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In this issue
  • CCS Catalog
  • Back Light: Kingsley Atwood
  • Nyjah’s Signature Nike SB Release Party
  • JAWS 28 Roofs Later
  • Kev's Kreations: Kader's Kreations
  • CCS Spring 18 Collection
  • Look for the Actions REALized Nate Viands deck dropping soon!
  • Cairo Foster And Matt Milligan Going Through Old Catalogs
  • The Joy Of Painting: New Balance 255
  • State x Killing Floor Productivity Shoe Review
  • Back Light: Tim Agular
  • Aesop Rock And Kurt Going Through Old Catalogs
  • Nike SB Zoom Deconstruct Shoe Pack Review
  • adidas City Cup Shoe Review
  • Kev's Kreations: Mark Gonzales
  • Emerica G-Code Re-up Shoe Review
  • Jaws On The Nine Club
  • The Bumbag Interview
  • Custom Top Sheet Artist Interviews
  • Globe Sprout Shoe Review
  • CCS Winter 2017 Yearbook
  • Henry Jones Interview
  • Adidas Campus Vulc 2 x Alltimers Shoe Review
  • The CCS Team At West Linn Skate Park
  • 100 Kickflips in the Vans UltraRange Pro
  • Lucas Beaufort Interview
  • Emerica: Young Emericans Premiere
  • 100 Kickflips: Nora Vasconcellos
  • CCS x Vans Levels Gallery
  • Jamie Thomas: Behind The Photo
  • 100 Kickflips: Lizard King
  • CONS x Chocolate Launch Party
  • Acembly Backpacks How To
  • Birdhouse: Saturdays Video Premiere
  • 100 Kickflips In The Proper Cinex Shoes
  • Guantanamo Baywatch Interview
  • Back Light: Henry Harbeck
  • CCS Apparel Fall '17 Lookbook
  • Kev's Kreations: The Rambo Ripper
  • Emerica x Sriracha Gallery
  • 100 Kickflips: Nike SB FC Classic vs. Koston Hypervulc
  • El Torito Recap
  • 100 Kickflips In The Etnies Marana Michelin
  • Naomi Punk Interview
  • Lizzie Armanto Interview
  • Interview with Sean Cliver of Paisley Skates
  • 40s And Shorties Interview
  • Nike SB FC Classic Shoe Review
  • Nike SB P-Rod X Shoe Review
  • Go Skateboarding Day 2017: Pop For Pizza
  • Foul Balls: WKND vs. Nike SB
  • Lakai: The Flare Video Premiere
  • Jason Harvey Interview
  • 100 Backside 360's In The Supra Shifters
  • 1000 Grind Wear Test: Indy Stage 11 Trucks
  • Arcade Belts: 100 Hamburger Wear Test
  • CCS to SLO: CCS Am Trip
  • CCS Apparel Summer '17 Lookbook
  • Brixton Broadcast: Murder City Devils
  • Thaynan Turns Pro
  • History Of The Polo
  • etnies Jameson HT Shoe Review
  • 100 Kickflips In The Clear Weather Donny
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Gilbert Crockett 2
  • Kev's Kreations: The Crust Crusher
  • CCS Poster Series
  • Sebo Walker Interview
  • 100 Kickflips In The Osiris D3
  • Adidas Kung Fu Shoe Review
  • Clear Weather Jeffrey Shoe Review
  • Back Light: Kevin Enis
  • CCS Behind The Ad: Kevin Kowalski
  • Habitat x Twin Peaks: Interview With Habitat Founder Joe Castrucci
  • Andale Bearings Spring 2017 Product Review
  • CCS Artist Series: Snakey Jakie
  • CCS Artist Series: Andre Fortes
  • Huf Hupper 2 Lo Shoe Review
  • Artist Series: Jackson Epstein Interview
  • Artist Series: Andrew McCarthy Interview
  • The Making of CCS x Loud Ben Raybourn Headphones
  • 100 Tricks in the Nike SB Blazer Low XT with Ben Raybourn
  • Ryan Lay's Welcome Wear Test
  • CCS Apparel Spring '17 Lookbook
  • Etnies Helix Shoe Review
  • Nike SB Zoom Dunk Low Malto Elite Product Review
  • Adidas Nautical Review
  • Artist Spotlight: Jack Hyde
