Jereme Rogers InterviewBy: Simon
The Dew Tour is the hottest Action Sports ticket of the summer! One of the athletes you are going to have to keep an eye on is flashy skateboarder Jereme Rogers. The 2005 Transworld Rookie of the Year is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2007 Dew Tour, where he took 15th overall. Kidzworld's got the exclusive interview with one of the best park riders around!
Simon: How did you get involved in skateboarding?
Jereme Rogers: Just kids on my block. My friends picked it up, so I picked it up too. I loved it, so I kept doing it.
Simon: What made you move down to California as a young teenager?
Jereme Rogers: People do do it, but it didn't really seem like you can really make a career out of skateboarding coming out of Boston. It was really hard to do, you know? There's not much of scene going on there, you know what I mean? L.A. is just perfect, where I can just hang with the reps from the companies, the filmmakers and everything.
Simon: After you moved down, it didn't take very long to make a name for yourself. How did you get established so quickly?
Jereme Rogers: Well before I moved out, I came out to California so much when I was 14 or something. But then I moved out when I was 15, and was already on DVS and Girl Skateboards - or knew that I could be.
Simon: Could you describe the relationship you have with Paul Rodriguez Jr. and Ryan Sheckler?
Jereme Rogers: Paul is one of my best friends, I consider Ryan that way too, we're close. Paul I've known a lot longer, we've been friends since we were 15.
Simon: Does it get competitive between you three?
Jereme Rogers: Naw, not at all. I mean, I can't speak for them, I mean I can make my best judgment right now, but naw not really for any of us, not for me for sure. You compete with yourself, you know what I mean? You know what you can and can't do and what you need to be able to do.
Simon: You have gotten a lot of fame the last few years, what has that been like? Has it changed you at all?
Jereme Rogers: Naw, I knew what I was getting myself into. I kind of imagined a vision in my head on how I was going to deal with this skateboarding. Everytime I get to that new point, I try to envision it through the next point, so it's never a surprise really.
Simon: You are sponsored from everybody from Plan B to Red Bull. What is that like, do you get free stuff on a daily basis?
Jereme Rogers: It's not on a daily basis, but its more than you need, you know what I mean? I kind of like it, I pickup my boards personally from Plan B, cuz I'm kinda a weirdo about them. You can go for a board pretty much every couple of days if you want, but sometimes you ride them for longer. And I get plenty of stuff from Red Bull, obviously more than enough, more than I'd want to drink. The main thing with all the companies, you know Plan B they've done a lot for me and Famous has done a lot, I get to go a lot of random events with them, its just different stuff, you know, so that's a perk. Every sponsor has something to bring to the table.