We caught up with Australian skater Shane O'Neill to learn more about what's in like in the life of a professional, his recent relocation to Los Angeles and much more.

At 25 years old, Street League Skateboarding pro and "9 Club" regular Shane O'Neill is a fixture on the global skate scene. Known for his technical prowess and an almost uncanny ability to combine flips into grinds (or vice versa), watching O'Neill do what he does best is like watching a perfect game of "S-K-A-T-E" on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Following last year's edit for The SB Chronicles Vol. 2, the Nike SB rider took some time to chat with us ahead of his heats at Street League Skateboarding Barcelona. See what we talked about below.

What does a day in the life of a professional skater consist of?

Pretty much just skating for a few hours in the morning, then doing some random things. Maybe go do a signing but that’s not every day. So mainly just skating. I’ve got a skate park in my backyard so that’s basically all I’m doing.

Did you design the park yourself?

I did, yeah. I just drew it on a piece of paper and then got them to build it for me. It was like a childhood/lifetime dream come true. It’s not something that happens often.

When did you realize skating was becoming less of a hobby and more of a profession?

Probably when I started getting on teams properly and becoming an amateur skater. I realized I could just keep doing this instead of having to skate and then getting a real job. But there’s never really a point where this is a job for me.

So you designed your own park, do you design your own decks too? Like the Kanye deck for Skate Mental?

The Yeezy board came from a photo I posted with Kanye’s face photoshopped on my head. I don't really design them myself. I just give my inspiration to others.

Are you a fan of Kanye?

Yeah, he’s awesome. He’s crazy and has some crazy point of views and is pretty outspoken. It’s like Floyd Mayweather. I mean, if a skater was like either of those two people it would be crazy, but you never have that.

What are your favorite shoes for skating?

Janoskis. I’ve been skating in them for as long as they’ve been out. But I think some new stuff is coming out at the moment that I'm gonna try out.

Would you like your own signature shoe?

Of course, I’d love to do that. That’s kind of an achievement so hopefully I can reach that. But it’s difficult. Everyone wants to do that and there are so many deserving people.

I spoke to Janoski a few months ago and he said that nowadays the shoe sponsor is the most important sponsor. Do you think there's truth to that?

Yeah, I think it is. I work with Nike SB and they’ve got so much going on and they’re doing so much for skateboarding. I’m always traveling and going to these different contests, so for me, for sure. I can’t talk on behalf of anyone else. It’s definitely become more important than it used to be. It used to be all about the board and now you can do your own thing. Because of the internet, you can put your skating out there, you don’t have to rely on smaller companies to push you.

On that note, you’re quite active on Twitter and Instagram. Do you think social media is important for today's pros or amateurs?

I think it's important but depends on how you use it. I keep it just for skating. I’m not posting all day long – maybe just once a day. When it first came out I was on my phone just trying to work it out but I got over that. Some people, it's bad for them – they’d be cooler if they didn’t have it.

One last question, back in the '90s and early '00s skate shoes were huge and clunky. Now, they’re slim and bare bones. Do you chalk that change up to trends, or is it grounded in reality and performance based?

I think it’s because skating has gotten more techy and more trick-based, and you can’t really perform tricks well if you can’t feel your feet. I think it's just progressed that way and I don’t think it’ll ever go back. They still do bring out shoes that are bigger. Some people like bigger shoes but for me personally I like to feel my board. I’ll sacrifice sore feet if it means I skate better.

Check out our full recap of the SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona.

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