  • Kev's Kreations: The Sexy Slasher
  • New Balance 533 PJ Stratford Review
  • Adidas Skateboarding Premiere Pants
  • Nike SB Air Zoom Blazer Low XT Shoe Review
  • Vans Sk8-Hi Pro MTE DX Shoe Review
  • Mailorder Memories: Mikemo And Vince Capaldi
  • Adidas Samba ADV: 600 Skateboard Trick Wear Test
  • Winter Solstice Session
  • Nike SB Brian Anderson Bruin Hyperfeel Review
  • 100 Kickflips On A Snowskate (Fail)
  • Welcome Fetish Video Premiere
  • 100 Kickflips (Impossible Edition): HUF Classic Hi
  • Back Light: Justin Rodriguez
  • 100 Kickflips In The Nike SB Blazer Premium
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Half Cab Pro
  • WKND Remembers 2001 CCS Catalogs
  • Sneak Peek At The Adidas Na-Kel Matchcourt High RX
  • Mailorder Memories: Cole and Asta
  • Artist Spotlight: Nick Guenzler
  • 100 Kickflips With PJ Ladd
  • Back Light: Dominic Palarchio
  • Emerica Indicator High Shoe Review
  • Santa Does 100 Kickflips In The Nike SB Janoski Hyperfeel
  • Lucas Puig Interview
  • 100 Kickflips in the C1RCA Gravette with David Gravette
  • Jamie Liam Humphrey Interview
  • John Lucero on the History of Black Label
  • Tyshawn Jones Interview
  • 100 Kickflips In The Adidas Superstars
  • Ducky Am Scramble Re-edit
  • 24 HoliDAYS of CCS: Win Free Stuff!
  • Erick Winkowski Interview
  • CCS Apparel Winter '16 Lookbook
  • Aesop Rock Hot Dog Interview
  • 100 Kickflips In The Diamond Icon By Boo Johnson
  • Adidas x Palace Pro Shoe Review
  • Ryan Lay: 1997 CCS Catalog
  • Paul Kobriger Interview
  • 100 360 Flips In The éS Accel Slim Shoes
  • Less Than Local Interview
  • 100 Tricks In The Nike SB Janoski Slip
  • Tempe Halloween Recap 2016
  • Kev's Kreations: The Jaws Jumper
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Kyle Walker Pro
  • Nora Vasconcellos Interview
  • Five Things With Hex
  • Zion Wright Interview
  • Ben Raybourn’s Road To Ramona
  • 100 Kickflips With Kader Sylla
  • Jaws: A History Of Hammers
  • Burnside Halloween 2017
  • Back Light: Bobby Escobedo
  • Interview with Rick McCrank
  • 100 Kickflips (Fakie Edition) In The Globe CT-IV DLX Shoes
  • Interview With Andy Paz From Dog Limited
  • 100 Kickflips In The éS Sesla Shoes
  • David Gravette’s Pizza Party
  • éS and CCS: Two Decades Deep
  • The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding
  • Kev's Kreations: The Roskopp Ripper
  • Back Light: Michael Sube
  • 100 Kickflips In The Diamond Torey Shoes
  • 100 Kickflips In The HUF Boyd Shoes
  • Jon Nguyen: Behind The Cover
  • CCS Questionnaire with Truman Hooker
  • Andrew Gray's Full Part From Dusted
  • 100 Kickflips In The New Balance PJ Stratford 533
  • Talking Welcome with Jason Celaya
  • Interview with Jon Dickson
  • Emerica Made Chapter 2 Premiere
  • Ben Raybourn's Full Part From Dusted
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The State Salem
  • CCS Questionnaire with Eric Dressen
  • Kev's Kreations: The Kitty Kruzer
  • 100 Kickflips In The DC Wes Kremer 2's
  • CCS Apparel Fall '16 Lookbook
  • Adidas Away Days Tour Recap
  • How To Build A Bank Ramp
  • 100 Kickflips (360 Flip Edition) In The Vans X Nintendo Authentics
  • Back Light: Jake Wickersham
  • 100 Kickflips (Heelflip Edition) In The Adidas Suciu Shoes
  • Talking Skate After School with Ryan Lay
