fueled by pushing limits

A conversation with pro skateboarder Aaron “Jaws” Homoki.

A conversation with pro skateboarder Aaron “Jaws” Homoki.

A skateboard. It’s a glued stack of wood veneer. A metal undercarriage with rubber grommets and a greased axle. Polyurethane wheels with oil bearings. Eight bolts and some sandpaper for traction. It’s a simple design and a simple operation: You push it and it goes. But it’s the creativity of the pusher that makes skateboarding something way more. More complex. More expressive. More dynamic and often more dangerous.

Few skaters take this creativity as far as Aaron “Jaws” Homoki. He’s taking skating to insane new levels with enormous rooftop drops and huge gaps. There’s a creativity and joy that you can see in every trick he throws. It’s as fun to watch as it is harrowing. In celebration of Go Skateboarding Day on June 21, we talked to Aaron to learn what fuels him to keep pushing.

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Photography by James Young

How did you get started in skateboarding?

I started skateboarding when I was 12. I got into it from my older brother. He had a board and we use to share it ‘til I got my own. He still skates to this day.

What got you into the big, burly jumps that you’re known for?

I had a trampoline when I was little and would jump off my roof onto the trampoline all the time. Then when I started skating, I would just go off loading docks. Then moved to higher things and just ended up on roofs and really enjoyed that.

How do you mentally prepare to launch into these huge drops?

I just trust my instincts. If I look at something, in a split second I know if I can do it or not. And if I choose to do it, I try to not think about it too much. Music really helps me clear my mind. I really enjoy techno music to hype me up and get rid of the bad thoughts.

Are there any people who inspire your progression in skateboarding?

Yes. Travis Pastrana. Although he doesn’t skate, I really look up to him because he pushes himself to the limit. As far as skateboarders, Corey Glick has been getting me hyped lately. I really like his skating. And Jeremy Leabres.

What’s your favorite trick right now?

I really like doing backside airs right now. They are really fun, and the more you do them, the better they become. Just like anything I guess.

Where do you see your career going next?

I really have no idea. Hopefully not down the drain. Ha-ha. Nah, I don't know. Maybe start a YouTube channel and just film fun stuff the whole time. Maybe only do tricks live from now on. I don't know.

What inspires you to keep skating?

Honestly, all my friends that I have made through skating. They all keep me motivated, and I try to keep myself motivated all the time. All the Birdhouse crew are my best friends, and they keep me happy and skating.

Side note: Aaron isn’t just a killer skater—he’s also super into something called the Jew’s Harp. It’s something you have to hear for yourself—scroll through his Instagram and check it out. We asked him: How in the world did you get into playing the mouth harp?

I rolled my ankle and was out for six months. One day, I randomly looked up techno beatboxing on YouTube, and some dude had a Jew’s Harp and was beatboxing into it. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, so I got one and have been playing it for a few years now. It's fun! Actually, I’d like to start a mouth harp company! That’s the next phase in my career. More of a side hustle I guess. Look out for Jaws Harps!