Interview With British Mountainboarder Tom Read

The MBS Europe Pro Team rider Tom Read talks to Funsporting about Sunset and Cider, his plans of traveling to Barcelona and he tells us what he always keeps in the boot of his car.

Tom Read, Quater Pipe.  Copyright: Sam Jennings Introduce yourself for a second!
Hi I'm Tom Read!

What do you do if you aren’t on your board?
I'll either be at work or skateboarding normally or if it's too wet to skate I will be either mixing tunes on my decks, out with friends, eating, sleeping, wasting away my life on the internet or trying to think of something to do that's better than watching TV.

Please tell us about the beginning of your mountainboard days.
I started out going to out to grass and renting a board a few times with mates then I got really into it so I got a board (scrub furnace creek). A few weeks after that I entered my first u14's freestyle competition and won it and after that I was put onto the out to grass team. That's pretty much how it started for me.

What do your parents say to your mountainboard activities?
Not a lot, I sometimes try to explain a new trick I've learnt or something and I think they try to look impressed but aren't really sure what I'm going on about. Can't blame them really. I guess they're just happy that I've found something that I enjoy and they know Im always doing something constructive instead of hanging around a playground drinking vodka and wearing a track suit (as the trend seems to be with a lot of kids unfortunately).

Have you got a hero? If so who and why?
I dont think I really have a hero, I just look up to anyone who can do something that I wish I could do, or anyone who is generally a nice person.

What marks for you an extraordinary mountainboarder?
Just someone who has good style and is consistent. I don't like it when people think they are good because they can do really technical tricks but they don't have any style. It's all about making it look easy!

What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?
Just to try and ride as much as I can and have fun. Getting medals and stuff doesn't matter in the long run as long as you know you've had a good time!

Tom Read.  Where do you see mountainboarding in 10 years time?
To be honest I haven't got a clue! I would like to see some bigger companies putting their names against the sport so more people find out about it and get involved. I'm sure that will happen one day but I don't know when.

How do you prepare for competitions? Have you got a lucky calm or some sort of other support?
I don't prepare at all, I just turn up and see how it goes. I think it helps to have a clear mind so you're not distracted by the stresses of life but you cant really help it if you've got a lot going on.

What has been your biggest success & your worst misfortune in your mountainboard career?
Probably my biggest success was getting 3rd at the 2007 worlds and I'm not sure about the worst misfortune but I know there have been many times when I haven't been riding on form and  not done as well as I wanted to in a few events.

Who are you sponsors?
MBS mountainboards and Out To Grass mountainboard centre

Tom Read, Rodeo.  Copyright: Theo Acworth from RemolitionWhat equipment do you ride and why?
MBS leon pro because I cant ride anything else.

Which was the best event you’ve ever been to and why?
The 2008 UK Champs round at Bolesworth because I thought it was going to be the worst event ever but everyone had such a good time and we had a sweet elite jam!

What is pure luxury for you?
Having a ly in or sitting down and watching a perfect sunset with a cider

What is your dream vacation destination? Or a recommendation of where it was great.
Not sure as I haven't traveled that much. Would recommend snowboarding in Austria as I had a great time doing that. I would really like to go to Barcelona one day and find all the good skate spots.

The last book, film or album that amazed you?
Can't remember the last time any of those amazed me but I watched Pineapple Express the other day and I found that pretty funny. My friends James and Andy who are called Amoss are always making music that I love and I'm amazed when ever I see my friend Ollie do juggling or card magic. Completely screws with my brain!

Three things that you can’t life without, which you always take with you?
My phone, not sure why but I just don't like it when I haven't got my phone on me. My car (with my skateboard in it), because I can go where I want, when I want and it's a good sense of freedom. Music, because life would be incredibly boring without it!

Anything else you like to say?
If you've read the whole interview, thanks, and I hope you found it of some interest.


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