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Foundation Interviews

Going strong for over two decades, producing a myriad of influential videos has become the norm for Foundation Super Co. New rippers have been added, but their image has never wavered. WTF premiered exclusively on our site and it's as pure as it gets. Here are a few words from the riders, and some moments stopped in time to complement the video.

Posted: November 2, 2011

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Nick Merlino, half-Cab heel. Photo: Mikendo

Nick Merlino

Years riding for Foundation?
I’ve been riding for Foundation for three years.

Favorite Foundation video of all time?
My favorite is Art Bars.

Favorite former Foundation rider?
Nuge!

How long did it take you to film your part for WTF?
It took me a year to film for my part.

Whose part are you most stoked to see?
I can’t wait to see the whole thing.

Best and worst experiences filming for WTF?
My best experience would be getting my last trick, last minute. The worst experiences filming are always getting hurt.


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Sierra Fellers, nollie frontside flip. Photo: Burnett

Sierra Fellers

Years riding for Foundation? 
Five years.

Favorite Foundation video of all time?
Art Bars and That’s Life.

Favorite former Foundation rider?
Nuge.

How long did it take you to film your part for WTF?
Been filming for the video for a little over a year, but they used some clips from as long as four years ago.

Whose part are you most stoked to see?
Abdias. He’s got a short part, but all hammers!

Best and worst experiences filming for WTF?
The best part is having something to film for. But trying to get last-minute tricks before the deadline and blowing it is frustrating. All in all it’s been a good experience. Wish we could have gone on more trips. That always helps with filming for a video.


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Dan Murphy, switch ollie. Photo: Xeno

Dan Murphy

Years riding for Foundation? 
Two years.

Favorite Foundation video of all time?
Probably Tentacles of Destruction or Barbarians at the Gate.

Favorite former Foundation rider?
Kirchart, all day!

How long did it take you to film your part for WTF?
Couple years, probably.

Whose part are you most stoked to see? 
Damn, everybody. But the new guys really came through… Dakota, Ryan, and Taylor, fo-sho!

Best and worst experiences filming for WTF?
Sacking a rail bad, 20-stitch shin splitter, and all the other injuries that occur with day-to-day skate efforts.


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Ryan Spencer, crooks. Photo: Hammeke

Ryan Spencer

Years riding for Foundation?
Two.

Favorite Foundation video of all time?
Rolling Thunder.

Favorite former Foundation rider?
Salazar.

How long did it take you to film your part for WTF?
It’s been about a year.

Whose part are you most stoked to see?
Murphy!

Best and worst experiences filming for WTF?
Best: Filming with Kevin Barnett. Worst: Concussions and knocking my teeth out; not a good time.


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Dakota Servold, 50-50. Photo: Bush

Dakota Servold

Years riding for Foundation?
One year.

Favorite Foundation video of all time?
That’s Life.

Favorite former Foundation rider?
Omar Salazar.

How long did it take you to film your part for WTF?
My whole life.

Whose part are you most stoked to see?
Taylor Smith.

Best and worst experiences filming for WTF?
Having fun skating with the bros. Getting hurt sucks. Not backin’ it. I fall a lot.


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Taylor Smith, back Smith. Photo: Rhino

Taylor Smith

Years riding for Foundation?
One year.

Favorite Foundation video of all time?
That’s Life, Shimizu style! Wooooo!

Favorite former Foundation rider?
Heath.

How long did it take you to film your part for WTF?
Fer days.

Whose part are you most stoked to see?
Murphy!

Best and worst experiences filming for WTF?
Tim Cisilino.


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Marquis Preston, tailslide. Photo: Burnett

Marquis Preston

Years riding for Foundation?
Ten months.

Favorite Foundation video of all time?
That’s Life.

Favorite former Foundation rider?
Ethan Fowler.

How long did it take you to film your part for WTF? 
Not long.

Whose part are you most stoked to see?
Taylor Smith, Ryan Spencer.

Best and worst experiences filming for WTF?
Best part was watching Nick do a heavy kickflip in downtown Long Beach. Worst part? Not going on trips.


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Corey Duffel, ollie. Photo: Hammeke

Corey Duffel

Years riding for Foundation?
Ten years.

Favorite Foundation video of all time?
Nervous Breakdown.

Favorite former Foundation rider?
Heath, Ethan, and Ronnie Creager.

How long did it take you to film your part for WTF?
A year and a half, But I was injured for about nine months out of that time.

Whose part are you most stoked to see?
Abdias, Ryan Spencer, Dakota Servold, and Taylor Smith.

Best and worst experiences filming for WTF?
For me, being injured was the most horrid. Getting a chance to know and skate with the new bros on the F-Squad was the best. It’s really cool to see a bright future for Foundation. There are some awesome guys on the team right now, and I’m so stoked to see them all making it happen. They rule!


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Abdias Rivera, bluntslide. Photo: Burnett

Abdias Rivera

Years riding for Foundation?
About four years now, maybe longer.

Favorite Foundation video of all time?
Art Bars, for sure.

Favorite former Foundation rider?
He’s not a former rider, but I’m backin’ Taylor Smith.

How long did it take you to film your part for WTF?
Few days, I guess.

Whose part are you most stoked to see?
T-Spliff’s part, for sure.

Best and worst experiences filming for WTF? 
Going on small trips is the best; being hurt is the worst.


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Last modified on Wednesday, November 02 2011
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