First time I met Aj was in 2001 at the Chit Challenge freestyle contest in New Jersey that he organised. It was one of the first international contests since the introduction of freestyle contests back to the contest scene.
Throughout the years Aj has proven to be one of the top “hybrid skaters”, mixing freestyle with street, even though I feel he never has gotten the full credits for it that he deserves. After all, he has done this form of skating since early 2000.
Skating with him in Fryshuset, he blew me away practicing freestyle tricks on the banks and flat curbs. We also did some poolriding and skating the miniramp. Aj gave me some very usefeul tips on how to properly execute the Axle stall (he told me to put more weight on my back foot). After a while I nailed my line of Elevator drop, Axle stall, Axle drop and Rock’n Roll Into Faikie.
|Outside my apartment, ready to go skate.
|Lillis and Aj Kohn kicking it!