10 Questions to Celebrate 10 Years of Busenitz on Adidas
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? WHAT´S YOUR AGE?
I´m 35 years old, grew up in Munich and moved to the States with my family at 15 years old to Newton, Kansas.
WHAT WERE THE VIDEOS OR SECTIONS THAT INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST BACK IN THE DAYS? WHAT SKATERS?
My first video was “Ban This” from Powel Peralta, I liked a lot probably influenced me a lot. When I really got in skating the “Mouse” video influenced me a lot. Marino´s part and Sheffey, Carrol, all those guys, all those great skaters in that video.
Nowadays just radom parts on internet as everyone else, whatever is hot at the moment.
WHAT VIDEO PART IT WAS THE HARDEST TO ACHIVE?
The “Away Days” part it was probably the one that I try the hardest for, the other ones always just kind of came together, that was like my most “serious” part or whatever.
WHAT DO YOU RATHER TO SKATE WITH? CLASSIC MODELS OR YOU ARE OPEN TO TRY NEW INNOVATIONS THAT A COMPANY LIKE ADIDAS COULD PROVIDE?
I like trying new innovations, I just find a lot of times that like people which just called gimmick new innovations they are just like bullshit but if there´s really something new and really something that´s better I´m down to try it.
HOW IS THE PROCESS TO DESING YOUR SHOES ON ADIDAS?
You just have a basic idea for shoes and sat down with designers start talking about it, making samples, looking at all shoes and getting different ideas from older shoes and putting together in my shoe. My first time making the shoes, I´ve just told them what I wanted, they knew how to make it and knew what not to make. Just makes samples, the first samples never like you wanted, they just did like three samples or something, by the end it was time that we had to put something out, we didnt have time to change it anymore but we also got to a point were it´s good enough and that´s the shoes that came out.
RECENTLY IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED SKATEBOARDING AS A OLYMPIC SPORT IN 2020. WHAT´S YOUR OPINION ABOUT?
I don´t know… I think is pretty cool that it is recognize that is something more than just punks going out graffity, I think it is extremely hard, it´s difficult.
WOULD YOU BE DOWN TO GO TO THE OLYMPICS IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO?
[laughs] I will be like 40, I don´t have any bussiness in the Olimpics. It´s pretty gnarly, that´s where real athlete goes, I don´t really consider myself that but I dont wanna say that skateboarding is not a sport and all that shit ´cause there are people that are athletes in skateboarding and they do incredible stuff, it´s cool that they can have that legitime place to show that, I guess. People get really upset about it, I don´t really get upset about it. If skateboarding is not a sport then its an art, right? What are the other options? Whatever the not sport part skateboading is I´m sure that´s not gonna die or go away, some comedy can´t really change what skateboarding is.
DO YOU WORK OUT, GO TO THE GYM OR STRETCH TO MAINTAIN LONGEVITY IN SKATEBOARDING?
I don´t believe in the gym, I don´t strecht, sometimes strecht before, I probably should more, I just eat whatever I like really, I try to stay healthy and not eat like garbage, drink water. Just when I skate I try to have fun whithout killing myself, I don´t think is necessary to destroy yourself to skateboard. Sometimes I ride my bicycle but not like Lance Amstrong or anything just more relax riding. I might change too, I feel like maybe I should be doing something more to maintain my body, I think meditading might be the best thing for me anyway, since is like more the control center that´s the problem.
ANY ADVICE FOR THE KIDS WHO LOOK UP TO YOU OR ARE TRYING TO ACHIVE A SKATEBOARDING CAREER?
Yeah don´t try to achive a career, just skate and have fun. Whatever you get out of skating at this point is what you are gonna get out when you get your name on a shoe or board, when you have your career does not really change, so you better make sure that you like it at whatever stage you are at.
WHAT ARE THE FUTURE PLANS?
I don´t know… stay healthy, spend time with my family, keep skating, just life whatever that´s means. Get through four years of Trump [laughs] that´s goes for the whole world.
ANY LAST WORDS?
Keep up peaceful, don't take at all ladies skating down the side blocs