“Mike Niemann knows more about the truths of skateboarding than anyone else I know, and that is inspiration.” – Peter Furnée
I met Peter Furnee a couple years back when he was in San Francisco on business. I can clearly remember Ffej gathering up the vert crew in honor of our special out of town guest. There were only a handful of us that night, sessioning at a private indoor vert ramp. Many inverts were thrown down by both Peter and Ffej that night, but one thing that stood out to me above all else, was the passion for skateboarding that Peter exudes. He is a super humble, down to earth guy, with an ear to ear grin, who just loves to talk about skateboarding and life. I’ve had the honor of skating with him at Buckys’ bowl, as well as screaming together like a couple of groupies at the Vans Protec contest. I recently flew out with a small NorCal crew to attend Peter’s annual vert event Super Sessions, held at Ollie’s Skatepark in Kentucky. One thing that had become apparent to me is that he is probably even more of a skateboard geek than myself. Without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce to the ProSkaterInfo blog, Peter Furnée.
A: 42 years old, 6 foot, 210 pounds on a good day…
Q: Where do you live?
A: Currently in Indianapolis, IN, having moved from the DC area almost two years ago. Spent most of my teens in rural New Hampshire. I travel so much with work, I’m lucky there as I get to skate a lot of different spots.
Q: How many years have you been skateboarding?
A: Spanned across 30, with a few years off to get family and career dialed in.
Q: First skater that inspired you?
A: Jeff Phillips. Fun story on how radical he was to a 12 year old kid from New Hampshire; I dialed up directory assistance in TX and got his number. I called as a grom to tell him how stoked I was. I think it might have been Allison who answered the phone, or maybe his Mom, but either way, he wasn’t available and they asked me to leave a message and he’d call back. Sure, Right… About 20 minutes later, the phone rang and it was Jeff. We talked for about 45 minutes. That pretty much set the stage for me as a kid on how rad some people can be – The Voodoo Doll story may come out some time. That was the beginning of me also being pretty stoked on Texas.
Q: What are your hobbies and interests outside of skateboarding?
A: My Family really. My Wife and Kids… Recently, I try to keep my other interests closer to home. It seems with social media, anything and everything you do ends with people making a competition out of it which takes the joy out. Hobbies are supposed to be things you have fun with. I really get into my work. Kind of a passion for lithography, ink on paper…
Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: Not that I am aware of… If I do, its probably not so complimentary.
Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself.
A: I am a Husband to a beautiful woman, and Dad to two beautiful boys. Pretty much the best thing ever.
Q: Who are your sponsors?
A: I represent Cockfight Skateboards out of Houston, and Speedlabwheels out of Baltimore. Recently, I have received some good love from ACE Trucks, Boneless Pads and Burly Caps. I’m just really stoked on what I ride and I guess they are too! Pretty thankful that opportunities like this are out there for someone like me.
Q: Do you skate contests?
A: As far as contests, I won a bowl contest a few years back, that was pretty surprising. I think it was because I mastered the 110° mid day heat and could go 10 walls, not necessarily ability. The heat was taking everyone off. I think I got 8th in a Masters event in Houston too. That was fun. I was beat to shit, but I was skating with heroes and friends, friends and heroes.
Overall, I’m not really into the contest thing, but between vowing to not go to a skateboard event unless I am skating, and the over all stoke of Vert Attack, it might be the funnest gathering ever. Joe Wallace said I should go to Vert Attack 7 Last year, I did, and am STOKED to be going to Vert Attack 8 this year. Last year I tied Hans Jacobson in the qualifier. Pretty sure it was a picture of him in TWS in 1984 doing an invert that I remembered at the Swedish Summer Camp. I could have placed absolute last, but sharing deck space with that guy as a peer was a highlight.
Q: Favorite tricks?
A: Favorite would have to be some invert, whether Sad or to fakie, close tie with a footplant. My least favorite of mine is when I sketch going fakie and end up in a weak Fakie Layback Air thing below coping… I should just bail.
Favorite to watch?
A: Style. Queue Buster Halterman. He makes Rock and Rolls look good. People should be forced to watch loop tape of Buster and Chris Miller, with a break only to watch Jeff Phillips, Neil and Groholski… Like a coming of age thing. It would prevent a lot of Chicken Wing, and that would really make me happy.
This is Peter Furnée’s skateboard. There are many like it, but this one is his.
Allen Midgette Model: Hard Livin’ Graphic
9″ x 33″ x 16″ wheelbase
ACE 55, Magnesium Baseplates
|Bearings||Oust 11 Bearings|
|Bushings||Bones Bushings: Medium|
I’ve been on Boneless Pads for the past 3 years, and I gotta say, my knees feel a lot better than what I had before. The last set of Boneless were going toe to toe on the Burly Caps as far as longevity, quite a difference from the big custom’s I was ordering annually for $250…
|Helmet||S-One Big Head
I learned a lot about helmets after taking a nap one day. I had a chance to talk with Dan at S-One, and he explained a whole lot about G Force and CPSC. Gotta have a CPSC helmet. I’ve got a family to look out for and head injuries can change your life.
I skate in Nike’s. I have tried a bunch of other options, but really, they last a year, grip great and are comfy.
|Socks||I’m pretty stoked on the Chivaz Wear socks.|
Normally I only post one photo, but in this case i’ll make an exception. Every time I see this photo it just brings a smile to my face. Thank you Peter for being the glue that binds us skaters together. And for being a part of our extended skate family!
Special thanks to Jon Burgess for providing the ripping photos.
Follow Peter on Instagram: @pfurnee