Featured rider: Mischo Erban

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Really fun and in-depth conversation with the current World Champion and World Skateboard Speed Record holder. Mischo takes us through the ups and downs of his skateboarding career. He also shares his preferences for chicken and waffle sandwiches instead of bacon.  

Hi Mischo, where are you from?
I was born in Prague in the Czech Republic. From there my parents moved to Austria and then to Canada when I was 5 years old.

When did you start skating?
I started in January 2003. I had never stepped on a skateboard until then. The only exception being “knee boarding” behind our apartment when we lived in Coquitlam, BC.

How does one ‘’knee-board’’?
Well, you put your knee down on the front of the board and toe on the back and just push with the one free leg while holding the board with your hands at the front of the board. Controlling it by leaning with your hands. Looks kinda silly actually.

What did you ride back then?
In 2003 I bought myself a Landyachtz Mummy with a V-LAM core that was showcased through a white graphic on the bottom through the clear fibreglass parts. Shame they don’t make the V-LAM version anymore, it was something special. I had Randal R2 180’s and red 76mm Kryptos!

Why did you decide to start skating?
To get from class to class much faster than walking! I had two classes scheduled at opposite ends of campus at UBC the one year I was there, and I was sick and tired of getting to class late and having to catch up on notes. I was already late leaving the one class copying down notes.
So I borrowed a regular skateboard with longboard wheels from my buddy Dietrich and used it for a week so that I wouldn’t make an impulse decision like that of my childhood and the “knee-boarding” phase. I really enjoyed it and how much time it saved me, so I bought one for myself. Straight from the Landyachtz factory, back when it was on the North Shore.

Who did you skate with in those early days?
Pretty much just myself. I was riding with images of YouTube videos in my head. Trying to recreate what I saw. But it took a long time. I didn’t have anyone to really teach me, especially when I got back home to Vernon after the school term. I was alone. But, that didn’t matter one bit! I realized I was sitting on a gold mine of a hill.
I lived half-way up Silver Star Mountain and I could just step outside of my driveway and ride down the hill to the bottom where my old Elementary School was. Then, just as simple as it is in the Winter when you hitch-hike  to go snowboarding, I went longboarding and got lifts up back! I could ride the hill 6-8 times a day for 6.7km from my house and for 17km if the people giving me a ride were going to the top of the hill. It wasn’t until I made contact with the boys from Kimberly, BC that I rode with anyone else.

Who was making longboard videos in 2003?
The videos I remember the most were from the Supaflex guys, Jody Willcock and the boys in Kimberly, and some other French riders. More videos eventually surfaced and I ended up finding even older ones.

What did those videos spark in you?
One of the best journeys in my life and more personal growth than I could have ever asked for. Seeing what was possible and all the locations that it could take me was something I never dreamed of in my wildest dreams. It really did turn a somewhat average Mischo into the person I am today. I always admired people who had a passion and was wondering when I would find mine. That day came and I was screaming jackpot without ever realizing all the things that would come my way just pushing forward in this new sport I stumbled upon… and to think I started it for transportation purposes only!

You remember the precise moment you found your passion?
Yeah, is that weird?

As weird as putting maple syrup on your bacon.
Who does that? Maybe Patrick Switzer and a bunch of other crazy Canucks, haha! I certainly don’t. A typical English Breakfast is sacred… sort of. I prefer to get crazy with chicken and waffles! The sweet combination of fried chicken breast and hot sauce on a buttered waffle dripping in maple syrup and butter! Mmmmmmmm!

What’s a Canuck?
Every single proud Canadian!

Do you identify yourself as a Czechnuck or something else?
Well, it’s complicated. I was born and raised by Czech parents and we actually lived in Austria for two years before moving to Canada. Then I have essentially lived my whole life in British Columbia, Canada. All the while being raised with European family values, but being exposed to Canadian ones. It’s hard to pick a side because in all reality there is no side. I am who I am and it’s as simple as that. I am proud to be a mix of both! I will never be ashamed of my past and will always be proud of my future. Canada is a gem in this amazing world, not just with its great landscape but with its mindset, friendly people and amazing opportunites. The Czech Republic has such a deep history and rooted culture that you simply cannot recreate. I really am leaning towards just being a good human being, or doing my best to be one. In the end we are all still one and the same.

