Francis Cooper Darquea Mauro
Providence, Rhode Island
Almost 10 years of skating down hills.
What did you do before skating?
What ever nerdy high school boys do in the suburbs. Play airsoft, play video games, blown stuff up outside and explore abandoned buildings.
What would you do if you had to stop skating?
Probably buy a motorcycle like 90% of the other washed up skaters have.
Where did you learn to skate?
On the steep streets of providence Rhode Island. The harsh winters would make you enjoy the summer days all the better. Lots of hiking hills by myself. Eventually I learned how to REALLY skate down hills in Malibu California.
Favorite skate event?
Giants Head Freeride and Tepe and Tacos. Incredible free rides hosted by awesome people bringing together everyone you love into a giant campsite.
Finish school at University of California Santa Cruz with a double major in Anthropology and History of Arts and Visual Culture.
What pays the bills?
The awesome support from the companies I love Prism Skate Co, Caliber Trucks, and S1 Helmets. The hellacious service industry. And I’m also a bounty hunter.
Got any tips for someone on their first road trip?
Always smell the jug before you take a sip. Go into the grocery store with a plan and don’t hold everyone up. Invest in a decent form of sleeping gear camping pad, hammock, air mattress. Always clean your road rash.
Do you skate anything besides hills?
Not really, I end up bricking myself when ever I skate in parks. And the idea of hitting any kind of stair set or hand rail sounds terrifying.
Truck/bushing setup for hills/street?
Caliber trucks 180mm 44 degree. 92a yellow Blood Orange barrel board side. 89a Red Blood Orange barrel road side. Rock them extremely loose,and give it a couple confidence cranks if you are going above 45 MPH.