We had the good fortune of connecting with David Giuseppone and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi David, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I like to use “risk” as a valuable tool, from every day riding (snowboarding or skating)
to business decisions.

Calculated risk has been a major theme;
having recovered from a nasty motocross accident,
I envision an imaginary line of plausibility.

I’ve been inspired by these riders lately:
Chris Beresford
Lisa Anderson
Danny Davis
Nick Tucker
Donovan Frankenreiter
Tom Carroll

I’ve been influenced by these riders
because they all talk about different variations
on the “flow state”.

Tapping into the “Flow State”
has also been a theme that ties
into the “Risk” theme…

When I feel I’m working or riding in a
“Flow State” I try to maximize that progress,
and not cross that imaginary line;
Steady progression is what matters most.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Growing up skateboarding throughout the five boroughs I’m grateful to have been able to experience the relative close proximity to a plethora of famous skate spots.

From staying up all night skating midtown stair spots,
to traveling far-and-wide to indoor “Training Facilities”

my childhood friends, Max Macnow, Kasper Bejoian, Samuel Burgess,
Ben Gofayzen, and others would non-stop “stack clips” (collecting
skateboard footage)

Being in the skateboard scene introduced me to a lot of
creativity, and music tied well into skateboarding…

Gravitating to heavier rock and roll, and creating live music
became a large theme in my early high school times,
and through pursuing passions I enjoy,

I’ve been able to maintain drumming as a consistent hobby; learning
constantly.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were visiting Phoenix:

I’d definitely encourage them to start the day off right
with a coffee from “Black Rock Coffee Bar” In Tempe.

Then I’d definitely try to head up to Carefree Highway (Exit 224) off the I-17
Making sure a good Off Highway Vehicle was in the truck (IE Dirtbike, ATV)
I’d head to the Boulders’ Staging Area, and bring my friend on a phenomenal
off road excursion.

After that, I’d say heading to Scottsdale to “Good Time Tattoo” would be my next recommended activity.

Glen Coit is an artist there and he’s definitely best in the country! He also builds show-trucks, and served our country.

I’d say we’re probably thirsty and hungry at this point,
so heading into Old Town

and getting food and drinks from, Kelly’s at Southbridge
is the next mission “on-tap” so to speak.

They always have really good live music,
such as, “Sassy And The Sneak Attack”.

If the homies still wanted to party, I’d say checking out
the night-life off of that row of bars off of Camelback
and 73rd st would be a good way to spend the rest
of the evening.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to personally recognize all the support from friends like:
Paulie Connor, an incredible role model
Jasper Conroy, the Most stylish “older brother”
John Sposato, for always believing
Luis and Danny Rodriguez, for being like family

Flying Point Surf and Sport played a huge role
in getting my skate brand “WULF” to market last spring.
Without their support, I wouldn’t have made my first sales.

I’d also like to thank skaters,
for genuinely loving the sport and
bringing a creative progression to it.

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Image Credits
Purple Skate Photo (Image: Joshua Marshall experiencedttlphotography) Second Photo Taken on Laptop by me. Third Photo Screenshot of design app from CustomSkateboards.com

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