In Awe of - Will Gibson
If downhill racing on a longboard at 100km/h is not enough of an adrenalin rush, I’m not exactly sure what is. I have to openly confess, this stuff looks like an absolute blast. My old friend Will Gibson is a classic example of how when you truly love what you do, and happen to put in the many hours of hard work required to get better at it, the seemingly distant rewards will inevitably come. It was no surprise to me that Will’s energy and enthusiasm would eventually be channelled into some kind of adventurous activity.
Words and video by Phoebe Moisey
Name: Will Gibson
Lives: Brisbane, Australia
SO YOU'VE BEEN DOWNHILL SKATING NOW FOR AROUND 5 YEARS AND ITS SEEMS LIKE IT'S BECOME A SIGNIFICANT PART OF YOUR LIFE. HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO IT?
Ahh, actually it was because of my mate Liam Grant from Wilston in Brisbane. He introduced it to me but he doesn't skate anymore! It's basically become the biggest thing in my life currently.
JUST RECENTLY YOU VENTURED OFF TO THE US (OBVIOUSLY A VERY DIFFERENT SCENE). WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO AND WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR WHILE YOU'RE THERE?
I'm currently in New York travelling to a race in Vermont. I've just been racing around here, as well as in Canada and around Vancouver.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
I travel back to Vancouver in a week, then have two races there and head home on the 5th of July. Trying to go to Adelaide with a few buddies, and hopefully try out some new things back home.
YOU UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE A STRONG PASSION AND LOVE FOR WHAT YOU DO. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE FEELING OF DOWNHILL SKATING?
Exhilarating, and feeling very free! There's something about going 100kms an hour, 2 inches from the ground that makes me pretty hyped haha.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO BE GREAT??
Definitely all my buddies doing well at races and things, makes me stoked to do better or beat them.
DREAMS AND AMBITIONS FOR THE FUTURE?
I'd like to continue racing and making more podiums. Potentially even open up and help run a new company out of Australia.