  • Interview with Blake Johnson
  • 100 Kickflips In The Supra Flow Shoes
  • CCS Pants Wear Test
  • Back Light: Frederick Zang
  • Cooper Wilt: Grind All Ledges
  • 100 Kickflips In The Converse One Stars
  • ¥ung ¢hef - TOP RAMEN Ft. Doughboi
  • What’s the Deal? With WKND Skateboards
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The Vans Slip-On Pros
  • How To Set Up A Skateboard… Blindfolded
  • Gear Check with Frankie Spears
  • Interview with CCS Team Rider Kevin Kowalski
  • Vans Kyle Walker Pro Shoe Release
  • Santa Cruz Screaming Hand Art Show
  • Rip N Dip L.A. Pop Up Opening
  • Agenda 2016 Recap
  • The Skateboard Mag 150th Issue Release Party
  • Back Light: Matt Price
  • Jamie Thomas: Behind The Cover
  • 100 Kickflips In The Hyperfeel Koston 3's
  • Back Light: Milosz Rebes
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The Converse CTAS Pros
  • Pop For Prizes 2016 With Wes Kremer
  • 100 Kickflips (FS Blunt Edition) In The Lakai Vincent 2's
  • The Day: Enjoi
  • Blind Micro Game of S.K.A.T.E. with Sewa And Romar
  • Back Light: Cody Lisch
  • CCS Questionnaire with Miles Silvas
  • Getting To Know Sewa Kroetkov
  • Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkins
  • A Day At Zero With Jamie Thomas
  • Back Light: Jacob Messex
  • Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
  • Jaws And Raybourn Footage: The Other Ones
  • 100 Kickflips In The Emerica Hsu G6 Shoes
  • CCS Questionnaire with Alec Majerus
  • Gear Check with Blake Johnson
  • Joey Brezinski Talks New Cliche
  • Raybourn And Friends For The Dusted Video
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans AV RapidWelds
  • Disposable Mondays With Walker Ryan And Jimmy Carlin
  • Back Light: Jacob Romero
  • CCS Questionnaire with Pete Eldridge
  • Skateboarding on a Frank Lloyd Wright House
  • Mango and Friends Skate NYC
  • Nike SB All Court CK Wear Test
  • Jaws Tests FP Insoles
  • Emerica X Indy Reynolds Wear Test
  • Nike SB Ishod Dunk Wair Test
  • 100 Kickflips in the DC Evan Smith Shoes
  • Gear Check with Cairo Foster
  • Jaws Ollies 210 Stairs In One Day
  • 100 Kickflips in the HUF Brad Cromer Shoes
  • The Break In: Nike SB Janoski Shoes
  • Raw Footage: Jaws, 210 Stairs, One Day
  • Preston Harper: Mini Set Up
  • 100 Nollie Flips in the Adidas Matchcourt Shoes
  • How To Make Griptape Art With Ben Raybourn
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Heel Edition) In The Etnies Marana Vulcs
  • Interview with Kevin Braun
  • Dusted Crew Skates Windells Skate Camp
  • Back Light: Cameron Markin
  • Skateboarding Celebrities...
  • CCS Welcomes David Gravette
  • William Spencer’s Skate Dream
  • Adidas Matchcourt Slip-Ons: Wear Test
  • 100 Kickflips: Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel
  • Artist Spotlight: Mike Blabac
  • Back Light: Dave Swift
  • Kev's Kreations: The Creature Crusher
  • 100 Kickflips: Emerica Romero w/ Leo Romero
  • CCS Questionnaire with Nestor Judkins
  • The Day: An Afternoon With The Crap Crew
  • Walker Ryan For Imperial Motion
  • 100 Kickflips In The HUF Dylan Slip Ons
  • David Gravette: A Boy And His Flat Bar
  • CCS Questionnaire with Lem Villemin
  • Adidas Away Days L.A. Premiere Recap
  • CCS Welcomes Kevin Kowalski
  • Gear Check with Daniel Espinoza

