With the addition of Hunter Grimm, the number of Razors riders hailing from Texas is rapidly expanding to the point where they could form their own team! As you will see from his introduction edit by Anthony Medina, Hunter is making a claim for the throne of the Lone Star State’s MVP.
Texas is literally overflowing with talent right now. A stellar cast that consists of Josh Glowicki, Fritz Peitzner, Mason Richard et al has been strengthened by the emergence of new Razors riders Jarrod Banning and now it seems like Hunter Grimm is about to make his presence known. In fact, Texas is so stacked with skilled bladers that it appears some are leaving for fresher different pastures as Jarrod Banning and Hunter Grimm have recently relocated to Denver Colorado to join the likes of Howie Bennett, Cody Lampman and the productive Scumpire fellas. Could Colorado rapidly be becoming the new KCMO? But, wait, who the hell is Hunter Grimm? Until recently, all we knew about him was that he has a name you would expect to find in a Hollywood blockbuster and he stacked some brilliant clips in Dustin Spengler’s Useless Concepts, holding his own against fellow cast members Korey Waikiki and Kevin Lapierre. In fact, since that release, we quickly forgot about him until Anthony Medina advised us that he was working on an introduction section with the 20-year-old for Razors and it was shaping up to be pretty epic. Well, we recently saw a preview and our favourite Texas filmmaker was not lying – it is fire from beginning to end. More importantly, in the ever-changing landscape of blading that requires a constant influx of fresh talent to keep things going, this new kid on the block has the potential to make a strong name for himself – possibly on an international scale.
With technical grind combinations, big stunts and good style throughout, Hunter’s introduction edit for Razors is a three-minute tour de force that we guarantee will have you coming back for repeat viewings. We could tell you about the ended involving a pretty daunting roof, but it would be a shame to spoil the surprise. In the over-saturated world of blading websites – and we are no exception – spewing up new edits daily, how many of them can you honestly say will watch more than once? In the past month, I can count five at a stretch, such is the nature of the relentless flow of content that the majority of it simply becomes forgettable unless it proves itself to be of exceptional value for one reason or another. This video proves that Hunter has the ability to carry on Texas’ strong tradition of producing great skaters that have the ability to make an impact across the globe. Now that you have witnessed this refreshing injection of street skating entertainment, find out more about the baby-faced killer whose home town sounds like a euphemism for vagina. Seriously, who decides to call a town Flower Mound?!
Wheel Scene: For most of the blading world, you’re probably a pretty new face. During the past year or so, you seem to be making a name for yourself in the US. Did you try to put yourself out there more or are people finally recognising your talent?
Hunter Grimm: Yeah, in a way, I’ve been trying to get myself out there a lot more, but also that’s what I’ve always been doing. I knew people would eventually start recognising me but you still have to put in the work to make it happen, and that’s the coolest part – seeing your hard work pay off. But that still doesn’t change a thing. I’m still going to come in, day in and day out, finding out a way to get better, whether it’s on or off the blades that day.
Since A-Town Stomp 2014, it seems like you’ve been travelling a lot. Why the sudden increase in travel?
I’ve always loved travelling and, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been travelling the world ever since I was a kid. I have some flight benefits through my family relations, so that definitely helps me out a ton. But, yeah, I would say around the time of last year’s A-Town Stomp I really wanted to take advantage of my flights and try to make it to every single competition I could make it out for and it has been well worth it. There’s nothing better than being with all your homies and meeting countless new ones on new adventures all around the world.
It seems like you first started making a name for yourself while on the Useless Tour a couple summers ago. What was the best thing about travelling the country in a van with your homies and what did you learn from it?
Oh, man, that trip was too good for words to explain it all. It was my first summer graduating from high school actually, so that was a good way to start everything off. As of the best part of the trip, there were countless memories that happened with the crew over that two months. Those two months were the best two months of my life and I would do it all again in a heartbeat – no doubt. But to be honest, the best part about it all was the way we did it, I guess. We literally spent half of our time skating and the other half visiting national parks and camping at these amazing places. At multiple points of the trip, we wouldn’t strap up the blades for maybe a week or more; we would just get lost in the mountains at some of the most extravagant places in America. Everyone was so down with it too. Then we would go back to civilisation and all just go shred the cities and, when I mean shred, we had nine of us, so you could imagine what the sessions were like. It’s like we got best of both worlds, from chilling in nature’s finest places to having the best time with homies skating the best cities.
You were lucky enough to attend Roskilde Festival this year. Anybody that has attended Roskilde knows you’ll always walk away with countless great stories, but what was the best thing that happened at Roskilde? And were you able to blade in the events?
Yeah, let me tell you, Roskilde was one for the books for sure and, if you’ve never been, I highly suggest you to get out there ASAP. I will definitely be back there for many years to come. So, first of all, Roskilde is a little town just outside of Copenhagen in Denmark and Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world, so everyone is super nice there. Not to mention all the Danish babes are so beautiful as well! (Laughs) Plus, the majority of the people speak English, so it helps a lot. But the best thing that happened was meeting all of these new bladers from so many different countries and some of them have even heard of me before, so that’s always sick and just kinda makes you feel good. I believe our campsite combined had bladers from over 16 different countries, that still blows my mind. And even better, the Danish people LOVE rollerblading, so we’re pretty much the main show. It doesn’t compare to the skateboarders or bikers at all. It’s so sick. It just makes you appreciate everything around you, you know, and the bonding time you get within those eight days that you are camping at this amazing festival with some of the best homies is unforgettable. Can’t wait to go back and pick right back up from were I left last summer.
