Benjamin de RomeInterview + Photos Wolfgang
Home: North Curl Curl, Sydney
Top 5 parts at the moment?
Mango – Worship Friendship
Elijah Berle – Pretty Sweet
Gilbert Crockett – Life Splicing
Dean Palmer – Ordinary Madness (even though I haven’t seen it yet)
Ben Raybourn – Welcome to Slave clip
Top 5 bands/musicians
Thee Oh Sees
Vairal Heel - Wolfgang
Top 5 tricks?
Stand up grinds
FS Ollies with a nice tail smack
Nollie inward heels
Top 5 things about filming for Gnarlshred the movie?
The Pirate Bat parties
Street cred haha jk
Watching Smyth try and kickflip the Sheckler gap was alright
There were a million other things
Top 5 skaters that influence you?
Julius “Hog” May
Top 5 Australian skaters?
Coming in hot Dean Palmer
Rhys the gronk Grogan
Flip Pick - Wolfgang
Top 5 Australians? (non skaters)
Donno, my favorite Aussie would probably have to be Portnoy even though he skates.
Top 5 spots?
All around Manly
Top 5 eating establishments?
Some organic vegan place in Neutral Bay that had all this weird fake meat and crispy soy.
I don’t really eat that much
Top 5 activities when the sun goes down?
5050 pop out - Wolfgang
For the people reading at home that may be unfamiliar with the term 'Gronking it', in your own words, could you please enlighten them?
Fuck what I think. It may be different for other gronk's or the king gronk Rhys Grogan, but gronking it is doing everything really shit but still having fun while you're doing it and not giving a single fuck.
I think you just gronked it.
Top 5 things to blow your money on if you won the lottery tomorrow?
A lifetime supply of VB
A new set of lungs
Maybe an investment property?
I donno, something shit
Why are you addicted to sanding your skateboard at every spot?
I donno it’s like this bad habit, well it’s good but it’s not haha. I just like the edge of my board to feel smooth and it stops small chips getting bigger. Makes your board last way longer? Kind of like smoking, you do it when you get bored.
Top 5 sandpaper brands?
Yeah, I need a sandpaper sponsor
Big Flip - Wolfgang
Top 5 websites?
That’s all I really use the internet for
Top 5 adult beverages?
VB the very fucking best
Chemotherapy (strictly limited to Portnoy’s pirate bar)
Pickle Backs (strictly limited to Portnoy’s pirate bar)
Tequila Sunrise by the beach
Top 5 Instagrams?
No brainer, Fagzone. RIP.
Top 5 things that piss you off?
People not answering their phone when you’re trying to skate or someone not having a phone (Julius).
Having to wipe babies asses to make an honest dollar
Selfies, hippies, hipsters
People that don’t skate
Top 5 things about working at a daycare center?
The smell of fresh poo in the morning
Teaching kids the wrong stuff
Watching them fight
Dean Palmer: Ultimately, what does Ben de Rome really want?
I just want to gronk it errday