Over the years the North East has produced some of the UK’s most talented scooter riders. Grit Scooters Nathan Weston and Razor Scooters Scott Higgs are just two of many that the region has produced. Of more recent years the Churchill brothers exploded onto the scene with their technical ability that pushed the idea of what is possible on a scooter to another level. Luke and Nathan always had the impression of ‘the North East Duo’ but when their time at Sacrifice came to an end the two of them were left unsponsored and with some options. While Luke has joined MGP Nathan has taken the chance to move away from his older brother’s shadow. Now with lucky Scooters Nathan has everything at his feet to hit his full potential riding solo. We caught up with Nathan during a photo shoot at R-Kade skatepark in Redcar to hear his thoughts about it all.
– Hey Nathan, how are you doing man?
Yeah doing really good thanks how are you?
– We are good thanks for asking; let’s first start with some basic info. What is your full name, how old are you and where are you from?
My names Nathan Churchill, I am sixteen years old and I live in Middlesbrough which is in the North East of England
– So a big move recently for yourself but lets start at well… the start! When did you start riding and what was it that about scooters that made you want to take up riding?
I started riding when I was only ten years old. What first drew me into scooters was when my older brother started riding which in turn lead to me wanting to get involved in the sport. I have kept riding simply because I love to do it. I love that there is always something new to learn, something to put my mind and body in aid of processing my ability. Aside from that I love meeting new people and making new friends and this sport presents the chance to do that all the time.
– Who was your very first sponsor then and how did it all come about?
My very first sponsor was RFS scooters. I always used to ride with Rob Forman who was the owner of RFS scooters and as I progressed he asked me to be a part of his team.
I rode for Sacrifice for over a year and in the end things didn’t really work out as their priorities had changed. It was a shame how it all worked out but me and Luke have both moved on and learnt from the experience.
– That’s a shame to hear that, so what had you been up to during the time you was unsponsored?
Whilst I was unsponsored I was still going to parks, enjoying the atmosphere, competing in competitions and enjoying riding. No real change from the norm!
– So how did you feel when Lucky approached you to ride for them?
When lucky approached me I was shocked and thought it was a wind up haha, but then it sunk in and I was stoked because it is such a big company and so well known.
– How does it feel to be on a different brand compared to Luke? You two have always come as a pair; a duo if you will. Do you see this as a good move or just a situation you have to deal with currently
I think it had to happen eventually and I think being on different brands is good for both of us. It will give me a chance to build my own identity within the scene and not just continue to follow Luke’s footsteps all the time.
– You are already a fairly well seasoned rider when it comes to competitions and events. So what are you looking forward to in 2016?
I am looking forward to all events because as a rider it allows me to progress, meet new people make new friends and most importantly it lets me enjoy the sport.
– What aims and goals do you have for this year and going forward with Lucky Scooters?
My aims and goals for this year with Lucky Scooters is to maintain the high standard of the company and my own personal goals are to become better in my riding and to promote scootering as a whole in the best way I can.
– The new deep roots collection has just dropped here in the uk so I’m guessing you are on one of the new setups. So which set up are you riding right now and why is it just right for you?
The set up I am riding is the covenant and it is perfect. The length and width of the deck are just right for me and my style of riding. When it comes to the weight it is also perfect for me. At 3.6kg It’s not too heavy but also not too hight, its just right! The new lucky Toaster 110mm wheels and ABEC 9’s mean the ride is smooth and fast. It looks as good as it rides, all the small details make the difference. It’s a beautiful scooter.
– What is your current favourite trick and is there anything new your working on at the moment?
My favourite trick is any bars spin combo and I consistently work on new tricks. I have stuff in the pipeline that im working on but I’m not going to give away just yet!
– So what else do you get up other than riding. What else makes Nathan Churchill tick?
When I’m not riding I’m always staying active doing things like trampolining, table tennis, athletics and on my down time I like to go to the cinemas or have movie nights with the family.
– Tell us something random about yourself that you think most people wouldn’t know about..
I’m a proper mam and dads boy yet I do very little in the household chores.
– Hahaha I think that is about it dude, thanks for your time Nathan. Any thankyou’s or shout outs you want to put out there?
Thanks guys. I would like to thank yourself for approaching me on behalf of Lucky and for the time you spent interviewing and shooting pics of me. I want to thank Lucky Scooters for giving me this great opportunity. Rob Forman for first noticing me all those years ago and my family and friends who have all gave up their time to support me. Last but not least R-Kade skatepark for all their help over the years.
– Thanks a lot Nathan