Words: Stuart Gomez
Portrait: Jeff Landi
Everyone wants a piece of Miles Silvas. Over the past few years, his sponsors have released major video projects and he’s had a substantial presence in each of them. Miles is known for his extraordinary focus and phenomenal style, but the foundation upon which his considerable prowess lies is his loyalty to friends and family. We’d all like to think that global recognition wouldn’t change us, but Miles walks the walk, repping a devotion that will hopefully inspire imitators.
Fakie 360 flip. Sacramento, California. Photo: Reres
Where are you from and where do you live?
I'm originally from San Jose, California. That's where I was born. My family moved us to Las Vegas when I was five for a year and then we moved to Sacramento, and that's where I've been ever since. I live in the suburbs in Orangevale with my family.
What music / bands are you into right now?
I've been listening to a lot of Kodak and Future lately. Some Travis Scott and older Outkast too. Those four have been on rotation.
Who has been the biggest influence on your skateboarding or what skater inspired you the most?
When I was growing up I looked up to P. Rod and Stefan Janoski a lot. And my friends growing up were all older than me and super good so I was just trying to be like them. My current inspirations have been all my Brazilian homies, though. I became super close to Rodrigo TX over the last couple years and him, Tiago Lemos, and Carlos Ribeiro. They all get me super hyped to skate.
What was your first board and how did you get it?
I got my first board when I was five-ish. My family was living with my mom’s sister and her family, and her son had a yellow banana board. I got ahold of that and started pushing around.
Left: Switch flip frontside crooked grind. Sacramento, California. Right: Frontside feeble grind. Sacramento, California. Photos: Landi
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
I really love Mexican food because my mom’s always cooking that fire, but I've recently been on the Thai food kick. The curry goes!
Name top 3 movies?
Top three movies are Space Jam ; Scarface ; and Django .
What your favorite video part?
My favorite video part is Rodrigo TX's parts in The Firm’s videos, both of them.
What's your favorite trick and who do you think does a perfect version of that trick?
My favorite trick is a front crook and I think Jamie Foy has the best one right now.
If you could hang out with anybody, living or dead, who would it be?
I would pick my family and friends. That's all that matters.
Nollie backside flip. Sacramento, California. Photo: Landi
What would be your idea of ultimate happiness?
My ultimate idea of happiness is that everyone close to me is happy and set up as well as myself. Everyone's free of injury and sickness and skating is endless haha
Are Pro skaters role models?
Pro Skateboarders are definitely role models. That's who every kid growing up skating looks up to. Pro skaters are all you watch to learn and keep you psyched so they're definitely role models.
What's your favorite quality in a person?
My favorite quality in a person is just that they're genuine.
Do you think that skaters should represent skateboarding at all times?
I think that's fully up to the individual. Everyone is different, but everyone who is true to skating is going to have that in their roots. Some people are going to rep it at all times and others are going to have other interests outside of skating so they might be on some other shit off the board.