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CAINE GAYLE
KEEP IT MOVIN'
interview by AnimalChan
photos by AnimalChan
In this ever evolving progressive world, staying on top of your game is hard work. Don't you remember when the Fu-Shnickens were the hot shit? Progression and a willingness to accept change is crucial for longevity. The same is true for skating. There's a very good reason why people don't do handplants on flatground and method airs off of launch ramps anymore. Caine Gayle has been rockin' it steady ever since the days of H-Street. He's seen and lived through all the trends, bad and good. He's even reached platinum skate status with appearences on ESPN's X-Games. Caine rides for All City skateboards, Axion shoes, Droors clothing, and Nixon watches. the setting: me, Joey Suriel, and Caine Gayle in New York


KRONICK:
Alright CAINE. First off, let me ask how you feel you fit into the City Stars team.
CAINE:
Yeah, I think me and Danny (Garcia) are the only guys to have gotten on since they've started. Everyone got on at once, it's not like they went through riders. Like the whole team, it was Joey, Fabian, Eric, Lee, Javier, Billy. It's like they started with the whole team at once. And just last year, me and Danny got on.
KRONICK:
So what guy are you in the group?
CAINE:
The short little white dude? I don't know.
KRONICK:
Not only are you riding for City Stars now, but also Axion. Before you were on the infamous DC team...
CAINE:
Hehehehehe (while giving me a sideways chukkle). Naw, go ahead.
KRONICK:
Alright. Explain the shoe sponsor switch. Who? What? Where?
CAINE:
Hehehehehe
KRONICK:
What? Has no one asked you this yet?
CAINE:
Nope.
KRONICK:
Cool. KRONICK is gettin the skinny!
CAINE:
Well... I don't know. I guess when it came time to give someone else a shoe it came down between me and Josh (Kalis). They choose him over me. (a long pause) Point blank, done. I mean, if they would have choose me then Josh would've rode for someone else. At least that's what I think. So they choose him and I quit.
KRONICK:
What? You just found out one day?
CAINE:
Naw. Ken (Block) and (Kelly) Bird (two bigwigs at DC) took me to dinner one night. They said they appreciated what I did and still wanted me around, but it was gonna be a long time before I got a shoe. It's like everything I ever worked for and wanted, and I just got let down. So I figured I'd just take what I had and go somewhere else.
KRONICK:
Damn, you just gave it up. Don't mean to put you on interview blast, it's my job.
CAINE:
That's basically it. I called Reem up and here I am. Actually, the next morning I called him. That night I was just fuckin' pissed. It irritated me so the next day I just went in there (DC) and thoose guys were gone. Bird was somewhere and Ken was in a sales meeting or something. No one was there so I just called them up on the cell phone and told them that I was thankfull for everything but sorry, I can't stay anymore. I quit.
KRONICK:
(The room is hushed for a hot sec) That was a heavy second question. (pointing at CAINE's shirt) What's the deal with the Red Dragons?
CAINE:
Hahaha! Red Dragons was just Colin (McKay) and Moses (Itkonen) fuckin' being hell raisers when they were younger. That was the little clique they had. Sluggo and Sam Devlin and all those Vancouver heads. It eventually turned into a skateshop.
KRONICK:
You've been on alot of board companies.
CAINE:
It's just that any company I was ever on went out of business. Hehehe, pretty much.
KRONICK:
Go in chronological order.
CAINE:
Well I got flowed boards from H-Street when I was super young. I was like never on, just got flow from this guy. That guy went on to start a new company called 777. It was me, Dave Duren, Ricky Oyola, Bear Hughes, Andy Stone, a couple other heads, Ben Liversedge was on too. Then I came out to Cali a couple times and met (Kris) Markovich. He started a company called Color that I rode for. That died out and turned into Prime. It was basically the same guys from Color; me, Markovich, (Mike) Santarossa. Then Santarossa got kicked off, and Markovich quit with (Chris) Lambert. It was just me, (Jason) Maxwell, and (Mike) Crum. That was going nowhere. Stuck a fork in that one. (Hehehehe) Then I rode for Plan B, and they eventually went out of business.
JOEY (Suriel):
Damn, you just basically killed all the companies
KRONICK:
Yeah, you're like the Black Cat of skate companies.
CAINE:
I'm a fuckin' jinx. When I get on, you're done.
JOEY:
Hahahahaha. When you get on you just stick a fork in the company.
CAINE:
After Plan B I got on City Stars. And here I am.
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