1.hi Carter tell something about you..how old you are,how old you skate..where are you from?
My name is Carter Blitch and I am 44 years old (I will be 45 this November 10).
I grew up on the East Coast of the U.S. was born and raised in Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, but spent a lot of my childhood in Richmond, VA and in New York City (Manhattan), New York. I am married with 2 kids – my son Taylor is 19 and a Private in the U.S. Army and my daughter Ava is 4 – she is in pre-Kindergarten. Both my kids have great tastes in music and both love skateboarding as well!! I grew up skating a LOT of street, mini and vert ramps and lots of ditches, banks, loading docks, school yards, parking garages, curbs, etc. We didn’t have the treasure trove of backyard pools like they did out West in Arizona and California so finding an empty SKATEABLE pool was extremely rare. We also didn’t have the kinds of skate parks on the East Coast like they had in California but there was a relic from the 1970s in Annandale, Virginia (30 minutes from home) that I skated once or twice. In addition, there was Ocean Bowl in Ocean City, MD I went to once and Kona Skate Park in Jacksonville, Florida but I didn’t get the chance to skate that until around 1994. My Grandparents lived close to Virginia Beach, Virginia so I did get the opportunity to skate Mt. Trashmore – they had a super fun set of asphalt snake runs that ran down hill as well as the big vert ramp that was host to several NSA contests back in the day, and a smaller, 8 foot “mini” ramp positioned right behind the main half pipe that I rode quite a bit. The legendary Cedar Crest Country Club ramp was not far from where I grew up, so I did get to ride that 12 foot metal surfaced masterpiece quite a bit. It was the first Vert ramp I ever dropped in on and the first Vert ramp I ever scratched a grind on. Cedar Crest was an amazing place! I would never claim “local” status there, but the older dudes were cool enough to let this teen-aged skate rat take a few runs in between their heated sessions and that meant the world to me. Not only did I witness AMAZING skateboarding there – locals like Rob Mertz, Micro, Dave Tobin, Bruce Adams, the Lapper Mag crew were as good as anyone in the mags. I also got to see visiting pros like Alan Losi, Fred Smith, Blaize Blouin, Christian Hosoi, John Gibson, Craig Johnson, Todd Prince and a mess of others that just completely ripped that place apart! Cedar Crest also threw EPIC shows/parties – I saw HR, Government Issue and GWAR play at the ramp too. That place was super special and I have nothing but amazing memories of “the Crest”!
2. Tell something about your begins in skateboarding.
I got my first skateboard in around 1977 when I was 4 or 5 years old. It was a molded plastic/nylon FreeFormer with double kick, urethane wheels and open ball bearings that I remember falling out all over the street when I would go fast down a hill. I had a few other boards, my first “good” board was a 27 inch Hobie fiberglass board with Makaha trucks and (if memory serves) Hobie wheels. When I really started getting “serious” about skateboarding I didn’t have a good board of my own (the Hobie was worn out completely over the years), but I remember borrowing my neighbor’s G&S Doug Saladino “Pine Design” model that had Tracker Trucks (full tracks maybe?) but I couldn’t tell you what kind of wheels were on that thing. I do remember LOVING that board but couldn’t convince my neighbor to sell it. At some point, maybe around 1983 or ’84 I saw a “wide” board for the first time - my buddy L.J. had a Powell Peralta Ray “Bones” Rodriguez “Skull and Sword” model with Independent Trucks (169s!) and red Kryptonics wheels. Riding that board totally changed my perspective on skateboarding and I was sold. I finally got a second hand Powell Peralta Steve Caballero “mini” with Indy’s and Sims B52 wheels and ended up selling that to a friend around my 11th birthday. When I turned 12 in 1984 I finally purchased my first brand new board – a Powell Peralta Steve Steadham (I loved that it had a “stinger” shape and wasn’t your average 10” x 30” pig shape) with Independent 159s and white Powell Rat Bones (90a) wheels. The Bones Brigade Video Show had recently been released and that was the “spark” that lit the fire for me and my crew of 5 or 6 buddies. For that same birthday, my friend gave me a subscription to Thrasher Magazine and the issue he gave me was the November 1984 issue with Mark Gonzales blasting a Bean Plant off a jump ramp riding an Alva deck during the Capitola Streetstyle Classic contest. What’s interesting to note about this particular issue is that it contained JFA Tour Diaries!! If you could have told me then that I would be playing drums for them less than 20 years later, I would have said you were crazy!!! Thrasher Magazine changed my life and opened my eyes to all the rad things one could do on a skateboard, but also exposed me to some of the best music EVER!!!
3.your Biggest inspiration in skateboarding and life? Your best skateboarders etc.
