Matty Schrock discusses what life is like in Oakland, California after the Shredweiser house came to an end, and reflects on a battered and bruised life on blades.
When the notorious Shredweiser crew descended upon Oakland, California and set up a house full of rollerblading reprobates, what ensued was countless tales of debauchery, numerous adrenaline packed online edits and a tour video that is currently making the rounds all over the world. At the centre of the action was Matty Schrock, a Florida native that moved to the west coast in search of fresh blading terrain and good times. Schrock has become just as infamous for his horrendous bails as he has for the impressive stunts he pulls off. He put in one hell of a performance in the Shredweiser Americana Tour video, lacing rail to rail transfers and numerous other jaw-dropping feats, but those who remember the days of Rejects magazine still vividly recall the horrifying moment when he tried to soul a rail running down the side of a stadium and caught the rail at the bottom, which caused him to do an involuntary six-foot front flip drop onto his lower back. How he managed to avoid paralysing himself in that moment of appalling luck is both a mystery and a blessing. Since then, Schrock’s passion for the burlier aspect of blading has resulted in various broken bones that now serve as badges of honour that he carries around with him everywhere he goes.
Earlier this year, the Shredweiser house disbanded and it seemed like the end of an era, with John Bolino settling in Los Angeles, Billy O’Neill moving back to New York and Chris Dafick deciding to venture to Barcelona after falling in love with the city when visiting Marc Moreno there. However, Matty Schrock decided to remain in Oakland and fly the flag for his band of brothers determined to turn down the suck. Earlier this year he released a Watchlist 13 edit for Ground Control and he is currently in the process of filming an edit for SSM. Apparently there is also a video by Erick Garcia in the works, so while we wait for those to materialise we decided to check in Schrock to gain a further insight into his time spent in the Shredweiser house and his plans for the future.
Wheel Scene: What is life like in Oakland now that the Shredweiser house no longer exists and everyone has gone their separate ways?
Matty Schrock: It’s a different place, for sure, since the Shredweiser isn’t kicking anymore. For a while there was a house full of people with the same motives – to search and destroy the streets of the Oakland/Bay Area. The feeling that the casa had was full rip all the way. Living in Smokeland isn’t the same without the crew.
What were some of your favourite experiences from that time?
(Laughs) There are too many. Living with 12 or more people at a time, there are so many things that happen it’s hard to think of one. Things never stopped happening.
You’re gonna have to be more specific than that!
I can’t think of a story that doesn’t make someone, or all us, look like assholes during the Shredweiser house days. Everybody was drunk, stoned, tripping or shredding all the time.
What about when Leon Humphries stayed?
When Leon was in town last, the whole time was destruction. Leon’s attitude towards blading is awesome. The dude is full rip all the time. We tried to go around the whole Bay Area when he was in town last. I think it went good. He was able to make a ten-minute SSM edit from the trip.
Can you explain who the girl twerking in her underwear in the Shredweiser video was?
The girl in the Shredweiser Americana Tour, the girl twerking is one of the most famous pornstars from the Bay Area. Her name is Juicy – check her out. One of the best asses in the business in her day.
What are you doing for work at the moment?
Currently, I’m working at Bernal Heights – it’s a medical marihuana collective. My job is to help patients with their needs.
You work at Bernal Heights, too?! How many bladers do they employ?!
Yeah, I work at Bernal Height. At a point there were seven to eight rollerbladers that worked at Bernal. John Bolino and Billy O’Neill both worked up there. They actually got me my job at Bernal. Thanks again, brothers.
You recently released a Watchlist 13 edit for Ground Control, but who else are you skating for at the moment?
I’m riding for Ground Control, SSM, Shredweiser, King Crow Bearings and Jah.
You are known for taking some pretty nasty bails, dusting yourself off and trying again. What have been some of the worst in recent years?
(Laughs) Yeah, I fall a lot. I’ve had some good ones. The front flip off the stadium rail in the opener for Rejects 5 still makes me laugh. No pain, no game. In past few years I have had some serious injuries. I’ve had a plate and seven screws put in my ankle/leg and removed, broke my scaphoid, which I had in a cast for close to five months. Then just the usual injuries that everybody gets.
Are you filming for any projects at the moment?
At the moment I’m working on an edit for SSM and clips for the montages. I’ve been trying to help out with Filth Juice JSF, a project that ESG and Peter D have started out of the Bay Area. And most of all, shredding.
How was SSM Week at Woodward West this year?
This year was awesome. I got to shred Woodward with two people that I never got to shred there with. I got to meet Lewis Bowden this year. Besides shredding, I got to exterminate eight bats for Miguel’s house, saw a deer taking a shit, watched Lewis feed Randy the raccoon a full bag of M&M’s, 3 Elk, a baby rattle snake at the Mega Ramp, and two nine-year-olds and a eight-year-old girl drop in from the Mega Ramp bank ramp and ride the 27ft quarter pipe.
Where would you like to visit outside of the USA?
With never having left the USA before, I am interested in going everywhere. I would really like to see the rollerblading culture in different countries than mine – the UK, Spain, Central and South America to name a few.
What is it about being from Florida that just makes bladers a little crazy? Other examples that instantly come to mind are Joey Chase and Mike Lilly.
Florida is a rough and rowdy place, and it gets hot as hell does. With that combination, Florida breeds people who are a little off their rockers. (Laughs)
What would you say is your fondest memory of blading to date?
The feeling I have every time I put my rollerblades on – pure enjoyment
When you are not blading, what else do you like to do? Do you have any other passions?
When I’m not blading, I’m usually working, listening to music, wood burning, trying to get tattoos, reading a little, camping and just exploring my surroundings.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
The rest of the year I plan on continuing to shred and work hard, and hopefully get out of the USA.
Photos: Erick Garcia and Megan Petersen
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