Equally at ease on the curves as on the streets, Collin Provost is one of those who can kill it in the bowl, and then clear big ass street gaps, all in the same video part. His latest featuring, in the «Emerica Made» video, is a perfect example of this. He begins getting us off with some high-ledge nose blunts and hot wallrides, then finishes off with a beautiful frontside flip over a huge fence. Born and raised in Huntington Beach Cali, Collin first layed foot on a board at a very young age, as skateboards there are as omnipresent as soccer balls here in our european cities (amen). In 2011 Collin entered pro skating circles, a much deserved spot for him. He decided to shave his head at that point, reliquishing his ability to bang it hard over Black Sabbat. He was picked up by big players; Emerica, Toy Machine, Volcome and Spitfire. These sponsorships allowed him to ride alongside cornerstone riders such as Ed Templeton or Andrew Reynolds. Collin is living the skater’s dream, and he deserves it.
Jacker / You’re from Huntington Beach. So you were born in a skate and surf circle.
Collin / My dad was into surfing, so he always had surf boards and skateboards lying around the house so I kind of did that instead of playing video games and shit. That’s what you do in Huntington Beach. Surf, skate and hang out with your friends. It’s kind of the normal thing to be, more than it is in other places I guess. I’m specially proud of my dad, he skates, surf, does fucking snowboarding, everything...
J / You started with more vert and bowl skateboarding right ? Why did get into street skating ?
C / Yeah I was kind of a vert skater, and then I got over it,it was boring just going back and forth all the time. There was never really different [other] things to skate or anything, it just got boring. All my friends were skating street nobody else was skating vert so, yeah just started skating more street I guess.
J / It’s been about 2 year now you are a pro, what has changed in your life since ?
C / Umh yeah there is more travelling I guess, going to different places, doesn’t change more, well not too much. I feel like you always wanted more when you are young and now when you are pro you work more on your out schedule. You skate more wisely, you don’t want to get hurt doing stupid shit.
J / What is the best skate trip you ever done ?
C / There have been a lot, I had a lot of fun on all of them. The Grant Taylor Skater of the Year trip was probably my favourite. It was just a trip of partying with my friends and skating what you want to skate, no pressure, just skating around having a great time. Australia is the best place ever, I love that place. It was super fun when there is no one on the beach in the middle of the day and after hit skate spots and shit like that. Then you hadn’t done touristy type shit. It’s the best.
J / What’s the major difference between the emerica and the toy machine pro team ?
C / The difference ? I think emerica is a lot more serious, toy machine is more friend oriented. They are both super family orientated but emerica is a lot more serious when your trying to film shit. Just because everybody else is going to have gnarliest part fucking ever, so you want to have a gnarly part too. Get me almost flacking.
J / Why did you cut your hair ?
C / It’s when I turned pro ! I was super hammered and I just shaved my hair.
J / Who’s the best skater ever for you ? And why ?
C / Andrew Reynolds. Why ? Ow fuck, you see what his doing, his frontside flipsin fucking twenty stairs and shit... and his a cool-ass dude and his fucking being doing it for ever. It’s insane.