When the winter is on, and it snows more times than you are even able to get out and ride, we feel it is a good time to do some scene spotlights on members of our Midwest community that we have gotten to know for a particularly rad reason.
Wynne Williams is one of those individuals.
If you ride a skateboard in the Midwest and have not heard of Wynne, his shop, Black Squrl Skate, or his talented crew of Dubs riders (and builders), then you are missing out! Wynne and his local riders have been progressing the sport as well as the engineering of top quality decks in the Midwest area for the last few years. We met them for the first time at last year’s Hummel Havoc and probably will never forget seeing their van-full of riders make it out to our event in Nebraska. We hope to reciprocate the interest in their events in Wisconsin in 2014 and you should too! Wynne has been super involved with the implementation of our own site, and we value his feedback tremendously. Check out what Wynne has to say about his background in downhill skateboarding and where he sees our Midwest scene going in the near future.
Who are you and where are you from originally?
Wynne Williams born and raised at W12011 Whooley Rd in Waupun, Wisconsin… the validity of my drivers license has come into question plenty of times. Last spring I settled in La Crosse, WI… the heart of the best DH/FR terrain in the upper Midwest.
What shops/builders do you rep?
I’ve been working and skating with Dubs Longboards for a long time now, and with good reason. Our crew is one big family. We’ve been progressing our skating, deck design, and the community together from the start. BLACK SQURL SKATE is my blood, sweat, and STOKE! I don’t rep it, I live it.
How did the idea for your shop come about?
I’ve always felt like there is a gap between mainstream industry and the Midwest. They love our money, but do practically nothing real for us. So I sacrificed just about everything I had, moved to the hills, and set up shop. The SQURL’s not about selling an image… we push for progress.
What is your favorite kind of riding to do?
I used to be all about finding long curvy runs and top speeds. Over the last couple years I’ve been working on my freeride side of DH and seshin’ a spot has really grown on me. My favorite places to skate are out in the boonies away from people, layin thane or rippin’ turns. It’s all fun.
What do you think about the future of the Midwest longboard scene?
As a whole I think we’re headed in a good direction. Rad events are popping up and getting more organized, but the progression of riders is the true measure. When I first got into DH/FR there was only a handful of us who were really getting out there and pushing limits. Over the last couple years I’ve watched local riders and crews really getting after it more and more… so stoked.
What is some advice you would have for “younger” skate scenes that are still developing in their local areas?
Events are a lot of fun, be sure to get to the good ones, but one thing I’d like to throw out there to everybody is my 3-4 man crew theory. The best way to get in the runs, snag sick footy, stay safe, and avoid blowing a spot is to keep the crew tight and light.
Who are some of your scene’s local riders you would like to give props/attention?
I gotta mention my girl Emily, she’s as much a part of BLACK SQURL SKATE as I am. She moved out here to start this crazy adventure with me, not to mention all the times she’s shuttling runs, getting behind the camera, and putting up with the constant flow of visitors.
The entire SQURL crew has been killin’ it. JK’s been attracting attention of his own with some impressive racing. Vdub continues to progress his chill style, making it look easy. Dirty D threw down some of the rawest freeriding that I saw last year. Jake and Jess have been going bigger and faster. Mark Lawson is a new addition to the crew and his crazy style fits right in. Cam and Erik of Dubs Longboards get a HUGE shout out for all the support they’ve given.
Check out Black Squrl Skate’s website to purchase Dubs boards or other name brand longboard gear and continue to support local Midwest companies like Wynne’s!
-Midwest Longboard Association