Ryan "Peabody" McWhirter
by John Alden
Let everyone know what your real name is.
You’ve been on the road non-stop all summer: Skate Rock, Beauty and the Beast, Indy tour… I heard you even jumped in the Habitat van for a week or so. Are you actually going to spend some time at home now? Where is home, anyway?
San Francisco. I’m leavin’ again tomorrow, but I hope to be hanging around here after that.
Frontside Smith grind at Ray's on the Skate Rock tour. Photo: Hammeke
What’s the gnarliest thing you saw on the Skate Rock Tour?
Dog Boy taking out that kid right next to me at the Sac park.
How was it being on the road and camping with the Girl team?
It was a good time for sure—no bullshit, just skating, camping, other good stuff.
Reno's seen plenty of disasters, but few like this low-to-high. Photo: Hammeke
Who was the MVP skater on the Beauty and the Beast?
Rick McCrank skated everything.
Mike Mo—Mike Carroll and T-Mo combined into one—take the cake for most valuable partier.
How did you get on Anti Hero?
I don’t know. Shit happens.
Street Body, tailslide. Photo: Morford
Have you been in the van with new guy Chris Pfanner yet?
I’ve known Pfanner for a minute. He’s down!
How long were you on the Indy tour?
Julien bought me a bus ticket like 12 hours before we left, and Tony Trujillo and I rode out to Colorado to meet those guys. They let me tag along ’til we got back home; I think it was like 20 days.
How many beers would you say P-Stone consumes on any given day?
You can’t keep count; it’s impossible. I’ll say he’s rarely caught without one.
What's your favorite bridge park?
The Body heats it up with a back tail. Photo: Morford
Partying all night, skatin' all day. You get stuck at this shit park in Reno and try to grind it. Photo: Hammeke
I’ll name a bridge park, and you tell me the first skater that comes to mind. Burnside.
Peabody would rather be fishin'—wait, someone already coined that one. Photo: Morford
Who’s the best skater to ever skate the face of the earth?
The best you can’t say, but Cards is up there.
If you were going to kill yourself, how would you do it?
Gainer off the Golden Gate Bridge.
Do your own shit.
Now that's a proper frontside rock.
3/26/2018Old crusty spots separate the men from the boys. Parque de Carolinas in Quito, Ecuador has been there for 40 years. It ain't going nowhere. I took the best of '97 there and it went off—cops, broads, beers and busting. The next time I went 20 years later, the kids that grew up with the mag wanted some Eccy juice. Took the now dudes and, needless to say, Hellride was on, "Rocky Mountain Way" all the way. —Jake Phelps
3/26/2018The last three years I’ve been starting out the year with a trip to South America. Following the Sun in life is a good rule. –Jake Phelps
12/18/2017Friday’s SOTY celebration in San Francisco was one for the ages, as Foy was crowned and Nickatina elevated the party to another level. Big ups to everyone that made it out.
9/26/2017Arctic and Bad Shit jammed out, Bob's got shredded and we raised money for our fallen brother P-Stone's family.
8/25/2017Sebo doesn't live in a van anymore but he's still out in those streets. Check this interview with Sebastian and learn about redneck kits, grip-tape art and life after the Chrysler.