Traveling places, meeting new people
With his own website (www.brianbishoplongboard.com) and popular videos of himself, Bishop has been getting a lot of recognition recently. He had a poster made from the big air competition at the Downhill Disco in San Diego earlier this year, depicting one of the biggest ‘airs’ he’s ever done, launching himself 20 feet in the air. The moment created a spectacular shot with fans looking on in amazement.
“My favorite trick is the old school tire flip,” said Bishop. “Basically what I do while I’m riding, I tuck my front foot around the edge of the board and jump up and kick out my legs in a scissor-like motion, which makes the board do a 360 as well as a kick flip. It was a hard trick to learn, but nailing it is one of my biggest accomplishments. It’s very intricate and technical, so it’s hard to make it seem effortless.
“More companies make longboards in California,” Bishop added, “and out on the West Coast there are a lot more riders and a lot more hills to ride on. But the sport is very popular on the East Coast as well; the whole industry is really thriving.”
Bishop said his favorite part of the sport is the experience of traveling to different places and meeting new people.
“It’s a different kind of lifestyle, fun to be part of something,” said Bishop. “There’s a real feeling of community; everybody has similar feelings about longboarding. We all enjoy it and have a drive that keeps you going.
“I always want to be better, always look to improve. It’s a continuous challenge that keeps everything fresh. Life is never boring.”