Last week, the California-based DVS Shoes announced it had paired with Jake Anderson, the 29-year-old Seattle skater most recognizable as a deckhand on the Northwestern, the 127-foot long crab fishing boat featured on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, to collaborate on a special edition skate shoe.
Anderson chose to design the Torey Mid, personalizing the model already in the DVS collection for team rider (and Grizzly Griptape creator) Torey Pudwill. "I have always been into skating ever since I was a kid," Anderson said in an interview released by DVS. "I can actually work and wear these on the boat, instead of only being able to wear them around town."
The partnership stemmed from Tim Dowling, a mutual acquaintance shared by Anderson and Tim Gavin, one of the founders of DVS. "Last year Tim calls me and says, 'Hey, I got the opportunity to be a filmer on the Deadliest Catch,'" Gavin told ESPN. "Jake noticed [Dowling wearing DVS] and told him he skated and they established a relationship, and it led Jake to us."
Anderson has fished for 15 years, working on boats as a teenager in Alaska while continuing to skate. At age 19, he began skating for local shops around Los Angeles, drawing the eye of bigger companies before destroying his ankle. "I couldn't skate anymore and couldn't pay my bills. [Fishing] was my plan B," he said.
The immediate footwear deal is the only project that DVS currently has lined up with Anderson. To that end, Anderson said he hooked up his fellow Northwestern crewmembers with pairs of his designed shoe. But Anderson will likely be involved in future skate events and, possibly, additional collaborations. "Any relationship we establish is long term," Gavin explained. "This could lead to other things, most definitely."