Phil Larin

Phil Larin
From: Vancouver B.C., Canada
Division: Am Division
Sponsored by: Finlandia Pharmacy
Age:  34
Skating:  21 years

I started skateboarding back in 1996, and since the internet was not as available or extensive as it is now, I would look for skateboard related books in my High School Library. One book featured skateboarding from the 1950s to the early 1980s and featured pros such as Stacey Peralta and Russ Howell doing freestyle tricks.

An introduction to more technical freestyle tricks came when I watched the first Rodney Mullen vs. Daewon Song video. Many of Rodney’s tricks were heavily freestyle influenced ( he invented a lot of them of course ). When I started to do more extensive searches for Freestyle online, I discovered the International Network for Flatland Freestyle Skateboarding created by Stefan Lillis Akesson with two websites that would help me tremendously. One was Dr. Skateboard’s Trick Tips run by Professor Bill Robertson himself. I created a trick tip for the Heel-Flip for Bill’s website, and for this and hearing about my good grades in my final year of high school Bill sent me my first free skateboard. Bill became one of my mentors along with Eric Ricks and Ed Templeton.

I grew up in a small town of Paris Ontario and helped to organize the construction of our towns first skatepark. Moved to Toronto in 2001 to attend the University of Toronto but always made time for skating. Great street spots, skaters everywhere, and Shred Central, an indoor park, was open downtown at the time. We would have these 3 to 5 hour epic evening sessions at Rob Poyner’s outdoor park, the skating was as hot as the muggy 35 degree heat.

After graduating from University I deiced to move out to the West Coast in 2007 with my stuff in a large backpack, my leather jacket, and my skateboard under my arm. My decision to move to Vancouver was heavily influenced by my love for skateboarding. I love Vancouver and became involved with the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition and served as their Facebook Group Administrator from 2007 – 2012.

I am a natural health consultant and have been working in the natural health field for 15 years. I skateboard to work each day, but when I am not skateboarding I love to read, I am a sponge for information. I also love art and drawing, hiking, and singing, don’t get me started.

I am really looking forward to attending my first World Round-Up and being able to skate with so many members of the international freestyle community.

RECENT CONTEST HISTORY:

2007 Hippie Mikes Tour De Surrey: Note Sure What Place
2001 Brantford Street Competition: Qualified for the Finals