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Connor Champion Talks Lil Wayne Skateboarding, Going On Tour With Him & More

Sun, Nov 10, 2013 by

Connor Champion Discusses Lil Wayne Skateboarding, Going On Tour With Him & More

Professional skateboarder Connor Champion recently chopped it up with Quarter Snacks about going on tour with Lil Wayne around the United States of America and Europe.

Connor talked about how he got picked to go on the America’s Most Wanted music festival, skating on stage in front of thousands of people while Tune performs live, what an average day was like on the tour, living on the tour bus with Mack Maine and Gudda Gudda, what the craziest thing he saw while on tour was, his opinion on Wayne taking up skateboarding, and more.

You can read Connor Champion‘s interview about Weezy F Baby below!

How did you get hit up to go on a Lil Wayne tour?
I’ve known Ryan Clements since I was a kid. He used to work for Skatepark of Tampa, and Lil Wayne’s people hired him to staff the skating part of his tour. Ryan knew I was a big Wayne fan, so he called and asked, “Do you want to go on tour with Lil Wayne for two months and skate on stage?” Before he said anything else, I just went “Yeah.” They didn’t tell Ryan any specific details, so I didn’t know what to expect.

Who else was on the tour?
It was me, Kyle Berard, Jeremy Knibbs, this kid Yo-Yo who rides for TRUKFIT, and Wayne’s little cousin, Dante. I’ve known Kyle since I was young, and all the other dudes were sick. I couldn’t ask for a better mix.

What was the first day like?
I flew from Atlanta to Birmingham, Alabama the day after they called me. We just showed up to soundcheck on the first day and saw two small quarter pipes, one large quarter pipe, and two small handrails. They were just like, “See what you can do.” At first, there was a routine where we would all go after each other. But when Wayne got on stage, he stopped the music once he saw what was going on and said, “Fuck that routine shit, just skate.” It turned more into a jam session for each show.

Did you have to try hard tricks or anything specific?
Just tricks we knew how to do. After the first show, we started having little side bets with each other about who could do the best trick. It got easier as it progressed, after a few shows we got used to it and were just skating. I did get bodied a couple times in front of a few thousand people. I was doing backside bonelesses on the larger quarterpipe, and a few times the lights onstage were going crazy so I completely missed the quarter pipe on the way down. Kyle would do lein to tails and the crowd would go wild. They were just hyped when people landed tricks, not when they busted their ass, which is honestly not what I thought would happen.

What was an average day on the tour?
That dude has people on a nocturnal schedule. We’d wake up at three or four in the afternoon, go to the show, eat there, warm up, do the show, hang out for a little while after, and wait to see if Wayne wanted to skate that night. If he did, we’d go to the skatepark and skate until like seven in the morning. We were staying up until nine or ten after that. On the days off, we were on the bus driving to the next city.

What was the bus like?
We were on the Young Money bus with Mack Maine and Gudda Gudda. It was like a full tour bus with twelve bunks, Mack had a room in the back, and there was a common area for everyone. There were supposed to be other rappers on the trip, but Wayne replaced the rappers with us. I’ve been listing to Sqad Up mix tapes since I was a little kid, so it was surreal to be on a bus with those dudes and for them to be cool with all of us. They’re down to earth and hospitable about having a bunch of random skateboarders on their bus for two months.

What’s the craziest thing you saw on the trip?
Seeing girls do things to be around certain people was something that I’ve never seen before. Their whole world is something else. But on some little kid shit, the craziest thing was just Birdman coming onto our bus with a million dollars worth of jewelry on and rolling dice with Gudda and Mack.

Everyone who skates has has an opinion on Wayne taking up skateboarding. What impression did you get from him skating based on those two months?
I was a huge fan of Wayne before the skating, so I’m biased. I had his back prior to this trip. But skating with him changed my perspective even more. When you see Wayne stand on a skateboard, you can tell he genuinely loves it. He’s a little kid that just started skating in a grown millionaire’s body.

Out of everything he could be doing with his free time, he’s choosing to be at the skatepark with us at three in the morning. You have to realize he could be doing literally anything in the world at that moment. I’ve seen people move mountains for that dude. It’s not like, “I gotta go practice skating so I look legit” or whatever people may think. We were on the studio bus with him on the way to a park, and he would be in full creative mode, in the middle of making a song for the mixtape that just came out. As soon as we pull up, he’d stop and say, “Aight, let’s go.” Granted, we skate differently, but he would be skating longer than any of us. We’d be dead, covered in sweat at 7 A.M, and he’d just be laughing at us.

