Meet The CCS Ams | Shawn Turner
Sep 17, 2013 2:06 PM CDT

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. Next up is Mount Prospect, Illinois native, Shawn Turner. Check out his stats and interview below and get familiar with this mid-western powerhouse.

Photos: Marfa Capodanno & Trevor Vaughan

Name: Shawn Turner

Age: 23

Hometown: Mount Prospect, Illinois 

AM Project Sponsors: Plan B, Lakai, LRG Clothing, Venture Trucks, Ricta Wheels

How long have you been skateboarding and how did you get into it?

I've been skating since I was about ten years old. The town I was living in at the time built a skate park the same year I got my first board, and it happened to be three blocks from my parents house. I ended up going there every single day for the longest time and the older local dudes took me under their wing. What got me super into it was when a friend gave me Shorty's, Fulfill the Dream. That video blew my mind and I basically haven't stopped thinking about skating since then. 

Tell us about your hometown? What's your local scene like?

I grew up in this little town called Genoa, Illinois. It has like 5000 people or something. It's a little corn town. Skating in there was tight for a while, then all the homies sort of just stopped when I was in Highschool, so I found myself linking up with people in towns near me and skated with them and sort of just branched out. 

Who are you favorite pros/ams? What pros inspire you? Why?

My favorite Ams right now are Emmet Duffy, Mike Davis, Corey Glick, Jason (SLAYER) Siebert, Julian Izaguirre, and Clint Walker. Those dudes are killing it at the moment. And my favorite pros include Patrick Melcher, Koston, Mike Carrol, Marc Johnson, Guy Mariano, and Chaz Ortiz. Melch has been a good friend of mine for a few years and helped me out in multiple ways. The people I listed above are my favorites because they inspire me to skate and have made skateboarding amazing in my eyes. 

How did you find out about the CCS Am Project Video Contest?

I entered the first AM project contest when it was around, and I actually cant recall where I heard about it. Probably on Facebook to be honest. I met Marty at Tampa AM last year and he mentioned that there would be another one coming up and that I should enter again. I made it to the finals last year as well, but didn't end up making the cut. 

Did you think you had a shot at winning win you entered or we're you

clueless about the competition?

I didn't really go into this contest thinking that at all. I just had decided to submit what I had, and to just see what happened with it. After watching some of the dudes that were in the contest, it was an eye opener for sure. There are some amazing guys that entered. 

What are you most looking forward to as a CCS Am Project rider?

I think that everything CCS is doing for us is an amazing opportunity. From the sponsors, to traveling and coverage, and meeting the other AM Project dudes. I look forward to meeting everyone and skating with them. There will be some good times to be had, I'm sure of that. 

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?

I finished filming for a video part for True Skateboard Mag called Truth Hurts in May. When I saw that the AM Project was happening again, I didn't really have that much spare footage on hand, so I basically took everything I had in my part and threw in some other random clips. I ended up just using that as my entry for the contest. 

What are your long term goals with skateboarding? Do you hope to have a

career as a pro someday?

I just want to skate and travel as much as possible and meet as many people as I can. Turning pro would be an amazing thing to achieve, and if it happens, it happens, if not, I still will be skating regardless of that. When I started, I had no idea that it would take me this far. I am just hyped to be skateboarding period. 


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