When we received this video in our inbox, it took us about thirty seconds to agree that we needed to stream it. It’s no secret that we love a good deal of novelty here at Jenkem HQ.

Donnie Mortensena Colorado skater turned mounds of dirt and grassy hills into spots just by throwing huge wheels tires on his usual board. Not only are some of the tips pretty mind-blowing, but they also capture one of the most important aspects of skateboarding: hanging out with your friends and doing the dumbest things possible.

And if you’re trying to level up to them and want to start making spots from scratch, you can copy these ridiculous wheels here.

photo: jack spanbauer

Q&A with Donnie Mortensen and Jack Spanbauer

Whose idea was this, and why is it so great?
J: It’s all Donnie. Donnie is an evil genius.

D: Honestly, I just got lucky and scored the first set of wheels on Craigslist for $10! They ended up being so much fun that I started bringing a board down every time we went skating.

Where do you find dirtboard gear and is there a specific scene for it?
D: XT wheels are hard to find, but you can find them at your local skate shop. There seems to be a new interest, although it’s a little weird since these things have been around since the 90s. I’m not sure of the scene, but a dirt road trip would be pretty deadly.

Did you experience different editing and filming for a dirtboard part compared to a regular skate part?
J: There was never a dull moment, but I wouldn’t say it was too different. Finding spots was super nice. Those “I wish this was concrete” stains turned to gold.

D: We would already be filming most of the time and come across a dirty place. It was so much fun I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Just driving to work, I would stare out the window and imagine all the new lines that were suddenly possible.

photo: ted menne heron

How did it feel to take on a new project that wasn’t just skateboarding?
J: It was so much fun. It’s simply an idea with a dear friend that evolved organically. The only mindset change is that now and for the rest of my life, I’ll be stuck noticing potential dirt spots.

Donnie, would you say you are better at dirtboarding or regular skating?
D: I mean they both do a bit of skateboarding. It’s just a little more difficult when your board weighs 20 pounds. I wouldn’t say I gave up on focusing on regular skating, but I ended up lugging the dirt board to every spot on the street, just in case. We could call it a delicious distraction.

The intro is obviously inspired by old Zero videos. Are you fans of Zero or is it more of an ironic thing?
J: A bit of both, sure. Misled Youth and die to live had a big impact on me when I was a kid. Today they are still working hard to make feature films with the same raw and true feeling as ever, so much respect for that. This hearth thing just reminded me Ellington’s Introduction. Initially, I made it as a joke, but it had to stay in there.

photo: jack spanbauer

What’s another “X-treme” sport that deserves crossover skateboarding recognition?
D: Have you seen wheelbarrow overturning? It’s weird.

People threw in to rollerblade or scooter in their skate videos. What’s the next big thing?
J: Guess it won’t be long before someone dusts off their old soap shoes.

Who is the dirtiest skateboarder?
J: Zarosh Eggleston did some serious dirtboarding work.

D: Jack is right. Zarosh is at full throttle on a dirt board!

photo: ted menne heron

Can you focus a dirtboard?
J: I blew it and broke the tail trying to do a three step kickflip. So, yes and no.

Why didn’t you go with Ol’ Dirty Bastard for the track?
J: Because Rob Halford is great with dirtboarding.

What is it about this process that people should know that we wouldn’t withhold images?
J: I can’t explain the amount of work Donnie put into some of this stuff. For example, he tried flipping the fireplace for a good four hours before riding. It was ridiculous.

D: I have Frankenstein risers that never stay in place. It’s a small price to pay because wheel bite is a female dog.


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