On one of the brightest sunny days the city of London has seen for a while the adidas Global and International skate team steamrolled the adidas Originals store at Fouberts Place. After a bit of waiting for the crew to arrive the media time quickly turned to street beers, skating and even a few sly blunts – mid-day chaos to be honest. During the madness we managed to catch Lucas Puig for a quick chat about the Away Days premiere tour, his home life in Toulouse, early memories of Southbank, plans for Hélas and a whole lot more.
Lucas Puig has long been at the forefront of technical ledge skating, with board control and pop that is a cut above the rest. He is the proof that you don’t need to live in LA to be in the limelight. You might remember him from his semi-breakdown trying that switch front heel but talking to him was quite the opposite, his engaged, honest and thoughtful answers below are testament to his kind character – it was a real pleasure to talk to him and we can’t wait to see his part in Away Days.
Hey Lucas, how’s everything going on the tour so far?
Yeah, we’ve been in LA, New York, now London, Paris tomorrow and then it’s finished for me.
Are you heading back home to Toulouse?
Yeah, back home. I’m getting my knee surgery done on the 2nd of June so it’s straight from the fun – the party and the celebration – into the surgery. I’m just gonna be chilling back home. I love to be in Toulouse to skate with people there because they don’t care, they have no stress, no pressure, they just make me feel like I’m ready to go skate and not care about making money to pay rent and shit. It’s good to balance out from being on tour and having the pressure of trying to land tricks, to going home to skate with some people who are just skating in their free time, no complaining, just for fun. It’s good to have the two in balance. It’s total opposites, filming pressure, then fun with friends, kicking it.
I did an ollie over a couch and caught my back trucks, or back foot, landing on my front foot with all my weight. It was super fast but it was super painful too. I went to see my Doctor who already knows me and I was really bummed because I thought it was because of my previous knee injury, I did it before and thought it was maybe still weak, but he said this would happen to anybody with that much stress. That situation your ACL will break, everybody.
If you’re ever having a bit of a battle with a trick and you start to get fears of not making it, or hurting yourself, how do you overcome that?
The best way is to not think, but it’s the hardest part because you think about so much stupid shit in your head. As soon as you calm down a bit it’s way easier, your body can listen to your mind. It’s sad to go home without a trick but you know, the world goes on.
Did you have any other crazy battles with tricks? I’m sure a lot of people ask you about that switch front heel.
Nah, after that video came out I was like, you look like a fucking crazy man, it happened a little bit like this but not that far gone, I never broke a t-shirt or pants or whatever but I broke, for sure, a couple of boards. That’s just how it is, even the best skateboarders in the world I’m sure have battled to get tricks. It’s a part of it, I’ve learned now.
Who were you skating with the most while filming?
The European’s for sure because it’s easier and we’re all on the same time, I skate a lot with Rodrigo [TX] and Miles [Silvas]. I think I did some trips with everybody on the team, I never thought ‘oh I haven’t skated with this guy’, but most of the time with the Euro guys.
What about the filmers and photographers?
I film a lot with Torsten Frank and with Chris Mulhern a lot. It was really good because they’re both amazing at what they do, I feel comfortable with them, it’s nice.
What’s your earliest memory of skating in London?
It’s probably Southbank, just thinking ‘fuck, it’s so hard to skate’. On a Cliché trip a long time ago, we arrived and skated at night, I was so excited to skate the spot because it was so iconic and I took the worst slam ever. That made me think and realise that London is so hard to skate. Southbank in the videos just looks like a bank you know, fun and easy, but if you don’t know it, well… I tried to skate the bank and was going down, pushed at the bottom and it was at night so I didn’t see [the pillar] and just went straight into it, the worst slam ever. Southbank is hard to skate.
You mention Cliché, which you’ve been on forever but a while back there was some talk about you moving to Palace, is that ever going to happen or are you staying loyal?
We had a really big discussion with both, Palace and Cliché. To me it would really make sense if I was skating for Palace because I’m always skating with Chewy and Benny with this adidas/ Palace collab you know, so yeah for sure I did think about it, but I have nothing against Cliché, they did nothing bad to me, why would I leave? We have an amazing friendship between all the skaters, we’ve been together for fifteen years, so as soon as I realised that I wouldn’t be a part of that, I felt so bad, it wasn’t me. Even if I want to go on tour with all the Palace boys or hang out with them, I could make it happen.
What’s next for Hélas, are we going to see that full video soon?
Our main goal is to do a full video.
The mixtapes are always so sick.
Yeah but a mixtape is not like as serious as a full video you know. You can put whatever tricks and mix it up, it’s a mixtape. But a full video, we have a lot of people in the team, so if we do a full video we want the big names to have a full part. It takes time, it’s gonna happen for sure, we’re working on it but it’s gonna take time.
What’s the worst way anyone has ever pronounced your name?
I mean the classic one is ‘pig’, I’m not a pig, please, put a U in that. This one comes out a lot but it’s ok.
Let’s wrap it up there. Thanks Lucas.