Wednesday, December 18. 2013
I met Max Fine a couple of years ago in Miami, and instantly liked his skating. I also liked Max as a person which helped in us becoming friends. In the years since this quirky ginger has come to stay with me a couple times a year in Vancouver to get in his west coast fix. Max is always looking proper on the board, and is also up for a good time whether it is planned or just something random that falls into his lap. With no further a due I give you Max fine in all his glory.
So what’s good Max? Where are you at right now?
I’m just chilling up at my Dad’s farm, with my dog.
Where is this alleged farm you speak of?
It’s about an hour and a half northeast of Toronto, in a town called Cannington. They just had a skate park put in here.
Didn't you play a major roll in getting that skate park put in?
Yeah, actually the skate park that was already here was like three ramps on this small patch of cement that was so fucking sketchy. They were made out of that plastic tetra pack material so everything on top was super slippery; I definitely ate shit a couple times (laughs). So when we moved out here we realized that there’s not much for the youth to do, and we decided that it was a good idea to put a skate park in. We started helping out with the funds and stuff, and once that was all in place we contacted Jim from Spectrum, and he was super down with the idea. So I started attending some meetings with Jim and Morgan Smith helped a lot as well. So if I had an idea he would just bounce it back and we would just decide if it was shitty or not.
That’s super sick so you actually designed most of your home-town park?
Yeah, I definitely helped out a lot, we had a couple meetings with the guys who live in the town to find out what everyone wanted to see and if they were happy with what we came up with and stuff. l always wanted to design my own skate park as a kid, but it was pretty crazy when I was actually asked to help with the design, and then it actually happen. Looking at 3D rendering of obstacles, and then actually going to skate them at the park after was so weird.
Yeah that’s a dope feeling for sure, and now Cannington has a legit park?
Yeah it’s awesome everyone here is super hyped it’s a very small town but there are lots of people that live in the surrounding areas. Now they all come here to skate the park. Parents come and drop their kids of at the skate park and then go to the local coffee shop and stores so it actually did a lot to help support the local economy, which is also sick.
Do you ever see yourself permanently leaving Toronto?
I don’t know. I was actually thinking about that recently. After coming back from Van I was thinking it’s super sweet to have a home base here in Toronto. I got lots of friends in the city that are down to skate all the time, and then I have my own little get-a-way up here at the farm. If the city starts feeling too hectic I can always come up here and chill for the night and pretty much just go back to the city feeling refreshed with a clean slate. Sometimes I think about Vancouver or maybe moving to Montreal but right now I am keeping Toronto as the home base.
What’s the best part about living and skating in Toronto?
Fuck, if you’re not lazy, the best part is the unlimited spots it’s actually crazy. Such an abundance of different kinds of spots, like neighborhoods where the houses have banks in front of them or just that type of shit were you can skate down the street Ollie up a curb and rip up some bank, and then, your thinking fuck that looks sick so you just end up skating it. It’s doesn’t necessarily have to be about going to this spot here or that spot there it’s just about skating everything. Transit here is pretty good and if you have a car you can go and skate all the surrounding areas like Mississauga or the other surrounding cities. I feel that although shit is getting capped here new shit pops up just as fast
What’s the worst part about living and skating in Toronto?
(Laughs) Well there are so many good skaters here, it's pretty humbling (laughs). You can get trapped pretty easily at like Dunbat. I’ll go there just planning on warming up and then all of a sudden it’s 11 pm, and I’m drunk and the lights are turning off. You can really get sucked in at that spot. It’s amazing because Dunbat is the best, but at the same time its kind of a bitch (Laughs)
Sounds a bit like the Vancouver plaza?
Yeah it’s exactly like that, and the winters here are bad. You said your going to go skate the plaza tomorrow, I am going to go shovel the driveway, and get some new snow boots. (Laughs)
What happened with you and DC?
It’s hard for me to say, sort of like a broken telephone because I don’t know what went on behind the scenes. Initially we just heard that everyone on DC Canada was done but it was just really a miscommunication. I think they could only renew a couple contracts and that got passed on as the entire DC Canada program is done. They just wanted to cut it down so only three people in Canada have contracts but everyone else can still get product, but there isn’t going to be anymore Canadian programs with trips or incentives. The DC Canadian program was unreal with Josh Clark as the team manager. When I got on DC it was one of my first sponsors and the TM is one of my best friends who I have been traveling with, it was very surreal. So I’m sure those three guys will do some more traveling on a global scale with DC, which is awesome, but everyone had a little bit of a bitter taste in their mouth because of the way it was told to us. Which was all because I think of some initial miscommunication. It’s hard to really complain about not getting free shoes when most people have to pay for shoes and all their skate gear, so it’s hard to complain you know?
What are your thoughts on the skateboard industry and skateboarding in 2013?
Well in my mind I kind of separate skateboarding and the skateboard industry. If you don't skateboard you see skateboarding as it is advertised through the industry, which is the whole persona around it, what clothes "skaters" wear or music they listen too. Which makes sense cause thats the stuff that sells. When it comes down to it, to me, skateboarding is an activity and it brings this great feeling to people. That’s why most people started doing it. There aren’t really rules to skating, you can ollie up any curb you want and just be creative and rip around. Sometimes when I skate, I just zone out and that chattery part of my brain shuts off. Your not thinking about that useless shit that clutters your mind like what kind of shampoo kanye uses, or what's Drakes new puppy's name, or who your new match on tinder is your just skating. It is a very refreshing feeling. You can get that feeling with endless things though, weather your passion is tennis, basketball, drawing, running or whatever, it's just different roads to the same place. I think it’s very important for the mind to have a passion like that, it's healthy. Skate or Die
(Laughs) Damn that’s heavy. I know you have some fun with social media what’s you opinion on social media in general is it good or bad?
There are definitely ups and downs to it. On the up side, I can see what my friends across the world are eating for breakfast, that’s pretty sweet. One of my major issues with social media is that it makes it super easy to just sit inside and stare at your computer all day. Facebook makes you feel like your actually doing something when you’re just sitting on a couch. When people aren't bored they don't really force themselves to go out and do much. Social media is now super accessible wherever you go, you can have all these apps on your phone and can be on Facebook, Instagram or something, anywhere you are. Because of that I sit on the toilet for like an hour now (laughs). So the moment your mind gets board you pull out your phone, and it’s a quick fix for boredom. People don't look around and take in the world as much. That’s just what I’ve noticed with myself because I’m also super guilty of it as well. With that being said, without social media I probably wouldn't stay in touch with a lot of my friends from out of town. So there’s definitely pros and cons. Everything is ok in moderation.
Well thanks for siting down with me to do this interview Max. Who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank Ian Twa, and everyone at Transworld for this interview, everyone at Timebomb for hooking up Expedition, Sanction skateshop, Bryan Wherry for hooking up The Hundreds, Alex Forbes for Vans, my Mom, Dad, Brother, and the whole family! Josh Clark, Dime, Mystks, filmers and photographers, all the hommies! Nelly and Kelly, Matt Canadian, Ja Rule, Todd Falcon
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You got some nerve calling the grammar police on Twa!