Interview by - Wes Allen
Forward by- Travis Knight
Storm is one of the kindest and most unique souls we have ever encountered. Although soft spoken, his smile is loud and contagious, establishing him as a staple on any session. Storm can party with the wolves deep into the night, but work with the adults come next morning. When we think well-balanced individual, we think Storm Fog. It is rare to find such a wild spirit that you can trust with such grave responsibilities. So, here's to a solid individual, a relic of downtown Santa Rosa skateboarding, and one of the purest souls that our many roads have crossed. One thing is for sure: when we grow up, we want to be just like our good friend Storm Fogg.
Storm is one of the kindest and most unique souls we have ever encountered. Although soft spoken, his smile is loud and contagious, establishing him as a staple on any session. Storm can party with the wolves deep into the night, but work with the adults come next morning. When we think well-balanced individual, we think Storm Fog. It is rare to find such a wild spirit that you can trust with such grave responsibilities. So, here's to a solid individual, a relic of downtown Santa Rosa skateboarding, and one of the purest souls that our many roads have crossed. One thing is for sure: when we grow up, we want to be just like our good friend Storm Fogg. -TK
Storm: Sounds good.
Storm: Yeah, I’m watching videos almost as frequently as I did when I was a teenager. I just figured out how to stream apps from my phone to the smart tv so I’ve been revisiting all the local videos I can find online and everything on Quartersnacks, Live Skateboard Media, and anything else I can dig up.
Storm: Yeah! I hit him up whenever I’m not too toasted from work. We get out at least once a week.
Storm: Thanks! Yeah, mostly ledges these days. Almost every fun spot has been demolished in Santa Rosa but there’s still a good amount of ledges and a lot that never really got skated too heavily.
Switch Crook - Santa Rosa, Ca | Photo: Jay Masonek
I remember first meeting you when you were like 15-16 and you had a giant tee and could switch crooked grind the big ledge at Freemont and also do a bunch of airs and stuff. You started skating when you were real little.
Storm: Haha yeah I was guilty of the big double-layered tees! I was really active when I was young. I played a lot of sports and ended up loving roller hockey, and wanted to rip on my skates off the rink so I tried to do in-line blading on hockey skates. My dad wanted to get back into skating so we started going to Healdsburg Park when it first opened, and I got a skateboard and would bring both, then ended up hanging up the blades and sports and started officially skating when I was 8.
Storm: My dad got involved a few years later after it had been around. Brian Henderson and a few others started it in 2001 or 2002 I think, then my dad became a silent partner of some sort. I think he just helped pay to get more boards made and smog a big funny school bus that ended up collecting cobwebs in the driveway.
Wes: Ahhh the silent partner. I remember thinking it was a big deal as a kid but it was probably a pretty small operation. So you were around a bunch of rad skaters very young…the people I think of as like, the second wave of Santa Rosa OG skaters. That’s dope.
Wes: Yeah I can see Joe vibing with a young buck making them feel more comfortable. Pissing the pants is brutal... haha.
Storm: Might be my most hesh trick to date.
"I pissed my pants on the bus once because I didn’t want to ask to stop"
Santa Rosa, Ca (circa 2002)
Storm: Yeah I went on an unintentional hiatus after we all filmed for “Mozart”. I was getting a board a month from Santa Rosa Ski And Sports, then some people broke in and stole hella shit, so they couldn’t give anyone boards anymore and I just skated a busted set up for super long when I did skate. I ended up moving to Humboldt County with my former partner. My car broke down and I had to walk home from work. I popped into a pawn shop and found a complete for 20 bucks and bought it to skate home, then realized the park was super close to my house. I didn’t have any friends up there or much to do in my free time, so I started skating again pretty regularly and caught the bug all over again.,
Storm: Yeah I hadn’t thought about filming a part until I filmed my first clip back with Chris. We filmed a no comply at UPT (the parking lot under the freeway in Railroad Square) on the bump-to-sidewalk, and I got lucky and did it first try. He told me the last thing on the tape was something Tony Manfre landed, so I got super excited to try to get a couple more tricks or be in some montage with Tony. As far as the change in the scene goes, I’m not sure besides some new faces. Cramming into a car to go to a schoolyard to film something that had most likely been done never seemed that fun. Skating with you and Trevor (Murphy) and everyone downtown was always my favorite way to skate.
So the next couple of years were pretty productive skating and filming with Chris and he was in the middle of finishing up his video and then what happened?
Storm: Oof, the heinous Tubbs Fire of 2017 burnt Chris and Christa’s house down. Thankfully they got out of there with their cats.
Storm: Yeah we’ve been getting out when we can, I want to peer pressure him into letting me smash the red button for him and do a little shared part or something.
Wes: Oh hell yeah we need an icy switch Varial heelflip in a line.
Switch Bigspin - Benton St. Bump - Santa Rosa, Ca
Storm: Damn that’s a tough one. The garden is far more peaceful, might have to go with the garden.
Storm: Yeah that dude Bob Lasalle seems to have figured it out with the little obstacles in his garden.
Storm: Pacifico, lemon Topo Chico, ice cold water.
Storm: Charlie watts, Jon Miner, Brian Gaberman.
Storm: James Williamson, all of Larkfield, and everyone that skates downtown Santa Rosa.
Storm: I think you nailed it, anything juicier might get me canned.