Ben Rogers / February 24th, 2012 / Lookback
LOOKBACK #14: What happened to Jay Dick?

How did you all pick the Chino XL song for the section? It always stood out to me as the best track in the video. Did they give you a list of songs they could use and you had to pick one of them or did you have more of a say?
If I remember correctly, Evan sat me down in front of a pile of CDs and a boom box and said, “Pick something you like,” or “what do you want?” I think they had a deal for all the content on the CDs and were allowed to use them. I’m not sure though. But when I came across Chino XL and that “Kreep” track played, it kinda got to me on two levels, the enjoyment and respect I have for the emcee skill like Chino XL and the fact that Chino took from the Radiohead track that I had listened to so much… Creep.

Do you keep in touch with any of the guys from San Diego that you shared that section with, like Nick or Ernie? I read that Nick Poderick is now a Marine. I have no idea what Ernie Villarino is up to now.
I wish I had. For awhile it seemed like Nick and I had a lot in common. We both stayed at Brian’s house for a while (the owner of Hardcore). I recently chatted with Lurch, a couple days ago actually, and we got a chance to catch up a bit. Larry was always such a calm and cool guy. Other than that, I really lost touch with most people I crossed paths with while skating. I developed into someone that didn’t really want to go out or be loud. Carlos and Tracy were the people I spent the most time with consistently, and even now we’re all busy doing our own thing we don’t really connect like we used to. Reading that link about Nick makes me proud that he could grow into such a strong person, to put himself on the line like that. I don’t have to agree or disagree with war to appreciate all he’s been doing, thanks Nick… be safe man!

Sometimes when I am stuck on a big escalator during rush hour I think of you doing a unity down one in “Quest for the Holy Rail.” Does that ever go through your head when you are on an escalator?
It doesn’t even cross my mind, really. I prefer the stairs usually.

I’ve been looking at some of the old interviews with you from skate magazines and comparing them with the answers you have been giving me so far. How do you think you have grown or changed as a person since back then, and what do you think hasn’t changed?
Oh man, I have changed in almost every way. I am still human and make plenty of mistakes of course. I think back then I was so focused on skating, and was caught up in it so much that I didn’t clearly see all the opportunities. I simply didn’t think about how my actions or lack of action might affect others or even myself. I mean, the time I jumped off the party boat at the NISS after party… I think it was a dare… very immature. I could have literally gotten sucked into the two Volkswagen-sized engines and died; just plain stupid. There were these parties at Spohn Ranch and I would drink until I passed out. I look back and think “what a waste.” Nowadays I value things on a level that I feel good about and allows me to respect myself and sleep at night. Maybe making all those little mistakes allowed me to build a foundation of what not to do and how not to act. Perhaps there is an allure to that type of personality, but it’s not something I would repeat if given a chance, and it’s not a part of who I am today. I’m sure lots of people enjoy that, but it’s just not my thing. That said, nothing’s perfect. I had a good time with everyone coming up, and the good times were amazing. For about 6 years, skating tapped into some part of me that I had never experienced before, and I learned a lot from those experiences, both memorable and regrettable.


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  • beaucottington - February 24th, 2012

    awesome stuff guys!!

  • Andrew Smolak - February 24th, 2012

    This is awesome!

  • B3000 aka Bistro Baughn - February 24th, 2012

    thank you one

  • Trey Sowers - February 26th, 2012

    Thanks for this, I hope there is more to come in the future.

  • tjloughry - February 26th, 2012

    my friends and i would watch “quest for the holy rail” everyday after high school and basically memorized it like a sublime album. it was the only video i had for a long while but we all loved the part where jay dick seemingly broke the escalator.

    great article.

  • Carlos Kessell - February 26th, 2012

    Jay, glad to have been your friend & teammate during those Hardline years, we had so many good times, I can barely recollect all the mischief we got into. Miss ya bro…lookout Jay is Back!!! just stay away from kink rails, I almost saw you die at least 20 times, no lie.

  • Scott Wilcoxson - March 10th, 2012

    Glad your getting back on the skates Jay! I come from those days as well and appreciate your perspective on rolling and taking care of your body. Excellent interview.

  • ian from tampa - May 24th, 2012

    This is the best skate-related online article I’ve ever read.

    Jay, you’re a legend. Thanks for doing this interview. You and Ernie Villarino are my top two ‘what ever happened to’ skaters.

  • Bryan Parsons - September 10th, 2012

    These articles are terrific. So nostalgic. Rollerblading was my entire life during the mid and late 90’s. I don’t follow very closely anymore though I will watch videos from time to time so I know next to nothing about the new crowd. I moved from south-western Ontario to a small town in the Rocky mountains of Alberta and kinda lost interest with no spots to skate and no friends to share them with. I actually don’t even think I’ve seen a rollerblader in 7 or 8 years which is sad but I’m glad to see the sport is still alive elsewhere even if it’s not so much up here.

  • David - October 25th, 2012

    G step aj jay Rick stark Miss all you guys p

  • Rob from Cali - September 26th, 2013

    Nobody could do a unity squat down a kink rail like this man. He inspired me during my youth. My friends still mess with me because I swore he was the greatest ever. We are ready for the HOAX reunion video!

  • Marty - January 27th, 2015

    Please bring back the “Lookback” feature!!

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  • Mvg - August 15th, 2019

    Oh man quest for the holy rail… hahah still the Video i have watched the most… „…our quest is at an end…“ hahah good memories

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