So many levels of street skateboarding - One extreme would be you doing a crooked grind down a 20 stair rail or kickflip down that entire gap, both approaches take an unlimited amount of balls, ambition, focus and dedication. It’s never a sport, it’s an art form, everyone expresses themselves differently though it. Some possess a level of talent and technicality that truly leaves you in awe, others sweat a kind of raw passion that pumps you up before you get out there, Aaron ‘Jaws’ Homoki is a combination of both these types.
Jaws sees things differently, it’s what he goes for or how he approaches it, on top of that he’s a good, humble dude. We tracked him down in Hawaii.
How you doing, Aaron?
I am doing well! As we speak I’m in beautiful Hawaii on a Weedmaps trip
So what was it about skateboarding that first grabbed your attention as a kid?
I used to play team sports when I was a kid, flag football and baseball. Then when I found skateboarding what really attracted me was that I was alone. I didn’t have to have a team to rely on, if I failed it was all my fault and if I succeeded it was all me.
Do you remember your first deck, and what's your current set up?
Nope, gone with the wind! Right now I ride a 8.38 Birdhouse board, 149 Independent trucks, 53mm Bones wheels, Bronson bearings, and Brostyle grip tape.
Where was the first gap you ever cleared?
We had a big 12 stair by my house that we didn’t think was possible, then a few years later I remember I went to it with full pads and a helmet and did it, that was such a big step for me. I was freaking out!
Were your parents supportive when you started out?
Yes, they were very supportive.. I think it's very important. If you have a support crew like that you have a lot more confidence to push yourself and go further.
It’s never about going for anything without ever considering the consequence, there’s always some serious risk involved. You have a system regarding what you’ll ultimately go for, so how do you prepare for a jump?
It’s called calculated risk. When I go to a skate spot I know right off the bat if I can do it or not. If I say I can do it then I will take the necessary steps to get there, that being even if it takes a year or so I have to train myself to go do it. It’s just trusting your gut.
Go-to trick on flatground?
Good ol kickflip!
El Toro vs Lyon? No contest..
Lyon by far. That thing is no joke, it hurts.
Does music play a big role in your life?
Hell yes it does! I listen to techno, I’ve actually been in the techno before I was ever into skateboarding. And I’m talking that deep underground rave shit. Not this new age EDM. The good, good techno. That’s my secret weapon to get fired up to do the things I do. And I show no one my music, it usually ends up in them saying it’s wack, (laughs).
Your Jaw-harp playing is crazy, dude, is that just a pastime or are you taking it to another level in the future?
I’m in the works of doing that right now. I’m gonna start a jaw harp company called JawsHarps and see if that will go anywhere!
And is it the Beatles or the Stones?