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07.14.09 – Shad Lambert

Text and Photography By Austin Mayer

FS 5-0

Frontside Five-0.

You just got back from the Saints and Sinners tour. How long were you gone and what cities did you skate?

I was on it for two weeks. I met up with the guys in Indiana and then hit up Kentucky, Illinois, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.

This was your second Creature tour. What do you like about being on tour with those guys?

Heddings. No schedules. Tall cans at every spot. Strip clubs. Good times all around. The van rivalry was definitely a lot of fun on this trip.

The only chicks that fan out on me from that episode are 100% scum or huge loud fat chicks that yell across the street when you are trying to skate a spot.

Between everybody on Santa Cruz and Creature, who was killing it?

Mikey Curtis, for sure. Super sick style and he can seriously skate everything.

That tour seemed pretty packed. What was your roommate situation like?

Half the time I was with Rhino and Preston, which was pretty mellow. Then it was the party room with Sid, Adrian, Gravette, and Taylor Bingaman.

How do you feel about the changes over at Osiris? I know you were getting shoes from them before and now you’re riding for Vox?

The company is going in a different direction that I didn’t want to be a part of. Vox is dedicated to skateboarding and that works for me.

What were the perks of living in a garage?

I was a few blocks from the beach, next door to Navs. A hundred dollars a month rent. Can’t really complain about that. The rent doubled for the house because it’s summer, so now I’m on the couch surfing tour.

When and what can we expect from the new Creature video? You going on any more tours before the video comes out?

It’s coming out 9/9/9. Right now I guess it’s just crunch time. I don’t think we’re doing any more tours, but possibly. I’m just trying to put the finishing touches on hopefully having a part. Trying to film as much as I can right now.

You always seem to have on an arm cast. How many times have you broken your arm? Do you think it might be time to start drinking some more milk?

I have only broken my arm once, but I’ve dislocated and broke my left wrist twice. I now have to fall like a rag doll to avoid injuries to my wrists. I’ve always tried to drink milk daily, but now I am on a milk binge.

Have any chicks come up and fanned out on you from your episode of Scarred?

The only chicks who fan out on me from that episode are one hundred percent scum or huge loud fat chicks who yell across the street when you are trying to skate a spot. But in reality those kinds of chicks are not to far off from my standards, so it works.

Give me the top three video parts you might watch to see some good SD ripping?

There are way too many SD rippers that get me hyped to skate, but I’ll try and name the first three that come to mind. First is Wes Kremer’s new part in the Sk8Mafia video. Second is Jamie’s part also in the new Sk8Mafia video. Last but definitely not least is Shuriken’s part in the Label video. Most of the skating in these parts was SD and they destroyed just about everything.

Has the transition from riding for a corporate shop like Sun Diego to a locally owned small business shop like Pacific Drive gone smoothly? What do you like about PD?

The transition wasn’t exactly a transition, because I was always hanging around PD and skating with the homies while I was riding for Sun Diego. The Sun Diego team sort of fell apart when Paul Kobringer left, and the direction that it was going changed.

Ollie

Ollie To Bank.

You are now rolling with a mock construction zone and outfit to help stay undercover when fixing up spots. List your set-up and how well it’s working out.

When working or fixing skate spots vigilante style, the outfit helps me stay undercover and tricks those overly concerned citizens that I am actually working for the city. I fixed a spot last night, and somehow I convinced three skeptical citizens that I was fixing the stairs and working for the city. So far, it is working out well.

Tell me the story about the miscellaneous objects that got stashed in Navs’ suitcase before airport security?

No comment.

Let’s end this with your shout-outs and thank yous.

I’d like to thank Creature, Bones, Vox, Pacific Drive, Shokus, and everybody who has helped me out!