Jake Hayes on Franky Villani:
How is this treating you Jake?
It’s been good. It’s been a hard process though, to be honest. You want to live up to all the old Transworld videos so there’s an added amount of pressure. When you think of Transworld you think of Heath Kirchart in Sight Unseen. Not that we’ll ever fill those boots but you kind of at least want to put as much as possible into it. Because you know all those guys did. They put their hearts and souls into it.
Does sharing it take some pressure off? Definitely. Especially sharing with Franky. He just skates—all the time, at every spot, all day. He’s the first one skating the spot and the last one to stop. I’m not really like that so it helps motivate me. It makes you want to be productive. He makes it look fun.
Other parts that come to mind when you think of TWS videos?
Heath. Dustin (Dollin) in Sight Unseen, Evan (Hernandez)’s In Bloom part. There are so many classic parts that have come out through Transworld videos that there are almost too many to name. For Evan’s part, I was always a fan of Reynold’s voiceover at the beginning, too. I was always a fan of Andrew and at the time when it came out I was a little kid like Evan. So seeing him look so cool and hanging out with my favorite skaters was really something that I looked up to.
Best real life duet?
Eminem & Dido “Stan” (’00).
Favorite shared part?
Jerry Hsu and Louie Barletta in Subject to Change (03).
Favorite TWS video? Sight Unseen (’01).
Jake Hayes, backside 180. Sydney, Australia. Photo: Dave Chami DUETS