Mitchie Brusco Q&A
Mitchie Brusco is a 13 year old skateboarder on the rise at the Gatorade Free Flow tour right now. He is a sponsored skate vert athlete who has been crowned King of the Groms multiple times. Let’s have a little chat with Mitchie and find out who this next big star is…
QUESTION: Do you remember your first time trying a skateboard?
- MITCHIE BRUSCO: I was 3 years old and when I would watch TV I'd stand on my skateboard and ollie and kick turn on the carpet in the front room, we then went to a skate park and that was really fun I could do all the ramps and roll around pretty well, my Mom realized I needed a real skateboard so we went to a skate shop called Trickwood in Kirkland, WA. I got my first sponsorship at Trickwood at 3 years old, they had a mini ramp in there store and I learned a lot there, Trickwood gave me a nick name, "Little Tricky" and it stuck! I'm 13 now and still get called that.
QUESTION: How did you get so good at skateboarding?
- MITCHIE BRUSCO: I practice every day, after I won the free flow at Ollie's skate park in KY, I changed my workouts and my eating to being more healthy and when I can't practice I run through things in my head.
QUESTION: What was your first competition?
- MITCHIE BRUSCO:Well from what I remember I was 5 and I did a 8 and under contest, I won that division and then was picked from all the winners I think they were 6 other age groups, I received a trip to the Gravity games in Cleveland, Ohio and competed against guys that were 14 and as old as 30. After that contest I went to New York City and skated on the Today show, and then went to “Toy-r-us”.
QUESTION: Why did you start competing?
- MITCHIE BRUSCO: I wanted to be with all my friends - they were so much older than me so unless we were skating I didn't get to see them. I was 5 when I started to compete and they were all 8 and older
QUESTION: How do you train nowadays?
- MITCHIE BRUSCO: The Skatebarn in Renton, WA my local indoor park I've skated there for the last 6 years, but for the last month I've been training at Tony Hawks warehouse and skating with Bucky Lasek, Pierre Luc, Bob Brunquist, Neal Hendrix, Andy MacDonald also skating the DC warehouse for more technical tricks.
QUESTION: What do you like about being on tour?
- MITCHIE BRUSCO: Being around all the Pro athlete's watching them practice and hanging out with all of there fans, Also great being with all the other kids from around the county. It's so fun hanging out with them and drinking all the Gatorade I can.
QUESTION: What are your dreams?
- MITCHIE BRUSCO: Being in Finals in Vegas, There hasn’t been a Gatorade free flow to pro amateur vert skater has ever made the finals, I'll have to beat a lot of the pro's in the prelims, I'll need as many prayers I can get. Always having a great time, being involved with the Skatebarn and make sure it stays open so other kids have the opportunity that I have had because of that skate park.
QUESTION: What is the “Little Tricky” helmet and pad line?
- MITCHIE BRUSCO: It's for kids 10 and under the helmet has two different size pads so as you grow you just change the inserts, the pad set come with a safety video for the kids to watch and wear the put on the pads correctly, my mom and I worked hard with Triple 8 protective gear on this because she couldn't ever find anything to fit me when I was so little.
Here’s the link to Mitchie’s Little Tricky