By James Hopkin
James Hopkin (Hop) is an entrepreneur, skateboarder, longboarder and a tragic fan of skateboard racing. Better known for his Hopkin skateshop and starting the Australian Skateboard Racing Association (ASRA), in this podcast he shares interviews and personal stories about longboarding, skateboarding and downhill skateboard racing from around the world.
#21 - Mike McHugh from Boosted Boards
This is a fun episode, Mike is an amazing guy with an incredible journey. He started in graphic design, which lead to moving to the USA with Adobe which lead him to the heart of Silicon Valley working for Boosted Boards. At the time of this interview (Feb 2019) he was Director of Customer Experience. He has recently moved into the role of Director of Skate Product. Without a doubt, he has one of the best jobs in skate! This episode is not just for the esk8 crew and Boosted fans, we have a wide ranging conversation. We discuss electric skateboard racing, product design, how Boosted takes that design to a new product. Does Boosted have a skate team or ambassadors? (spoiler alert: they have both...and more). We get into future products, and as a side note, at the time of recording the Boosted Scooter had not been released, you can hear me ask Mike if they are going to make a scooter... My goal for this interview was to try and take a look behind the curtain at Boosted Boards. They are one of the most exciting companies in skate and a leader in the future of personal electric transportation. Big thank you to Mike McHugh for giving me so much time out of his busy schedule.
November 02, 2019
#20 - Daniel Iseli the Rocket man
This might be my new favourite episode. I re-listened to this interview after I published the Kicked Out episode, and was immediately inspired. Danny is an amazing guy, his positive attitude is contagious, I forgot how much fun it was talking to him. It might be a crime against longboarding that I have not released this episode! I recorded this at the end of 2018. The 2019 range had not been released, we talk about a secret new pro model, which ended up being the Phoenix, Tristan Cardillo Pro model. Forgive the delay of this episode, it is still relevant, at the end I mention that we have not talked about any of the models and we will have to do part two to discuss the Rocket Longboard decks. This episode is all about how Daniel got into board building, how he built Rocket, his business philosophy, his board building techniques and values. If you have ever had the urge to build something, you will enjoy the story that unfolds in this episode.
October 18, 2019
The one word that got me kicked out of longboarding
Reconciliation This is the word that got me kicked out of longboarding. That was the subject of an email I sent to an Australian distributor and the result was losing the Hopkin Skate reseller account. This is not a sad or an angry podcast, it is an interesting one. I feel I need to tell this story to move on and give some context about why I stopped podcasting. This episode is not really about the distributor, it is about me and my opinion on the business of longboarding and how distribution works in Australia. More about the industry than the sport, if that is not your thing, wait a few days, I have an awesome Rocket Longboards interview I did last year. If you prefer to read, a full transcript of this podcast is on the Hopkin Skate blog.
October 15, 2019
Jackson Shapiera on ABC radio
Rebecca De Unamuno on weekend ABC Radio (Australian National Broadcaster) interview Jackson Shapiera. Jacko does a good job explaining the sport of downhill skateboarding to someone that knows nothing about the sport. He also talks about the upcoming World Roller Games (WRG), and his Facebook fund me campaign that is helping him complete at the Barcelona WRG.
June 24, 2019
The Breakfast Show podcast
I ask the 2018 guests of the podcast, what did they have for breakfast?
January 29, 2019
#19 - Getting pitted with Jackson Shapiera
Jackson Shapiera and Hop talk downhill skateboard racing
January 28, 2019
#18 - Kavon Zamanian: capturing pure downhill skateboarding
Kavon Zamanian is a unique downhill skateboarding film maker, he travels the world, bombing hills and making videos.
December 13, 2018
Talking downhill with Max Heaton
Last night I caught up with Max Heaton, a Queensland skater heavily into the downhill scene, and we talk downhill.
November 30, 2018
#17 - The Slide Jam Podcast
Brendan the local grom put on a small slide jam and Hop interviews some of the skaters
November 29, 2018
Real talk with Jeffery Vyain the owner of Pantheon Longboards
This episode I catch up with Jeffery Vyain of Pantheon Longboards at the foot of the Colorado mountains. We chat about his product line up, and the emotion behind moving some production to China.
