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DC, ELEMENT, and AYC Pro Nyjah Huston is unarguably the gnarliest skateboarder alive. He makes throwing himself backwards down a 21-stair-chest-high-rail look easy, he’s won more contest money than any skateboarder in history, and he’s been signing sponsor's checks since he was 11 years old. In case you’ve not heard, Nyjah is now part of the CCS Family. Recently we caught up with Nyjah and had a nice long chat about fast cars, big rails, and his joining the hardest hitting shop team in the history of skateboarding. Kickback and read on:

How’s life?
Life is really good. I’ve been street skating a bunch with my homies. I’m getting settled into my new house which I absolutely love, I had a great Christmas with my family and I was able to go around to a few different skateparks and give away some boards to the kids and that was really cool.

Awesome did you just do this on your own or was it through your sponsors?
Well Element gave me a bunch of boards to give away but me and my mom came up with the idea and made it happen. Me and my buddies went around to a few different parks and kids were stoked it was sick.

Welcome to the CCS team!
Hell yeah thank you! I got the CCS catalogs growing up I would see P-ROD or Torey Pudwill on the cover and I was always psyched on the team and have always thought it would be sick to be a part of it. I’m psyched to be a part of it now. I feel honored.

So how did it go down? Did you reach out to CCS or did CCS reach out to you?
It was mutual, we kind of reached out to each out and it just happened.

What’s it like having an agent now, your dad was managing your career and now you have an agent. Has that been a hard adjustment?
It’s mellow. They do the work for me so I can concentrate on skating, learning new tricks, and not worrying about the business side of things. I also have my mom handling stuff, she’s awesome it’s always good to have someone in your family that you can always trust.

How long did it take you to make Fade To Black?
It was about a year and a half. All 2013 I street skated a bunch and got all the footage together and I’m glad it all came out. There was a lot of hard work put into that. It was really cool to see it all put together after. Chris Ray over of at DC killed it on that edit.

It was unbelievable, how are you going to top it?
I don’t know I don’t ever think of my video parts in terms of “Topping it”. In my last part I did that back 270 lipslide down the Hollywood 16, I don’t plan on doing that on a bigger rail. I don’t really think about trying to top my last video part. I just try to make it different have fun doing so.

Is there a trick that you didn’t get that you wanted to?
I think that I did everything that I wanted to do actually. The one trick that I was looking forward to doing the whole time was the switch big heel down the hollywood 16 and the back-lip down that Walmart rail. The back-lip down the Walmart rail was the trick that I did last because I didn’t want to get hurt and not be able to finish my part. It all turned out good.

You’ve grown up in the spotlight. Do you ever wish you were just a regular kid and not under the scrutiny of the public eye?
No I’m thankful for the position that I’m in. I wouldn’t want it to go any different way. I wouldn’t change anything. I mean, when I was a little kid I definitely missed out on being a kid a little bit but at the same time I’m thankful for the way my dad raised me. That focus on skateboarding is how I’ve gotten to where I am now. Now that I am a little older I have an awesome group of friends that I hang out with all the time and we have a great time together and I’m skating non-stop. That’s the best part of being a professional skateboarder is making a living off of something that you have fun doing. I love my life, it’s awesome.

It seems you are in a really really good place right now. Do you enjoy going places where people don’t know about skateboarding and just be anonymous?
That’s the cool thing about being a skater. It’s not like you are some actor who everybody recognizes, you can walk around and a couple people may recognize you but you’re not overwhelmed by it. It’s super cool. The fans are the best.

So you were raised vegan. Do you eat meat now?
Yeah I’m not vegan anymore. But I am very thankful for being raised vegan because to this day I’ve not broken a bone and I think the main reason for that is I was not allowed to eat anything that was not good for your body. But it was pretty harsh. I was trying to be a normal kid for a second and eat some Skittles and my dad caught me and he wasn’t too psyched and I got into a little bit of trouble. Now I can eat anything I want but I still try and maintain a healthy diet because I definitely think that’s important when you are throwing yourself down stairs all the time.

So you attribute not breaking any bones to your healthy diet growing up?
Absolutely, I think it’s mainly the soda. I didn’t drink any soda as a kid, that stuff just eats away at your bones.

What was it like tasting meat for the first time?
It was pretty harsh. I don’t really like the taste of red meat. When I tasted a burger for the first time, I didn’t know if it wasn’t cooked enough, or it was my stomach reacting, but I threw up everywhere. I eat seafood and chicken now.

What would you do if skateboarding were taken away from you?
That would really suck. I’d be really sad. The only other thing I could see myself doing would be getting into something involving cars. If I had to work a normal job I’d want to be a mechanic. I love cars. That’s the only thing other than skateboarding that I’m passionate about. I love riding dirtbikes and stuff too.

Do you have a lady in your life?
Nope. Single and free, having fun with the boys.

So how has that been? Have you been on a mad tear or what?
No I keep it pretty mellow.

Do you get scared when you roll up to a big rail? How do you handle that fear?
Yeah I get scared. That’s what I love about it. It makes it exciting. It makes rolling away from that trick feel that much better.

What kind of car are you driving these days?
I drive a Chevy Tahoe which is my skate homie car and I drive a CLS 6.3 Mercedes Benz; which was my first car and I recently bought an Audi R8 which I love. It’s fun and also pretty dangerous.

What’s the fastest you’ve ever driven that thing?
I haven’t felt confident enough on a freeway that I know good enough. It’s so low to the ground that if you hit a pothole you crash and ruin that thing so easily. But the fastest I’ve gone is 160.

You’ve gone 160!?
Yeah, the car goes 198.

Where, on the freeway?

Yeah it was on a freeway.

Holy sh*t!
Yeah but rather than going super fast I like taking it out to the canyon roads and stuff.

So how much did your upbringing contributed to make you who you are today?
I think the way I was raised helped me out a lot. I was raised strict by my dad, it was a little harsh being a little kid and wanting to be free and wanting to do whatever you want but at the same time it paid off. I'm pretty thankful for that.

Have you talked to your dad recently? How’s your relationship going with him?
Yeah we got back in touch with each other a couple of months ago and we’ve seen each other a couple of times, it was sick. It was really good to reunite with him.

That’s great news. What was your last major purchase?
Some furniture for my house.

What are your long term goals?
Just keep skating and have fun, to stay safe and try not to get hurt. Keep progressing. All these guys are getting so much better. I’m just trying to keep up with everyone else and step up my game.

What do you think the future holds for skateboarding as far as progress? Whenever it seems we’ve hit the ceiling it seems to keep getting pushed higher.
Yeah I don’t know where it’s going to end up in ten years because in the past ten years it’s gone so far technically and how big people go. I don’t think there are too many 40 or 50 stair rails in this world. If there is a perfect 40 stair rail out there I’m sure it can get done. I mean there is definitely a limit. But in the past few years it’s gotten so technical, some of the ledge tricks and guys like Shane O’Neal are insane doing things I didn’t think was possible...but we’ll see.

So what do you have planned for 2014?
I’m hoping to put out another video part, I’m not sure what or who for yet but I’m always out in the streets trying to get some clips. And I’m looking forward to the contest season, I haven’t skated a contest in a minute now so I’m looking forward to that. And I’m working on a couple of new shoes for DC right now that should be coming out this year. I’m also working on some stuff with AYC also so look out for that.

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