Interview with Kevin Braun
Interview with Kevin Braun
Interview with Kevin Braun
Interview with Kevin Braun
Interview with Kevin Braun

Interview with Kevin Braun

Living the dream is a very subjective term that people like to use to describe all types of lifestyles. Some of these may be more accurate than others. Living the dream for a skateboarder usually means that you’re getting paid to play with your toy and you’re getting to travel the world on someone else’s dime. The real dream is probably being able to do whatever you want, and go wherever you want, at any given moment - skateboard or no skateboard. Luckily for Kevin Braun, all he wants to do is ride his skateboard and travel with his friends. His dream is quickly being realized with his recent addition to the team at Santa Cruz and the increasing popularity of his crew of AZ boys at Pyramid Country. Kevin came out blazing with amazing footage in his Santa Cruz welcome clip and in the new Pyramid Country video “Distant Mind Terrain”. With his shine just starting, we caught up with Kevin to ask him some questions and show you guys why he’s going to be someone you want to keep up with in the future.

Kevin came out blazing with amazing footage in his Santa Cruz welcome clip and in the new Pyramid Country video

Kevin Braun! Where did you come from and where are you now? I grew up in Naperville, Illinois and I currently live in Tempe, Arizona.

It seems like most people would make the journey from the Midwest to Cali to live the skate dream. Why did you get stuck in Arizona? While I was living in Illinois, my friends and I watched a lot of Arizona skate videos. To me, it seemed like a more interesting place to live and skateboard than California.

Did you land in AZ right as the whole Pyramid Country thing started up? How did you get involved with all those dudes?I came to Arizona while Pyramid Country was already started. I remember right when I started living in Arizona their Couchlock Odyssey video premiered. I ended up going skating with Bobby Green and Jackson Casey one night while they were filming for the Phoenix Lights video. It was one of the most fun times I had skating since I had been living in Arizona. In the next couple weeks, we got some more footage for the Phoenix Lights video and I ended up bro'ing down with everyone involved. Jackson asked me if I wanted to skate for Pyramid Country and I was down.

Why do you think smaller brands like Pyramid Country are having such an impact on skateboarding right now?I think the smaller brands like Pyramid Country take a different approach to their content than the bigger name brands in skateboarding. I think a lot of smaller brands are more appealing to people because they do something different to stick out and have an impact on skateboarders.

You just got announced as an am for Santa Cruz skateboards. For those who don’t know how a guy from Illinois ends up on an iconic board brand from Northern California, can you explain the process of getting on the team? I owe it all to Andrew Cannon. Cairo Foster was sending me Enjoi boards for a while, but I knew I wasn’t going to get fully involved with the company. Andrew Cannon became the brand manager for Santa Cruz and told me he wanted to give me boards. I thought about it for a long time. I really wanted to stay loyal to Enjoi because Cairo is the man, but I knew that Santa Cruz would probably have me be more involved in their company. Also, Andrew Cannon is one of the nicest dudes I've met through skateboarding and I knew he would be a great guy to work with. Cannon started flowing me boards for a little while and then I ended up going on a trip to Detroit with some of the Santa Cruz team. It was basically my trial trip to see if I got along with dudes on the team. We ended up all getting along well and then I officially got on the team a few months later.

Has SC had you on the road a lot since you got on? Yeah! I've been traveling more consistently than any other point in my life. It's been too fun.

