Axel Cruysberghs Interview

The unstoppable Belgian breaks his silence!
By Greg Poissonnier

For years now, Axel Cruysberghs’s name has rung out in the European skate scene, and indeed beyond. Nonetheless, Axel’s only 18 and appears to have a great future ahead of him. Often labelled as a ‘contest skater’, he also slays the streets- no offense to his critics. You could be forgiven for thinking the game has all played like a dream for him, but it seems like the stars just won’t align for him when it comes to board sponsors. We tried to find out a bit more about the mysterious Mister Cruysberghs- a man shy in the flesh, but unstoppable on a skateboard.

Axel Cruysberghs
Axel Cruysberghs © Switn

Hello Axel- so you seem to be travelling non- stop, where are you right now?
At home; I’ve been travelling a lot because I filmed a videopart with Etnies.

You’ve been travelling the world for comps and tours for many years now, what’s your situation with school, how do you manage this aspect of your life?
I stopped going to school last year. Since then, skateboarding for me has only gotten better. School was stressing me out so much; when I got home from a tour I had to do so much homework. Now I can just chill, skate- and go on as many tours as I want.

I just want to find the right one and skate for them forever!

What’s up with your board sponsors, you’ve been on Flip, Alien Workshop, and more recently on Antiz- why doesn’t it work out when you maintain long- term relationships with your other sponsors?
So… first I was on Flip, but I felt too young- and, I had to go to school so I wasn’t able to go to the States for a long time or something like that; so then I just quit. Then I didn’t have a board sponsor for a long time and then I was asked by Alien Workshop which I really liked ! But then, they had problems with their Euro team and one day they stopped getting back to me… if I asked them for boards, they would never answer. After that I started skating for Antiz, but in the end that wasn’t really what I wanted to do- even though they are really rad guys. Now, I don’t have a board sponsor… I just want to find the right one and skate for them forever!

Axel Cruysberghs, Frontside Feeble Grind
Axel Cruysberghs, Frontside Feeble Grind © Switn

Speaking of other sponsors, I know you’re about to drop a video part for Etnies, can you talk us through it a bit?
It’s going to be Albert Nyberg, Barney Page and me. Three parts in one online video. I hope people like it.

Do you follow Street League? Is it something you’d like to enter at some point?
I don’t follow it… but if they were to ask me, I would go.

Do you think they should do qualifiers around the world so everybody has a shot?
Yeah, they should- because now it’s always the same guys and it gets really boring. That’s why I don’t follow Street League.

Axel Cruysberghs, Backside Kickflip
Axel Cruysberghs, Backside Kickflip © Switn

How do you see the future of professional skateboarding ? Do you think the traditional model of video part, interviews, editorial coverage will remain the way it is, or will contests become necessary to make a career?
I hope it stays like the present model- and I think it will. It would be really sad if contests became mandatory (in order) to make a career! I guess you have to do something in between- but not too many contests.

It would be really sad if contests became mandatory to make a career!

To be honest I do wonder, ‘cause there are so many videos on the internet that almost every day a great part is released online, which obviously has less impact than when we were watching parts on DVD’s - or even on VHS, for the older dudes- over and over until the next video was released a year later, even if you didn’t really know that era well.
I feel like people are not impressed anymore! Kids really don't care about videos. You see a video and forget about it!
I watch a lot of the videos that come out and if I like it I watch it again- but to be honest most of the stuff I don't watch twice. It depends who the skater is.

Axel Cruysberghs, Frontside Rock N Roll
Axel Cruysberghs, Frontside Rock N Roll © Switn

What would be your ideal job after your career?
It’d be really nice to be a team manager- or work within a skateboard company.

Would you consider moving away from Poperinge one day?
Yeah! I hope so, but at the moment I don’t really know where I want to live.

Thanks for your time Axel, if you want to add something, the floor is yours!
Just a thank- you to all my sponsors, Mum and Dad, my brother, my sister, my grandmother, my grandfather and family… the guys at SBQ, Hans Claessens, Jelle Keppens, and all my friends.

Axel Cruysberghs - Wallie
Axel Cruysberghs – Wallie © Switn
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