I’ve seen so many non-skaters come into the industry, use it and throw it away. I fully understand how other skateboarders might think it’s a gimmick or that he’s using skating, but coming from someone who has skated for a long time and has been around him for a while, trust me, he’s not using it for that. If you’re bummed on that dude, you’re bummed on someone who genuinely likes skateboarding and that’s weird.

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  • sam speed

    need new music like right now

  • D0me

    Good read.

  • 90km/h

    Fuck the routine shit, just skate! Hahah

  • hello

    tour life with weezy sounds fun !!

  • Gking

    Wow thats was the nicest thing have read this month…”fuck that routine shit,JUST SKATE”..NOW THATS WEEZY.,i love you skating,acting,rapping anything..aslong as its you

  • CHANDLEN

    I WISH WAYNE WOULD STOP THIS GAY-ASS SKATING SHIT!!!!!!!!! IT’S GOING ON 4 YEARS OF THIS SHIT!!!!!!!!! GET YOUR ASS BACK IN THE STUDIO BITCH!!!!!! THIS SHIT IS MAKING ME MAD!!!!!!!! I BEEN DOWN WIT WAYNE SINCE ’98 AND STOPPED FUCKIN WIT HIM WHEN HE FIRST STARTED THAT ROCK SHIT!!!!! I WAS GOING TO START FUCKIN WIT HIM AGAIN BUT AS SOON AS I STARTED FUCKIN WIT HIM AGAIN, DATS WHEN HE STARTED THE SKATING SHIT!!!!!!! THAT GAY ASS FUCKBOY DUFIS SKATER.

  • Marckus

    Wayne still dressing like a 8 year-old????

  • Bawse

    Who is Connor Champion?

  • Flipper

    Common, Give the little guy a break. If wayne wants to dress like a 8 year-old then let him do it. Stop hating tho. I’m not trying to be funny man but He probably likes dressing like that because he is the size of an 8 year old. So just let the little guy do watever the shitty boy sucks for.

  • LKDN drakes nipple

    Lil wayne be like
    Get blowjobs for 25cents call it headquarters
    I be quiet when i shoot call it silencer
    I be bowling in the water call it fishbowl
    Ill be nipping on pussys call it catnip
    Driving on my period call it motorcycle
    Working on her tits call it boobjob
    I get jack high call it hijack
    I gain weight from eating pie call it poundcake
    I lick her whole ass call it butthole
    Camron recording me call it camcorder
    Eating chips on the sofa call it couchpotato
    Water in my trees call it rainforest
    Freeze my sperm call it ice cream
    Shine a flashlight on my ass call it moonlight
    I get stoned in class call it highschool

  • Issiah

    Dude that just wrote that little rap up there spazzed out. But Wayne more created with it.

  • carter V on the waY

  • CheyCheyLuvTunechi

    #TRILLREALSHIT I been wit my Babi Wayne since he started in 93. ;+) Hes da illest, period!!! Fuk anyone hatin!!! My Boo is tuu Amazing…♥♥♥♥♥

  • LKDN drakes clit

    Lil wayne be like
    Let my church bitches wear converse call it nunchucks

    (This line is better than whole dedication 4 album)

  • LkDN drakes g-spot

    Lil wayne be like
    Break windows when im solo while wearing eyewear call it glasses malone
    Paint my dragon brown call it blac chyna

    (These ones even better)

  • Dbone

    @LKDN I feel so bad for u dawg u don’t like Wayne and your still wasting precious minutes of ur life on him. Go outside explore and live while u still can… O yea and ur mama a hoe
    BITCHEZ GIV ME HEAD WHILE THA HATERZ GIV ME PROMOoooo…..#YMCMB TRUK DA WURL

  • LKDN drakes enema

    @dbone

    You the type of nigger who likes to get fingerbanged and use this lines in one of your future verses

    Lil wayne be like
    Me and my niggers in the jacuzzi call it bloodbath
    Smoke weed in my condo call it houseplant
    Grown Boy on 4 legs call it chairman
    Grown city boy with a fitted on call it manhattan

