Paul Zitzer’s Skateboard
“Pro implies some glamourous lifestyle… I had the worst pro career of any skater of all time.” - Paul Zitzer
I recently had the pleasure of skating with Paul Zitzer at the annual SuperSession skate jam held at Ollies Skatepark in Florence, Kentucky. Paul, a 41 year old vert skater from Louisville, KY, claims one of his very first memories as a human being was of skateboarding. It wasn’t until he first saw the Bones Brigade Video Show and Skatevisions back in 1984 that he really got hooked. Paul skated professionally for 10 years and continues to be involved in the skate industry. He currently works for The Skateboard Mag, The Ride Channel and is a commentator for the Dew Tour.“This is a vert interview, we’re not talking about street. Back to you in the booth™…”
Before becoming a “pro” skater, Zitzer went to the University of South Florida and received a degree in Political Science. About a month before graduating, he recalls being terrified that he was going to have to get a job soon and not knowing what he wanted to do. At this same time he started getting paid by Gullwing and was making just enough to survive on. He spent the next 10 years squeaking by as a pro skater while trying to figure it all out. We understand Paul, many of us still don’t know what we want to be when we grow up.
Zitzer recalls skating on the Dew Tour from the very beginning, but never actually making it to the finals. One day the Tour invited him to step in and use his experience and knowledge as a commentator. Turns out Paul has a natural talent for this sort of thing. It’s been 10 years now and he’s never looked back. Back to you in the booth™…
And now for some interesting insights:
- Favorite Vert Tricks: Half cabs and BS tail slides.
- Favorite Street Tricks: BS 360 Ollie
- Least Favorite Street Trick: BS tail slides. Dialed on vert, can’t do on street.
- Paying $40 for a pizza in another country sucks when you’re only making $300 a month as a pro skater.
- No hobbies, I don’t exercise, I just skate.
- Skatepark of Tampa ’93-98 was awesome. We had one of the only vert scenes in the whole country back then.
- Currently rides for Roger Skateboards
Paul Zitzer on 540′s: “It kind of ruined vert skating for me for 15 years. I battled with it the entire time. I learned it McTwist style, but then lost it for a couple years. Then learned it backside and then tail grab. Believe it or not the tail grab is actually the easier one. You don’t end up flipping since it’s all rotation and no flipping.”
“I want to do a 540 today, but i’m not stoked about it.”
This is Paul Zitzer’s skateboard. There are many like it, but this one is his.
Paul Schmitt – Create A Skate
Standard 7 ply, 8.1″×32.75″, 14.75″ wheelbase
Actually a Chris Miller Stereo shape which is super long and narrow.
|Trucks||Thunder Trucks Pretty Loose|
|Wheels||Bones SPF – 58mm|
|Bushings||Bones Hardcore Bushings, Hardcore 91a Black/Yellow
Tried to use the softer white/blue ones but they blew out.
|Grip||Layed out 90′s style, horizontally in strips|
|Shoes||Nike Stefan Janoskis|
|Jacket||I swear this is the exact jacket he was wearing while skating at SuperSession.
Ambig Men’s Bobby Cardigan