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Does your Grandma understand why you skate or what you do for a living?





Team Rollerblade® stunt member
Team Rollerblade Matt Salerno Team Rollerblade

Q.
Where are you from?
A.
Sydney, Australia.


Q.

What's the sickest air you've ever done?
A.
I did a unity grind, which is when you cross your legs, which is really hard to explain you gotta see it...I did it down a 31 stair hand rail, and rail was just straight down, and if you fell off it was just death, you'd just die.


Q.

And you did it?
A.
Yeah, oh, I fell off the first time and hurt myself, and the second time I pulled it. One of my friends had a camera so that was cool.


Q.

Whad'ya think of Chocolate and Trooper?
A.
I've used the Chocolate, it's a really good street skate, I love it...The Trooper, I haven't used it yet, I sprained my ankle before I had a chance to.


Q.

Do your parents understand why you skate?
A.
Ages ago my dad said...well, we went to an Easter show, it's like a season we have overseas, in Australia. There were a bunch of guys riding a half-pipe and I said 'Dad,' y'know, 'I wanna do that,' and he said, 'Over my dead body,' which were his exact words. And then he started going on about how I'd wanted to do everything I saw, I saw it for like five minutes and said, y'know, I want a pair of skates because it just looked like so much fun. and then, I don't know, I guess I've come pretty far, he didn't like me doing it. I'd come home each time I learned a flip and he's like 'What! You can't do that that's dangerous you'll hurt yourself.' But I guess he's pretty proud of me now, so's my mom.


Q.

Does your Grandma understand why you skate or what you do for a living?
A.
Yeah. My grandmother can't watch me, my grandfather can, every time she sees me upside down or something, y'know, she knows what I'm doing but every time she sees me she just freaks out. She's like 'No, I can't watch,' closes her eyes and says prayers.


Q.

Did you skateboard before this at all?
A.
No. Well, I used to own a skateboard, me and my cousin used to tic-tac to the shop and, but nothing major like going out and trying to learn it.


Q.

Why DO you skate?
A.
Why do I skate? That's a hard question. I don't know, it's fun, um, that's basically it, I suppose. There is nothing like skating, there's nothing like having sick airs for that session, just going, what, 8 foot out and spinning, y'know. The feeling you get from it is like a natural high, it's incredible.



Q.
How d'ya like the X-Games?
A.
This one, this year, I actually hate it because I sprained my ankle. But otherwise, last year was really fun, but I would've actually rather skated this year because it's a lot bigger and more organized and bigger crowds. But I think it's gone really well, I love the X-Games and I can't wait until next year.


Q.

How did this [your sprained ankle] happen?
A.
The first day we got here, me and Chris Edwards, we had a thing, ESPN wanted us to skate on the vert for a preview, just to advertise X-Games and so we went up and I saw Chris go up big and I said I'm gonna go up and jump on real quick, which is what I shouldn't have done. I should have just relaxed and scoped it out a little bit. But I jumped on too fast and ended up twisting my ankle. [It] sucks.


Q.

What do you think of the Olympics?
A.
I don't think it can. Do you think it can get big? I don't know. It's bigger this year, but next year they're gonna have things like clinics so people can get on the ramp.


Q.

Are you going to be involved in that?
A.
Yeah, yeah! I guess so, um. It's just going to be so much bigger next year, and each year it's just going to grow and grow, and maybe it'll eventually turn out as an Olympic sport. They're actually making it out to be and olympic sport right now with the gold, silver, and bronze, and all that kind of stuff.


Q.

What's your next big move?
A.
I don't know (laughs). I want to keep skating for the rest of my life.


Q.

What do you want to be doing in a year? How 'bout in five?
A.
In five years I want to still be skating, like competetively. I've got no excuse, I live by Chris Edwards and I just see freak skating because he's like, he's ten years now skating and he's still competing, he's still the best I think...I've got no excuse, but, I guess, eventually I'll have to stop. Well maybe not, I don't know...I started pretty early, so, as long as my bones can take it.


Q.

Is there anything for you that compares to skating?
A.
Not really, because with skating you're just so free, it's like wow I can do whatever, there's nothing you can't do with a pair of skates.


Q.

Do you think In-line skating can save the world?
A.
(Laughs) That's a good question, I don't know.


Q.

Speaking of the world, this interview is going up on the brand new Rollerblade.Com Website a few days from now. Tens and hundreds of people will check it out. If you could tell them anything, anything at all, what would you say?
A.
Huh? Oh, alright. To whoever is reading this, my page, right now...(laughs)...You get a pair of in-line skates right now and start doing it, because it's the best thing you can ever do.

Skates are the greatest!

Chris Edwards is the Human Nugget!


Q.

Which skates do you ride?
A.
I ride Chocolates, I'll be testing those out.


Q.

What's your favorite movie of all-time?
A.
I wouldn't know, probably this movie called "Rad," it's a BMX movie, the music's just so good and everything is just so old. Get it!


Q.

What was the best show you ever saw?
A.
Ten Foot Pole, and SNFU.


Q.

What was the last album you bought? The Last show?
A.
No Fun At All.


Q.

Are you gonna be at any big summer music events?
A.
Yeah, when my foot gets better.


Q.

So, like, do women dig you? Do they, like, dig the skates?
A.
I don't know. I had a few [groupies] last night when I was hobbling around. This one girl came up and asked 'Can you sign my arm?' and I signed her arm and I said, y'know this is just going to wash off. And her best friend is standing next to her and said 'Well, she just wants you to touch her arm,' so I started kissing her arm and rubbing it, and she freaked, she went red.


Q.

What do you do in the off-season?
A.
I skate, I just keep skating and skating, I'm like a machine, I don't stop. That's because I love it so much.


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