Death to all but metal.
Slovakia’s Peter Molec is a rare thing in the world of skateboarding: a humble hellrider who despite having done some of the most dangerous manoeuvres this continent has witnessed, isn’t moaning about shoe deals gone south or how he got passed over for Street League. One of the most advanced switchstance skaters we have, we tracked him down to a forest in Poland for his take on America, recessions, and power chords.
Hello young man, am I right in saying you are at Woodcamp in Poland?
Yes, that’s right- we’re at Woodcamp just now. I was here last year with Volcom and got to know everyone here. Around February they mailed me to ask if I wanted to come out here again and I said yes. The Slovak web mag Boardlife is a media partner so I am officially here with them!
We haven't seen as much of you in the last few years- how come you didn't just move to Barcelona or try to crack America like everyone else?
There was a time when I was keen to try the US, but I realised quite early on that I wasn’t good enough! Everyone there is better than me. Besides, the vision of skateboarding there is way different than mine; you can skateboard anywhere you want. You don’t need to be in California… even if I do have lots of friends there. Barcelona is sick, and the best place to skate, but I lived in Prague for two years… then I found my lovely girlfriend, and moved back to Slovakia.
What is life like on the sponsorship front during a big financial crisis like this? What’s changed?
There were so many small companies back then and more people were supported. Now it’s about big corporate shit and it kills everything pure. There are still some pure, independent brands out there but it is super hard for them to survive. Sponsorship has changed as well, I guess… everyone feels it. People get fired, whole teams are being torn down.
Before, there were tours almost every two months with the same brand and now you are happy if there is one proper tour in a year. No one has budgets to travel. Skateboarding is about travelling, meeting new people and about street skating, not about big arena contests. That said, I believe there is a bright light for us in the future.
Can we talk about this part you filmed for this interview- it looks like it was all filmed at the same place...
Well, we went on a short trip through Slovakia for four days; I had all the spots in mind.
Actually, most of the spots I only knew from photos. We started in a city in the west called Nitra, then skated central Slovakia… spent one night at a cottage in the woods, skated a secret spot there! So from there we headed north-east… it was filmed in four days I guess. Oh, and there is one line in there from a Helsinki Volcom trip that Christian Vankelst filmed.
So can we expect a new full section from you anytime soon? What is coming down the line for you?
I believe so- there’s going to be a new Antiz video that I should have a full part for. We just started filming in April… last year I had a full part in a Slovakian video called ‘Elare’ (and) right now we are filming for ‘Elare 2’. I try to film all the time right now so there will be enough footage for those two.What else… in a week from now I am going on an Antiz trip to Paris and Belgium, and then in October another Antiz trip to Greece, then in November there will be small part dropping with Antiz introducing me on the official Am team. Winter I will escape to Spain… or somewhere warm!
I’ll let you get back to Woodcamp, Peter- give us a message?
Listen to heavy metal!