Arguably one of the most progressive bladers of all time explains why he is so excited about his section in the forthcoming Lonnie Gallegos video F33t.
Chris Farmer first gained global recognition via his breakthrough section in VG 19: East Coast VG Vol. II in 2001 before stunning the world with his exceptional double appearance in the Mindgame video Words. Since that time he has gone on to provide two more pioneering Mindgame performances, in addition to numerous show-stopping sections for legendary releases from Brandon Negrete, Adam Johnson and Lonnie Gallegos. Farmer has once again teamed up with Gallegos, who he previously collaborated with on Feet, to work on the third instalment in the now infamous series.
Regardless of Farmer’s well-documented and criticised style transformation over the years, or his fluctuating popularity within a world full of adolescents poised behind their keyboards like starving hyenas, one thing that has always remained constant is his unwavering dedication to progression. Whether it’s unfathomable spin-to-grind combinations, fantastically clever switch-ups, every trick imaginable natural and switch, or simply skating obstacles that no-one else physically can, Farmer has been at the forefront of professional rollerblading for over 13 years and his latest section looks set to strengthen his legacy.
The following interview took place the week before Farmer flew to Europe for Summerclash and the subsequent shin injury that took place. It’s a good thing that he has already finished gathering footage because that gash looked nasty! We were eager to speak to him about the current situation with Xsjado since the departure of Jeff Stockwell and Sean Kelso, and his feelings regarding Kelso’s controversial comments in the recent Mushroom Blading podcast. However, he simply wished to focus on his part in F33t. It seems like we will have to prise that information out of him at a later date. Until then, find out more about Minnesota’s second best export – after Prince, of course.
Wheel Scene: How is filming going for F33t so far?
Chris Farmer: Everything’s been very enjoyable so far. We are pretty much at the crunch time period as we are about to wrap up filming very soon. I can’t express how refreshing this experience has been; I don’t want it to end! Haha!
What is it about filming for F33t that you found so refreshing? How was it different from filming for other videos?
The vibe was something I haven’t felt in quite some time. Those involved are all on the same page, which made every session we’ve gone out on equally fun and productive. There were never feelings of anything being forced, whether it was getting the sessions together or filming the tricks themselves, everything came together very naturally. A lot of this comes down to Lonnie’s passion and drive, which is something I’ve always appreciated while filming with him.
How did you and Lonnie meet?
I’m pretty sure we met at the 2001 ASA Finals in Texas, but then the first time we really got to blade/hang out was in the spring of 2002, when RB had flown the whole team out to Southern California. I’m sure we saw each other sporadically the next year or so at contests and events, but we really became good friends when I moved to Texas in 2004. Eventually we both had moved to Dallas, and that’s where we initially started filming for the first instalment of Feet.
Have you finished your section or are you still getting clips?
I’m basically finished at the moment, I just need to tie up a few loose ends and hopefully get a few more bangers over the next few sessions. I’ll be heading out of town come mid-June, so essentially that’s my cut off.
Have there been any setbacks or injuries or has everything been going well so far?
I acquired a bone contusion in my left knee while in the Netherlands in February, which had some lingering effects on my blading up my arrival back to the US. Until it was fully healed, I had to be very particular with the tricks I chose, since certain movements would inflict a sharp pain, which wasn’t easiest to deal with. (Laughs) About a month ago, I tweaked my left knee and ankle while re-filming this 105 stair kink rail going into the subway in downtown LA. I basically lost my balance just before the last down and had no choice but to gap to the landing, which didn’t quite work out that well… Everything is all good now. I just needed to take a couple weeks off the blades to heal up.
Whose section are you most looking forward to seeing?
To be honest, I can’t necessarily pick one in particular. We’ve all sat down a few times and watched all the footage and everyone’s part brings sometime to the table. You get a bit of everything with this video; very diverse and well-rounded.
What are your plans after you leave LA?
After I wrap up filming for my part, I’ll be heading out to Berlin for the Summerclash, which will be my first. After the Clash, I’ll be heading to Copenhagen to blade some street leading up to the Roskilde Festival, another first, and I get to see The Rolling Stones!!! It’s going to be a wild ride, but definitely ready for whatever comes our way! After the Euro extravaganza, I’ll be flying back to Minnesota to be a groomsman at Jeff Howard’s wedding and then back to California for the F33t premiere.
Photos: Megan Peterson and Lonnie Gallegos
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