Wade “Just Do You” Desarmo
What’s your middle name?
Any good nicknames?
Where are you from?
Describe Ottawa for us.
It’s pretty small considering it’s the capital of Canada, maybe a million people. It’s a great place to live, surrounded by sincere people, just not so hot for skate spots.
Which Ventures do you ride?
5.0 Lows. Always raw.
Is this your first Venture ad?
Nah. This is my second. The first was a varial heel over New Spot rail in Vancouver.
Where was this ad shot and who shot it?
San Diego. Matt Daughters shot it.
Describe the spot for us.
It’s that school where Ryan Smith had that gnarly back lip for his DC ad… I think? You know, that 17 stair rail down the middle but you can skate over the rail into a pretty rugged bank. Shuriken’s killed the spot.
You’ve been off radar for a little while. What happened?
Long story short, I was skating in Cali last summer when I woke up one morning to my ankle swollen beyond anything I’ve ever seen. I’ve had issues with that ankle for probably two years prior, so I got an MRI, showing I had no more ligaments left in that ankle. After a crazy surgery to fix it, a long time off my board, and a lot of physio I’m back skating again and filming for the new DGK vid. Stoked to be back in the game.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from Stevie?
“Just do you”.
I’ve heard you describe yourself as a perfectionist before. What things do you stress on other than skating?
The usual everyday life bullshit.
What’s your kryptonite trick?
Heelflips. I fuckin hate that trick.
Should skateboarding be in the Olympics?
Mixed feelings on it, so I’ll just say no.
If not, what sport should be accepted in its place?
Fuck I dunno, Ultimate Fighting would be tight. All the nations send in their best dude to battle. Or golf. Is that already a sport in the Olympics?
Do you ever see people curling in Canada?
Gretzky or Lemieux?
Lemieux, although they’re both tight.
Did you play hockey as a kid?
Every Canadian kid played hockey. Shinny in the winter dude. That’s
just how we get down.
What is your first memory of skateboarding?
Seeing my homey Ben rolling down the street ollieing up curbs and tryin to slide wooden benches. It didn’t make any sense how someone could do that.
Who were your early influences and why?
I still remember my favorite skaters when I was a kid and those skaters are still in the game and still killing it. Penny, Koston, Mariano, Stevie and Creager. I’ve always
looked up to those guys, they’ve had a great influence in the way I skate.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
That’s too far ahead to think about.
Who’s your favorite Venture teammate?
The whole DGK family.
3 things you can’t live without?
Banks, family and friends.
3 reasons to stay in Canada?
Free health care, Banks and my family.
3 reasons to not wear skin tight jeans?
It just doesn’t feel right on me. I need some sag. Just ain’t for me.
3 reasons to keep skating?
Its too much fun. I need to film a good video part… and there’s nothing else I would rather do.