Chris "Dune" Pastras grew up in Metuchen, New Jersey before heading out to the west coast to start Stereo Skateboards. He got his first skateboard in 1979, and has been hooked since. Chis had an opportunity to start his own brand along with Jason Lee shortly after turning Pro. Pros didn't last long in the early 90s so he jumped at the chance to create his own brand that was unique and resonated with others. Beyond skateboarding and running a business, Chis has been hosting and sideline reporting for the likes of Vans, Mountain Dew, and Redbull. Living in Echo Park with his family, Chris is already pushing his son into carrying on his legacy.
Q: Favorite place to travel?
A: Getting in the car and going up the California Coast, a few favorite stops are Ventura, Santa Barbara, Cayucos, Monterey, Big Sur, Petaluma, Mendocino, Santa Cruz, Napa Valley, and of course San Francisco.
Q: Place you most want to travel:
A: There are a few…Ireland, Scotland, Thailand, India, and I’m one of the only longtime Pro skaters who has never been to China.
Q: Favorite skate spot?
A: It changes, but Derby Park in Santa Cruz this weekend was pretty damn epic.
Q: Favorite skater?
A: That changes too…but I’d say Mark Gonzales is a staple. And Evan Smith of the new generation.
Q: What scares you?
A: Injuries and growing old.
Q: How did you find skateboarding?
A: I got my first board in 1979 via god brother Rodney who later founded Shut skates.
Q: You find a $1000, what do you spend it on?
A: A new laptop.
Q: If I weren’t a skateboarder I would be a...
A: I’d just be doing the 4 other jobs I have.
Q: Thing to do when not skateboarding?
A: Spend time with my son, my family and my friends.
Q: How do you define Honest Hustle?
A: Hard work.
Q: Pizza or Tacos?
A: Pizza Tacos.
Q: Album your most stoked on right now
A: the Devo station on Pandora has been killing it lately.
Q: What is your go-to sock style?
A: Preppie patterns or stripes and rolled up jeans.
Q: Who are some of your style icons?
A: As far as skateboarding goes...Gonz, Jason Lee, Natas Kaupas, my godbrother Rodney Smith, Steve Olson, Christian Hosoi, Scott Oster, Julien Stranger, Andy Kesler, Eric Dressen, Jason Jesse, Anthony Van England, Dylan Rieder, Arto Saari, to name just a few…then Harry Bellafonte, Sidney Pottier, Sammy Davis Jr, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, James Dean, Dennis Hopper, Basquiat, Picasso, Joe Strummer, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, the list rolls on and on...