James Hardy has been skating for over a decade. He is a part of Eswic, a new skate apparel company created by Jimmy Arrighi! James was kind enough to let us pick his brain a little bit. He is a very down to earth guy that loves what he does. James and the Eswic Team are on their first road trip which just so happened to be in Las Vegas. Sweet location and I’m sure some awesome footage/photo’s will come of it! Make sure to follow James Hardy on Twitter as well as Eswic for upcoming events, trips, and further shenanigans!
F: Tell us a little bit about yourself
James: I’m 23 years old and I grew up in Huntsville, AL. I picked up skating when I was 12 because I saw some kid doing it while I was playing baseball. On the outside looking in, it seemed as if he never had to answer to coaches, rules, or restrictions. He had all the freedom in the world and I wanted it. That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to ever since.
F: How did you get connected with Eswic?
James: I got connected with Eswic because the dude who started it used to be my team manager when I rode for RVCA clothing. He quit and told me he was going to start something new and I was down without a question because we’re such good friends. And he’s pretty much the only reason I rode for RVCA in the first place.
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Eswic team intro video montage from ESWIC on Vimeo.
F: What is your favorite product from Poler?
James: My favorite is the nap sack that they make. It’s a sleeping bag that you can wear like a hoodie. It’s quite universal. I love it.
F: Who was your biggest influence growing up?
James: My mom is and has been the biggest influence on me. She has been through a lot and has always made the most of situations. Subconsciously, everything I do is just to try and make her happy and proud.
F: What motivates you?
James: The fact that I get paid to basically do nothing motivates me. Skateboarding as a job is a joke. We don’t save lives, or help the down and out, or solve world hunger. we don’t do anything worth bragging about. But somehow it works, and I don’t want to blow it.
Big thanks to James and the entire Eswic team for bringing awesome apparel and skating to viewers across the globe!! Cheers!
(photo and video provided by Eswic)