An interview with Alec Majerus, pro skateboarder from Rochester
507: What effect did skating Rochester have on you approach to skateboarding?
Majerus: I skated Silver Lake Skate Park almost every day. It was like my home and that place helped me a lot.
507: What is your favorite Rochester spot/memory of skating here?
Majerus: Rochester doesn’t have many good skate spots, but Silver Lake will always be my favorite park because I grew up there.
507: Do you think anyone will ever slide the Kellogg rail again? If so, what trick would you like to see on it?
Majerus: Haha, I don’t know, I hope so. A boardslide would be epic.
507: How does Rochester’s scene compare to those elsewhere?
Majerus: Rochester’s skate scene is not very good. There’s no skate shop or indoor park, so nobody skates all winter. The outdoor park is pretty good, though, and there are a few kids who go there on the regular that are really good.
507: How did you get so good at hitting kinked rails?
Majerus: I’m not sure. I guess I just like skating rails and kink rails are fun because it’s like a roller coaster.
507: What advice do you have for young skaters?
Majerus: Skate and have fun :)
507: How does skateboarding benefit those who do it?
Majerus: It’s something that’s really fun and always puts a smile on your face. Whether it’s cruising around or learning a new trick, skating makes me happy and that’s why I have done it almost every day since I was 8.
507: Favorite feature in the Rochester park?
Majerus: The 8 stair is pretty good, it’s where I learned most of my tricks.
507: What do you think the Rochester skate scene needs to move forward? Does that come from the people in the scene or is there something the city could to do better support skating? Do you think that’s even important?
Majerus: Yea, for sure, I think Rochester should recognize that people do use the skate park everyday, and there is a possibility to make a living off of skating. People are exerting their limits of the park, it would be great if they could expand the park. It would also help a lot if there was an indoor park in town for people to skate in the winter.
If you don’t hang around skaters much, their ways of praising one another may sound foreign to you. Here’s a quick guide to some of the things you might hear.
A synonym for good. Most compliments can be shortened to a simple, “Sick.”
A motivational phrase that tells the rider to go faster and higher.
Fire it up
Shouted as a means to encourage another skater.
Gnar, Gnarly, Gnar Bro
These are words meant to underscore the level of danger in a trick. The more gnarly something is, the scarier it is to attempt.
A combination of style and ease. Smoothness.
“If you’re skating really good, you’re shredding,” says Daliso Chitulangoma, a skater we expect to turn heads in the expert field this year. “If you’re a shredder, you’re someone who skates really good. If you’re a grom, you’re a young skater who shreds. You’re a kid who skates very well. There you go.”
If you see someone slapping their board against the ground, the meaning depends on context. It’s a compliment if the crowd is smacking their boards. It’s like clapping their hands. If the board leaves someone’s hand, it’s not a cheer, but an expression of frustration.