DC Pro Tour’s Nyjah Huston Does What He Loves

By Joe Martone

Posted June 14, 2012 in Arts & Culture
For many of us growing up in the ’90s, a staple of our childhoods were the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games, allowing us to live the radical lives of professional skateboarders who could pull off insane tricks and stunts from the comfort of our own homes.

Nyjah Huston was not one of those kids, primarily because that’s his life in a nutshell. In fact, Nyjah has been in four of the games to date as a playable character.

Nyjah is not your average 17-year-old SoCal native. He’s a professional skateboarder, and a champion at that. Not that he lets the age difference get to him.

“I feel young up there,” Nyjah said, “but then again I’ve been skating around with all those same dudes for so long that I look the same age that they’ve been up there. It’s just a normal situation.”

In fact, for Nyjah, the situation has been pretty awesome for him. Some kids get to grow up and meet their heroes. Nyjah gets to play with them on a daily basis.

“It’s not intimidating or anything, but a lot of those guys I really look up to a lot . . . I grew up watching Paul Rodriguez and also Chris Cole. It’s really cool being teammates with them. Most of those guys out there I used to watch all day when I was a kid.  It’s so cool to be out there playing with them, you know?”

The advice seems to be paying off. Nyjah has been doing pretty well as far as the pros go. He’s currently touring with them in the DC Pro Tour, competing with a huge range of talent. Nevertheless, he’s still standing strong. At the tour’s first stop inKansas City, he not only took first place but he did so with his favorite move: the Big Spin Hurricane.

The move also earned him another award- the Best Trick of the Contest. He’s been developing tricks for a while, and skateboarding for most of his life.

“My dad actually got me a skateboard when I was about five years old, and I honestly fell in love with it right away. I would do it [go skateboarding] every day.”

He hasn’t let the fame get to him, however. Although he doesn’t go to school, he has his friends to keep him grounded. When not chilling at home, he also goes dirt biking and motocrossing with them.

“I honestly know the position I’m in, but I don’t think of myself as something bigger than any of the other skaters out there, you know? I still look up to those guys on a level like that, and I just love skateboarding.”

He enjoys life on the other side now, being the skateboarder that kids admire.

“My fans are awesome. All of them are great. It’s really cool to meet these kids and be able to give them advice and it feels really special that they have someone like myself to look up to.”

The best advice he has to give?

“Always do what you love.”

As for the above mentioned games, Nyjah is actually honored to be involved with them though he didn’t quite feel that way at the time.

“That was a great opportunity. I think I did the first one when I was 11 years old and I didn’t how big it was, what an honor it was at the time because I was so young. But now, when I think back on it, I’m very thankful that I got that opportunity.”

When asked, he admitted he really doesn’t play the games as often as he used to.

“I used to play the games when I was younger but I kind of moved out of that. They’re real life to me now.”



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