The new Habitat video, "Origin," dropped this week, giving us a perfect excuse to catch up with both ends of their team. Austyn Gillette is one of the team's most promising amateurs and a threat to German landlords everywhere. Kerry Getz is 10 years deep with Habitat and we don't really need an excuse to talk to him, but we'll use this as one.
ESPN.com: What was the highlight of making the new Habitat video?
Austyn Gillette: This video we filmed with Marius Syvanen. That was pretty cool because I was with him a lot. I traveled a lot with this video. I spent a lot of time in Europe; that was one of the main highlights. Filming is pretty hard, so maybe just going to cool places was the highlight.
Get in any trouble in Europe?
Yes, yes we did. We got kicked out of the apartment in Germany thanks to me. That was my fault. We were just making dinner for some girls, it got loud and the cops came. I can't really say much more.
You were evicted for making a loud dinner?
Evicted! Exactly. That's my story.
What's your best Tim O'Conner story?
You love that guy, huh? I don't know; he's pretty normal lately. I don't have any good ones. He's on a leash now.
It's the wife's doing, huh?
I'm not going to say. I don't know what he's doing.
On the other end of the spectrum, What's your best Fred Gall story?
Wow. We went to Macao and it's basically like the Las Vegas of China. It's an island that's Fred Gall-Land. Anything bad you could get into, he got into. He kept us up for hours and we had a Fred-Over. We were up the entire trip. That was pretty cool. We've had wild times every trip.
Who has the best part?
I haven't seen it. I've just been getting texts and e-mails from people that saw it. I'm kind of scared.
Being on Habitat, did you learn to play the guitar in seven days?
It didn't take that long. We had a four-day trial run. If you can strum a song, you're on.
And that kept you on the team?
No. Lasting on trips with Fred [Gall] and getting in physical fights with [Filmer] Brennan Conroy is what did it. It's weird. I got tortured and I know Silas [Baxter-Neal] got harshed a good amount getting on the team from Stefan Janoski and Danny Renaud, but the recent additions to the team didn't have to do anything. Marius Sylvanen got on in one night. Daryl Angel got on basically because of Stefan Janoski. No one is getting harshed to get on anymore. It's easy nowadays.
At any point during filming, did you get so frustrated watching Silas skate that you wanted to pull a Tonya Harding?
I don't skate with Silas. I've seen him skate in person and it's really annoying because he can do anything and he doesn't look like that kind of person. He does the most incredible tricks I've ever seen in my life. He's probably one of the best out there. He's rad to watch in person.
How was making this video different than making previous Habitat videos?
Kerry Getz:It was way different for me because it wasn't my main focus. Joe knew i was working on other projects and wasn't stressing me about having a full part. There was a few other tricks that i had that were left how but i know how it goes when your putting together a really sick video. Not every trick can make it in the video if it's not up to par. Plus I wasn't there when they were editing the vid or I would have said put that trick in the video joe or were gonna have a problem. HAHA! Just kidding. I leave it all up to joe he's a genius.
Can you talk about the other thing you're working on?
I can't. I'd like to but I don't want to get it out there because I'm running into trademark issues already. I'm working on big stuff to launch this thing in the next year.
But next year we can expect to see a whole lot more Kerry Getz footage?
Yes, exactly and some really good things to help skateboarding grow.
What was the highlight of making this video?
The highlight was Guru. He's such a rad dude and his footage was blowing my mind.
Who has the best part?
Absolutely Guru has the best part. Guru and Silas are right there; it's about a tie.
I didn't know Austin and Silas are far from being BFFs.
There's a lot going on that I don't know about. I just try to stay out of it. I learn about all the drama once I get on trips. I like everyone on the team and have no issues with any of the guys. They all freakin rip.
Last we spoke you were thinking about making the contest comeback but I haven't seen you in any of these contest. What happened? I tried, man, but once I lost my training facility, I was no longer able to go skate every night and just kickflip a pyramid a 100 times. I really really miss those days. The days of ripping contests, skating my TF was hands down the favorite times of my life. So pretty much I just didn't feel like I could hang with the young bucks anymore. The contest scene is absolutely out of hand. Sheckler, Ortiz and Cole are just out of hand. I'm so stoked for Cole. He's been killing it for the East Coast.
My last question is, how come Kyle Nicholson didn't get on Habit and he ended up on Selfish Skateboards? I don't know, man. Skateboarding is a critical thing and Habitat is a tough company to get on. I don't even want to talk about that cause I have Kyle's back.
But we can agree that Kyle rips, right? I agree that he should be on Habitat. He is one of the best East Coast skateboarders right now. He rips and he just turned 21 and can out skate almost anybody I've ever skated with. The kid is unbelievable. He can skate everything and kill it. I really wish that Habitat would have done something with him and gave him a chance to get out there.
Habitat's new video "Origin" is now available on DVD and via iTunes for $9.99.