Valo posted up the "Ask Erik Bailey" answers to everyone's questions...CHECK IT OUT!
Yo dude I am A.Verbenko I skate VALO and I am from Estonia you probably dont know this country but anyway you are freaking awesome skater and I wanted to ask, will you do some new edits in this year that will blow my head again, if you do then for what video and when!!?????!! Thank you ! Valo4Life Yeah !
EB: Hey Alex, Of coarse I know of Estonia. That's where Encino man is from. I'm always working on some new edits. I have been wrapping up my 4Life part which should be out in late October. Plus, I've been stacking clips with Erik Bill. Not really sure what for yet.
Hey bro. I've been blading Valo since day one. Can u give me a tip I can do handrails and all that shit but i have trouble when there higher then usually. how do u jump so high.
EB: Hey Nick, To be honest, I don't really know. I just gradually worked my way up. Pulling up your legs as high as you can is almost as important as the jumping.
From Hafiz Hyena of Singapore:
Hey Erik Bailey! Firstly I'd like to say I like how you dress,even with all that skating you definitely look the best AND THAT HAIR DOES IT EVEN GET MESSY?!?!?Secondly is Valo ever gonna come over to Asia you know to Soichiro's country and the rest??Hope you have a good day and send regards to rest.Valo4Life
EB: Thanks Hafiz, That's why I use Lay Rite or Murrays. I was in Hong Kong two years ago for almost a month. Where were you? I'd really like to get out there ASAP. How are the spots out there in Singapore?
From Endless Dreams Lakewood,CA:
What's up man, you're one of my favorite skaters and I love your style. I was just wondering if it bothers you that Gregory Preston is drawing right now as your reading this?
EB: I can't say it bothers me one bit. Draw on amigo.
From Chris Kerr -Ireland:
Erik,What was your first ever skate video? If you can remember! Have to say, mine was The Hoax.
Chris K, Ireland
EB: Hey Chris, My first was Vertical Axis. It came out in 93' I think. It was mostly just vert filmed from the deck.
From Ondrej CZ:
Hello to Mr. Bailey! I want to start this off by thanking you because in the beginning you and Brosky pretty much influenced me and then I got my first pair of skates. But to the questions: 1. Do you get on well with your brothers? 2. What is your favourite trick? 3. And have you ever helped with building concrete bowl? 4. And have you ever met King Khan or Marc Sultan personally?:) Guess that's everything off the top of my head and hope to see another great STYD tour:) because the first one was the greatest tour video I've seen.
EB: Hey Ondrej, I don't have any brothers, just 3 sisters and yes.. we all get along great. My favorite trick would have to be a true makio. They just look nice. I used to lay cement here and there, never at a skatepark though. I haven't met either of those dudes, but I'd like to.
From Erik Bill:
1. If you could bring any Idaho O.G. back into skating to session everyday with us, who would it be?
EB: Danny Urresti, R.I.P. homie
2. When are you going to get an old pick-up truck?
3. How do you feel about those who can squirt?
EB:I don't know what your saying but, yeah, I feel fine about it.
From William Garcia USAF:
You are one bad@ss mofo, what’s the secret behind great steaks ??? Steve McQueen or Paul Newman??
and How much for the Triumph??
haha Besides that I just wanted to give you a little praise. The new king of cool, seriously. Favorite skater, I think that you handle yourself at a professional level and still skate for the fun and love of it. Can’t wait for your sesh in 4Life and stick to the folk music scene, Woody Guthrie folk festival July 14-18 Try to make it out.
It’d be boss to get to meet you one day.
William F. Garcia, USAF
Sheppard AFB TX
EB: Thanks for your service William. The secret behind good steaks would be using a rub instead of marinades. Spade el ranch does the trick and not overcooking. I prefer mine rare. Steve McQueen. For you, 3,000 bucks. Thanks for the kind words. I would love to make it out there for the Folk Fest. Maybe one of these days.
From Louie Martz:
Oh hey Erik, just wandering why you rep Buckley so hard, when you knowI am the realest cat alive? -Louie Martz
EB: Louie, Its probably because you pissed in my suitcase and would knock on my window at 4 in the morning.
From Christopher Bray:
Erik-Can I stay at your house this summer for a Blade B Que?
With Love--Christopher Bray
EB: Chris, Absolutely, Anytime. No freeloading though.
Hi Mr Bailey:
Is your next pro skate gonna have some real improvements?Because the shape of your skate feel strange I m pretty sure you got a different shell under your skin!! Why valo don't try new things with the Roces Fifth element shell??I will kill for some white eb1 or the black one because material were 10 time stronger as my TV2.PLease Mr Julio make a re edition of those eb1!! Hope next valo tour will come in my city in France!
EB: Sup Hugo, Yes, it's gonna be full of improvements. The shell is the same, it's the liner and the tongue that'll be different. I'm not a fan of the 5th element shell but be on the lookout for new things to come.
