It is always interesting to come across people whose skating directly mirrors their personality, Jeremy Raff is one of those people. When first meeting Raff he will want to know everything about you. He will know exactly who you are and your life story within a day and keep digging things out of you your entire friendship. How he approaches you is very up front but with the most elegance that you won't even notice that he now knows enough to write, direct and film a documentary on your existence. Jeremy's skating is very in your face and ornate all at the same time. Most people have yet to see Raff skate because it was not until recent years that video recording technology could capture such top speeds on rollerblades. At mach 10 you will see such precision in every trick but with the potential danger at speeds that high and his signature action face he gives you the perfect hint of crass. Jeremy has become a very close friend over the years and if you ever have chance of spending time with him you will find yourself wanting to know him as much as he wants to know you.
Introduction by Zacharias Flynn
Edit by Jeremy Raff with Tobias Holden and Casey Bagozzi
Name: Jeremy Raff
Hometown: McAllen, Texas
Occupation: I’m a senior at University of California, Davis, and I produce multimedia for a rural development NGO.
Best lines-spot you know: Folsom Lake College for mostly conventional ledge-rail-gap stuff. Nice view of gaudy suburban mansions. Also, there are some pretty challenging spots in San Francisco. I’m oddly obsessed with the Lions Den skatepark in Fresno, CA, too.
Best moment in rolling… ever: Summer evenings feeling exhausted, sunburnt, and making a BBQ with my posse after multiple California skateparks. It's less about that one pinnacle moment for me, more about the accumulation of good times on and off blades that inform my character.
If you had a time machine, when and where would you travel? I would go hang with my dad in 70’s NYC.
Favorite kitchen utensil and why: French press for good coffee.
What would you do for $10,000? I would work for several months. If I just came up on 10k, however, I might buy some camera gear then sit on the rest.
Weirdest thing you’ve ever seen: Cops, unprovoked, pepper spraying seated students in the middle of UC Davis.
Worst date you’ve ever been on: Dances in high school: too much makeup, corsages, whack girls. Shit's serious in Texas though.
Top 3 places you want to visit next: Cuba, Havana and the countryside, return to Obregon in Northern Mexico to see my friend Carlos Felix, Barcelona for its many banks
What do you don't like about yourself? I can be too hard on myself. Also, I have trouble getting used to new blades.
Your plans for the future: I’m graduating in June so I’m looking forward to more regular hours and time for blading, cooking, and researching my next move. Also, I had shoulder surgery a year and a half ago but just re-injured it (dislocation), so I’ll be doing a lot a therapy on it.
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