Read on about Geng's interview with whatit.be:
The first time I heard about Geng I was searching youtube at our hostel in Bangkok looking for some Thai skateboarding and came across Preduce Skateboards and Skateshop which brought me to Geng’s part in there 2009 video “Sambai”. After I saw Geng’s half-cab flip in his first line I knew the part was gonna be banging. John Clayton, Connor Kammerer, the [dot]‘s own Alex Raspa, and I sat in awe as we watched Geng destroy Bangkok and countless other places in Thailand and abroad from a video part that was released 3 years previous. We didn’t get to meet Geng during our trip because he was on tour with Preduce in China but I got to meet a fellow acquaintance of Geng. Janchai being that fellow acquaintance shoots photographs and films local Thai skateboarders and anyone that visits Bangkok and even Thailand in general. If you visit Bangkok, chances are you’re gonna meet up with Janchai. Janchai took us around during our two week stay in Bangkok and it’s through Janchai that what it [dot] be ® gets the chance to “shine a light” half way across the world on a new hot spot in skateboarding (Bangkok) and not so known skateboarder (in the states that is). Also look out for Geng via Patrik Wallner from Visualtraveling.com’s new video “The Mandalay Express”. Let there be light!
FULL THAI NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, WHERE YOU LIVE, BLOOD TYPE?
Geng Jakkarin Petchvoraphon, 9 Sep 1984, Bangkok, blood type O
Preduce, Billabong, Converse
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE THAI/BANGKOK SKATE SCENE?
I think we have very unique skate spots, I’m sure there are still a lot more out there. Thai skate spots looks a lot easier in skate videos but are actually harder to skate in real life. Fucked up ground, traffic pollution, and hot weather.
YOUR BEST STORY ABOUT BANGKOK?
The food here is very cheap. The street vendors are everywhere. When you are skating in the street, you can buy awesome food as you go. Sometimes you will see elephants walking around on the street too.
YOUR FAVORITE PLACE THAT YOU’VE SKATED?
Beijing, China for sure. Best ledges. Marble spots everywhere you go.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE SOI COWBOY?
Never, but my high school was around that area, so I walk past it everyday.
CHANG OR LEO?
Leo. Don’t want to get “Chang-over”.
WHAT IS A MUST SEE FOR VISITORS TO THAILAND?
Monkey Temple in Lopburi Province. It’s about two hours from Bangkok. Oh and ladyboys (everywhere).
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SPONSORED?
I’ve got free products since around 2004 but the real sponsor I got was around 2006 with Preduce.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WARM UP SPOT?
Queen’s Park. We always meet up there first.
FIRST SKATE VIDEO?
Thrasher – Hitting in the Street
RED SHIRTS OR YELLOW SHIRTS?
No color. I don’t really care about politics that much.
RED CURRY OR GREEN CURRY?
Question for Simon Pellaux:
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PEE TAH KHON FESTIVAL IN THAILAND THAT BECAME A BOARD SERIES INSPIRATION FOR PREDUCE A COUPLE SEASONS AGO.
Pee Ta Khon is a traditional festival that happens every year in the North East of Thailand, in the Loei province in the Isan region close to Laos. It lasts for three days and people that take part in it dress in bright costumes with really colorful masks made from woven bamboo to represent ghosts and demons. They parade in the streets dancing and teasing people. This religious ceremony is linked to the story of Buddha when he was welcomed back by his parents, the King and Queens of those days, after being banished. The caravan parading him back to the city was full of ghost and savages serving him and being raucous. The aim of the ceremony is to bring fertility to the people and to the land by bringing back the raining season.
Preduce being a Thai company, we like to use Thai imagery and symbols on some of our deck series and the Pee Ta Khon masks with their amazing designs and colors were a really good fit on the boards.
FAVORITE BEACH IN THAILAND?
Hua Hin beach. Close to Bangkok and not a lot of people.
WHAT’S A GOOD PICK UP LINE IN THAI TO PICK UP GIRLS WITH?
I think Thai chicks like guys who are a gentlemen. Respect and polite. Smiles help too.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SKATING FOR?
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO BESIDES SKATE?
Play PS3, Ukulele, and travel.
ARE YOU FILMING FOR ANYTHING RIGHT NOW?
I just finished filming for Preduce’s next video. It should be out sometime in the beginning of next year. I’m also working on some clips for Billabong and Converse. Other than that, I’m just out filming with local friends.