Sierra Fellers is without a doubt one of skateboardings more silent rippers. He doesn’t rock any of the flaired-out gear that most of his Foundation team mates partake in. He doesn’t have a crazy hair cut or collection of homemade tats. In fact, Sierra doesn’t even have a tattoo. But what Sierra does have is a crazy amount of talent on a skateboard. Some might say that, he simply lets his skating do the talking. And at risk of sounding cliche’, that statement couldn’t be more true.
We recently caught up with CCS Team Rider Sierra Fellers to see exactly what he’s been up to, his spot on Foundation, those classically popped and caught switch and nollie heels of his, living with Antwuan Dixon and more. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, Mr. Sierra Fellers.
Lets start at the beginning. How old were you when you started skating and how did it go down? I started skating when I was 8. I got into it from my older brother Jesse, who’s 11 years older than me, and when he saw that I was hyped on skating he taught me the basics and helped me a lot.
What was it like growing up in Montana? What was the skate scene like? It was so awesome! There’s always stuff to do there when you’re little, especially in the summers. Swimming, fishing, camping and all the good outdoors stuff. And in the winter I played hockey and built snow forts with the homies. The skate scene wasn’t that great. All we had for spots was a couple two and three stairs and the winters were the coldest ever too. None of my friends really skated either, it was always kinda my own thing. When I was twelve my family and I moved to Pensacola, Florida and that’s where I really started to progress and continue skating. We’d go back to Montana every summer too, so I got the best of both worlds.
switch heel - photo: rhino
Where are you living now and how did you end up there? Well, right now I’ve been in Vancouver, Canada for the last couple months cause my lady has been having visa issues with getting into the states, so we came here ‘til it’s all worked out. But we’re going to live in Long Beach, CA as soon as possible. I had been living there for the last 3 or 4 years. I drove to CA from MT when I was 18 and couch surfed for a while and then moved in with some homies. I can’t wait to get back.
Who was your first sponsor? How did you get on? My first sponsor was a shop in Florida called Innerlight. I got on by spending pretty much most of my time at the shop with friends and getting to know the manager and team riders. And I did pretty good at most of the local contests there too.
What does it feel like to get your first taste of ‘the dream’? Well I guess you could call it a dream… and the first taste of it is realizing that it’s not a dream anymore, it’s real life now! And life is awesome. I wouldn’t want to do anything else to live, that’s for sure.
How does it feel to be the only non-hesh dude (besides Nick Merlino now) on Foundation? I don’t know. I don’t notice the difference. They’re all people like me. We just dress a little different. I get along with all of them like my friend. It’s awesome being on a team with everyone on Foundation, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, that’s for sure.
360 flip lipslide - photo: broach
Are you the only guy on the team without a tattoo? Haha, yeah I’m pretty sure I am.
How did you learn to tweak your ankle like that when you do switch and nollie heels? Is it intentional? Haha, I’m not sure. It’s pretty much how I’ve always done it. Even since I was little. No, I don’t try to make it happen, it just kinda does it on it’s own.
What’s your favorite trick? Any trick I roll away from.
What’s one trick that’s constantly giving you trouble? Stink bugs, haha.
I read that Antwuan Dixon stayed at your house for something like 3 months? What was that like? Is Antwuan as gnarly as everyone thinks? Yeah, he was there for about 6 weeks. And he’s actually a really nice kid and had a lot of respect for us. He’d get gnarly and be gone the whole weekend doing who knows what and then come crash on our couch for like 2 days straight…not even kidding, 2 days of sleeping, waking up for 10 minutes to drink a big juicy, eat some cereal, roll a blunt and fall asleep with the blunt lit in his mouth. It was sick having him around for sure. It was constant comedy the whole time he was there. Except his 2 day party comas on our couch.
lipslide - photo: burnett
What have you been up to lately? Traveling? Filming? What video(s) are you filming for at the moment? I’ve been going back and forth from Vancouver to tours and contests for the past couple months. Been filming for both Foundation and C1RCA for their next videos. But I’m not sure when they’ll come out or what they’re even called. There’s not even a deadline set yet, so just filming for when there is. And I just finished shooting for a “Milestone” in The Skateboard Mag.
What’s your daily routine like? Oh man. Right now in Vancouver it’s pretty boring. I wake up around noon or 1, get some food at De Dutch with my lady, hang out at the house, watch some TV and read a little. Then I go skate the Plaza for a while, come home, maybe shower and go eat Pho’ with some friends. Usually end up renting a movie and kickin it for a while, then come home hang out with my lady ‘til she falls asleep. And then I’m up till about 4 or 5am doing random things, then watch south park till I fall asleep. Pretty jacked routine, I know.
Who do you normally skate with? You ever go skating by yourself? At home in Long Beach I skate with my roommates most of the time (Jeff Mikut, Nick Posey and Zack Warren) and I see Abdias and David Reyes a bunch too. But here in Van I’ve been skating with Magnus Hansen cause he’s the OG homie and I’ve been skating with Wade Desarmo too. He’s at the plaza pretty much every day.
How does it feel to get paid to ride a skateboard for a living? It’s the best pretty much most the time. It changes a lot when it goes from something you do just because you want to and for fun, to something you have to do even when you don’t want to. It’s almost always fun but there’s more responsibility to me. It’s all I’ve got and it’s the only thing I want to do, so I’m hyped I can make a living out of it.
Do people back in Montana trip when you tell them how you pay the bills? Sometimes. All my homies are hyped for me. Plus I hook’em up with all kinds of free stuff too, so they get so stoked about that. The only thing that sucks is that I don’t get to see them or my family that much cause I’m traveling so much all the time. But my parents are happy for me and what I do. So that helps a lot.
Are you still into video games? Are you feeling the new Tony Hawk ‘Ride’ game? Yeah I love video games. I’m over the Tony Hawk games though. Number 3 was the best that came out and they all sucked ass after that. NHL 09 is the sickest! Well, until NHL 10 comes out. And Call of Duty too. I’ll play around with SKATE too. And I play Risk on my iphone all the time too.
Last words? Life is good.