You just need to watch Nassim Guammaz skate five minutes to understand that this guy’s got it in the blood. For the past couple years Nassim’s been squatting the first place in contests all aver the world with unbeatable ease and composure. Originally from Spijkenisse in the Netherlands, he’s been collecting prestigious sponsors like Vans, Element or Monster, and continues to impress Europe at high speed, destroying any bloody rail or gap that stands in his way. After reeking havoc on most Dutch spots in the Bombaklats’ videos and having signed an impressive part in Element’s Hold it Down, Nassim went on to offer himself first place in the Amsterdam AM 2013 and second place at the Damn LA in Los Angeles, just to remind the Americans that European skaters are a hot commodity that they can’t shake off. We saw him at work in a skatepark that came from nowhere on the terrace of the excellent KaterHolzig in Berlin during the Bright Tradeshow this summer, where he even won a contest in which he wasn’t even supposed to participate. Expect to see this little curly head more often, as Nassim’s not done being talked about.
Jacker / For a long time we’ve been hearing a lot about you, how does it feel to be one of the highlighted European skaters of the moment ?
Nassim / That’s a hard question, I don’t know, I’m just skating, having fun and trying to do my best.
J / Explain to us when and how you began to skate ?
N / I was 8 or 9, there is a skatepark in my neighbourhood and there were always a bunch of people skating and hanging out. So I started hanging out there and picked up a board.
J / How is skateboarding in Holland, is there a good scene ? Some good spots ?
N / Yes, I live really close to Rotterdam and that’s where I always skated when I was younger. There were always fun people around to skate with and a lot of talent, not only skateboarders but also filmers and photographers.
J / Who are the skaters who inspired you, who gave you the motivation ?
N / I would say Andrew Reynolds, Heath Keirchart, Leo Romero, AVE and Dennis Busenitz.
J / You recently went to California for a few months, how was it there ?
N / So much fun, always good weather and a bunch of spots. It’s really good for your progression as a skateboarder. All the magazines are out there, as well as the companies.
J / Are you planning to live there ?
N / Yeah, I would love to.
J / You won the Amsterdam AM 2013, explain how it worked.
N / I just had fun, I didn’t really think about it. All my homies were out there so it was a good time.
J / We were at Katerholzig in Berlin, seeing you destroying this weird spot this summer during the Bright Tradeshow. Was it cool ?
N / Yeah that was fun. I was not supposed to skate that contest but I missed my flight (sorry Danny) so I stayed in Berlin for another day.
J / Which cities do you prefer to skate in Europe ?
N / They are Copenhagen, Berlin, London and Paris.
J / Thanks for having given us few minutes, what are the projects ?
N / Keep skateboarding, travelling and enjoying life.