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Chris Pullar

Name: Chris Pullar

Born: 1981

Lives: Raised in Richmond, now living in Caulfield

Preferred terrain:
Street, Skateparks with lots of ledges, banks and rails. I've never been into bowls or mini ramps, to skate or to watch, and didn't really skate ramps with transition a whole lot, but since the opening of Rampfest a few back, and the reopening of The Shed, I've started to warm to it because I enjoy going big.

How did you get into skating?
Had a pair of rollerskates as a small boy, then when I was about 9 my best friend at the time turned up on my doorstep in some blades and I scored some of my own shortly after. When I was 14, my friend at high school, Cuong, (who now works at Bayside!), lent me his copy of the early VG film The Bottom Line which changed the way I perceived the urban landscape forever.

What's so good about rolling and what inspires you to keep going?
The level of progression in rolling has always been amazing, and it’s the opportunity to push the progression in my part of the world that keeps me skating the way I do.

Skate travels:
Went to the Katherine in the Northern Territory in 2002 with my buddy Cuong and a couple of others, to do demo's in every school, campaigning for the construction of the city's first skatepark. Our campaign was a success.

NYC and Philadelphia, American summer of 2004, ’05, ’06. Had a recurring job teaching skating to kids at a summer camp near New York, wound up in Philly with Hayden Watt, staying with some of our favourite U.S. skaters, skating spots we’d seen in many skate films and getting some tricks in dvd’s Hustlin’ For Pennies, and Choose Your Genre.

Entered in the X-Air in Wellington, New Zealand in 2007, a televised event similar to the X Games. Rad fun, met the trans-Tasman crew for the first time.

Was on the Back From The Dead Tour in 2010 which began in Melbourne for the 2010 Vic Titles and finished in Brisbane a week later with Velvet Couch Clothing's annual Right 2 Roll real street contest.

Hit Napier in New Zealand in 2012 with some Melbourne and Hobart homies for some park and street skating with the finest in NZ. Check the edit, in 4 parts, here… https://vimeo.com/47591327  …here… https://vimeo.com/48425330 …and here… https://vimeo.com/48783793

Did a 10-day European skate trip in 2013 with two friends from France, which included street skating in Barcelona, Spain, attending the Pro Bowl Contest at the world famous Marseille bowl in France, and some park skating in the south of Switzerland.

In 2014 I went on another European blading adventure, this time for 5 weeks with 5 other people in a camper van across 6 countries. Entitled the Joint Tour (not a smoking reference), we attended 4 major contests, travelled 8,000 kilometres and made an hour long video of the whole thing, available to download for $1, here… https://sellfy.com/p/0F9u/

How did you become involved with Bayside Blades?
I used to work at a small skate store in Albert Park and met Neil and Andrea when they first opened their shop in Hampton. Over the years I have kept in touch, helping out with clinics from time to time, and in late 2008 they offered me a place on their Team.

Skate setup: Razors Skates with a “Flat” set up (8 wheels down)

Reason you ride this setup:

I don’t like to compromise my ability to roll for my ability to grind. First and foremost I love to ROLL, and with eight wheels I can turn more freely, go faster, roll smoother on rough surfaces, and absorb more impact on gaps than if I were rolling on four wheels riding anti-rocker or freestyle.

Favourite skaters:
Dustin Latimer

Other interests:
Skateboarding, snowboarding, live music, b’ball.

Musical tastes:
Punk rock, funk, jazz, indie, break beats, drum'n'bass, hip hop, reggae.

Favourite places to skate:
My local park in Prahran is a rad session on a Wednesday evening during daylight savings, and street skating in the city at night is always the best. The Melbourne Freeride skate through the docklands every Wednesday night is pretty good for this.

Comps:
3rd place Open Street, 2006 Aussie Titles @ Riverslide skatepark, Melbourne
1st place Open Street, Rolla Bash @ Prahran skatepark, 2006
Best Trick, Shepparton Skate Battle 2006
Open Best Trick, Melbourne City Skate Jam real street contest, 2007
1st place, Right 2 Roll #6, Brisbane, 2008
2nd place, Right 2 Roll #8, Brisbane, 2010
3rd place, Right 2 Roll #9, Brisbane, 2011
4th place, Right 2 Roll #10, Brisbane, 2013
2nd place Old Skool Street, 2013 Vic Titles @ Rampit
2nd place Old Skool Street, 2014 Aussie Titles @ The Park

Photo Above - Fishy in Tasmania, Screen Grab from skate clip.

Photo Below - Gap over the fence - Docklands - Melbourne - by Hayden Golder