Text: Martin van Drunen Photos: Dominic Swagemakers
Im Martin van Drunen from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Ive been skating for a long time, towards the twelve years already I think and lately I get supported by the conference USD, which is a great honor to me.
What have you been up to lately?
Well, school is kind of the main thing thats up right now. Just got my BSc degree and started a master Strategic Product Design, that consumes lots of time. Luckily the weather is getting better and the days getting longer again so I can skate more again. Im just trying to hit new spots everytime, with new tricks just stay motivated.
What is your current setup and why?
At the moment I have some USD ufs Billy Oneills for a couple of months, and they are good! The CO under it broke couple of times though, so I skate kizer slimlines flat setup with Undercover Lomax wheels. The setup is fast and smooth, I really like and enjoy them
What type of clothing do you usually wear?
Well, just regular type of jeans. Levis are basically the best. I just hate how skating street keeps eating my pants. Also Zara clothing is quite fine, its just cheap and good fitting. While skating Ill usually rock some USD shirts or some Rollerdam shirt, just to represent you know!
Topacid, right before slamming on his head
This is hard, I have top ten tracks for different moods :P. But well to show some tracks Im enjoying lately:
–Joy Denalane Let Go
–Jay Z Hate (ft. Kanye West)
–Alicia Keys The Sea
–Raekwon Staten (Go hard)
–Corinne Bailey Rae Id do it all again
–Young Money Gooder
–Lil Wayne Wasted
–Jiggy Djé DOENIEJIGGY
–The Opposites Honey
–Winne Wij zijn 1
Who and/or what gets you juiced?
Good weather, friends, good rolling edits and definitely a hyphy song. Its also that I must be in a good mood and physical condition. If not I dont feel like going all in with tricks, then Id just like to skate miniramp and play around. New skatespots also gets me really motivated, I often immediately get a trick in my head that would fit the spot, sometimes tricks Im not so good at. So that its the right moment to master that trick!
Royale to roll to alleyoop negative mistrial
Do you do anything special before a session to get into the right mood?
Watch some feel good roller edits/movie, stretch a little and just enjoy the session!
Top 5 videos you watch:
–Rollerdam Vol. 2 (good memories of NYC and all that)