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Nicholas Swan

Freeride Athlete

Name: Nicholas Swan
Date of birth: June 23, 1989
Current Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Skating Since: 2001
Current Skate Setup: Metroblade C with Pro 243 frames


Explain the feeling you had the first time you put on skates. 
I was only 4 or 5 when I first skated. At the time it was like riding a bike or playing basketball. It was something you just did in the 90’s. When I really found skating and learned it could be a lifestyle in 2001, I couldn’t get over the feeling of them being on my feet. I skated every day for 8 or 9 hours for years and years. It was addicting and it made me feel free. 

What is your inspiration to keep skating? 
Just the simple feeling of gliding and manipulating my body to balance or to respond quickly. I love the feeling now almost more than when I started in 2001.

We truly believe skating makes a better world. How do you think skating makes the world a better place? 
Right now I feel like both the health benefits and using skates for commuting has the biggest impact on the world. Skating keeps you active, helps keep pollutants out of the air, and gets people out in the community and experiencing life in a very unique way. 

How do you keep progressing and reinventing yourself? 
I’m always trying to perfect skinny rolls or keeping my agility high. If a movement or trick feels off, I often like to keep trying it until it feels effortless.

What’s the most helpful tip you want to share with any skater? 
Keep your gear clean and tight. Dirty bearings or old wheels keep you from experiencing skating as it's intended and can prevent you from progressing. 

Imagine a world filled with animals who can skate. If you could be any of those animals what would you be and why? 
I see people as being animals so I think I would stick with being myself. I still feel like I have a lot to learn and I want to keep on moving! If I did have to choose an animal then I would have to be a Swan for an obvious reason.

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