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David Gaziev: skateboarding is more than a sport

Two years ago, a simple guy from the small town of Pereyaslavl-Zalessky became a rider for the adidas Skateboarding Russia team. Now David Gaziev is happy to share his experience and conduct free trainings for everyone at the BASEMOSCOW site in Gorky Park. We met with David to talk about his path in skateboarding, the first and most significant competitions in life, and how in 12 years the skate culture in Russia has taken a huge step forward.

David Gaziev: skateboarding is more than a sport

Photo: Polina Inozemtseva, Championship

- How did your path to skate begin -culture?
- I started skating absolutely by accident: my sister had a classmate, and he had such an old Soviet board that he gave me to skate. I tried it and got very sick with it. As a result, I've been skating for 12 years.

- How and where did you start skating?
- I started to practice in my native Pereyaslavl-Zalessky. There, of course, there was no equipment, special areas and skate schools. There was not enough good asphalt in principle ( smiles ). But it so happened that such difficult conditions tempered me.

- What motivated you? Where did you get your ideas and inspiration from?
- Both then and now I watch skate videos, although then there were very few of them. Skate video is, in principle, a very important part of the process, for a skater to remove his profile is as important as it is for a musician to record an album. Skate video is how you are seen from the side. And, of course, he moved forward at the expense of like-minded people. Already then we had a group of guys who got together and skated. We have progressed at each other's expense. Because when one person does a trick, you look and immediately want to do that too.

- Why did you decide to participate in the competition? You could have just skated for yourself.
- Well, by the way, yes, this is also very important - to immediately identify your goal, figure out what you want: skate for your own pleasure or constantly strive for something progress. Because adolescence is a great opportunity to delve into something and upgrade. There is an opportunity to make your hobby your work. While there is such an opportunity, it is better to immediately indicate your positions and go to your dream.

David Gaziev: skateboarding is more than a sport

Photo: Polina Inozemtseva, Championship

- What were your first competitions?
- My first competitions were in the city of Yaroslavl, my sister brought me there, and it so happened that by some miracle I succeeded take second place there. This very much motivated me to progress further. I saw the level of other guys, I saw how other riders were riding. All of this lit up my eyes, and then I could not stop.

- What is the ideal age to start skateboarding?
- I have experience when children were brought to me for training inover five years old. I think the sooner the better. There are no restrictions, but, of course, it would be cool if this was combined with some other sports activities so that the child has general physical fitness and it would be easier for him.

- Did you yourself do something other than skateboarding as a child?
- Of course, I did both karate and skiing, so I had good physical fitness from the beginning.

David Gaziev: skateboarding is more than a sport

Photo: Polina Inozemtseva, Championship

- How did you join the team Adidas Originals?
- There is no such thing as a team training, because skateboarding is a more individual sport. But we, of course, sometimes get together for filming, for driving around the city or on spots. I was invited to the team by our manager two years ago, he just came up at a competition and made an offer that I could not refuse (smiles) .

- Like in 12 years has the face of skateboarding changed in Russia?
- Actually, I am very glad that now there is a tremendous development of skateboarding. There are a lot of events, many more people began to skate, even the site on which we are now is direct evidence of how skate culture is developing. Because a few years ago I could not have imagined that it would be possible to come to the very center of the city and learn to ride and perform tricks on an absolutely free basis. This is a unique opportunity for people who want to learn how to ride from scratch, and for those who want to ask a question, try a new trick or ask a professional coach for advice.

- What needs to be done to popularize skateboarding in our country even more?
- I think that everything is simple here: more competitions, more events for people to see and notice skaters paid attention to them. It is very important that there are more skate parks and accessible areas. Because for us, a skate park is like a simulator.

- To what extent is Moscow a suitable city for skiing?
- Moscow has changed a lot recently for the better. For skaters, a very important component is good coverage. Now everything is being rebuilt, all streets are being updated. This is a huge plus for us. I think that in the near future Moscow will be able to claim the title of the European skate capital.

- What are your favorite skiing spots in Moscow?
- From skate parks - Sadovniki Park, from street spots - this is Oktyabrskaya, and in general the whole center of Moscow is now ideal for skiing.

David Gaziev: skateboarding is more than a sport

Photo: Polina Inozemtseva, Championship

- Where skaters leave in the off-season?
- There are indoor parks, however, specifically in Moscow there is a small problem with them now, but I hope that good indoor areas will appear in the near future. Now certain steps are being taken in this direction, everything-So skateboarding has become an Olympic sport. Or we go to other countries and ride.

- Street culture unites a lot of things inside itself. Did you have a desire to do something else?
- Of course, everything goes hand in hand. And he did graffiti, drew, each had his own tag. In general, skateboarding is very comprehensive, you can find yourself not only in skating: you can take photos or videos, edit and develop in the company of like-minded people. That's what I love about skateboarding, that it combines a lot of creativity, that it's more than just a sport.

- If you could give any advice to novice skateboarders, what would it be?
- Come to the spot, communicate with like-minded people. Perhaps the coolest thing is to learn tricks together. And in general, to skate as much as possible with friends, I think that's the spirit of skateboarding.

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