can afford.  

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When is your favourite time of the day and why?
Coffee time. I know the boys that work in the shops so I really look forward to it, I usually hang out and smoke cigarettes in the front and drinking coffee for an hour and a half and then I start my day.

Are you on time or are you always late?
I have my moments where I’m punctual. It depends on how serious me being on time is, that decides whether I’m on time or not. I feel like it’s a part of my personality being late. But it was definitely worse when i was drinking, I didn’t care at all, but it’s getting better now when I’m not drinking and getting older.

If you could re-live one moment in your life, which one would it be?
I went to the Galapagos, I was so fortunate to go there, it’s so beautiful. I was a part of the Poseidon foundation, we went there and repaired homes that were damaged from storms and things like that. And we worked with this woman who owns the only skate, surf and mountain bike shop there so we threw contests that really brought the community together. That was a life altering experience for me that I will never forget.

What are your biggest fears? Are you afraid of something?
I have a really hard time being in a car with someone else driving. I get anxiety from that, to not have control. And to not be able to skate ever again.

How do you think people around you would describe you?
I’m sure they think that I’m loud, because I’m a little person and I have to compensate. And that I’m a good friend and dependable, at least now when I don’t drink anymore.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you?
That I’m sober and stopped drinking 18 months ago. I probably won’t drink for the rest of my life. In the skate industry everyone is drinking with you and for me it got bad, really bad. Getting sober was for me, I did it for myself and it has really strengthened my relationships with family and friends. I’m more present and I’m there. I think it’s uncomfortable for some people who are still drinking to hang out with a sober person, they don’t know how to be around you but I’m not judging. I’m not going to preach about it. I really don’t miss being hungover, I feel great, like I’m in the best shape of my life.

What was it about Cheapo that made you want to be a part of the team?
I went to Oslo in February and started talking with Viktor Telégin, CEO of Cheapo, about the brand, and what the brand stands for. I’ve been skating for a long time so I’ve had huge corporate sponsors that’s not very personal at all. So when I heard about Cheapo and everything it stands for like women’s rights, gay rights and all of that, it felt right. So I was like “Let’s do this!”. It was a no-brainer.

You have a sunglass pro model coming out next season, can you tell us about that?
It’s super rad, I’m stoked and excited about that. I love sunglasses, I wear them all the time! I’m very much involved in the design, shape and color and everything.

Apart from that, what is your favourite Cheapo piece?
Anything silver, simple and small because my wrists are so tiny. Cheapo is rad though because it’s very clean and simple, have their own style and it’s affordable.

Taking a strong social stance for equality and human rights are fundamental parts of Cheapo’s DNA. What social responsibility and/or charity is the most important to you?
I’m not involved with any charities or anything, but if I get the opportunity to express my support for equality and human rights I will take it. Like when I wore the ‘Gay rights’ t-shirt in Street League. I think it’s important to use where I’m at to stand up for the right things, that’s my way of giving back. I try to do my part but it also comes naturally for me, it’s not anything that’s uncomfortable.

What are your plans for the future?
I really do want to start an apparel company. I just have to figure out how to do it on paper, but I have made so many great friends in the industry that can help me make it happen. I like skating in sweat shorts and I really like pastel colors so it’s going to be something like that. And it’s not going to be gender specific, anyone could wear it.

Last but not least, which animal would you be, and why?I really feel like I look like a french bulldog with no profile, so I’ll go with that!

Illustration by: Iñaki Azpiazu

Photo by: Zorah Olivia


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Caroline Degardh
Professional snowboarder and wolf runner
Age: 25
Location: Stockholm

What’s going on in your life right now?
Right now I’m studying, working and trying to get as much skate with that as I can. And waiting for winter, that’s going to be fun, I’m looking forward to winter.

When did you start snowboarding?
I started snowboarding at age 9, did it for a few years but quit, then I started again when I was 18.

What do you do when you’re not snowboarding and skating?
In a normal day I go to work and then I study afterwards. I’m studying physics and math, the basics to become a constructional engineer. I wanted to be an architect but it’s so freaking hard to get into those schools!

When is your favourite time of the day and why?
The afternoon. Because in the winter it has started to warm up and you can still do activities after work.

What’s the best places in your hometown?
I’m born and raised in Stockholm, and my favourite place is my home or somewhere on my bike, anywhere really. My favourite skate park in Stockholm is probably Täby, that one is really fun.

What are your biggest fears? Are you afraid of something?
Just the normal stuff I guess, like death. No, I don’t have any real fears, or sometimes I can project a fear of heights, but just when I think about how easy it would be to jump off stuff.

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If you could re-live one moment in your life, which one would it be?
Oh wow..

Maybe a big snowboard competition, a big moment, first kiss for example?
The first kiss wasn’t that good, so no, haha. I don’t have any specific moment, you know that feeling when you try something new and you succeed? And you’re like “Wow! This is the greatest thing ever!” Or maybe when I started snowboarding again at 18, that must be it, that was awesome.

Are you on time or are you always late?
Maybe right in between those, I was always late but I’m trying to get better. It’s depending on the occasion. I’m always trying to be on time but I’m always stressed. I’m usually on time though.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you?
People are usually very surprised when I tell them that I’m studying math, because they don’t think that I’m that smart. That’s also a nice surprise that I’ve got up my sleeve.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the closest future is to finish school and try to get into the other school to become a constructional engineer. And try to have as much fun and ride as much board as I can in the meantime.

Tell us about the Fika watch, which is your pro model that you designed, how did you come up with the idea and the design?
That’s actually kind of a funny story because back when I was snowboarding and filming video parts, me and my partner in crime Tove Holmgren, were the ones always bringing coffee to the spots. Everyone else were drinking beer or energy drinks, their sponsor stuff. So we were the goofballs with our coffee thermoses. And we were joking about that we should have a fika or coffee sponsorship, that would have been awesome. And the next season we actually got a coffee sponsorship. We got so much coffee, it was insane, I still have some left and it was years ago! We also got matching tattoos of coffee cups. So when Cheapo asked me about the design, of course it was going to be a Fika watch, that’s my main hobby! (Fika (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfiːˌka]) is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries or sandwiches.)

Taking a strong social stance for equality and human rights are fundamental parts of Cheapo’s DNA. What social responsibility and/or charity is the most important to you?
I think the most important thing is to help each other out and just to be nice. People are so into their own heads nowadays, everyone needs to look up and be nice and help each other.

Last but not least, which animal would you be, and why?
I would probably be a cat, which I don’t like saying since I don’t like cats. They just walk around, looking at you and being all weird. They are not excited to see you like a dog would be for example, you have to earn a cats affection. I’m not wiggling my tail to everyone like a dog. So I guess I’d be a cat.