Being a human is rad. Better than being one of those Zombies reported on news recently!
It really is!

What was the moment you found your passion?
It was gradual. But the key moment that branded my soul was at the bottom of my first run down Danger Bay. The intensity and happiness, recapping the moments, being so close to other riders and the simple thought of “it only takes one person to make this happen for 50 people?”. I saw how much fun Bricin had created from one event. Just one day. I wanted in and I wanted to share the exact same feeling that I experienced that day with others. That was when I found it… and that’s when life got exciting!

Who is Bricin?
Bricin “STRIKER” Lyons. The man, the myth, the legend. Essentially the reason why we have such a great scene in British Columbia and why we have produced more World Champions than any other country. He blew up the sport by organizing the Attack of Danger Bay and I was just happy to step in at #3.

Aside from maple syrup on meat, how is he responsible for this trend?
He gave the sport a home. A start. Not just any start but one with a vibrant energy and attitude. You meet Bricin once and you will never forget him. At least this is how I see him. Without him or Danger Bay… things could have been much different. I know I wouldn’t have had my pivotal moment in this sport without him. For that I thank him!

Who are the other OG’s who helped inspire the current batch of fast Canadians?
Jody Willcock, Tom Edstrand, Jim Ziemlanski, Ryan Theobald.

What is the community in British Columbia like?
Crazy. Not just the riding, everything! People love to skate, they skate hard and they skate rain or shine. People skate all the time and get together for sessions quite often. In Vancouver you can go do runs in the BP’s and bump into new people all the time or others you already know. Almost every city in BC that has hills, has longboarders living in it. It is the motherland of some of the best skateboarders in the world! Most riders are super happy to be skating under any circumstance.

Have you skated in either of your other home lands?
I have skated in both. The Czech Republic is home to one of the best races on the entire IGSA World Tour, the Kozakov Challenge! Canada… well, of course!

When did you first find other people to ride with?
I cruised around and did some riding with Dietrich, who got me into the sport. We even skated in the Okanagan valley when I got back from school, but it wasn’t until I contacted and met with Jody “Shnitzel” Willcock that I “really” started DH. I had enough of the videos and needed to how I was doing compared to others. I had already bought some custom modified trucks from him and figured, why not contact the guy and see if he can teach me some things. He did after all make a bunch of videos I was trying to learn from. Must have been either late 2003 or early 2004. But he convinced me to race Danger Bay.

At what point did you start to skate competitively?
In 2004. Attack of Danger Bay 4. The race that took my life downhill… feels like that gets played out fairly easily. That’s when my life took off, and fast.

What did you ride in that race?
I rode a Landyachtz DH Race with custom SGS trucks (modified Randal DH trucks with a rod of Titanium at ½” milled down to 10mm for the axles), and 92mm Abec 11 Flywheels. At it’s time that was the best bombing board the world had seen.

How quickly after the race did life take off for you?
Very quickly! I was entering more races year after year until I landed overseas in Europe in 2007 for my first Euro tour.

What was your first experience of skating downhill in Europe?
My first run was in Switzerland with Martin Siegrist and I think it might have been “really” the first run that I almost ran myself off the road forgetting about a sneaky right sweeper that hid a mega sharp left hairpin. I had to footbrake straight out of the turn and then run off my board, almost into the forest. No joke, I stopped right on the edge of the dirt bank.

Off a cliff into a chasm?
Just off the road level, almost into a forest of welcomingly soft and fuzzy trees, sure to give me a sweet dream.

How did you do in the 2007 tour?
I actually did relatively well for my first time racing in Europe. I placed 2nd in Almabtrieb and was “oh-so” close to 1st. Had I taken Bassi Haller on the outside instead of the inside things might have been different! Then I won Alpspeed in Switzerland and was on the track to win Rock & Roll in Austria but I crashed in the semi-final. I then won the consolation round and took 5th. So a 2, 1 and 5 for the first time in Europe, I couldn’t complain. I was definitely hooked!