As a teenaged skate rat from Virginia, Thrasher Magazine was probably the biggest inspiration for me! Me and my friends treated that magazine as “the Bible” and worshipped its contents monthly. Since there weren’t many videos out back then, we had to do our best to figure out how tricks were done based solely on the photos or study the “trick tips”! When the Bones Brigade, Santa Cruz and NSA contest videos came out, we were STOKED!! We could finally see our heroes shredding on screen and we studied their moves religiously!
As far as my favorite skateboarders go, I would have to list (in no particular order) the following as my top 10:
I’m sure I’m leaving a ton out, but those are the dudes that really made an impression on me – not just because of their ability to pull off and invent new tricks, but they all had STYLE – they made skateboarding look so fun and their style was just as rad as the tricks they pulled!!
4.you're drummer in JFA , sick! write something about this passion.and you can write your best bands
I am so stoked to be playing drums in JFA. I also play guitar and bass and have been in a ton of bands, some good, most bad, but none really went anywhere. While Brian was serving our country in Afghanistan, I played in Love Canal and had the opportunity to put out a 7 inch and a full length on Hostage Records. That was a good time, but playing in JFA has allowed me to play music across the U.S. and England, record several records and ride my skateboard with some of my childhood heroes!! Along with skateboarding, music is my other passion and I am serious when I say both skateboarding and music changed my life for the best. I don’t know what I would be without both.
I listen to all kinds of music – Punk/Hardcore/Oi!, Metal, Classic Rock, Go Go, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop (mostly GOOD 80s and early 90s stuff – not the new crap that is solely focused on money, bling and bitches. Most new “hip hop” is whack if you ask me), Outlaw Country, Jazz, etc. Basically, if it sounds good, the musicians are good and the beat is solid, I dig it. As far as my favorite punk/hardcore bands go I would list the following as my favorites/those that inspire me the most musically:
RKL (Rich Kids on LSD)
Booze & Glory
Some band called JFA was a favorite of mine as a kid for sure… ha ha!
Dude, there are way too many bands to list. I can’t NOT mention the Broken Bones Gentleman’s Club and Rash Decision. We got to play with them during our UK Tour last summer in Bristol, UK and they RIP!! We were lucky enough to put out a 3 Way Split 7” with those guys. I can’t say enough good things about those two bands – check them out NOW!!
5.your best skate spots you ever skate...and spots you skating now.
As a kid, some of the best places I skated were definitely Mt Trashmore and Cedar Crest! We built some good “clandestine” ramps with “borrowed” wood in the forest in my town as well. The “Toll Bowl” was an epic ditch off the freeway in Virginia right outside D.C. Nowadays, I have to say I have had the chance to skate some AMAZING back yard pools all around Southern California (Blue Havens and Anthony’s are my favorites for sure!), not to mention some epic backyard bowls some friends have built in their backyards! Indian School ditch in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a spot I have skated several times – that needs to be on every skater’s “Bucket List”. I’ve also skated Mt. Baldy Pipeline – that place is also one that all skaters should hit before they die. We are definitely spoiled in Southern California – there are so many amazing spots here. While on tour with JFA, we always make a point to meet up with the local crews and have had the privilege to skate some amazing spots in different towns across the country! Let’s not forget the rad parks we have out here – I spend a lot of time at the Etnies Skate Park in Lake Forest, CA, the park in Laguna Niguel, CA and the new Vans park in Huntington Beach is killer too. I need to make it up to that one more!!!
6.your favourite tricks ??
Nothing beats a good double truck carve grind in a backyard pool or a big, deep bowl with pool coping. There is something about the “zip” of the tiles and that crunching sound your trucks make upon contact with pool coping!! On smaller transition/mini ramps, I love doing lip slides, sweepers, bean plants, smith grinds, and all kinds of lip tricks. My favorite trick on mini ramps is probably a frontside nose grind to lip slide. I also LOVE No Complies – straight on, 180s, to tail (to tail slide on curbs), down ledges, etc. And of course, curb slappies are up there at the top of the list as far as fun tricks go!!
7. Last words..greeting etc
Thank you Rob for adding me to the RATZ TEAM!! I am so stoked and super humbled to be a part of such a rad crew of international rippers!! Thanks to my family. Big thanks are due to Brian and Don for giving me the chance to back them up on Drums in JFA for the past 14 years or so! Most of all, I want to thank my SKATEBOARD!! Were it not for my skateboard, none of this would have ever been possible. I have let my skateboard down plenty of times, but my skateboard has NEVER let me down. As I mentioned before, skateboarding and music (especially punk rock) saved my life. Keep on grinding!