At Mountain Thousand we’re keen on finding out how ordinary people have taken the thing they’re passionate about and made it a part of their every day life. With the pressure to conform to a standard way of living our true interests and passions can often take a backseat, that’s why it’s rad to here about people like George Rocha.
George fell in love with skateboarding at five years old and has been around the sport his whole life. He spent his childhood bombing hills and skating around parking lots and schoolyards; a childhood that countless other guys and girls could relate to. Eventually he began to construct his own ramps, boxes and quarter pipes in his driveway in an attempt to recreate the spots he saw in Thrasher magazine. His handy work became famous in his local area with kids from the next town making the trip to skate the Rocha driveway. This fueled his second passion for woodworking and soon he was volunteering wherever a backyard ramp or skatepark was being built.
Decades on George has set up his own skate brand, Iris Skateboards, where he makes his own decks out of old, unrideable boards which would otherwise end up in landfill. On the side he also creates sculptures and custom made furniture out of the same boards which is a neat way to re-purpose the boards and bring your passion for skateboarding into your own home.
Day by Day is a short film by Jeremy McNamara which details George’s story. Make sure to check it out above and hit up Iris Skateboards for more info or if you want to grab yourself a truly unique deck, complete or custom made bit of furniture.