What was the biggest cultural difference you noticed while visiting Europe for the first time?
The lifestyle is just so much different over in Europe. People are actually friendly and there is actual laws and regulations on their food, so eating healthier is a lot easier to do and the food is just so much better overall. I came back with a totally different mentality and way of life, from eating healthier, treating my body right and just getting kinda being more in tune with my body, mentally and physically. I also became vegetarian shortly after coming back as well, so I’ve been feeling really great. I’m not gonna lie, I like the ways I’ve changed my life for the better.
Do you plan to go back anytime soon?
I do plan on going back real soon. If I could get up and go right now I would, but one only wishes. You’ll probably catch me back out there again next summer. Roskilde is definitely going to be a reoccurring event for me.
While overseas, you seemed to obtain the nickname of “Grim Reaper”. Who started that and how did it come about?
(Laughs) I mean, people have kinda joked around with that name with me before, being my last name is Grimm. But we were at Roskilde and I got to spend a lot of time with Carson Starnes and get a lot closer to him, who is a great dude over all, but after adventuring some endless nights with him, a series of events happened were he just started calling me Reaper and it started to stick a little. Usually you’re not supposed to like the nickname given to you, but I think this one is cool and I dig it, so I’ve been really trying to enforce it lately. So next time you bump into me, you better come correct!
You’ve rode for Intuition Skate Shop for years but recently got picked up by Razors. How did that come about?
Yeah, so I’ve rode for Intuition Skate Shop for almost three years now and I can’t thank Matt Mickey enough for everything that man has done for me. He is truly the man and if you haven’t shopped at Intuition Skate Shop, or if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Matt, you really need to get out and do that or you’re missing out. Support Intuition Skate Shop! But I didn’t start riding for Razors until around the Useless Tour actually. We had all stopped by the Razors warehouse in San Diego, California and got to skate the little secret park deal they’ve got there. A bunch of the guys from the trip started to get some Cults while we were there, so I decided to give them a try as well. I loved how the skate looked and felt. Eventually, after the Cults, I wanted to give the Razors SL boot a try, so I got the Yuri Pro Skate and immediately fell in love with them and couldn’t imagine myself riding anything else. Shortly after I had been riding those for a while, I got a call one day from Geoff Acers, asking if I would like to be a part of the team. Being so juiced off that, I proudly accepted the offer and now here we are today.
You are just about to release a video for Razors that was made by Anthony Medina. Having talked to him about this part, he wanted this to be your “breakout section”, if you will. What was it like working on this project and how do you feel about the end product?
Anthony is hands down one of the best dudes I have ever had the pleasure to work with and, even better, we have become really close friends. I couldn’t be happier with the section that we have made and I’m ready to start working on a new one with him as soon as possible. When me and him both get together, we just really click. We have the same mentality and passion for what we do – it just makes it a lot easier and not as much stress. It was just like going out to skate for fun on a nice Sunday afternoon. The hardest thing for me while filming for this section was I was battling a strained MCL injury the whole time, so it really took a lot of my focus to not think about that at all while I was throwing hammers for the biggest section of my life so far. I want to thank Anthony so much for pushing me all the way through it and creating this masterpiece. I couldn’t have done it without ya, bud.
Shortly after filming for your section, you relocated from Dallas, Texas to Denver, Colorado. Why the move?
I had grew up in Flower Mound, Texas, just a little bit outside of Dallas, my whole life and thought I was ready for something new. Even though Dallas is really cool and the skate scene is real healthy – shout out to the Dallas family, keep killing it, Dallitude – I’ve always had a love for the mountains and adventuring. Once all the Texas blade homies started moving out to Colorado, I wanted to be out here with everyone, getting the crew back together, and that’s exactly what we did.
Being in a new scene with a new crew, new spots, new filmers, etc, what do you have in the works for the near future?
If you haven’t seen already, I would definitely keep an eye out for the BAGLIQ CLIQUE. It’s a new crew me and the boys put together up here recently and we’ve been skating every day, steady stacking clips. That’s the best part of being in Colorado; now I’m with all the homies that want to skate every day and the spots are just so good too. I couldn’t be happier with my recent move to relocate here. BAGLIQ CLIQUE for life!
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Any shout-outs or anything else you want to add?
Shout out to the Dallas fam back home – miss you guys! Shout out to Intuition Skate Shop and Razors Skate Co for everything you guys do! And most importantly, thank you to all the supporters, Wheel Scene for this interview, Anthony Medina, Austin Bartels, Kristian Payne, to all my friends that have believed in me. And, last but not least, thank you, Mom, Dad and all my family for always supporting me – couldn’t have made it here without you guys!
Photos: Abbee Rickman and Joseph Gammill
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