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EDGE Boardshop Photo Contest Wrap-up

Submitted by on August 8, 2011 – 2:03 PM
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In the beginning of June, EDGE Boardshop launched the “Living on the EDGE Photo Contest” in hopes of spotlighting someone in the longboard scene who deserves some exposure!
The rules were simple: send in up to three photos of yourself skating “on the EDGE” and the guys over at EDGE Boardshop would choose the one that  stood out. The winner would receive a set of wheels of their choice from the shop and also would get their photo featured in Concrete Wave Magazine and Mobile App!

Over the course of the month, over 120 photos flooded EDGE e-mail inboxes, with every single one having potential to become the winner! After much deliberation amongst the EDGE Team, it was narrowed down to two photos.

The runner up was Chuck Gentile who sent in a chill picture throwing down an effortless looking heelside slide. However, there was one picture that stood out among the rest; Stephen Vaughn took it to the next level with his toeside slide through the dirt and gravel on the EDGE of the road!

Stephen will get his shredder picture featured in Concrete Wave and also chose a set of Abec 11 Freeride’s for his wheels. But it didn’t end there; we wanted to know a little about the man behind the photo:

Name, age, hometown!

My name is Stephen Vaughn, I’m 17, and I’m from scenic Melbourne, Florida!

How long have you been in the longboard scene? What got you into longboarding?

I’ve been riding skateboards since I was 11 years old. But only about a year ago when I joined the local rowing team did some of my teammates get me in to longboarding. Big shoutout to Jeff and Matt Dickens and Trevor Philpot! Without them, I wouldn’t be doing this interview.

What is your favorite discipline, do you like to just go fast or do you like to freeride, both? Do you like to race? Give us some detail on your style of riding!

I’d love to say I do gnar downhill, but you don’t go much over 30 here in Florida unless you go to Clermont. But there are still a few good freeride hills if you look hard enough. I spend most of my time skating those hills with friends, but I still love to hit up the local skatepark pool for a session. I’ve been lucky enough to be street skating for 6 years and I think one thing that defines my longboarding is having that street skater mentality; adapting to the environment and using things other than just the road.

What set up do you rock? Favorite company? or do you ride whatever you can get your hands on? Tell us a little about this.

I’ve been freeriding the Gravity Kalai, and riding ditches and bowls with my Gravity Sergio 32” Both are great boards and are perfect for what I use them for. I’ve always favored Gravity Skateboards ever since I messed around with my friend’s dad’s Hyper Carve years ago. I love their style and their idea of a greener environment is something I can get behind. Not to mention all of the quality boards!

Tell us about the day you got the winning photo. Was it just an ordinary day of skating? Were you out on the prowl for the perfect EDGE shot? Were you at your favorite spot?

I was with two friends skating the local hill. It was just another session for us about to be ended by the afternoon storm rolling in. While we were skating, I remembered this contest and thought about how I could “skate on the edge.” What I came up with is history.

Tell us about your area of riding. Do you have one favorite spot you skate at all the time or do you travel around to find perfect hills?

As I said, most of where I live is pretty flat, so hills are hard to come by. But I always try to hunt new ones out as I’m driving around. I have one hill that I go to when I don’t want to drive far and just take it easy. When I really want to go all out, I take the 45minute drive up to Rockledge and Cocoa to skate the hills along the Indian River. One of them is supposedly the highest point on the East coast of Florida, and even has its own Wikipedia article.

Do you compete at all? If so tell us about some competitions you’ve been to or done well at.

I used to be on the local skatepark’s skate team and went to street skating competitions all the time. I’ve gotten top 3 a few times but I never won any. I would LOVE to compete in downhill or a slide jam, but unfortunately there aren’t any competitions around these parts.

Include anything else you feel is relevant and you would like other people to know about you! Anything goes!
Keep pushing, and always remember to be on the lookout for Animal Chin.
Keep an eye on EDGE, we are always brainstorming new ideas to feature the next deserving riders!

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