Vincent Alvarez


In a day and age where there is a growing spotlight on the monetary gains from being pro, Vincent Alvarez brings a fresh and working class perspective. When he should have been studying in the library for his next class project he spent double digit hours working in a meat packing plant. Natural ability combined with a willingness to hurl himself at speed Mr. Alvarez turned heads at first sight of his push during the King of LA contest in 2007. With one foot supplying the forward momentum the other thrusts the board forward, his push is more like a small leap. He skates with a haste that can be likened to a poor unfortunate after he stumbled upon an upset badger. Maybe he skates the way he does because the memory of his previous occupation still haunts him? Only he knows but as a rookie pro he skates with a style and attitude of a seasoned vet. Picking tricks out of his bag at will, regular or switch with equal ability he's versatile and able to skate anything you put in front of him.



What is your full name, your age, and where do you come from?
Vincent Olegario Alvarez

How long have you been skating?
Almost 20 years

Which skaters inspired you the most growing up, and which inspire you today?
Growing up it was Chad Muska and Andrew Reynolds.  Now it’s Mark Gonzales and Guy Mariano

What does your perfect day look like?
As long as I’m alive everyday is perfect

What are you bumping on the jambox at a good session?
Cymande, Black Flag, Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar

How do you feel about Instagram/social media and skateboarding?
No Fuckin’ Comment

What is a bad habit you need to kick?
Hating on people who are always on their phones

Favorite place skateboarding has taken you, and place you want to travel to the most?
Being able to support myself and have fun while doing so is the best place skateboarding has ever taken me.  Would love to travel to Iceland

How did you get your spot on Lakai?
I quit DC and asked if I could get on Lakai

Who is your favorite Lakai rider, past or present?
Guy Mariano past, Tyler Pacheco present

What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t skating for a living?
Paul Rodriguez stunt double

Favorite thing about riding for Lakai?
Skating and hanging out with Rick Howard

Any last words?
Go faster, fuck FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), smile more, it won’t happen if you don’t keep trying