By Ian Michna
While most of Chaz Ortiz’s peers are anxiously waiting to go to college this 18 year old is taking a bit of a different route with his summer: releasing his very own skate part for Zoo York and competing in the most competitive and prestigious skate contests in the world. The recent high school grad has anything but a “normal” life, with Gatorade stacked to the ceiling, a private skatepark, free plane tickets and the freedom to skate all day, every day. Literally growing up on demos and tours and having been raised on televised contests his entire life, it’s not unusual for him to run into fans or be recognized when he leaves his house. ESPN called Ortiz to talk about his new online part from Zoo York, Street League and the perks of being one of the youngest and most recognizable skateboarders in the world…Read complete article on ESPN
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Chaz Ortiz talks about the filming process for his new Zoo York part in this interview, accompanied by some photos and sequences.
I wanted to film a part and put it out right away. Before, I’d film stuff and hold it, but then the footage would get old and I wouldn’t want to use it anymore. So I wanted to go hard and do this one quickly. We started around the beginning of October last year, and filmed right up ’til July 8th. The part came out on July 10th.
Episode 3 of the ZOO YORK POST features Chaz Ortiz and Travis Glover on their recent trip to NYC. Watch as the crew shreds all over the city, stops in at local hot spots, helps design next year’s apparel and much, much more.
Filmed and Edited by R.B. Umali for Zoo York Media Group.
A week’s stay at Woodward East in Pennsylvania.
Filmed & Edited by: Cody Madsen
Created last year by MTV personality, former pro skateboarder and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek, Street League has tried to cast skateboarding as a compelling, drama-filled competition that can appeal to a mass audience.
Changes to this year’s tour include an increase in prize money to $1.6 million, a public fantasy league with a chance to win $10,000 and a live Sunday afternoon broadcast on ESPN (4-6 p.m. ET). (more…)
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For this week’s installment of What’s What, we hit up contest killer and one of the illest dudes from Illinois…Chaz Ortiz!
Check how Chaz gets down with the What & the What.
What track do you have on repeat? Right now Wiz Khalifa. All songs all day.
What do you eat before a contest? Haha! Nothing specific…whatever’s there. Always down for Sushi after, though.
What are you ordering for dessert? I don’t really eat dessert. I am always too full.
What’s it like being featured on a giant Times Square Billboard? That was really cool. I was super excited! What an accomplishment for me. Thanks Zoo! Who’d have ever thought, right?
What Gatorade flavor are you backing? Yellow, blue and purp all day.
What’s your favorite quote? “Let’s live”. R.I.P. Shane Cross.
What’s better, Chicago or New York pizza? Ummm…New York for sure, sorry Chitown. Haha!
What Am should definitely be Pro? Ron Deily (hint hint).
What’s the weirdest thing about you? I match my underwear with my clothes. No homo though, haha!
What’s you last big purchase? My car. Haha! So worth it.
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Chaz Ortiz is probably my youngest friend that skateboards, he is also one the best skateboarders in the world. What an amazing combination to possess youth and such great talent. Chaz also has a great family I have met at the different skate events i have attended. I remember being his age and the things you have to deal with being a spanish kid living at home. This family respect help raise me to be the man I am and skateboarding did the rest. I wish you continued success to my brown little brother, I look forward to seeing where you take skateboarding into the future! Check out his blog onefelix.com
Grab all your favorite skateboard mags this month to check my gap to back 50 on a crusty, slanted ledge in Chicago.
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Come out this weekend – Orland Square Mall (Orland Park, Illinois) – Saturday @ 1:30pm