Derek Krasauskas’ Skateboard
“It’s all just about the good times with friends” – Derek Krasauskas
Hello there fellow deckheads, today we welcome 42 year old vert skater Derek Krasauskas to the ProSkaterInfo blog. I had the pleasure of meeting Derek at the annual SuperSession event held at Ollie’s Skatepark in Kentucky. Besides skating with style and power, you can’t help but notice that he is a pretty big guy. He has a full bag of tricks and easily busts out head high BS air disasters. At 6’2″, 200 lbs, this Baltimore local made the vert ramp seem small, all while appearing to have way more fun than you. After our session we talked about skateboarding, life and his current skate setup.
Q: How many years have you been skateboarding?
A: Pretty much on and off since I was 5 yrs old, with a few years of BMX. That was also my first trip to the hospital with a head injury from bombing a hill with my older brother. I was the little kid that got to hang with my older brother and his friends, but that meant I always had to go for it in skating, surfing, bmx and partying.
Q: First skater that inspired you?
A: That would be one core group from Cedar Crest. The legendary ECTT East Coast Toke Team. The other would be low key ripper and old Tracker team manager Keith Lenharr.
Q: What are your hobbies and interests outside of skateboarding?
A: I love F1 car racing and besides that just watching my kids grow in life. I have three of them so there is never a dull moment. Max 8, Ava 12, and my oldest daughter Jordan 17. They all play sports and love skateboarding, but do not mess with it other then Max when I talk him into it. I refuse to be a soccer mom and make them do something they would rather not do. If Max gets the skate bug someday, and I hope that he does, I am here for him.
Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: DK is pretty much my nickname because of my initials and some call me by my middle name Spartacus.
Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself.
A: I have been a partyer since age 11. Weed was in my house from the day I was born. I almost lost my wife and kids and skateboarding to alcohol a few years ago after switching from beer to vodka, so I have been in recovery for about 15 months now. I broke my leg bad and decided that vodka would be better then Oxycodin and beer since my dad and uncle were both heroin addicts. Drinking Vodka was worst decision of my life by far.
Q: Who are your sponsors?
A: Green Issue skateboards, Charm City Skatepark, Fuel Clothing, Puma and Type-S flow via my great friend Bucky Lasek. He has never ever turned his back on me and has always made sure I have skate gear.
Q: Favorite tricks?
A: I love big body jars and my nose grind to fakie.
Q: Least favorite tricks?
A: I HATE airs to fakie (any type). I have done them big, then suck at them the next session. I have never been consistent with them.
Q: Skateboard specifications?
A: I ride my Green Issue board that is 8.36 wide with a 14 3/4 wheelbase. The same shape I have rode for about 20 years now. I was never into rails even back in the 80’s for the most part. I ride Type-s 58mm Bucky wheels that are so good, with Bones Swiss bearings compliments of young ripper Ben Hatchell. My trucks are Indy’s with Bones hard bushings that I would say are medium as far as tightness at least for a big guy. I have a mental thing about my grip tape. “I can’t stand dirty griptape and I am not a neat freak at all.” It has to be black, it cant have any cut outs except for a super thin line letting me know the back from the front. I have a pair of randoms for hardware that are like 6 years old. Those things are the best.
Q: Other specifications?
A: My wife Tanya of 18 years and a 2004 Subaru WRX turbo get me to my sessions… I love them both!! I ride Puma suede classics that last long and are just great skate shoes. I have been rocking Boneless Pads for 20 years I would say but I have to wear kneegaskets because my knees are so spent. The standard Protec helmets do me fine and my Fuel socks are great.
This is Derek Krasauskas’ skateboard. There are many like it, but this one is his.
|Deck||Green Issue – Derek Krasauskas Signature Model
8.375″ x 32.375″ x 14.75″ wheelbase
Medium tight for a big guy
|Wheels||Type-S Urethane – Bucky Lasek Signature Pro Model, 58mm, White|
|Bearings||Bones Swiss Bearings|
|Bushings||Bones Hardcore Bushings – Hards|
|Grip||Black, NOT dirty!|
|Pads||Boneless Pads (worn w/ knee gaskets)|
|Shoes||Puma Suede Classics|
*Special Thanks: Huge shoutout to photographer Thomas Rowe @ Vert Skateboarding.