The Edge interviews Trevor Colden before he competes in the Dew Tour July 22-24
Trevor Colden has always had one simple plan: skate. It turned out to be a pretty good plan.
Starting as a 10-year-old in Virginia Beach, winning the Tampa Pro Am as a 17-year-old in 2011 and turning pro at age 18, Colden took the sport by storm. After winning the Dew Tour in 2014, he’s back at it again this year competing in the individual competition at the 2016 Dew Tour in Long Beach.
Edge: How long have you been skating?
Trevor Colden: I really started skating when I was 10
E: What does really started mean?
TC: Well when I was like 7 or 8 I would just cruise around, but when I moved to Virginia Beach one of my homies in the little neighborhoods skated and that’s when I really picked it up.
E: How did it feel becoming a pro so young? You never graduated high school, but it seemed to work out right?
TC: Yeah, it was a dream come true man. I don’t think it had anything to do with school though. I was never that focused, because I would always be worried about what my friends were doing at the skate park.
E: Who drove you to skateboarding?
TC: I used to see all these skate videos, like 411 and Strange Notes. I used to watch those all the time and they pumped me up. I always wanted to learn the tricks in those videos and push myself harder.
E: You grew up in Hawaii, Virginia Beach and now southern California. How does the skate culture change?
TC: It’s a lot different. [In Hawaii] there’s a lot more surfing and stuff. I didn’t really skate that much, I just rode body-boards and four-wheelers. Then once I moved to Virginia with my friend that skated, I really picked it up from there. I started going to my local skate park. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. After that, I visited California and ended up moving out here.
E: What makes California so different?
TC: There’s concrete everywhere so there are so many skate spots available. Most places the concrete is all messed up and cracked and people are used to that. So, when you come here and it’s like a skate park everywhere, it’s mind-blowing.
E: You’re known for not hesitating to take on anything. What is the craziest thing you’ve attempted?
TC: I can’t think of the craziest thing I’ve ever tried. I can think of stuff I’ve been trying that feels pretty uncomfortable. I was going off this double-set rail, trying to backside 50-50 just the flat part and I flipped back – the rail was about 10 feet in the air – and I busted my head open. I needed seven staples.
E: How would you describe your skating style?
TC: I just like to cruise around and keep it going.
E: You won Dew Tour’s Skate Street-style event in 2014? How are things looking for you this year? Are you always expecting to win?
TC: I mean I’m going to try my best. They switch it up really good each year, so you can’t go into it thinking it is going to be the same course as previous years.
E: How competitive does it get between the skaters out there?
TC: It never really gets competitive, or I don’t. I’m just with my friends. That honestly is all it is for every contest I go to. That’s what makes it so cool. You’re skating a contest that all your homies.