Due to the rapid growth of skateboarding throughout the last decade, there has been endless amounts of content getting put out each day. This makes it very easy to overlook all the different ways hard working people have been expressing themselves using skateboarding as their platform. To actually stop and appreciate a good photo or clip before the next one comes running through your feed seems rare these days. Skateboarding has become so commodified, its sometimes hard not to be judgmental of companies, styles, and products that you don’t relate to or agree with. All the hype seems to contradict the groundedness that skateboarding was once meant to promote. For an individual to detach themselves from the pressures of the digital age and focus on embracing things that actually matter in reality is what the fuck is up. That’s why it is always refreshing to see humble and authentic dudes out there like Alexis Lacroix. Yes, Alexis Lacroix... AKA the dude who embellished the ender of pain in the last Dime video for ski jumping the double set hill to hill bomb in SF. His no-fear attitude is just one of many traits that make Alexis stand out from your typical skateboarder. We are not the first ones to notice how well he breaks barriers with his unique approach towards tricks and style. Alexis has been killing it for years and has been riding for companies such as Emerica, RVCA (Timebomb Trading), Krooked, Thunder and Spitfire (Supra Distribution). After talking to him, you can understand his flow and how it makes sense for him to be able to embrace the essential things about skateboarding that most people today have lost touch of. His free-spirited approach guides his incorporation of traveling, music, individuality, and spontaneity in life. I was stoked to be able to get a minute to ask him a few questions. We talked about his experiences traveling, what he is up to now, and all the things that lie ahead in the near future.
Are you living in Montreal now?
Traveling around the states for now, probably going back to MTL in March.
We know you are a big traveler. What was the most special trip you have taken? What made it so special?
I have only traveled through Canada, the American West Coast and a bit of Mexico. Every trip that I have taken has been special in many ways. I really enjoy being on the road with no specific plan, drifting around at the mercy of the universe. Life becomes an adventure and it has taken me places I would have never thought. Got to meet meaningful people and share experiences and knowledge with them.
Are you still playing in a band? What instruments do you play?
Oh yeah, I play harmonica in a couple groups: Jam Boulevard, Franco Gyp-ska-funk in MTL, The Classy Hobos, Street Grass in Vancouver (currently on a break), and Doom Boogie, Acid-doom-funk, formed while travelling through Slab City.
We have read about the shamanic philosophy you believe in about living your life fully by keeping death by your side, are there any other major philosophies you follow in your day to day life?
I am curious about various philosophies from different cultures, they make you see the world with another perspective, which allows to open the mind. I’m interested in the Tolteque approach, Hinduism, Taoism, and writers like Krishnamurti, Paul Coelho, Gilbran and Bernard Weber. I feel like you can travel the world, read books, listen to gurus, worship gods and take trips, but you can still find the answer at the source. I have learned more through experience and the people surrounding me than any book.
Would you say you practice Shamanism? Would you consider it a religion?
I never really practice shamanism. I would be enthusiastic to experiment with shamans in Latin America, but I’ll wait till the time is right. I like how some people become their own shaman, go on trips, open their mind, and tell everyone about it, I guess I am a little bit like that. I would not consider shamanism a religion.
Your trick selection at spots is unique, what sparks your creativity to see skateboarding differently than the common denominator?
Skateboarding is one of those things with no boundaries, and you might as well take advantage of that. There is something really special that allows me to be creative at every spot, but I won’t reveal my secret yet.
Who is your biggest influence style and trick wise?
I like skaters who are versatile and shred all terrain, like Jerry Hsu and Matt Beach. I am always amazed by guys who think out of the box, like Mark Gonzales, Joe Valdez, Gou Miyagie and Richie Jackson. I am mostly influenced by people I skate with!
What are things outside of skateboarding that influence your lifestyle? Why are these things essential to you and your life?
People that surround me, places I go, music. They are essential to my life because they’re part of it.
From traveling to places like San Fran and Vancouver, what do you think sets the Montreal skate scene apart from the rest? Do you prefer to be settled down here, or are you trying to branch out and gain recognition in other cities?
Montreal skate scene is not as "clique-y" as others; you have the small-town vibe in a big city. I like to roam around a lot and skateboarding is a good way to meet locals. I wish to travel the world wide skate community, spread good vibes and have a good time.
Do you have a philosophy about skateboarding and where the industry has been going for the last couple of years?
Skateboarding is a big movement with a lot of sub-movement. The more you go with big league arena contest, multinational companies and high end movie productions, the bigger the response will be. I really appreciate cats like gx1000, Pyramid Country, Palace, Quartersnacks, Polar, Magenta, Dime and AllTimer.
How do you feel about explosion of skateboarding through social media outlets? Do you think this is deteriorating the essence of the culture or is it rebuilding a respect for the culture?
Watching skateboarding encourages me to go and do it. I hope the socials media inspires people to skate more, and spread good vibes.
What are the main reasons why you skateboard? How heavily do you let it impact your life? Where would you be without it?
I once asked my friend, who was snowboarding and skating with me at a young age, what he preferred, and he told me skateboarding. I was influenceable at the time. Without skateboarding I would probably be mountain climbing, kayaking or wearing a flying squirrel suit.
Would you consider skateboarding an art or a sport?
I would compare skateboarding to hunting. You got to track your inner beast to find the perfectly balanced mind to master every nanosecond in the spacetime around you. All of this without thinking at all while trying to look cool.
What plans do you got going on for the New Year? Filming for anything in the near future?!
Filming for the almighty Dime Video, Ryan Garshells new project and ST-13 vol3. I want to skate, play music, maybe take some sailing classes.