Dan Pensyl

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Sponsors: 5boro, Volcom, Nike SB, Spitfire, and Thunder

How long have you been skating? I’m 32, and I’ve been skating for over 20 years now.

What first got you into skating? There was this kid who lived across the alley from me in Pennsylvania. I saw him ollie up a curb one day and I was pretty much hooked from then on. My dad ended up getting me a skateboard for Christmas.

What’s the best thing about skateboarding in New York? You can skate something new every day. You can just take a train to all these new spots and skate all types of stuff that you’ve never seen before. New York is always changing. There’s a lot of diversity when it comes to skate spots. I live in Brooklyn right now and I can take the train anywhere.

Do you prefer East Coast or West Coast skating? I’d stick with the East Coast because that’s what I’m used to. The East Coast just has raw spots. Every spot seems to be a little more rugged than its West Coast equivalent. The concrete is more weathered and cracked. It’s more condensed, too. East Coast spots are closer together. And traffic is easier to deal with. We don’t ever drive around. it’s pretty much subways or skating in the streets straight to spots.

What’s the best thing about riding for 5boro? How long have you ridden for them? I’ve been with 5boro since the company started. It’s been over thirteen years. We just had a big anniversary party. The best thing about 5boro is that it’s like one big family. We’re a tight group of friends that get to travel with each other. It’s more like a crew than a company.

Who are some of your favorite people to travel with I love to travel with the 5boro crew. That’s Danny Falla, Willie Akers, Joe Tookmanian, Jimmy McDoogle, Tombo, Rob “The Truth” Gonyon, Justin Barnes, Steve Rodriguez, and Mark Nardeli. Drehobl is awesome to be around, too, and Joe Brook is always on fire. This kid Brian Clarke who we just started hooking up is rad, too.

If you could have one trick that you don’t have now on lock, what would it be and why? I would have to say the switch tre flip, and that would be because of Josh Kalis.

Who is killing it right now? It’s always good to see Corpsy out there. Drehobl is from the boonies of Maine, but he kills it on every level of life. He’s an awesome artist and he’s a rad skater.

What advice would you give to the young skaters out there trying to make it? You’ve got to have a humble personality. There are good skaters everywhere, but to have a personality that’s compatible with everyone on the team and out there in the industry is very important. if you go on a trip and nobody likes you, you’re not going to get invited on any more trips.

What gets you stoked? Being able to skate on a daily basis gets me stoked. I still have to work construction jobs sometimes and when I get off work its great to be able to just skate. Every moment i get on a skateboard I get psyched. I look at it as a gift.

What bums you out? I guess all the naysayers out there. There’s always been those people that hate to joke around and that’s one thing, but then there are dudes that are just relentless. People who worry too much about what other people do lose focus on what they’ve got going on.

What’s on the horizon for Dan Pensyl? We’re driving across the country right now trying to finish up the 5boro video. We’ve been working on it for the last couple years. Hopefully it’ll premiere in June.