Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Welcome to the team Mats Hilmer

Firstly what’s your name, how old are you and where are you from?
My name is Mats, im 19 years old and im from Odense, Denmark.

What age did you first start skateboarding and what inspired you to first pick up a board?
I think I was around 6 years old when I first picked up a board - My brother Freddy has always been a huge inspiration to me, so I guess he was the reason why I started skating.

Where is your favourite place to skate?
My favorite place to skate is definitely Noho Skate Plaza - I've only been there a few times, but it's just perfect, and the people there are so kind.

Had you heard of the Enuff brand and where did you hear about it? What can you bring to the team?
When I got sponsored by Skatepro, I saw that Enuff sold a lot of their boards through them so I picked one up, and they have been my go-to board ever since - I guess what I can bring would just be posting the clips I can, and participate in as many contests as possible.

Which skateboarders did you look up to growing up? Any local legends in your local 
scene or professionals you aspire to be like?
My all-time biggest hero, has always been Mike Mo Capaldi - I saw his part in Fully Flared and I was just mind blown - He was only 16 in that part, so I guess that was my motivation; to reach that level before i turned 16 - A long way to go still haha.

How many people are in your group of friends that you skate with on a regular basis and which guys are essential to getting a good session going? 
Skateboarding is not really a big thing in my town, but i have 10 friends or so, that i skate with on a regular basis. My homie Luca Fichera is one of my favourite people to skate with - He's so good at getting people pumped, and makes them skate to the best of their abilities.

What is your all-time favourite skate video and which ones are you into at this moment in time?
My favourite movie is definitely Fully Flared, as mentioned earlier. The movie came out over a decade ago, and the production is just amazing - The intro is probably one of my favourite scenes in any movie ever. I don't think I have any movies that I’m really stoked on at the moment, unfortunately.

Do you have a preference towards street skating, skate parks or vert or are you happy to experience and skate everything?
I prefer street skating for sure - I enjoy skating parks, but it just feels so much better skating a raw concrete ledge that was not meant for skating, than a perfect ledge at the local skatepark. It's all about preference I guess.

What was the last trick you learnt? What are the next three tricks on your hit list that you would love to learn.
I think the last trick I learned was back smith kickflip out - I don't really set goals for myself like that, I just skate and if I feel like I’m close to landing a trick, I’ll just go for it at see what happens.

Are there any video parts you are working on personally which we will see in the near future or any competitions coming up that you plan to enter?
I have a good collection of clips, that I hope will turn into a part one day - As I mentioned earlier, I live in a small town so finding a good filmer can be tough. I mostly film when I’m in Copenhagen - Lots of good filmers, and the spots there are incredible.

What do you think skateboarding holds for you in the future and what are your future aspirations?
It’s hard to tell - I’m just gonna skate and fun, and see what happens - For now I think the best thing I can do, is motivate others, and show people who are not into skateboarding, how much fun it is.