Did you hang around much after that first tour?
Not that long as far as I can remember. I didn’t do any extra skating. I went to Hamburg to visit my Grandma. That’s about it.

Where did you enjoy skating the most?
Switzerland was amazing! Simply amazing. But since then I have found comparable if not better locations that put some pretty big smiles on my face. France, Italy and Austria have some amazing hills to play on!

When did you return to Europe?
I returned the following year for more of the IGSA Euro Tour in 2008.

Highlight of 2008?
Meeting the love of my life and not knowing it just then. I met Jasmin in Australia first before reconnecting with her in 2010 at Kozakov. I also got to race Mt Panorama in Bathurst. I won Rock & Roll in Austria! I was hungry from the year before. Winning Hot Heels South Africa was a rad experience. In both races, Rock & Roll and Hot Heels, I crashed in 2007, so in 2008 I came back hungry for the wins! Plus it was the first year that I raced the whole tour from start to finish!

Congrats! Does she skate?
Now she does, but I worry when she or my sister skate. I don’t want to see them ever get hurt.

Has finding love made you faster?
Yes. Faster knowing there is one less thing to worry about searching for in life. I found my girl and I am so grateful for her patience in our semi long-distance relationship and time spent apart while I am on the road. Not many girls out there that have this kind of patience and I love her to death for it! It means the world to me to have her and still be able to have my passion and keep doing it. I am living in Vienna with her now so it’s a lot better.
What’s the hardest thing about spending so long on the road?
It’s such a love hate kind of thing. You get to see all these amazing places but then you still find something to complain about. I hate travelling with all the heavy stuff. I also hate excess baggage fees. Packing is getting easier with every trip but airlines always find a way to piss you off.

I guess the biggest thing now is time away from my girlfriend and simply the lack of a hope of having some routine back in my life. Travelling all over definitely keeps life interesting and I would never change a thing, but I am looking forward to some routine. Eating on the road is amazing when you have the time but not when you are stuck in airports. Also having no choice but gas stations when you need something to eat or having to consume greasy Chinese food! Ughhh… I am trying to eat healthier everyday and it’s a battle on-the-go.

One could say the constant travelling is the routine?
Uhhh, I guess. Knowing exactly what to expect. Your bag going through the x-ray machine and knowing that they will exactly question you about all the wheels in your bag, the electronics cables, GoPro’s, camera, laptop, hard-drives and pretty much what looks to be a massive complicated mess of stuff they hate to deal with! One time they actually thought my neatly stacked column of wheels was a parachute! A parachute? I was blown away with that one. Still makes me laugh to date. “Sir, do you have a parachute in your backpack?”.

Have you ever enjoyed airport cuisine?
Yes! It was Wagamama’s in London, Heathrow back in 2008/2009! I got lucky and had a connection in the terminal that had it. Wish they did all over the world.

How long after you started competing did you get a sponsor to help you with excess baggage fees?
2010 was the turning point in personal sponsorships. I never had a contract before that and never had a supportive and dependable sponsor like Daniel Gesmer at Seismic Wheels. Also I had Fred Baumann my business partner for GMR and Ronin helping me out both with gear, some finances and mental support in getting myself back to what I was in 2009. I must admit, all the changes I made left me feeling unsure of the future, but also happy at the same time to have a solid support team that’s there for me all the way.

Care to elaborate on these changes?
Well I dropped Landyachtz and Abec11. Then I started GMR and Ronin with Fred and signed on with Dan Gesmer at Seismic.

What’s your relationship with Seismic like?
Awesome! Dan has gone above and beyond my expectations of a sponsor. Seismic has supported me through everything, the good and the bad. I have been able to provide feedback on some things still in the works and things already on the market like the Tekton bearings and the Hot Spots.

What are GMR and Ronin?
GMR Skateboards and Ronin Trucks. Only the best stuff around!

