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Sunday, June 10, 2012
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2012 Real Street: Joey Pepper

By Andrew Cannon
ESPN.com

Joey Pepper and his 1964 Chevy Nova cruise the streets of New York City. Real Street »

Originally from Maine, Joey Pepper now resides in New York City and personifies true street skating. With a classic East Coast style, Pepper came through with an awesome part in Expeditions Skateboards "Madness" video and a great HUF Shoes welcome clip. After being asked to film his Real Street part in January he got to work during a surprisingly mild New York winter and yet again impressed. Now "VOTE" for the East Coast -- Joey Pepper!

ESPN.com: How long did you spend filming for Real Street?
Pepper: It's tough to say because it was kind of broken up. I filmed for a couple of weeks with Richard Quintero, went to Vietnam for a month and then came home and filmed for a couple more weeks before I got hurt. So I only filmed for about four weeks. I had to have ankle surgery and that cut down my filming by a month.

Smooth operator Joey Pepper carves through a grind in the Big Apple.

How do you feel about how the part turned out?
I'm psyched on the part. I had some stuff on the back burner that I really wanted to do but like I said, filming got cut short. But overall I'm psyched on it. I really just wanted to make it look like me. I tried to stay within my comfort zone with the spots that I was skating so that it came off looking like me, you know?

Did you do anything in the video that surprised you?
The ollie into the cellar door at the end, because I had tried it a few times, but I don't know if it was surprising since I had planned on doing it. It was one of those things where one of them worked. I don't know if anything was really surprising though, it was all pretty planned.

Was anything difficult about filming within the guidelines for the part?
Honestly, I think this was perfect. It was tough in the end to narrow it down to a minute of footage but I think a minute long video part can represent a person a lot better than a five-minute video part. It was short and sweet. The only thing that was tough was not putting any lines in there, because if you put a line in there you have to cut other stuff out.

Do you have any crazy filming stories?
Filming in New York, something crazy always happens but nothing specific. The craziest thing filming for Real Street was being approached to do it around January and I just thought to myself, 'Great, how am I supposed to do that living in New York in the winter?' That was my main concern. But then we ended up having the mildest winter ever. The craziest thing was that I was able to film a part in New York in the winter [laughs].

Did you actively try to make sure that your part had a city aesthetic to it?
No, I didn't actively try to, but I didn't go out to southern California to film my part either. I wanted to tough it out and film stuff in the cold if I had to or not. I'm not going to skate a spot just because it's there -- I want it to be something that represents myself and you can tell that I enjoyed skating. Everything in my part was something that I wanted to do.

You got pretty gnarly in your part too. What's up with all the handrail tricks in there?
It's kind of funny how it ended up in there because I really don't skate rails so it was kind of a freak thing. I just had a couple days where we ran into some spots that had rails.

Whose part is your favorite?
It's tough because there's so much good skating. I feel like the level of skating has gone up so much over the years that I was nervous going into it from the start. I really liked Bobby's [Worrest] part. I'm a big fan of his skating, and Freddy [Gall]. I have to give it up for the Northeast.

What would you do with the money if you win?
I told everyone that I'm going to throw a $50,000 barbecue [laughs]. I'll have it in my backyard and everyone is invited.