What’s it like to start going on pro skate trips? I imagine it can be intimidating.For me it's definitely intimidating at times, but that's my own fault. I've been trying to hold a higher standard for myself on the tricks I get on trips. I want to try and push myself and keep progressing at skating as much as possible. I want every trick I film to be something I'm genuinely hyped on.

Who sweats the most on the Santa Cruz team? Blake Johnson, for sure.

Interview with Kevin Braun

What’s your favorite out of all the OG Santa Cruz graphics? I really like all of the screaming hand graphics. They're sick.

Were you scared to meet Jason Jesse? I know I was. I'm not going to lie, I was definitely a little intimidated to meet him the first time, haha. I thought he was going to be a hardass but he was mellow. He cracks me up.

What’s it like to balance filming on HD for Santa Cruz and filming on VX for Pyramid Country? Is it a headache sometimes to decide what tricks will go towards what?It's not too bad. I've been going on enough Santa Cruz trips to be getting a decent amount of HD footage. It's much easier for me to get footage on trips because I'm more juiced to skate spots that I don't normally get to skate. The VX footage is mostly stuff I get in Arizona while filming with Jackson and Bobby, or on a pyramid country trip. Sometimes it's hard to decide what to film VX or HD but I've only had that dilemma while skating in Arizona.

Getting paid any amount to play with a toy is pretty amazing. How did it feel when you got your first check for riding a skateboard? It felt pretty insane. I felt, and still feel, very fortunate to make any money from skateboarding. Not everybody has the privilege to make money doing what they love to do.

What’s the deal with your hair? How is it so stiff? My hair sucks, haha. I'm hyped it's long enough to tie in a bun. It's way easier to deal with in the heat when you have it tied up than wearing a hat. Wearing a beanie or hat while skating in Arizona can make you really sweaty.

You rocked a pretty thick dad goatee for a while as well. Do you think that shaving it off has helped your skateboard career?I never shaved it off, I just grew a regular beard, haha. I think that growing the beard made me look like less of a weirdo, haha.

Let’s get away from these hairy questions because I need to know something very serious. Who is your favorite dude in the Pyramid Country squad to roast? Also who is most likely to roast you?My favorite person to roast is probably Aric Blattner because he's usually trying to roast me. For the most part, I probably get roasted the most out of the whole squad though, haha. Kevin Skutnik also roasts me pretty hard. He's always calling me fat because I never stop eating, haha. It's all in good fun.

In your new part (from Pyramid Country’s "Distant Mind Terrain”) you seemed to be skating a little more technical with lots of ledges and manuals. Where as your last part had a little more jumping. Are you just trying to mix it up for yourself or is that the type of stuff you prefer to be skating?I've been enjoying skating ledges forever, but last couple months I've been hyped on skating over stuff too. I got real hyped on those supreme videos. The pop that those guys have is really impressive to me. As for the jumping, I had a real scary knee blow out about a year ago jumping down a big set. It made me more picky and cautious about the stuff I want to jump down. I'm still really hyped on skating rails, though. Ideally, I want to be able to skate everything.

What’s next for you Kev? Any new projects in the works for Santa Cruz or Pyramid Country?Not sure if I'm supposed to say this, but I'm working on my part for the Santa Cruz full length video that should be out in a couple months. I'm not too sure what we’re doing next for the next Pyramid Country project. We usually just start filming for a couple months before we get a solid idea in our head for what the next video project will be.

If you want to thank anyone, now’s the time.I'd like to thank my parents first. Nothing I have accomplished would have been possible without their endless support. Jackson Casey, Bobby Green, and Jj Horner at Pyramid Country. Andrew Cannon and Nick Matlin at Santa Cruz. Ron Whaley and Cairo Foster at Krux trucks. Jaws at FP insoles. Griffin Collins at Vans. OJ wheels. Gavin Denike at Bronson bearings and Mob grip tape. FA skate shop. JD Palmer, Big Jimmys Pizza, Coors light, Antonio Milan, Pete Grannis, my foam roller, You (Matt Price), and anyone/ anything else I'm spacing on.