The Randolph-Macon student body consists of a passionate bunch and that is what makes this college so unique. However, senior Elliot Katz’s passion isn’t just a hobby as his love of skateboarding has become a large part of his life.
At 10 years old, Katz discovered his interest in skateboarding. 11 years later, he still practices the sport almost every day.
“I gained interest in skateboarding when my friend introduced me to the old Tony Hawk video games for PlayStation,” Katz said. “After playing the game for a while, I decided to pick up a board and push it around the neighborhood.”
Four months after his initial spark of interest, Katz quickly learned and adapted to properly balancing on the board. To this day, he has made skate-boarding a priority through practicing and perfecting his skills as often as possible. “My favorite part about skateboarding is the indescribable feeling [that] I get when I finally perfect a new trick that is so hard to overcome,” Katz said. In addition, Katz has enjoyed having the opportunity to travel with his teammates, who are some of his closest friends, across the country to film skating segments.
In the summer of 2013, Katz had the opportunity to work with the American Inline Skateboard Camp as a Counselor. In doing so, he had helped to teach campers various skateboard maneuvers. Currently, Convoy Skateboards, Division Wheels, and Fairfax Surfshop represent Katz. Considering how hard it is for up-and-coming skaters to receive sponsorship, this is a major accomplishment. “You have to gather all of your clips, send it to the company of your choice, and hope [that] it stands out from every-one else’s submissions,” Katz explained.
This school year, Katz plans to finish courses within his Communication Studies major. After graduation in May, he plans to reside in the Washington, D.C. area for some time before moving out to Southern California. Although he does not intend on making a career as a professional skateboarder, he hopes to obtain an advertising position within the skateboarding industry.
If you are interested in seeing him in action, he has an array of videos avail-able to view on YouTube that show off his skating abilities.
The Yellow Jacket wishes Elliot good luck on his journey and we cannot wait to see what his future has in store!
-Dory Jackson ’16, Senior Features Editor