Where are you originally from?
I am from Brussels, Belgium.
How and when did you start skating?
I started skating in 1987. I borrowed the board of a classmate for the weekend. My brother Ian and I started doing a frenzy of tic-tacs on the carpet of our living room because it was raining outside. Ah, Belgium's weather!
What kind of board did you start on?
That was a Taiwan board. Then I got my own Taiwan board and bombed down hills on it for a year. Finally, I got a Vision Psycho Stick with orange fluorescent Gullwing trucks and red Slammer wheels. It was an eye feast.
Did you start out skating in the streets or at a skatepark?
I started skating downhill, then flat, then street jump ramps in the neighborhood, then more street skating with curbs and grinds and, eventually, some sessions at an indoor roller disco skatepark.
Who were you skating with at first?
Belgian name-droppings? Okay, well, I was very fortunate to have my brother to skate with everyday. That was the best. Then we would go session the skatepark twice a week, meeting up with Geoffrey Vanhove, Quentin Debriey, Thomas Marchall, Fred, Olivier, plus many names I've forgotten by now. Hum.
Were there any early influences on your skating? Who did you look up to?
I looked up to a lot of guys back in the day, mostly Matt Hensley, Danny Way and Jason Lee.
Do you enjoy skating in contests and demos?
I like to travel and meet people. Contests really help you to travel around, but I suppose the actual moment of your run doesn't feel so good. If you skate good, then it feels all right, though. You feel relieved. Demos are okay. You really go out there and try to please, and kids are into it. They give you a lot of energy sometimes. Other times, they are pretty mean. It's okay, we were all adolescents at some point.
How could contests be improved?
If the organizers would think of every possible way for the skaters to have a maximum amount of fun, then they'd be on the right track. Usually, if you take care of all the little details, then you are good.
What do you like about being able to make some money from skating? What’s not so cool?
Making some money out of skateboarding is something that I never really imagined. Over here in Europe, it's not really a career plan, or whatever. It just happens little by little and it's amazing. If you can keep your head straight, have fun and keep up with your responsibilities to the people who pay you, everything should be fine.
What do you think of skate videos these days?
Skate videos are a little boring these days. Skaters are mostly too much in their chosen mold. Creativity and new ideas are the things that will motivate me to watch a video more than once.
Do you enjoy filming video parts yourself?
Video parts, once achieved, are the most rewarding thing you can do. Seeing your section all together with your song after so much time and effort is pretty great, indeed. Hopefully, you are content. It's not always easy.
Do you skate vert ramps or bowls?
I try to skate everything on my path. Recently, we went on an Antiz tour to skate the parks in Oregon. Most of them were amazing, so yes.
What do you think of the skateparks in Europe?
There is the good, the bad and the ugly. They've become much better in recent years. Skaters are trying to get ahold of how to build stuff themselves, create a company and hopefully get the job so they can do it a million times better than the non-skater companies.
Should skateparks copy real street spots like MACBA or have more trannies?
I am not a fan of street plazas. Skate street in the streets, that's what skating is. I understand the problem of not being able to skate street spots in America and therefore the need for skate plazas. But, generally speaking, those plazas will kill street skating. That is just my opinion. So, I'm more down for skateparks with creative trannies, bowls, banks and curbs--as long as it's not too conventional.
What do you like about Emerica?
The best skate shoes and the best team.
Which Emerica shoe do you like?
I like the Reynolds 2 for everything, actually, and the Reynolds 3 for more board control.
Who do you skate with now?
I skate usually with the Antiz gang--Furones, Derichs and whoever is in town.
Who are your favorite skaters of all time?
That's hard to say. My brother, Ian Dykmans and Bruce Kelliher from Ireland. They love skating so much, and it's been a while now.
What have been the highlights of your skateboarding career?
I've never participated in a Xtreme game contest.
Skateboarding professionally also means a lot of traveling! What does that mean to you?
I still really love traveling and skating abroad, but it means being away from my lady.
What do you enjoy besides skating?
Shooting pictures, acting classes, going to movies and concerts with my lady, swimming in amazing places and more.
What are your future goals?