Team / AJ Powell
A.J. has been growing a lot of facial hair these days and he even bought a car so now he expects us to treat him like an adult. Unfortunately for him this isn’t going to happen. A.J. will skate anything whether or not he has the adequate skills to not get hurt. There is no set-up he doesn’t want to know how to shred on so he’s constantly swapping parts with the Montreal locals and the forum kids world-wide. These days he organizes the most Montreal sessions, he travels to the most obscure events and basically spreads the skateboarding stoke and Kebbek stoke with loyalty and respect to all skaters world-wide.
20 questions to AJ Powell
1- What’s your full name?
Alan James Powell
Alan James Powell
2- What are your buddies calling you?
3- Where and when were you born?
4th of July, 1985
4- When did you start riding skateboards?
I was a model for a fashion show in high shool, and had to roll in to the catwalk on a skateboard
for the skaterboy street-wear theme, I dropped out of the fashion club and became a full-time skater-boy since 1999.
5- When was your first time on a longboard and what setup were you riding?
my Element skateboard with tight Tensor trucks drilled on crooked to the nose and tail.
6- Who were your early downhill influences if any?
Anybody on NBC or ESPN in the Gravity Games & X-Games, then when I got a modem fast enough to see videos off the internet, I got to see Jody Wilcox's footage off of NUAC.ca, I didn't meet any other downhill riders in Montreal until 2003 (the same year I discovered slide gloves had pucks on them).
7- Best spot you skated?
White Pain out of New York City is something I feel is very close to home.
Fast, steep and tight east coast hairpins. No banks, all cracks.
8- What is your ideal session like?
A session that starts at sunset and ends at sunrise.
Never have to skate the same spot twice, with enough riders to fit in ONE taxi cab.
9- Who’s your favorite rider to watch on video?
On video? Its a tie between JM Duran and Cassey Morrow...
but there are alot of rippers that I've seen that have never been filmed.
10- Do you have a blog or website?, shoot the url:
No, but I'll say montrealsessions.forumactif.com if anyone wants to go for a skate.
11- What percentage your Facebook friends you have never met?
0%, But I don't have 300+ friends on facebook...
12- Favorite meal?
a home-cooked meal.
13- Favorite beer?
Ian's Maple Amber, actually he wished I said that, his beer is awful.
I just help him empty his bottles. My favority beer is Samichlaus Lager.
14- What music makes you want to go skate?
The kind of music that Rookie plays on the radio, I like hip-hop too, but that makes me want to sit in a hammock all day.
15- Any musical guilty pleasure you are ashamed of?
Glee Soundtrack, very ashamed!
16- Can you drop in a vert ramp?
Yes, but I really want to learn how to roll in!
17- What is your favorite setup right now and why?
The PM Big Bugger, because I can do everything on it.
18- What’s that little thing you do to your setups that makes them feel way better?
I face my hangers with a counterbore tool, it gets rid of the noisy slides. The banana cops don't hear me skate their turf.
19- What's the best race you've attended and why?
Madison County Gravity Fest in Munnsville, NY because of how many runs you get done in a day of racing, the chicken, the Legion, the residents are so hospitable and the hill is a great race track too.
20- Anyone you want to thank?
Ian Comishin for teaching me alot of things I didnt know and believing in me. Without him I'd probably still be pushing micro-pipettes and hating my job.
AND! Marc Seguin for always being there to push my limits at everything and anything...and sometimes skateboarding too.