If you haven’t heard of this 14 year old from Maryland yet then stop whatever you’re doing and turn your hearing aids up because this kid means business and is here to stick around. Not only does the kid SHRED on both hard and soft wheels but he also helped organize one of the best events last summer: the Baltimore Slide Jam. He also co-founded SkateMaryland.com which focuses on the longboarding scene in (you guessed it) Maryland. I got to ask John a few questions a couple weeks ago about his riding preferences, this summer’s Baltimore Slide Jam and where he derives some of his magical skating powers from. Read on for all that and more and peep his steezy new techslide video.
Skate The East: What’s your name, where are you from, how old are you, and how long have you been skating for?
John Kreutter: My name is John Kreutter, I am 14 years old, and I’ve been skating for about 4-5 years now.
STE: What setup(s) are you currently skating?
JK: Currently I’m riding the Landyachtz x Muir 12 two 5 with Bear trucks and Hawgz wheels for freeride/DH. For Park and Tech Slide i’m riding the smallest version of the “loco” which is a new tech slide board we have coming out in the 2012 Landyachtz line-up.
STE: How long has Skate Maryland been around? How’d you get the idea?
JK: Spencer Flaherty and I came up with the idea for the site about a year and a half ago. We thought it up after realizing we want wanted to get more involved in the local scene, and we figured it might be a way to find some skaters close by. Then we came up with a bunch of other ideas, and it went from there.
One of my biggest goals is to remember to update the site, everyone in a while. (We got pretty lazy for a few months there… NOW WE ARE BACK!)To gain some more site traffic, and to make videos much more frequently to post on the site.
STE: Tell a bit more about your relationship with Landyatchz, how’d you link up with them and how long have you been skating for them?
JK: I hooked up with Landyachtz early summer 2011. I decided I wanted to look for a board/wheel sponsor. At first I was checking out some smaller companies, and I just figured Landyachtz would be out of question at the time so I didn’t even consider them. I eventually realized that I’ve been riding like all Landyachtz gear and I love all of their products. So, I shot a little video and said go big or go home haha. Next thing you know I was on the team.
STE: How do you see longboarding progressing in the Mid-Atlantic? Is there already a strong scene, or is it just getting off the ground?
JK: The Mid-Atlantic area has a pretty strong scene now. Earlier on it was ok, but not too big. Now, it is pretty big and there are longboarders everywhere. Now I’ll be coming home from school and see kids with Nine Two Fives in their hands walking out of the school. There is at least one event every month, and big sessions going down every weekend. The longboarding scene is definitely progressing in a good direction, except THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH TECH SLIDERS!
STE: Last year’s Baltimore Slide Jam was off the hook from what I heard from skaters and saw in videos and photos. What do you have in store for this year? Any big surprises you’re willing to share?
JK: We are still in the early planning process for this year, but we are looking toward doing it in early June. I can tell you two things. It’s going to be extremely fun, and on a closed road. Oh, and let’s just say we might have a Brazilian in town to judge.
STE: Do you have any personal goals for this upcoming competition season? Any events you’d like to podium at?
JK: For this upcoming season I’m hoping to get out to as many events as I can. I’ll most definitely be at all of the local ones, and It looks like I’m going to California in May for the 2012 Muir Skate Downhill Disco. I hope to make it out to Canada sometime this summer for Giants Head and The Danger Bay Slide Comp. We’ll see how it goes…
STE: We can see from your videos that you’re ultra-steezy on both hard and soft wheels, do you have a preference?
JK: I don’t really have a preference, it’s normally what ever I’m feeling at the moment haha. I bring both my tech slide board and my soft wheel board to every session. I like to switch it up, and skate everything. If I’m bored of the local hills for a little bit, I’ll go to the skate park. If I get bored of that stuff I’ll skate some trails. It’s not worth it to limit yourself, It’s fun to skate everything and you guys should too!
STE: How much of your power is derived from Maryland crab-cake consumption?
JK: ALL of my power comes from EAD [Eggs All Day]. Forget the Crab Cakes! ONE QUICK SHAMELESS PLUG! HUGE THANKS TO LANDYACHTZ LONGBOARDS, MUIR SKATE, AND XS ENERGY DRINK FOR ALL OF THEIR GREAT SUPPORT!