Give Me Raspberries?
More like Glendora Mountain Road. One of the finest roads in the world with the famous front side that everyone knows from the movie DROP: My Life Downhill. It is also the “Dark Side” that I dream I had outside my house no matter where I am in the world. That road is my most favourite training ground and testing ground. So much fun!

What is DROP?
It’s a an orgasm for your eyes. Marc McCrudden’s masterpiece to the world. It’s an amazing movie to show everyone the world of downhill racing and riding. Although when I watch it now I can only think, “ugghhhh, what are you doing Mischo?! You are taking terrible lines and STOP BRAKING”. I can do so much better now.

What’s your role in this truck and board company?
I am just the racer. I helped Fred get his ideas on to the computer so that we could start producing these amazing goodies. Fred is still the big man and brains when it comes to the whole operation. I am proud to be learning so much from him whether it be design stuff or simply all things related to life and trying to be a good human being. The whole experience has taught me so much about the sport and the people in it.

How does it feel to be so involved in the birth of your board?
Amazing. And also the birth of the best trucks on the planet! Ronin Trucks. It’s scary as well though. You start on a path no one has gone down and it’s like getting lost, but with someone beside you. Fred and I have had a great journey getting to where we are now but we are still figuring it all out. We have a clear destination and I believe we are on a great path now.

What is the final destination?
To be at the top of the truck market as “THE” truck for performance and quality riding. And a noticeable difference from the rest at that. The feel is truly something special. People are slowly learning and getting a chance to ride the trucks.

How will you get there?
Sir, you don’t have security clearance for that.

I have a waffle and bacon sandwich with English cheddar and hot saucethat begs to differ.
No temptation here. It’s not Canadian cheddar. Big mistake! Haha. Plus you left out Avocado.

What’s special about Ronin trucks?
Ronin Trucks have a SupportPin™ that makes a world of difference in your ride. It defies what you are used to with normal trucks. The trucks run lower steering angles (usually about 10˚ less) than most people are used to, but the axles also have a 10mm offset from the bushing plane. This allows the trucks to keep the stability of the lower angles yet remain effective in steering. With the SupportPinTM you also never lose any lean to bushing deformation. Instead, all of your lean goes to beautiful unhindered steering and you get amazing lean! It’s the first simple and elegant solution to truck slop since the wheel was invented.

How do these things make a difference to your ride?
It’s like putting sport tuned suspension on an old caddy. All of a sudden you are in control and not the trucks. You determine the ride. You get direct feedback and can feel the threshold of your wheels before they slide in a lot more of a defined point than you are used to.

Is there a Ronin team?
Yes. Douglas da Silva, Zen Shikaze, Yvon Labarthe, Quin Finocchio, Rebekka Gemperle, Chad Gibson, Erik Lundberg, Calvin Staub, Austin Nicassio, Raoul Van Den Berg, and Aaron Enns.

What GMR board do you ride?
Two. Soon to be 3 with the addition of the Baby Jesus this year.

Why do you need 3?
One that’s drop through for speed. A top mount for all the turny slower stuff. Then one for all the small fun stuff!

Hahahaha Baby Jesus! What are the other 2 called?
Yup. You can thank Fred for that name! The drop through is the ‘M80’ and the top mount is called the ‘Pro Trucker’. We also have a ‘Regular’ Tucker that is the only board without a spine… for now. The aluminum spine is really the most amazing part of the boards. Definitely lays to rest any and all thoughts that your drill pattern is crooked. CNC drilled to perfection.

All available commercially?
Yes. In limited quantities for now. Fred can only do so much! While I am off travelling he is doing all the hard work behind the scenes with Enrique helping him out where he can.

You’ve mentioned Fred a lot. Is he your best mate?

He is essentially my second adopted Father. He has helped me out more than any sponsor could. In 2009, it was him that I really owe my victory to. He was the one that woke up at 6am every morning to go skate GMR and study my ride and give me feedback. He was the one that fed me, housed me and kicked my butt in gear to stay in shape, focus and ignore all the distractions. He actually made a majority of the new equipment I was riding possible. I don’t know if I will ever really be able to repay him. Actually a brand new Corvette Z06 might do the trick!

