We first spotted him over two years ago at Skaterham skatepark when covering an event and within a week had any plans hooking him up dash with that “farewell scootering” edit. Since then obviously a lot has changed; James Power is back riding and more committed than ever to bringing a very refreshing approach to the scene. Crisp scooters have just added James too their roaster proving that hard work gets you places. We caught up with James to talk about riding, not riding and what he want to achieve with his very own unique style of riding.
– Hey James, how are you doing man?
I’m doing great, how are you guys ?
– Were good thanks for asking; let’s start with some basic info type of stuff. What’s your full name, how old are you and where about’s in the country are you from?
Well my name is James Power ! I’m 20 years old and I’m from South East London aka Croydon however I spent much of my childhood growing up in Spain so speak both English and Spanish !
– So you have had a big opportunity come up recently but let’s start at well… the start! When did you start riding and what was it that drew you too it and kept you doing it for this long?
Well I have grown up within skaterham skatepark and have dabbled around a number of sports. I used to to rollerblade and was pretty good at it however my passion for it slowly died when the scene quieted down. I have been riding a good 10 years now ever since after seeing some friends of mine rock up to the park on the good old ghetto bolted foldies and after seeing what was possible everything just went from there.
– Who was your very first sponsor then and how did it all come about?
I have had a number of ‘sponsors’ if you will over th years and I have no problem with them I think they have all been learning curves or stepping stones if you will. My first proper sponsor was Dubsk8s and they have been there ever since I had said I want to take my riding to the next level. Driving me round to a number of locations, filming etc. Then the viral videos began to emerge on scoot mag and thats when all the hard work began to unfold !
– You’re a South Londoner right? What is the scene like around your way? How do you think its influenced you and your approach to riding?
Yeah the scene in South East London is kind if hit and miss because there are times such as the London street jam where you notice just how big the scene is down here however it’s the winter months that are the killer because it ALWAYS RAINS so people hit up Skaterham Skatepark for them cold dark rainy evenings which is cool. I think the reason my riding is so versatile is because skaterham was the only place I could ever squeeze a sesh after working hours etc so I guess at times the park would be quiet and it allowed me to get a clear view of the park and my surroundings and how I can play around with a number of obstacles.
– We first spotted you when covering the 2013 Grit Academy stop at your local park, Skaterham. We left that stop with the idea to put you in contact with Crisp as we loved your riding and knew it would fit the brand. Then the fair well scootering edit dropped and we were gutted! What happened, why did you quit and more importantly why did you start riding again? What was the whole story behind these developments?
Haha everyone always asks me about that edit. Originally I felt a number of personal reasons for me to pack my bags. I was losing faith in the sport and felt I wasn’t getting anywhere with what I wanted to achieve. However after two to three weeks my girlfriend told me to stop moping around the house and motivated to continue my persuet in changing the game in the scooter world and yes Scooter wifey’s do exist people lol
– How did you feel when Crisp approached you to ride for them?
When Crisp approached me I was working a terrible job at the time which never allowed me to have time out of work so the moment Crisp wanted me on board I was so stoked. I was already riding a crisp complete which i genuinly could not break and believe me i have destroyed so many products on the market over the years, so when Crisp asked me to be apart of the team I was speechleas to the point I already had my foot half way out the door to quit immediately I switched jobs within a month to work nights instead so I could shred all day every day to get the ball rolling straight away with Crisp.
– So this welcome to edit, it’s pretty far out there. The kind of weird and wacky riding that first caught our eye over two years ago. Whats your inspiration when it comes to riding and the very unique way you do?
I genuinely trained for about 6 months to have these tricks in the bag for this edit it wasn’t just a film it one day process. I want people to understand we filmed this video not once but twice and that not just myself but a lot of people in the media team and so forth put a lot of hard work into the release of this edit. My inspiration mainly comes from riders such as Dylan Kasson , Dan Barret and Cooper.
– I think it’s fair to say you have been chucked in at the deep end headfirst. Your first event for the brand is the Scoot Fest invitational where you will be teaming up with Lewis Williams. What are our thoughts on this?
Well of course I feel super blessed to have such an opportunity and of course I am more than aware that my riding is clearly different to all the park slayers out there, so Im jusy going to be me and showcase what I’m about and put a smile on people’s faces is what I’m all about .
– What aims and goals do you have for this year and going forward with Crisp Scooters and over all as a rider within the sport?
Well now that I have such a massive backing behind me I’m just on board for any opportunity Crisp presents me with. I would really love to travel more and just continue to help the younger generation develop in the sport.
– Tell us a little about your current set up and why its so good!
It’s a crisp ultima 125 with Lewis Sig bars and 4 pegs because real men ride 4 pegs lol it’s genuinely the strongest complete in have ever owned hands down. I haven’t had to change a single part since day 1 of owning it.
– I think that is about it dude, thanks for your time James and I hope you have a really good time at Scoot Fest . Any thank you’s or shout outs you want to put out there?
Thanks man and of course, I would like to thank my ever so supportive girlfriend for putting up with my unsociable work hours and never ending scooter talk lol, all the Hodges family, all the Howard family, Dubsk8s, both Leigh and Anna for always being there for me when it comes to life stuff. Void Mag, Scoot Mag and finally Crisp scooters for blessing me with such an amazing opportunity !
– Thanks James