Featured rider: Lamin Cassama

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Mr Cassama tells us all about skating in Stokeholm, going to the world championships in Calgary last year and  his plans for the future!12Hej Gnarmin! How are you?
haha hi Gbemi, I’m fine thanks and you?

How was your day?
It was a bit stressful but I’m fine now. I had a national test in math and I wasn’t properly prepared but it all worked out fine in the end.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden.

When did you start skating?
I’ve been skateboarding since I was in the 6th grade, but I bought my first longboard in 2010 after seeing an original skateboards video haha.

What video got you hooked?
I was high on that go longboard 2009 video, it wasn’t the riding I was amazed by, it was all of the nice vibes that got me!

What sort of riding were you doing in the early days?
I started out just enjoying riding the board around in the city with the homies then I quickly got into standies and freestyle tricks.

What’s Stockholm like for skating
It’s awesome in the big city because there are so many different small street spots, so you can use a lot of features in the street while cruising.

When did you start progressing?
I started progressing pretty early by watching YouTube videos maybe 2-3 months after buying my first board.

What was your first board?
It was an apex 37, the old one which was super flexy with original s8 trucks and kryptonics.

What sort of skating makes you happy?
These days the sessions that make me the happiest are the night sessions with Fredrik Molin because it’s not all about the progression it’s more like a couple of guys having fun in the city on our boards.

Who is Mr Molin?
Molin is the most fun guy to skate with! He’s never too serious and he (almost) always makes people laugh.

Because of his huge dimples?
hahaha maybe.

What is the community in Stockholm like?
It’s pretty open, everyone is very friendly to the noobs and the groms as long as they wear helmets and aren’t douchebags.

Warehouse raid - Raab photo
Warehouse raid – Raab photo

How come you guys have so many rad groms?
I honestly don’t know probably because we’ve got the stoke and a lot of good role models.

Who are your role models?
The role models would probably be the bigger DH sk8boarders here in Stockholm like Adam Persson, Erik Lundberg, Mauritz Armfelt, Philipe Albiz and Mathias Borg. The sponsored groms also are role models like Isaac, Pjäx, and crews like 118, a southern Stockholm  crew.

What influence have the older riders had on you?
I’ve been influenced a lot by the older guys, they’ve taught me how to take the corners in dh and such, I owe them big time.

Do you have a crew?
I  started a crew a while ago called shroom squad but it needed too much time so we’re not active.

When did you start skating DH?
I’d say that I started skating dh last year when I got my first dh board.

What do you like about going fast?
The feeling of freedom when you’re on the edge of being in control or down on the ground.

Tanya Raab photo
Tanya Raab photo

What was your first race?
High valley dh race was the first “outlaw”, but the first real race was Moose Hunt lvl 2 last year in Trollhätan.

How was moose hunt?
Moosehunt was awesome, lots of rad riders and almost everyone lived in the same hostel so we always had fun when we weren’t racing. The track was pretty sweet too. I had some of my most intense heats at the time back then because I was very inexperienced. I still managed to finish second place in juniors.

What do you enjoy about competing?
I love the riders to riders attitude at every race. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful outside the track.

What do you ride?
My setup is a Urskog pro-model, caliber 50, and some seismic hotspots 69mm in the elixir formula.

Are any of those your sponsors?
Yeah I’m sponsored by urskog and seismic.

Hunting moose - Tanya Raab photo
Ravenhill – Tanya Raab photo

When did you hook up with them?
I got both of them at the beginning of 2012.

What other races did you do?
Last year, I only went to three official races and some slide jams and some local not so serious races. I went to Moose Hunt, Ravenhill and Winsport world championships in Calgary.

How did you end up in Canada?
It’s actually a pretty funny story! My brother plays American Football and he got a scholarship in Calgary so that’s pretty much the reason I went to Calgary.

Who did you go with?
I went there alone but met up with the other swedes there – Adam Persson, Erik Lundberg and Fredrik Lindström.

Did you enjoy the race?
Yea! Everything was new so I was a bit nervous, but I got to met some super gnarly locals and awesome riders from all over the world so it was a fun experience. Didn’t go that well in the race though.

Grom Podium
Grom Podium

Was that your first time skating outside Sweden?
No, my grandparents live in Germany so I go there in the summer to hang out with the locals and shred some awesome hills but it was my first time outside Europe skating.

Where in Germany have you been skating?
I live in Freiburg  in the southern parts of Germany in an area called black forest.

Layback!
Yep that’s them! The locals are awesome! Felix Druschel, Lukas ro, Lennard Gires, Flu and Koff er. All a bunch of sick dudes.

What was the highlight of the season?
Definitely my first win in a real dh comp which was at Ravenhill last year!

What are your plans for next season?
I have no idea, I’ll try to go to as many races as possible. Probably the Swedish races first and then maybe some races overseas and hopefully some European races.

What do you do when you’re not skating?
I get a lot of restraining orders from girls!
Ravenhill with Max - Tanya Raab photo

Haha. Pick 3 numbers between 1-40.
13, 37 and 9.

You and Max are part of the same nerd squad? He chose 1,3,37
Haha no, it’s a coincidence.

13 – Do you have a pet ?
Yes I have 2 parakeets and 2 little brothers.

37: Daisy Johannes asks: What is the craziest thing you’ve crossed paths with while skating down roads?
I once high toesided in a blind corner and stumbled across the oncoming lane and just as I landed in the grass, a car came with full speed through the blind corner.

9 – Favourite song to listen to when you skate?
Common – Be (Intro). Awesome song.

It’s been great to finally have this conversation, always fun to catch up. Maybe catch you somewhere next summer?
Yea thanks man! I might just maybe go to bo peep  next year who knows. Dude seriously listen to the song it´s awesome!

Any thank yous?
Thanks to Urskog for being such great guys, thanks to all of my friends and family, thanks to seismic, stokeholm 4 lyfe !!!

Links.
http://www.seismicskate.com/
http://urskog.com/

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