28 years old Sponsors : Palm Isle Skateshop, Emerica, Stance, RVCA (Agence Royal), Undz, ULC Skateboards Seb Carranza has more than one string to his bow. Born in Quebec to a Mexican mother and a Quebecois father, the 28-year-old skater moved to Mexico when he was only 5 years old. He could very well have become a soccer player or a mariachi, but it is with skateboarding that he lived a love story. It was in the streets of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, that Seb started to ride. The “streets” is a big word, since by his own admission, places to skateboard were quite rare at that time. At the age of nine, he and his 15-16 year old friends had to use their imagination to practice the sport in rather unfavorable conditions. ”The skatepark was an old abandoned schoolyard. People would bring in their homemade modules. It was really junk. In Playa del Carmen, it was the beach, so there wasn’t really any asphalt, it was gravel and dust. But in the end, we still managed to skate and at 9-10 years old, I won my first contest!”
Two years later, Seb and his parents set off again for Montreal to settle there permanently. ”I started skating at the skatepark in Longueuil (Jean-Béliveau) and met people. Then when I was 12 years old, the Infinity skateshop, which unfortunately no longer exists, approached me to ride for them… and that’s when it really started.”
Although he had already been turning heads for a few years, it was at the age of 13 that the Montreal skateboarding scene realized the young man’s potential. ”I went to a rail in Montreal North, it was a really popular spot, then I got going… and in 3 tries, I managed to land a FS feeble. Everyone was stoked. And that’s pretty much what made me known at the beginning.”
From that moment on, Seb was known as “the dude who made a front feeble on the 10 steps handrail of Montreal-North in white pants”
. Still today, he is known for what he does on his skateboard… but Seb Carranza has more than one hat !
Carranza, the comedian
The first result when you type his name on Google may surprise you. It is the UDA record of Sebastien Carranza
. “I’ve been working in film and television since I was 15 years old. I started with skateboarding because I auditioned for the role of a skateboarder and then I played in the movie Everything is Perfect. Then I had an agent and I continued acting.”
Seb’s priority remains skateboarding, but he’s also passionate about mixology, he’s been a bartender for several years. “I’ve been creating cocktails, I’ve done events, I’ve worked in bars in Australia too, it’s pretty much my livelihood right now, but it’s also a passion. I like to compare my job to that of a chef, but in terms of drinks! I like to see the reaction of people when I offer them one of my original creations.”
But don’t worry, in spite of his busy life, Seb always finds time to go surfing, camping and skateboarding. Some of his recent tricks were featured in the movie Boltwagen released last month. https://www.instagram.com/p/CC_YQnon05a/
He recently participated in the Défi Hors Piste, an online skateboarding contest organized by Adrénaline urbaine, and he continues to film for his next parts. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDT3JI3HCFJ/ And of course, he represented the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district with brio for MTL Skate District!