Words: Stuart Gomez
Portrait and Photos: Anthony Acosta
From the age of five, Curren knew that he wanted to be a Pro skater. With the support of his parents he found the right sponsors and today, sixteen years later, Curren's still riding the wave. For the filming of his PUSH part, Curren pursued unexpected clips, seeing his part as the perfect opportunity to surprise everyone (often surprising himself in the process). In his PUSH series, he expanded his repertoire and effectively flipped the script.
TSM: Where are you from and where do you live?
CC: I was born in Akron, Ohio, and I don't really remember it. But I moved to Ventura, California. when I was two.
TSM: What music are you into right now?
CC: I've always been into The Cure, David Bowie, and The Smiths.
TSM: Who has been the biggest influence on your skateboarding? Who inspired you the most?
CC: Since I turned Pro, Arto has been one of my biggest influences. He gives me lots of very good advice, and we have similar interests outside of skateboarding.
TSM: What was your first board and how did you get it?
CC: It was a Hot Wheels board my dad got me when I was three.
Frontside boneless. Barcelona, Spain.
TSM: What’s your favorite thing / place to eat?
CC: If you asked any of my friends this they would say Jersey Mike’s, and I get a Number 7 “Mike’s way.”
TSM: Name your top three movies.
CC: The Nice Guys , Step Brothers , and Catch Me if You Can .
TSM: What’s your favorite video part?
CC: My favorite video part is Geoff Rowley in Really Sorry ; I used to watch it over and over!
TSM: What's your favorite trick and who do you think does a perfect version of that trick?
CC: Handplant invert, and I can't do it, but Ronnie Sandoval and Lance Mountain have it down.
Frontside nosegrind. Redondo Beach, California.
TSM: If you could hang out with anybody, living or dead, who would it be?
CC: I'd want to hang out with Will Ferrell, but I'll settle for the Ventura version: Jake Anderson.
TSM: What would be your idea of ultimate happiness?
CC: Being able to buy any car I want, whenever, is my ideal, ultimate happiness. Ha.
TSM: Are Pro skaters role models?
CC: I think at times they have to be, because they're in the public eye. But everyone is human.
TSM: What's your favorite quality in a person?
CC: Someone being able to take a joke, not taking life too seriously.
TSM: Do you think that skaters should represent skateboarding at all times?
CC: No. Nobody is one dimensional.
Backside Smith grind. Barcelona, Spain.