One early morning of October, Jaws went back up the legendary 25 stairs in Lyon for the fifth time. Among the yelps of encouragement from his pals and worried looks from the public, he climbed once again to the top of the incline that he used for extra run-up, under the disoriented eyes of Ali Boulala. His swollen ankles were praying for this to stop, but Aaron, more motivated than ever under his shell of protection, was determined to fight to the finish. He leaned forward, hurtling down the incline, gathering his remaining strength in two final strides, popped an ollie, grabbed his board between his legs, his knees bent one more time, in a final effort he straightened up and rolled away victorious. His pals charge down the stairs two by two to commend him, his father tries to follow but his ponch belly slows him down from the rest. Jaws began to cry, Ali Boulala still phased by what he had seen, thought to himself that he should have been the one crying. The guy stole his trick after all. But no hard feelings, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki deserved to win his battle against the stairs, and at the same time, land a part in skateboard History.
Jacker / Hey Jaws, what have you been up to since the Lyon 25 ?
Jaws / Hey! So since then I had to finish filming for my “Intransition” part for the Berrics and start on my roof part for Thrasher. I also went on a few skate trips around the USA. So I pretty much have been skating non-stop since. No vacation time [laughs].
J / How do you manage to gap such big things ? It always looks like your knees and your ankles are gonna break. Do you have some sort of special training/preparation techniques ?
J / [Laughs] No special training. The only training I really did was jumping on my trampoline for about 30 minutes a day the week before, but that’s more fun than training. And then my FootPrint insoles help a lot too.
J / Can you tell us how it happened for the Lyon 25 ? I know you tried it a year before. Did Thrasher call you and say “We are taking you to Lyon you are going to try this set again!”, or was it your idea to return there ?
J / The Lyon 25 was something that I wanted to try for a long time now. It was about a 4 years process from the time that it popped into my head that we could make it happen to it actually being done. After I hurt myself there the first time, I knew it still could be done. So I set it up myself with Thrasher and did it. No one asked me to go back, I just wanted to myself.
J / There’s a question I want to ask you, but you are free to dodge it. About that Lyon 25 thing, the cover, the video, sen- ding you on a “special mission”, did Thrasher promise you a lot of money if you jumped these stairs ?
J / Hell no! I wish it worked like that [laughs]. Thrasher was cool enough to buy me and my dad tickets to get out there, feed us, and gave us a place to stay but that’s it. There was defini- tely no set amount of money, like “if you land it you’ll get this amount of money”. All that was said is I will get the cover and that was good enough for me.
J / Wasn’t it too stressful to only have a short amount of time to get the trick ?
J / Yes it was very stressful. Having limited time like that makes it very hard but luckily French Fred was there to help us out and utilize all the time we had.
J / Do you know if you will have your name in the Guinness Book of World Records ?
J / No I do not know. But I should probably talk to someone about it! [Laughs]
J / Doing a trick on the Lyon 25 was a major event in skateboarding. But mainstream media talked about it too, the Lyon local newspaper published an article on their website. Did you know it would get that much attention ?
J / I had no idea. Yeah Fred showed me the article! That’s pretty cool!
J / You’ve won KOTR three times, did five tricks on El Toro, did the biggest stairs ever, and had a Thrasher magazine cover for it. Your career is really impressive. Is there something that you really wanted to do as a kid or still want to do that you haven’t accomplished yet ?
J / Honestly, this is a random one, but I always wanted to nollie heel flip into a handrail [laughs].
J / A trophy of Soty maybe ?
J / [Laughs] Sure that would be rad to win!
J / Most people forget that you are also really good in transition skating. What did you skate first? Transition or street?
J / I started skating transition first when I was little. I would just go to the skate park and just launch out of the quarter pipe to flat. I could 50-50 a quarter pipe before a flat bar.
J / Your dad is very supportive, he was there when you ollied the Lyon 25. Did it help you in your career?
J / Yes my dad has been there since day one. He was the first to take me to a skate park. Without him I would not be where I’m at today. That’s why I needed him at the 25 with me.
J / Do you sometimes feel any kind of pressure like “I have to do a big gap soon otherwise people won’t know me anymore”?
J / No not at all. I’m not worried about what others think. I’ve gotta stop one day eventually though [laughs].
J / What are your plans for the future? Any part dropping soon?
J / Yes I’m doing another roof part that’s coming out soon. And we are filming another Birdhouse video. So that’s in the works right now. It will be a while before that drops though.
J / I don’t want to be pessimistic, but what will you do when you won’t be able to jump such big things anymore?
J / Well I hope by that time I throw some knee pads and a helmet on and just get really good at vert [laughs]!
J / There is a rumor going around that you’re skating for Nike SB, have you got something to say about it?
J / Nope!