By BR Staff
Isamu Yamamoto gives new meaning to the phrase “to think on one’s feet.” The eighteen-year-old wunderkind has been mesmerizing the masses with his freestyle skateboarding moves since he was a grommet. He turned pro at age twelve and has been racking up world titles ever since, including the World Freestyle Round-Up Skateboarding Championships using two skateboards at once. Ballers Report dropped in on Isamu to ask him a few questions about life as a professional skater.
Describe your daily routine. My school is very special. It has a “skateboarding and design course” and I’m a student of it. On school days without skateboarding class, I go to the skate park after school and practice for three or four hours. My father always picks me up and takes me to skate parks. On the days with skateboarding class, I practice street skating there, then I move to another skate park to practice freestyle skateboarding after school. On no-school days, I go to the training studio to get physical treatment and train myself, then go practice until I get tired. After I come home, I often enjoy my hobby: drawing cartoons, making animes, etc.
How do you come up with ideas for new stunts or tricks? New ideas and tricks often come from my failure. When I fail in doing the tricks, which I have already learned and can do, I happen to make an interesting move. I get a hint of a new trick from it. Also, my father gives me advice looking at my moves, like, “How about doing like this?” Then I try doing what he says and make a new one.
What was your worst injury, and how did you overcome it? I haven’t been injured so badly. The worst injury I got was a very light crack in the bone of my left foot. But in recent years, I have had a growing pain in my knee and it has been the worst trouble in my body since I started skateboarding. Since I got treated in the chiropractic clinic, it has gotten much better and almost healed.
You’ve already landed several sponsorship deals. It was reported in Surfer Today that you also started your own skate company, ISAMUism. It’s not correct. ISAMUism is not a skate company. My parents [use it to describe] my overall style or taste putting all of my activities — skateboarding, free skates, longboarding and art — together. But I would like to start a skate company [named] ISAMUism with my family in the future.
What other goals have you set for yourself, and why those goals specifically? I would like to achieve my new style of skateboarding and make my world more and more delightful. Additionally, I want to [incorporate] my art works and hobbies into my skateboarding.
Rodney Mullen inspired you when you were just starting out. You have now become a role model to a new generation of aspiring riders worldwide. What’s one piece of advice you can give them that you wish someone had shared with you when you first started out? Do what you feel happy to do. And try to copy the tricks and moves of the skaters whom you like.