What victory did you achieve  in 2009?

After 2007 and 2008, I finally won the IGSA World Cup Champion title. The previous two years I always came in 2nd and I had enough in 2009. I went for it and got it!

Was it hard to take on the tour the next year with that weight on your shoulders?
You mean 2010? Yeah, for sure. I had just embarked on a journey with all new components some totally new and in prototype phase. Plus I broke up with a girlfriend that year. Everything was upside down. I wasn’t sure if I had made a big mistake or not and was totally questioning myself. People questioned my sanity leaving my old sponsors. They were big names. I was just tired of paying for most of the stuff myself and trying to perform. Even in 2009 I still had to pay for the majority of my season. I knew that starting something up with Fred, that I would be working toward a solid investment. So that when I stop racing, I still have money coming in for all the time I dedicated to the sport. No one else was willing to give me that.

Do you feel that you made the right decision?
Looking back at the way everything unfolded and what I learned getting through it all, yes! The journey from 2009 to now has been priceless. Even if I didn’t stand on the podium at every race, I was gaining valuable experience. It’s hard to explain but it’s one of those Butterfly Effects. Everything rolled into a place where I am happy with my friends, sponsors, my own actions and what I am capable of in the sport. I was growing and still have room to continue growing!

Even as a pro skater you were paying to race?
Still am. I should really focus on what I have right now and it would be alright, but I keep wanting to expand further and do more so I gotta pay for everything that’s not in my local scope of things. Some people go broke buying shoes or watches… me, I downhill skateboard. But how many people have been in the Emirates to go skateboarding? Or went snowboarding indoors?

How did becoming World Cup Champion in 2009 change your life?
It didn’t change that much actually. It’s one of those funny things, you dream about getting to a certain point or achieving something and you finally get there. Everything just seems so normal, like it went according to plan and then you are left with the question of what’s next? But that’s far too easy to answer: keep racing and become better than you were.

Did you become better in 2010?
Um, not really… It was quite the struggle actually. Things didn’t look up until 2011. That’s when my mind was more at ease, the gear was dialled in and I was able focus on riding.

What were you able to achieve with this greater focus?
I managed to win my first IGSA World Champion title after racing since 2007 on the IGSA tour. The coolest part was that I won it in Brazil on Teutonia! Going fast!

Yeah bro! How was the final?
It was good. I passed Danky at the first opportunity I had on the top section and then just held it all the way to the finish line! Just listening to see if I could hear him somewhere behind me.

What did it take to become World Champion?
The greatest confidence in your setup and not opening up out of tuck one single bit on the fast rough pavement.

How did going into 2012 as World Champion affect your skating?
I guess I was more confident in myself and that I knew I was back at par. The podium in South Africa at the end of 2011 helped as well. It really, in a simple way, let me know I still had it in me.

What did this confidence translate to?
A better mindset. Relieving self doubt and allowing me to move forward. I was able to go in and win the second World Cup of the year in Bathurst, Australia! At Mt. Keira I had a bad fall, got knocked out early and then it rained for the finals anyways.

Do you have a ‘’home’’ race?
Yeah, I organize the Vernon DH. This year we had the 8th one!

Wow, you’ve been organising it for 8 years?
Yes. For eight years of my life! A bit of stress but totally worth it.

What do you enjoy about making a race?
The smiles on everyones faces and knowing that I can provide a safe place for people to race and bringing in the local community to witness our cool sport. I love making people happy and the race is one of my outlets for this. I also like giving everyone the “rider goodie bags”!

What’s the track like?
It’s fairly simple. It is about 1km long and has a fast left 90˚ turn with a right 90˚ turn onto a long straight. It was the road that I found that seemed to have a bit of everything. Up to 70km/h for the big guys.

How is it different from other races on the circuit?
The Vernon DH has houses lining the whole length of the course! It’s essentially in the middle of suburbia and people sit on their roofs and in their lawns with free front row tickets to one of the most unique races on the planet!

