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Highsnobiety Q&A August, 28 2012

Vans Legends: A Conversation with Steve Caballero

The opening reception of the Vans Downtown Showdown Amsterdam presented by Monster Energy brought skateboarding legends, Pro’s, Ams, local Dutch media and skate enthusiasts together to celebrate 20 years of the iconic Vans Half Cab Shoe with photography, art, skateboarding and music. Twenty years, twenty skaters, twenty photos and one shoe, was the premise for the selection of images curated by Lance Dawes, to celebrate the legacy of the iconic Vans Half Cab shoe. Twenty customised Half Cabs complemented the photography exhibition, with artistic innovation from Shepard Fairey, Jimbo Philips, Chris Pastras, Lance Mountain and others.

We used the occasion to catch up with Vans Legend Steve Caballero, check it out here below.

Age: 47

Birthplace: San José, california

Current location: Campbell, California

Year of starting your career: 1980

What’s your favorite skate soundtrack?

Any metallica

What’s your favorite skate spot in the world?

My home park at lake Cunningham.

What’s your favorite VANS skateshoe/modell?

Halfcab.

What do you like about Amsterdam the most?

I haven’t been here that much, maybe only 2-3 times but I like how friendly the people are.

3 essential pieces you’ld always put in your bag for a trip.

laptop, bible, toothbrush.

What was the most impressive place you ever visited?

Japan, I’m part japanese myself as well. I love the culture, sushi but mostly the people, l Iike how respectful they are. And it’s a save place, probably the safest place on earth.

Looking back to the beginning of your career, what changed the most over the years?

Availability changes the most, the places to be to skate even in other countries. I can skate now almost everywhere all around the globe. That’s fantastic.

If you could choose a convenience you have today you could also have back in the days, what would that be?

More options to skate. We did what we could back then, but our possibilities have been rally limited.

What was the biggest success in your life?

Giving my life for Jesus Christ, this was the most successful and productive thing I did my life. It opened my eyes and now I see things different.

Home is?

Where your heart is, in Campbell. That’s where my wife and kids are.

Thanks a lot for the interview.

Check out our previous conversation with Ray Barbee here.

Photography: Robert Wunsch / Highsnobiety.com

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