Nick Dompierre is obsessed with skateboarding. At the ripe age of 16, he accepted a sponsorship from Real Skateboards and then became a professional skateboarder three short years later. When he’s not busy performing backside noseblunt slides and 360 flips, you can probably find him…still on a skateboard. That’s because his love for the sport transcends all else.
1. At what moment did you know you wanted to pursue pro skating?
A skatepark opened up in my hometown when I was about 12 years old. That’s when I started skateboarding. I’d go there everyday after school and skate until it got dark. I was so obsessed with it. I wanted to learn more and more tricks. Then I eventually started filming and meeting lots of other skaters. This is when I realized I want to do this for the rest of my life. Skating and traveling the world, couldn’t ask for anything better.
2. Most people don’t come back from a broken neck, what was that rehab process like?
It was pretty rough and really frustrating. It took months of strengthening and stretching to reach full range of motion. Once it was fully healed then the real challenge was trying to feel normal on my skateboard again. There was so many times that I wanted to give up. I went from doing tricks down big rails and stairs to trying to learn flat ground again. By far the worst injury I have ever had.
3. You’ve had plenty of distractions throughout your life, what have you done in order to focus on skateboarding and get your career back on track?
I realized that skateboarding is what I really love and I want to continue pushing myself further.
4. Your career is far from over, what do you still want to accomplish before it’s all said and done?
My goal is to continue learning new tricks and testing the limits.
5. What’s going through your mind just before you hit the jump or rail?
Sometimes a lot is going on but I always say this to myself “Don’t think about it, just do it.” Because when I sit there and overthink, I’ll scare myself out of trying the trick. I’ll usually give myself 3 test roll ups and then just go for it whether I’m scared or not.
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7. What is your best moment in skateboarding?
When I won the Downtown Showdown for Top AM performance and Best Trick. That was a super fun day and the course was amazing. It felt great to get those awards.
8. Should America exile Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian?
I pay no mind to either of them.
“Don’t think about it, just do it.” You heard him. I expect to see you doing 360 flips soon.