How do you get the road closed if it’s residential?
I had to canvas the whole neighborhood for permission to hold my race which at the time was only one day long. I got a large majority of residents to approve the race and that was it. The rest was just simple race logistics. Only about 8 out of the 130+ residents at the time ever had anything negative to say. A few were simply either never home or just didn’t want to sign anything. Only about 2 ever gave up much of a big stink.

Do any of the locals race?
Of course! There has been a growing number of them and that was the other goal of organizing the race, to grow some local groms to skate with.

Have you won it?
Yes, actually I have. It was really weird. No one had really won their own organized race and I wasn’t sure what to do. It almost happened in 2006 but I won it in 2009. I almost wanted to stand up and let Nate Lang win. I prefer to let it be the only time that will happen. I still race in my own event and why wouldn’t I? Everyone is visiting me at my place and it’s fun!

This is why you need a clone!
Ha! Forget that nonsense. If I had a clone I could finally get some work done! Could you imagine someone that thinks exactly like you working together to be even more successful? Well, eventually I would have to kill him off haha.

Or he would kill you first! Not before you learn from seeing his tuck though.
Haha. Wouldn’t matter. We would be one and the same! Plus anyways I have been in the wind tunnel at Rail Tec Arsenal here in Vienna to work on mine already.

What did you learn from the experience?
I learned a few things but it wasn’t the full experience I wanted to have. They never really tested humans in the tunnel so we had to do everything on the spot. But what I did learn was that my most uncomfortable tuck that I thought was the fastest was just a form of masochism that was simply unnecessary. I also was able to feel the force of speeds well above 130km/h, up to 200km/h. But let me tell you: there was a bit of arm twisting to get them to go beyond 160km/h (their “limit for humans in the tunnel”).

200? That is madness. Has anyone ever been that fast standing on a skateboard?
I believe so but only simulated and they fell off, I held on! If they had let me, I would have gone way faster because the tunnel can go up to 300km/h! HAHA

What did it feel like to feel the wind around you at that speed?
Completely insane! But SO good! Feeling such a force on your body is amazing.

Best you’ve ever felt?
It felt awesome but not great. Point being that it was simulated and not ”actual”. I would kill to go that fast on an open road.

What’s the fastest you’ve gone on an open road?
In 2010 for the IGSA Speed Record I went 130.03km/h and this year for the Guinness Record I went 129.94km/h. Again, left wanting more. The Guinness Record was in Quebec on 18% grade but it wasn’t long enough and it was at sea level. Not like the IGSA Record in the high elevation of Colorado but then again only 12% grade.

You think you can go faster?
I know I can. I could have used a speed suit and fairings but I want to go faster on a hill that definitely has more potential than squeezing a few extra km/h out of it with all that stuff.

How much faster?
10km/h on both hills easy. But to go beyond that you need to pave me a hill for that. Please do so if you have the means!

Do you get free Guinness now you’re a record holder?
No. But they are actually related companies. At least their inception. The same man who made the beer, started the record keeping company as an end result of making a book to settle bets in bars when guys would argue over stuff. You know, before smartphones. The bars he gave the books to started losing them and called in ordering more and that’s when he got the idea to make it a full fledged business.

Did you get a medal?
No, but I got a framed certificate that looks cooler than my diploma from school! :- P

Does being the official fastest guy on a skateboard put any pressure on you at competitions?
I don’t let it be that. At races you have so many other factors involved, so I ignore it. I still make up most of my time on the track on straights then turns when it comes to qualifying and so on. Top speed is still a strength I have to play with.

How has this season gone for you so far?
It started off well in Australia but ever since then I have been hit with some bad luck. Not sure what’s going on. In Maryhill, I false started and was shook up on the restart, Kozakov it rained, Teolo I got taken out in such a stupid way, Peyragudes we never got to do the official race and based everything off qualifying. Now I am going to miss Calgary and that sucks!

Why will you miss the Worlds?
I dislocated my shoulder after Peyragudes on the way back home in Switzerland. Stupid crash while footbraking.

