CODY MCENTIRE

CODY MCENTIRE

Cody McEntire Photos By Tadashi. Words By Shawn Rylander

Cody McEntire Photos By Tadashi. Words By Shawn Rylander

Why is it that anyone who’s not from Texas thinks we Texans are a bunch of drunken-shotgun-wielding-cowboys or wealthy oil barrons? In this day and age you would think we would be past all that “who shot J.R.?” bullshit. Recently Automatic asked me if i wanted to do a story on Cody McEntire and I quickly replied “fuck yeah!” they wanted me to focus cody’s feature on the fact he’s from Texas. “why?” I wondered. I guess since I am in Austin Texas they figured that I would be able to wrangle some good words out of this fellow Texan. This first interview turned out to be the literary equalivent of a Texas sized turd. I scrapped it all together and wrote this instead.

Switch Backside Flip

Switch Backside Flip

I found out that Cody McEntire  is not from Austin, Dallas, or even Houston. He’s from a small town called Belton. To me it is amazing that most great skaters I know of come from remote places where there is nothing to skate. Are they hungrier than big city kids who have spot after spot to spoil themselves with? Cody told me his skills developed because he was hell bent on getting good. When all you have to skate is a sheet of plywood in the middle of a field, pure drive and massive amounts motivation can work wonders.  It also helped that Cody was taken under the wing of the older crew and they pushed him hard.   Cody McEntire’s dad was a professional bull rider back in the day when the Bee Gees were on the Radio and John Travolta was pulling ass as a mechanical bull rider in Urban Cowboy.  You think that backlipping a 20-stair handrail is gnarly and takes motivation? Try strapping yourself to the back of a 4000-pound monster that wants to rip your intestines out and stomp you to death. This type of drive could be ingrained into the McEntire genes.

Nollie Heel Shifty

Nollie Heel Shifty

After winning Tampa Am Cody McEntire had his choice of companies to ride for. Real and Plan B were a couple that had their sights set on him. His choice was Think. “I’ve known Jake (Nunn) for a while and actually knew Jake before Tampa Am. I just think that it was kind of a good way for me to go because of where I’m at right now. I’m really comfortable with the team.” After I talked to Cody I started thinking about Think Skateboards and the legacy they’ve left behind. They’ve had and have some amazing riders like: Phil Shao, Dan Drehobl, Pat Duffy, Wade Speyer, Jake Nunn, Lizard King, Adam Dyet  and of coarse, who can forget Pancho Moler. Holy shit, could Think be grooming Cody to be the next Pancho? I can see it now “Cody Does Dallas.”

Cody McEntire  didn’t just win Tampa Am but he also snagged second at Damn Am. Top slots at two of the toughest am contests around. This kid must really get off on contests. “Nope.” He assured me. “I don’t like contests. The only reason I enter them is so my sponsors will see that I’m not being lazy. I don’t really like everyone being judged on how you skate. You should just ride a skateboard to ride a skateboard. Not to show you’re better than that other dude on a skateboard. Ya know?” No, I sure don’t because I’m to busy down here in Texas branding cattle and getting kicked out of saloons. When I say “branding cattle” I mean the kind you find in saloons.

So what’s in store for Cody McEntire? Will he make the move to California and take on the skate industry monster or will he stay in Texas and fade away? When I brought this up it seemed to be the subject he was most up in the air about. He explained, “I don’t know. I’ve thought about it so many times. I’m like, ‘’Should I move to  S.F.? I should move to L.A?’ I’m just going to keep traveling back and forth for now. I don’t think I could handle moving out there. It’s stressful.” Cody isn’t your run of the mill skateboarder. He’s the real deal. If he does decide to make the move I’m sure he’ll rise to the occasion.  And if he stays in Texas we’ll definitely do our best to completely fuck up his skateboard career. Cody’s sponsors are: Think Skateboards, Globe Shoes, Volcom Clothing, Thunder Trucks, Spitfire Wheels, Gallery Mailorder, Skatenuts Hardware, FKD Bearings, and the Skatepark of Texas.

Cody McEntire SS Heel Flip

Cody McEntire SS Heel Flip

 

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