Walnum: How things been Garibay, 2014 treating you well?
Garibay: 2014 has treated me well so far. Everything seems to be coming together, looking forward to new projects.
A few months back you broke your wrist skating a bump over fence, what happen?
Garibay: I was raging towards this bump to fence, got stuck and flew over landing on my wrist. I wasn’t worried about my wrist I was worried about jumping that huge fence around the school in order to get to the car. It took about 15 minutes, four benches stacked up, and three homies helping me get back over the fence. The doctor said I ended up having two fractures and a broken wrist. I had a full cast put on the next day after the swelling went down. But it was way to annoying and itchy, so I cut it off 2 days later.
You recently dropped Brixton and know your on Krew, what influenced that move?
Garibay: Yeah I made that move late 2013. There’s nothing wrong with Brixton everything was going fine but I got a good offer over at Krew. Plus all the people behind Krew for 2014 are some of my good friends so it just felt like it was the right thing to do. It feels more organic.
Casual push down the street.
How was your trip to Vegas, you get to meet the rest of the Krew ams?
Garibay: The trip to Vegas was fucking epic. All the homies where there and everyone killed it. Rumney, Gregson, Kirby, Reyes… Those dudes all rip! I’m definitely feeling what Brad Alband and Chris Brown were doing when they put the new am team together.
Before winter hit you made it out to NY. You dig them rough streets?
Garibay: I was in N.Y. early October I’ve never been so it was an epic experience. I could have never imagined how hard it is to skate out there. Cerainly gave me a whole new outlook on east coast skateboarding. But I got to admit it was my type of terrain and I got a lot of footage out there.
Switch No-Comply Photo: Grillo
NB# just dropped their official shoes. What was it like testing the various samples and now wearing the final product?
Garibay: Getting the chance to test the shoes was definitely a blessing. Its been amazing watching the shoe evolve from samples to final production and skating them has been the best. The final product is looking good and it feels great. You get an awesome board feel and I can honestly say they are the most comfortable skateboarding shoe I’ve worn. Thanks Sebastian and Rattray.
Pole jam gap to street
So your shooting photos and recently put together an interview with Ricky Rincon for TC. What motivated you to start shooting photos and interviewing friends?
Garibay: Yeah I’ve been going out with Richard and trying to knock out an interview. You actually motivated me to shoot photos seeing how much fun it could actually be to capture such moments in time. I figure I have the right connects why not get all my homies coverage, they skate just as hard as any pro or am out there! I see a lot of potential in Richard. He works really hard with a full time job and skates hard too. He deserves more than just an interview, good things are coming!
Switch Handplant. Photo: Grillo
You finished a lil edit for Ashbury a while back, what are you working on now?
Garibay: Yeah I was hyped that Ashbury welcomed me on their team. As of rite now I’m putting together some clips for $lave. I’m just going to film it and give the footy to Ben who’s gonna edit the whole thing. Ben Horton editing, dream come true.
Last time we met up and rolled out with Goemann, how’s it been cruising with some of the $lave guys?
Garibay: Fuck yeah! I love Goemann. We’ve been going out a lot. He keeps me pretty motivated and he’s part of the family. For a while he was staying over Mondays and Tuesdays, we would skate all morning and BBQ at night. Dudes a great cook.
What’s it mean to ride for a company like $lave?
Garibay: It feels right. No gimmicks, everything is real, just skateboarders being skateboarders. What it means to me… Its just being myself and like Goemann says, “ride those toys.”
What’s up with the homie projects, Aki Turner’s Take That and Serge’s NoBrainer?
Take That came out late last year and it had a good line up unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the premiere because my dog was sick. NoBrainer is my friend Serge’s video. It been a while in the works but there’s been lots of changes lately. I think it might be out next month. He’s been doing the final edits with my roommate Jonathan Lopez.
Today was dope, stacked 3 photos and now we’re wrappin’ it up at Chego’s restaurant, what’s your favorite plate?
Garibay: Chego’s is the best place ever to eat, its like the restaurant version of KOGI bbq. They are one of my favorite sponsors. I always eat the Steak in the Heart with Ooey Gooey fries. Chef Roy takes care of us, much love for him and BigE. If your ever in LA, I highly recommend hitting up Chego’s. Located in Chinatown on 727 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Wrap this up, what’s your plan for 2014, any goals or just going with the flow?
Garibay: I got one goal and its to make it out to Europe. I’ve never been and I’ve always wanted to go. Other than that just finish the slave edit and do as much as I can for all the company’s I ride for.