November 29, 2018
#16 - Getting the band back together with Evren Ozan
A conversation with Evren Ozan about Laguna Beach downhill and why he has created his own longboard brand of decks.
November 28, 2018
A week of news in eSk8
James Hopkin snd Jeremy Bogan talk about the Mellow getting acquired, are 6 month warranties fair?, Skooter rental business model and will there be a mass esk8 rental business? Inboard and making a skooter! So much more, thanks for listening.
November 28, 2018
It’s my birthday, I have a present for you...
It is just Hop in this episode talking about podcasts. Four good podcasts and the episodes I enjoyed the most.
November 23, 2018
Safety on esk8 Wednesday
Jeremy from Jed Boards and James Hopkin talk safety and laws affecting electric skateboarding.
November 21, 2018
#15 - Talking community and the scene with Ryan Villa
Conversation with Ryan Villa at Subsonic Skateboards
November 17, 2018
Wednesday is eSk8 day!!
Talking to Jeremy from Jed Boards and Boa Wheels from the factory in China. We ask the hard questions: when the fck am I going to get my Jed board?!? Lots of great info, we talk about notable esk8 products this year and Black Friday specials!!! And a tip on pricing (hint buy your Jed before December)
November 14, 2018
First episode of Skate Every Day, I kick it off with Dan Pape from Japan. The big news this week in downhill skateboarding is the tragic death of Brazilian skater Allysson Pastrana at Rio Vista race in Brazil. It is a subject that breaks my heart but it would be disrespectful if we did not talk about it and how it might affect the sport in the future.
November 13, 2018
#14 - Skateboard collecting with Andrew Maunsell
Collecting skateboards for fun and profit with Andrew Maunsell
November 06, 2018
#13 - Thiago Gomes Lessa (part 2) - Thiago drops the mic
Thiago drops the mic
October 31, 2018
#12 Thiago Gomes Lessa (part 1) - to be the best in the world
Part one of the Thiago Lessa interview: from the beginning of racing to development of Cuei wheels and becoming World Champion
October 27, 2018
#11 - Calvin Skinner and how to build a skate brand
A wide ranging talk with Calvin Skinner about his Beggars brand, the industry and longboard community.
October 17, 2018
#10 - Ghetto tips with Matteo
A quick tip episode: what to use if you dont have Poron or a Torque block
October 07, 2018
#9 - Mitch Thompson interview
Hop interviews Mitch Thompson one of Australia's top downhill skateboard racers
September 23, 2018
#8 - Concrete Wave magazine and the fine print
my favourite Concrete Wave "fine print" story: Trif-dog and the Newport Beach hill bomb.
September 08, 2018
#7 - Harry Clarke: living the Chopstar lifestyle
Harry Clarke is one of the young guns of downhill, he travels the world skateboard racing and we find out how he does it!
August 04, 2018
#6 - Brennan Bast and what it is like to skate at 140kph (87mph)
Brennan Bast is one of the fastest downhill skateboarders in Australia, we interviewed him at Newtons about racing, trying to break the World Speed record and how to get into downhill skateboarding.
June 02, 2018
#5 - Dan Pape: the longboarding visionary
Dan Pape interview part one: The start of Canadian downhill to SkateSlate
May 24, 2018
#4 - James Hopkin: Top Ten Newtons
My top ten Newton's stories from the World Cup skateboard downhill race ASRA does on Mt Panorama
January 16, 2018
#1 - Introduction and Max Ballesteros Mt Kiera race final
The introductory episode with bonus Max Ballesteros interview
December 30, 2017
#3 - Jeremy Bogan: How to make the ultimate electric skateboard
How to build the perfect electric skateboard with Jeremy Bogan from Jed Boards.
December 30, 2017
#2 - Emily Pross: Why she is faster than you!
Emily Pross is one of the fastest human on a skateboard. Currently ranked number 1 in womens and 9th overall. We find out what makes Emily so unique.
December 30, 2017