To land a full interview in a skateboard magazine before many people have even seen you skate, let alone know your name, is rare. But for Andrew Summersides, ‘fame before fame’ is an ongoing theme. While working on this interview there were a couple of occasions where people mistook Andrew for someone famous. First, outside of a Penticton school, a trio of eleventeen-year-old girls walked up after the skate session giggling and asking for his autograph. Andrew, having never autographed something before, simply smiled, took their pen, and asked the young’uns what to write.The second brush with celebrity occured while we were shooting portraits, this time involving a couple of foreign gentlemen who approached Andrew on the bridge we were on, and requested a chance to have their photo taken with Mr. Summersides. Again, he just smiled and obliged them. This attention from strangers has been confusing indeed, but it was clear why we we wanted to meet Andrew. His casual free-flowing style is a thrill to watch, and his ‘let’s go’ attitude is always refreshing. It’s the reason he’s causing such a stir.
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