By Valentina Diaz
V. Diaz, a journalist and passionate skateboarder is a full-time writer for SHIT®️ Magazine.
Timothy James Poulin is an amazing Canadian skateboarder from Whitby, Ontario but he is located in Los Angeles. At 28 years old he ranks 58th on the World Skateboarding Ranking and has more than 100 thousand followers, a community that supports him for his talent on the skateboard.
By the way, Whitby is located in Durham, a regional municipality close to Toronto. This place is highlighted for his Ski resorts, landscapes and for being a quiet town.
Likewise, he is known as TJ Rogers, is a street pro skater, regular stance and he loves to skate in switch, he got the first sponsor in 2007 and now he's supported by brands like Red Bull, Tech Deck, Blind, Bones Bearings, Bones Wheels, Diamond Supply Co, Grizzly Griptape, Jammypack, OC Ramps, and Tensor Trucks.
Many people have talked about Rogers style of clothes through the years, so he has said that he wears what sponsors have given to him, he also said that he doesn't like to be judged for his clothes and what he chooses is to feel comfortable to skate; at the end of the day that's what really matters.
"I’ve had sponsors in the past just give me clothes and I just rocked it because I wanted to support them, but as I got older I was like, I don’t really care to be that poster kid and not have my identity as a person," explained TJ Rogers about his style.
How Everything Started In Whitby, Ontario
When he was a child, he found in skateboarding a way to escape his reality at home, then this sport began to be everything to him and as his father said to Complex Canada, "He was at the skatepark all the time, and that was his way of venting. You know, everybody does something to forget about something and I think the park was a big thing for TJ."
Rogers went through many situations, the relationship with his father was hard but he didn't let that demotivate him, "We all have our demons and we all have our ups and downs. At the time that I was growing up, he was having a down moment and I never let that discourage me," he says.
Just when he was 14 and went out of foster care, his career began. In 2005 he won a contest and the prize was a trip to Calgary to compete there in the Slam City Jam, "Ever since then I started to get sponsors and everything started to collectively come together," TJ stated.
TJ continued skating as the child he was, using kicking tricks to express all his feelings and exceed in each achievement. "He found himself living in foster homes with no friends or family and only his skateboard as his consistent companionship," Complex Canada said in their article.
To him, other sports like baseball or basketball restricted him where he needed to work on a team and follow a schedule, contrary to skateboarding "where I could have the freedom of being able to just skateboard whenever I wanted to, learn new tricks and kind of evolve as a person too."
By that point, Rogers was enchanted to skateboarding, believing in his talent and being disciplined, so he decided to move to California and continue living his dream as a pro skater, something that in his native environment were unable to find.
"He could throw caution to the wind, head out to California, film an epic part for Blind Skateboards sixth video ‘Damn, turn pro for Blind, become a part of the Red Bull family and live in beautiful Huntington Beach with fellow Canadian ripper Ryan Decenzo when you're not busy traveling around the world skating," Red Bull said in TJ's biography.
Even with any difficulty, Rogers said that with privileges or without them, "I kind of understood the importance of having a good future and wanting to make the most for myself. I think that’s what drove me so far to get where I’m at and to keep going." said TJ at Complex CA.
What Does He Think About Skateboarding Nowadays?
About the Olympics and the fact that skateboarding is now recognized as a sport, TJ thinks that it's pretty cool. "I wouldn’t really call it a “sport” because everybody does it for their own different reasons," Rogers highlighted.
But to him, this has been important because skateboarding will be open to more people and for sure save lives, for just showing up to skate. "I’ve been skateboarding for 20 years and I’ve seen countless people who could’ve lost their lives, could’ve made so many wrong choices, but skateboarding saved them" he added to the Magazine.
So that's most of the reasons why he will love to represent his country there in honor of all the people that skateboarding has saved as it did with him. "I’m really looking forward to getting out there and representing my country in the best way possible and along the way just make sure I have fun, too."
Since he moved on to California, things in his native city have changed, of course there are a lot of things that have made our reality right now being like it is. Social Media, Olympics, brands, sponsors, a bigger industry and chances to meet each other and be known, to travel and of course, if in your city there are skaters like Rogers, probably you will feel proud and inspired to skate too.
Even so, he prefers Los Angeles, maybe because it is the skateboarding capital of the world, "We obviously have our own crews when we do whatever we need to do, but I feel like, since I have moved to California, it’s definitely changed a lot." TJ said to Complex CA.
Rogers always felt free with skateboarding "I could do whatever I wanted and no one could tell me whether I was doing it right or wrong. In skateboarding there’s no right and wrong, you just kind of do you. You’ll make some mistakes along the way, but you’ll keep getting back up... that’s the beauty of skating." he said to Complex CA.
He also added that when he is skating he can control the situation, more now than before because according to him he is getting older so he can pick and choose his battles, having the mind processes fully active with any trick he does. However, he is a pro skater, so falls are part of the game every day.
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