Morgan “Turtle” Smith
What’s your middle name?
Any good nicknames?
Turtle, Shmorgs, but nothing to serious.
Where are you from?
Unionville, Ontario, Canada. It’s close to Toronto.
Describe your hometown for us.
Its pretty small, a quiet town, not much going on. There’s a couple spots and a skatepark.
Which Ventures do you ride?
Venture 5.0 lows. I like all the colors. I’m not picky.
Is this your first Venture ad?
Yes, and I’m really hyped. I’ve been looking forward to this.
Where was this ad shot and who shot it?
Some metal ledge behind a grocery store in Southern California. Andrew Mapstone shot it.
Describe the spot for us.
It’s a long metal ledge, the ground is not that good but whatever.
What do you think about the new V5?
I love ’em. I’ve rode Ventures all my life and these are basically just the same great truck, but even lighter.
Venture is the most imitated truck. Other companies rip it off and then try and make it better.
I know. For the skating I do, they are the best. Pj Ladd rides Ventures and won’t even touch anything else. That says enough to me.
What’s your kryptonite trick?
Switch hardflips and nollie hardflips. I just can’t do ’em.
Were you super nervous when Berra called you about a First Try Friday?
Yeah for sure. You’re really put on the spot, with a camera pointed at you, and you’re expected to make the trick first try.
What trick did you think he was gonna want you to do?
I had a feeling it was going to be something on the box because thats all I skated the day before.
You’re a pretty tech dude, but you also go big. How do you psyche yourself up to jump on a rail?
I really don’t know, handrails are sketchy. I just try it and hope for the best. How is that for strategy? Haha!
You have some amazing board control. How did you develop your skills?
I spent a lot of hours skating every day. I pretty much skated all day until I had absolutely no energy left.
Should skateboarding be in the Olympics?
No, I don’t think so.
What sport should be accepted in its place?
I have no idea. They can choose whatever they want.
Do you ever see people Curling in Canada?
Gretzky or Lemieux?
Gretzky, I guess.
Did you play hockey as a kid?
Nope, I never played hockey. I don’t like it at all.
What is your first memory of skateboarding?
Probably my mom getting me a board for my 6th birthday and going outside and skating.
Who were your early influences and why?
All the guys in Penal Code 100A (FTC vid) and 411 #19. My dad bought me those videos and I thought they were so sick.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Skating. Hopefully doing well for myself…haha!
Who’s your favorite Venture teammate?
PJ or Gallant.
Got any good Bill Weiss stories?
Not really, but he’s got plenty of his own stories to tell. You should hit him up.
Is Ronnie Creager stoned all the time?
Nah. He just looks like it.
3 things you can’t live without?
Skating, Friends, and good food.
3 reasons to stay in Canada?
Friends, Family, it’s just my home.
3 reasons to keep skating?
Fun, learning new stuff, traveling.