When will you be 100%?
When it’s too late to race Calgary! :- S The doctor said 3 weeks taking it easy and then Physio. It’s my first dislocation and feels alright now with limited range of motion but the thought of crashing on it again would suck. Almost as bad, I would have to sleep in my leathers for the whole race because the thought of getting in and out of them makes my shoulder hurt.

So you’ll be staying with us in Europe for a while longer?
Well I am living in Vienna but yeah. I will be doing Physio here and putting myself back together to be 130% for Argentina!

Will you be going to any freerides/races while you’re here?
That all depends on my shoulder. As soon as I can do push-ups and put big weight on it then I might consider it. I don’t want to rush the healing process and go backwards. Plus I need to look beyond this year to when I am old. I don’t want this to be a recurring thing. There is always the next race. I am sad that I can’t defend my title and to do it on Canadian turf is even more gut wrenching.

How many South American races will you be doing?
Only two. Snake Skeleton DH and Teutonia. In between I will be doing a big road trip with Yvon Labarthe! I am really looking forward to that!

Filming trip?
Most definitely.

Can you tell us any details of what to expect?
I don’t really know. Whatever shenanigans we can get up to and probably some skating… ;- )

Who else will be with you?
For now just me and Yvon, but we need someone who speaks Spanish to come with us so we don’t feel totally useless.

Haha I’m excited, great things to watch during the winter lull. Include footage of South American bacon. Thanks.
Steaks!… and lot of them!

Are you interviewing South American skaters for that last spot?
I have a few people I am talking to so we will see.

What will this video series be called?
Don’t think it’s really a series. Like I said, I don’t really know until we do it. There is still tons of time to take it by the seat of my pants. Adventure style. See what comes our way and just go with the flow.

Is there anything you wanted to mention before we finish?
Seems like pretty much everything. I think this is the longest in depth interview I have ever done! But you didn’t ask me if I wanted something to drink, but I will forgive you since the drink won’t fit through the ethernet cable.

I offered bacon!
But was it really bacon or was it Matrix bacon?

Pick 3 numbers between 1-39.
39 is an odd limit. Why 39?

Okay, so the first 10 random numbers are questions I made up, after that, I ask people to contribute, so with every interview I do, the number goes up.
Okay, so here we go… 6, 22, 28.

6 – What is the strangest food you’ve eaten?
This is more of a good food, but Finger Lime! Such a rad fruit. It’s like the caviar of the fruit world and I crave my next chance to eat it again!

22 – Do you have any hidden talents?
Drawing. I can draw relatively well. I used to draw stuff out of comics in High School.

28 – What superhero would be best at skating?
Well this is actually a dilemma I have had because I have proposed this as a question to myself before, dreaming what super power I would want. It’s a split between Wolverine and any of the flying heroes. Wolverine so that I could ride as hard as I want and push the limits with no fear of dying and heal quickly. The flying superpower so that I could control my speed, grip and of course save myself from flying off of a cliff or into a car. Simply just saving my skin again.

It has been a great pleasure interrogating you Mischo, heal fast and catch you around somewhere. Enjoy the rest of your travels!
Thank you Gbemi! It has been a pleasure as well! Thank for your patience and hope to meet you in person one day! Cheers!

Any thank yous?
Yes. Thanks to my Dad & Lenka, my Mom & Steve, my sister, Jasmin, Fred and the Baumann Family, Daniel Gesmer, Seismic, William Myrvold, Xtreme Board Shop Glendora, Stephan Risch, Recon Instruments, Vicious Grip, Max Erwin, Zen Shikaze, Lyle Hopkins, Bricin Lyons, Jody Willcock, Dietrich Walker, all my Vernon DH volunteers, the residents on Middleton, and everyone part of anything and everything that got me to where I am!

Links
www.mischo.com
www.facebook.com/mischo.erban.dh
www.twitter.com/mischoerban

www.ronintrucks.com
www.gmrskateboards.com
www.seismicskate.com
www.reconinstruments.com
www.xtremeboardshoponline.com
www.aerohelmet.com
www.viciousgrip.com
www.vernondh.com
www.rta.eu