Jesus Fernandez


The "little Spaniard that could" might be one lighthearted way to describe the career of Jesus Fernandez. Skating the streets of Spain and greater Europe, he used the motivation he gained from watching mid-90s videos to put his own twist on what he saw. In another sign of the greater brotherhood of skating, those influencers who had helped shape his skating eventually helped him to become a part of the companies they created. Outgrowing his hometown of Madrid, he moved to Barcelona and thrived in the skate playground that he found there. With a great scene and a variety of pros coming and going, he decided that he should take the skills he's honed and see what a stint in LA could do for him. Months of LA life and getting the attention of the Chocolate family helped keep him in the minds of the friends he'd made, even after he had to go back to Spain. Between his seemingly magical ledge skills and the desire to film on a regular basis, it was eventually an obvious decision to add him to the Lakai and Chocolate teams. He comes from a similar school that a lot of the skaters from the Lakai family are a part of, skating ledges and innovating things along the way. While intense looking and able to quote from Scarface at will, he's fun to have at the session and always one to keep things positive.



What is your full name, your age, and where do you come from?
Jesus Fernandez Lopez, 39,  Madrid (Spain)

How long have you been skating?
I started when I was 11 so 28 years

Which skaters inspired you the most growing up, and which inspire you today?
Guy Mariano, Rick Howard, Chico Brenes, Eric Koston, Mark Gonzales, Gabriel Rodriguez, Paulo Diaz, My Brother Alfonso, Jason Dill, Jovontae Turner, Mike Carroll, Rudy Johnson, Gino (Ianucci), Tim and Henry, Lenny Kirk, JB Gillet and many others, all the Girl and Chocolate family always inspired me, Kenny Anderson, and many others.  All these guys had style, for me that´s all that matters.
Today? Vincent Alvarez, Elijah Berle, Stevie Perez, Cory Kennedy, Raven Tershy, all the others from when I was growing up still inspire me today.  It doesn’t matter if they skate now days or not, they are still in my mind.  There are many others too I probably forgot some of the best ones.

What does your perfect day look like?
That will be when I take my son Billy to school in the morning. I’ll go skate for 4 hours and learn a new trick or have a good day of skating with homies, maybe even get it on footage and then go back to the crib and eat a nice dinner with my wife and son, after that we can call it a day.  That will be a nice day.

What are you bumping on the jambox at a good session?
I listen to music but not when I’m skating.  But I don’t have any specific type of music for skating I guess it depends on the moment.

How do you feel about Instagram/social media and skateboarding?
At the beginning of Instagram I was liking it you know, I thought it was fun to see what your friends are doing on the other side of the world, but now I’m not sure that I like it so much any more. It makes me feel a little strange sometimes, because of that kind of pressure there is to put a lot of stuff up and have followers and so on. Regarding skateboarding I guess I’m more old school. I grew up working hard to film some dope tricks to put in videos, and that’s still how I like it. I don’t just want to put a bunch of stuff out just because. I still love working on bigger projects, like the Lakai video we are filming for now, not just putting fast things on Instagram. I still understand that for the companies and for marketing it’s a good platform, but there should still be a place in skateboarding for keeping the good stuff for other things.

What is a bad habit you need to kick?
Biting my nails

Favorite place skateboarding has taken you, and place you want to travel to the most?
Japan maybe.  I just want to go back to skate New York or SF

How did you get your spot on Lakai?
I was already on the flow team since day one but I got on after the Yeah Right! video

Who is your favorite Lakai rider, past or present?
Vincent (Alvarez)

What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t skating for a living?
I have no idea man for real, maybe just working in something boring.

Favorite thing about riding for Lakai?
Favorite thing about riding for Lakai is that you really know who you are skating for.  It is skater owned, everybody is friends and you really feel like a part of a family.

Any last words?
Enjoy Skateboarding