After watching his recent Da Playground part, skate nerds (including ourselves) gasped when we saw Ryan Gallant skating in some New Balance Numerics. As trivial as it may seem, it meant that he was going to be the newest Pro announced to the team, right? No. As we came to find out, Ryan’s been skating whatever kinds of shoes he wants after leaving his longtime spot at Circa. Initially, we just wanted to ask him whether he had plans to be on NB# but it turned into a bigger interview than we had intended. Enjoy.
Everyone’s been asking us, how did those NB#’s end up on your feet in your Honor Roll Part?
Well, basically, I’ve been off of Circa for a few months. I’ve been just buying Vans for a while after I was off Circa. After a while, I wanted to start figuring things out because I never really had to ask people for shoes but at the same time, no one knew that I was off Circa. I got John Rattray’s number through our mutual friends and I just hit him up because I knew he was doing NB#. I asked him for some shoes and he was like “Absolutely”. I was going to Da Playground that weekend to film my part and just brought those shoes with me.
I heard that you filmed your Honor Roll part at Da Playground within 2 days. Is that true?
No, it wasn’t 2 days. I think I did that in maybe 4 or 5 days, tops. They had my ticket out there for like 9 or 10 days but I can’t do that many days inside a skatepark because I get over it pretty quick. I’d wake up around 11am, go skate throughout the day and figure out what I wanted to do.
What was the hardest trick for you to film for that part?
I don’t know. Sometimes it’s the easier tricks that are the harder ones. Maybe, the front blunt on that flat bar was the hardest. I would just fly right into the wall when I was trying to come off of it. Originally, I wanted to revert out of it or try to shuv it out but I was over it after getting the make. I didn’t even want to use that clip but it ended up in there anyways. That was probably harder than everything else in my Honor Roll part.
Hardflip Wallride. Photo: M. Daughters.
Let’s go back to NB# for a sec. It’s a new skate shoe brand and it plays so well with your heritage seeing as how both you and the brand are from Boston. Is it kinda like a dream come true?
I mean, it’s cool. So far I just got one box from them. We haven’t talked about being on the team or anything, but like you said about them being from Boston; it’s just like something I would want to skate in. Plus, PJ’s backing them too. I remember living out in the suburbs and my dad worked in Boston and we would drive to the city everyday and he would drop me off to go skate and New Balance was right off the side of the Mass Pike right there. It’s funny because he’d always joke about it when I was younger and say “Why don’t you go in there and try to get something going with New Balance?” and this was around the time that Nike was just coming into the game. [laughs] It was always funny and now they’re actually doing their skateboarding program with PJ and all those other dudes. So far, it’s just a box though.
How do you feel about those NB#’s?
I do like NB# but at the same time I gotta thank HUF because they just sent me boxes too. So y’know, this could just as well be an interview about why I was skating in HUF’s I guess. Like I said, I’m not on either team but of course it would be cool. Right now, I’m just skating different shoes. But I do like Vans, HUF and NB#. Read More