From Omri Baum:
Hey Erik,You are my favorite blader, I like your rolling style, its awesome!
I have a problem when I'm tring to do a tops tricks (like fish, top-soul, top-asid, top-porn, alley opp top-soul and more...) with my valo's.
May you give me a reference?
EB: Hey Omri, Thanks, You have to learn to really commit. It's in the knees and the hips just as much as bending your ankle. Lots of practice too. It'll come with time.
From Francois -Montreal:
Hi Erik,What do you think of Taig Khris' guiness world record?
François from Montréal
EB: Let me get a shot at that.
From Arturo of Spain:
What's up Erik, I want to ask you if you will think to go to Palma de Mallorca. The island has many good spots ;)
You should come here, you know.
P.S:Good work at VLC OPEN and I hope see you again.
EB: I was supposed to go this last trip. I'd still really like to make my way out there. Thanks Arthur
From Victor Nguyen Torrance, CA:
hi! i just wanted to ask if you grab the same way you spin, and do you skate your skates with a toe cut? thanks :D
EB: Hey Vic, I can grab both ways just as easy. I kind of prefer the reverse grabs more. I don't cut the toe. I rock em the way they come out the box.
From Michael Talecki:
Whats up Eric, Ivan hooked me up with most of song that were used in STYD and told me you were the one that chose the music, really liking The Felice Brothers now haha, so I gotta ask, what else do you listen to, or better yet, what are some good bands to check out?
- Mike Talecki, HTX.
EB: I listen to so much different stuff. It depend on the time and my mood. I guess my favorites would have to be: The Sonics, Check Berry, James Brown, Townes Van Zandt, Dylan, Van Morrison, Dick Dale, Roky Erickson, Hounddog Taylor, JB Hutto, Gene Vincent, and Hank Williams. I could go on and on.
do you like nicholas swan? what about erik bill? come to salt lake dood
EB: Yes, yes and Yes
From Pete Bailey:
Erik, Why are you so handsome? You must look like your Dad.
EB: I don't know, Yeah, I kind of look like him.
Wish I acquired his fishing skills, though.
Is this the generation of Rollerbladers that can get us back the exposure the sport desperately needs to survive?
You obviously skate for a skater-owned company but do you think non skater owned also has a place in the industry? People make so much noise about skater owned that it almost seems like we are shunning the outside world.
Finally, with Valo spending so much time on tour what has been your favourite city you have visited?
EB: Hey Paul, Good Questions. I like to think this is the generation that can save it. I feel this generation loves blading more than its predecessors. Exposure won't necessarily save us though. It can help spread the word but what we need is a culture. We need to make sure the people getting exposure are the right ones. Sorry Taig, but that should have been Haffey.
Obviously, a skater owned company is naturally going to be better. They are more hands on and will understand the ins and outs of the industry as well as putting back into it. I don't feel the non skater owned companies put in enough or have a good vision of what blading can be. My favorite city would have to be San Francisco. The weather is perfect.. You can find any kind of food.. The coffee, Dolores Park, so much good stuff.
Whats up bailey? Why are you the Man?
EB: Just hanging out answering these questions. I don't know, I never really thought about it. Thanks though
From George Sakoulas:
This question is coming from Greece and is compound, regarding the industry... Do you feel there is enough support in the industry for the amount of skaters who hold their skating to a higher standard like Valos' pro team and others (Am teams too)? Where is there a greater need for growth in blading the industry or athletes and where do you think that growth will come from?
EB: Hey George, It's hard to say. There are a lot of really good kids out there. There are also some not so good sponsored kids. I personally wish, us over here at Valo, could give kids who are truly good more opportunity. I can't really speak for other companies who don't understand what good blading is. We need more people on blades. It can come from a all types of outlets. Youtube, Thursday night skates, Your local skateshop. Only time will tell.
From ET of England:
Erik you seemed to have changed your dress sense slightly in 2010, from not folding your jeans up, wearing plaid shirts, beanies and also just letting your hair just hang. How has this new style come about, where you fold your jeans up, grease you hair back etc. and do you think it makes you look better when skating.
From E.T. in LONDON.
EB: Hey ET, That's quite observant. I guess it started on the STYD tour. I needed a haircut. I called up Carl Sturgis and asked if his girlfriend could cut my hair. She said yes but only if she could cut it the way she wanted. She did such a fine job that I just kept running with it. I have always folded my jeans, though. That just goes hand in hand with being short. Thinking it looks better when I skate hasn't even crossed my mind. I just do what makes me feel comfortable.
From Christian from Denmark :
Hey mr. Bailey. You rock.Who is your favorite roller besides yourself? Also, when are you coming to Denmark?
EB: Hey Christian, My favorite blader would have to be Julio. He's not even slowing down.
I'm probably not going to make it there this summer. Maybe next year. Say Hello To Kare for me.
Thanks for all the Questions everyone!