Behind The Cover - November 2011: Harry Lintell

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Five video parts, two covers and an interview in one year? No one can deny that Harry Lintell has royally dominated 2011.

CJ sits Harry down to find out about his show-stopping 5050 in Sheffield, his highlights from the past year and plans for the coming twelve months.

Read on…

For November’s cover we went with the last trick from your section on “In Progress”. Where were you when you found out you had the cover, and was it a surprise?
Yeah it was massive surprise! I was up in London skating and filming with Kev Parrott (Volcom UK), he had a copy of the new mag at the time. I didn’t think that it would be a cover at all. I’m so stoked on it!

Where was the photo shot and was it something you had in mind for a final hammer for your part, or were you just in the area and kind of happened upon it?
The photo was shot in Sheffield at the well-skated Subway stairs. I hadn’t really thought about it that much. I had been there before and looked at it a lot but never thought of trying it, but we went to the spot to check it out and it kind of just happened. It wasn’t really planned.

Who else was there when you did it, and do you find having a crew offering out encouragement helps you get your head around something like this?
There we a good few people out that day filming for the video. Conhuir Lynn, Nick Remon, Ryan and Ben who were filming for “In Progress”, CJ shooting the photo, Tom Harrison and Manhead. I think that was everyone. Yeah it helps being out with a crew to have people to skate with, and helps you all learn new things together. They really encouraged me!

What goes through your mind when you’re getting hyped up for something like this?
I’m not sure really man. I worry that I might hurt myself a bit, ha ha, but it happens. I just try to think about the trick really and how it will feel and the feeling of rolling away. Try and get as hyped as possible…

With pretty much no chance at testing the water on something of this scale, did you have any problems getting the speed with the limited run up and how did you deal with the rusty state of the rail?
The run up was scary man, just because of how quick it was. You had to just get your feet on your board and pop. I just tried to get a couple of good run ups. It was half the fun trying to not to fall on to the rail or fall in the bush. Ha-ha.

In the past 12 months you’ve had the December 2010 Sidewalk cover, August 2011 Kingpin cover and now the November 2011 Sidewalk cover. You must be stoked! Was this something you dreamed of growing up in a small scene like Ashford, Kent, and did you ever think things like this would happen?
Yeah man, I’m so stoked! I couldn’t be more stoked! Travelling and just skating along the way is something I have always wanted to do ever since seeing spots all around the world, in videos and magazines. But I never thought I would be here man. Ever.

The past year or two have been a whirlwind for you with endless tours, filming missions, magazine coverage and events all over the UK, Europe and even the States. What are you plans for 2012 and is there anyone you think we need to keep an eye out for?
My plans are just travel as much as I can and try maybe stay out in the States for a bit again and just to try and keep skating for as long as I can. Yeah, there’s loads of people to look out for but I would say to look out for Denis Lynn!

Harry and the Converse UK crew charge their way around the country during this years Big Push:

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