If you're not from Long Beach, California and you haven't seen the independent "TA-HA" video yet, Derrick Wilson is a name you might not completely recognize. Pick up one of the skate magazines on the newsstands and in skate shops this month, though and you'll see Wilson blasting a massive switch ollie in his introductory advertisement for Stevie Williams' DGK brand. We caught up with Wilson to talk about his fast rise to success and where he's headed from here.
So you're on DGK now. Walk us through how that came about.
I put out a part in a friends video "TA-HA." Fools somehow put it on YouTube. It got to different websites, I guess and I randomly got hit up by DGK not to long after.
Have you made it out to the DGK training facility, "Da Playground" yet or have you gone on any trips with your new DGK teammates?
Yeah, I went out there not too long ago. I skated the park, met a few team riders but not all of them yet. I've got some trips coming soon and will kick it with them then, for sure.
Your part from the "Ta-Ha" video really got you noticed. Were you working hard to make that part a standout thing?
Yeah, I really just went from cruising with the homies, to working on a part after getting a few clips. It's my first video part ever so I wanted to just get as much as I could for the part and video.
How many times did you have to go back to Hollywood High to get that nollie heelflip down the 16-stair?
I went back about four different times and did it a year later from the first time I tried it.
Can you tell us a little bit about your video part from that video getting leaked on YouTube and how that got you noticed?
Well honestly, I guess somebody random uploaded it. But it got a lot of views. I guess people were going craze over the nollie heel. That probably made the part.
Apart from DGK, did you get any other offers from companies once your "Ta-Ha" part broke out
Yeah, I got some people backing me now that I'm pretty hyped on.
How have things been going with Converse? You just got to go out to Vegas with them right?
Cons is sick. Yeah we went to Vegas to help out Kenny Anderson for this commercial he did. It was pretty tight, just super hot.
How did you start getting clothes from Altamont?
I ride for Team BK Inc., they pretty much rep for companies. They started hooking me up and once my part got leaked I guess someone in the office got my number. So hyped!
How long have you been skating and how did you get into it?
I've been skate for about 13 years or so. It started just being in the neighborhood with the homies. I kept picking up hobbies but never left this one.
Was it a goal for you to get sponsored and try to make skateboarding a career?
Not at first, I just did it for the love. I still do it for the love today. But I just want to see how far it can take you and how positive I can be with it. I looked at it like I should try my hardest, too so I won't be stressing doing other things.
What do you get into when you're not skating?
I just chill with friends or family. Eat or sleep.
What skaters do you look up to and why?
I just look up to all the skaters that have a dream and that skate as hard as they can every day.
What else have you got planned for this summer?
I've got some trips coming up. I'm going to be in Atlanta all summer, though. Should be pretty epic.