Steve Nesser is perhaps one of the hardest working pro skaters in the business. Aside from juggling all the travel required of a skater, he also owns Familia Skateshop in Minneapolis, puts in work on daddy duty and now has added 'skatepark owner' to his list of responsibilities. Last weekend, Steve and the Familia crew opened Familia Headquarters and the result looks like one helluva good time. We caught up with Steve to ask what prompted the move.
ESPN.com: What made you decide to open up a skatepark?
Nesser: I've always wanted one in Minneapolis. I was just waiting for all the things to time out and find the right place. There's a lot of things I want to do here and now we have the place to do them. Plus in case you haven't heard, our winters aren't the greatest for outdoor skating.
Will the park work in conjunction with the skateshop or will the shop move into the park?
As for now, one is the shop and one is the park but I have no idea what the future of all this will bring.
What was the hardest part of starting a park?
Finding the right building and lining up all the people to help with the project and, of course, the cheddar.
Isn't there already a big indoor skatepark in Minneapolis? Is the skate scene that big there to warrant two parks?
I think the scene is one of the best and I believe it will grow, so the more places to skate, the better.
Does your park have a loop? If not, you're blowing it.
Naw, it doesn't. You should build one at your house instead of that weird ledge.
Will Green Day (Billy Joe Armstrong is Steve's brother-in-law) play the park opening?
No, but I'm not saying they won't ever play a Familia event.
Full article at ESPN: HERE