  • Lkdn drakes nailpolish

    Lil wayne be like
    I throw this album in the trash call it gudda gudda
    Say i love my bitch but shes my other mother
    I suck my berrys though a straw call it strawberrys
    And eat candy while picking cotton call it cottoncandy
    I say im so hard but im easy
    Smoke with 2 fingers up call it greenpeace
    Even a blind person say they can see me
    And im the leader of the hive call me queen B

    Tyga verse be like
    Bzz bzz bzz my niggers be
    Bzz bzz bzz my bitches be
    Bzz bzz bzz my killers be
    187 if you aint buzzin Bee

    Track of the year

  • Lil wayne needs to make a come back…people are picking on him and i hate it!…i know wayne will do better,he probably is working on something great now,i believe wayne gonna make all these fuckin haters lovers again

  • @Lkdn you coming up with some corny ass shit that wayne don’t even say fck you blood get a life

  • Thabang

    danny cn u plz block dis LKDN he annoyin i wish i had powerz to choke the fuck owt of him to death through his computer or whatever he is using.bitchas nigga get a life loser u borin us wayne’s fan

  • LKDN drakes analbeadsv

    @thabang

    Need to borrow some tampons bro ?

    Lil wayne be like
    I take my boy out for a boattrip call it tom cruise

  • KamZiro

    @Danny Why Dont You Block @LKDN I.P NUMBER/PORT NUMBER Or Something Coz He Be Making Those Stupid Ass Spam Massages In LWHQ & YMHQ. I Used To Read Cool Comments But Now, You Will See Written 15 Responses But When You Read You Will Only Find @LKDN Comments, And It Will Be Lucky If He Doesnt Reply On My Comment. Im Sure Is A White Geek Boy #IDontResist Im Just Being Honest, Prolly His Granpa Stole His Girlfriend Or Should I Say Boyfriend Coz You Seem Gay You Sucker Dumass Bulshit Face. #Annoyed&Bored

  • Lil Stona T

    Fuck all yall hating on wayne because he’s skating..fuck now if you think your real by saying that you fucking stupid period…..I mean come on what yall fucking hating on skating I mean its his hobby now and you motha fucka’s just gotta deal with it fucking bunch of haters…!!!!!

  • Lil Stona T

    Fuck and if you need new music so badly why don’t you try to rap yourself try to make up your own rhymes bet not even half off you can but fuckit Shout Out Lil Tunechi For Keeping it real…C5 can’t wait for that shit yeah

  • Lil Stona T

    Yeah and @LKDN will be like yo I’m the fakest off em all and I only suck balls….you dumb fuck you probably some fucking poor ass dude with almost no money that’s thinking up that shit allday long…Get A life…Yo Danny I’m with @KamZiro block that faggot or something

  • volcomnukka

    Church on that last comment by Conner Champion! Real talk.

  • TheWife

    Look nigga,

    Im tired of these bitches… Talking all stupid talking about they baby and boo. Tell them hoes my wife checks this shit so leave a comment and quit with all the extra shit! You’ll just come and leave me but you be all around fuxkin with these groupie ass bitches fuxk these hoes…

    Like do want a divorce? Dont fuck with me Martin!

    Gina Li <3 I'm out!

  • TheWife

    Look nigga,

    Im tired of these bitches… Talking all stupid talking about they baby and boo. Tell them hoes my wife checks this shit so leave a comment and quit with all the extra shit! You’ll just come and leave me but you be all around fuxkin with these groupie ass bitches fuxk these hoes…

    Like do you want a divorce? Dont fuck with me Martin!

    Gina Li <3 I'm out!

  • @Lil Stona T Thank You I Thought I Was The Only One Who Was Annoyed, Damn That Nigga Is Boring AF But Hey Maybe Is A Boy Seeking For Some Attension, But Hey @LKDN Or WhatEver You Got My Attention So GTFO Outer Her

  • LKDN

    Lil wayne be like
    Open her legs while i sleep call it bedspread
    Paid extra for fly lessons call it wingtip
    Watch the clock with a shirt on call t-team

  • Tony Montana

    @LKDN
    Lil Wayne be like
    My pa got a suit call it wingsuit

  • tinaphoo

    Hot pic wayne looking to good

  • Billy Riley

    It’d be an awesome opportunity for someone to skate with wayne. He carries a session around wherever he goes bc people are just fascinated with his career. So even if wayne isn’t ripping on a skateboard, his fans around him will. MAD FUN