The 2013 CCS AM Project team has been named and to help introduce each of the twelve Ams this year we'll be featuring each teamrider in a short interview series entitled, Meet The Ams. First up is Pico Rivera, California native, Anthony Vega. Check out his stats and interview below and get familiar.
Name: Anthony Vega
Hometown: Pico Rivera, California
AM Project Sponsors: Element, Emerica, Independent, Bones and Volcom.
How long have you been skateboarding and how did you get into it?
I've been skating for about a good eight or nine years now. I was first introduced to skateboarding through my cousins out in HP. They had such a solid skate crew and always made skateboarding look so fun. They definitely inspired me to skate.
Tell us about your hometown. What's your local scene like?
I'm from Pico Rivera, California which is about fifteen minutes from the heart of Los Angeles. Pico is chill, though. As a skateboarder I couldn't be happier with any other location. It's surrounded by cities with tons of spots and the skate scene is pretty heavy. What's there not to love about Los Angeles!? Well, besides the traffic. [laughs]
Who are you favorite pros/ams? What pros inspire you? Why?
Bastien Salabanzi was my first favorite pro skater growing up. His speed and rawness always appealed to me. The boss man Andrew Reynolds has always been an inspiration to me without a doubt. His steez is golden! But I definitely go through phases with this kind of stuff because everyone is so good and has something different to offer. Slash has definitely been up there lately too. He's all psychedelic and into heavy ****. I love that.
How did you find out about the CCS Am Project Video Contest?
I found out about it through my buddy Potato. He was one of the finalists on last years Am Project so he hyped me up to do it this year. Thanks bud!
Did you think you had a shot at winning win you entered or we're you clueless about the competition?
When I first entered the competition I was pretty clueless, but once I got announced as one of the eighteen finalist I felt like maybe I do have a shot at winning this. I wasn't expecting to win and when the news came that I was picked as one of the twelve—man I was psyched!
What are you most looking forward to as a CCS Am Project rider?
I'm excited to see where this is going to go and the opportunity that will come along. I'm pretty grateful for the support and I know it will help me pursue what I really love to do and that's skate. I'd say I'm pretty damn stoked that I'll be enjoying this with my buddy Koki Kasai who also made it this year. I'm really looking forward to meeting all the other dudes as well. They rip and I'm sure we’re about to have some heavy sessions!
Describe the filming process for your entree. How long did it take to film? Did you do it just for CCS or had you been holding clips for an opportunity similar to this?
The clips that I submitted for the CCS Am Project were all from a previous skate video called Flop that me and the homies had been working on in 2012. Since I never really did anything with this footy I figured I'd try and get it out there. The CCS contest just happened to fall right into place. It definitely doesn't stop there though, we've been steadily filming for our next project. Stay on the lookout for TheLivinVideo.
What are your long term goals with skateboarding? Do you hope to have a career as a pro someday?
As of right now I just plan to keep doing what I do. I'm trying to be as productive as possible on my board and just have a good time with all my homies. Of course there are hopes of one day making a career as a pro skateboarder, but it's not something I'm killing myself over everyday. I've got a long way to go. I'm still in training at the moment. [laughs]