At his current job with League City, Troy Chason ensures all local parks are kept beautiful and well-maintained, but in his early 20’s, you could find Troy skating with professionals like Tony Hawk at the X Games.
What do you do as a Parks Maintenance Crewleader?
I’ve worked here for 6 years and I do everything from A through Z, from irrigation, maintenance of ball fields, electrical fencing, mechanical work to striping fields. One day I’ll be changing sprinkler heads, another day I will do payroll. Safety is very important and it’s a priority for us to keep a well-maintained feel for all the community sports throughout the City.
Favorite part about your job or most interesting?
My favorite part is making the parks look amazing, working with my fellow staff and always meeting new people in the public.
Hobbies or interests outside of work?
I enjoy fishing, skateboarding, and motorcycle riding.
How long have you skateboarded?
I started skateboarding in 1980 with friends from high school and throughout the early 80’s. I got my first sponsor in 1985 and continued to progress gaining more sponsorship and touring the national tour as an amateur for four years. I turned pro in 1989.
What was one our biggest accomplishments as a skater?
I went to the X Games in Dallas in 2001 and ended up in 21st place out of about 58. It was great to see old friends and skaters that are at the top level that I hadn’t seen in years. It was also good to see myself skating at a level with the top guys in the nation and worldwide. You always get nervous before a competition like this, but I stuck to my game plan and kept my tricks in my head and did my best.
Do you still skate?
Yes, I still skate, to keep it in my blood. I will be competing in the April Fool’s Jam in South Houston in the division for skaters 50 and over. I’m very excited about that. I want to skate for one more year and will retire when I’m 55. I’m planning to have a party and everything with all my skater friends out at the skate park. I also started my company, DSS, Dirty South Skateboards in 2010. I sell skateboard and t-shirts to offer something local and more affordable for the community.
What do you love about it?
I love the freedom to express your own style, your own tricks and just the tight-knit core of skateboarding and the friendships you make. I met my best friend best man when I was 15 through skating. The core friendship of skaters through the past 35 years of skating I got to skate with Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist, Bucky Lasek.
How did you get to skate with Tony Hawk?
He and I did a skate demonstration at NASA inside the space center in the early 2000s. The kids who watched us were amazed of all the different variety and styles of tricks that were performed. It’s always a pleasure to skate with Tony. I’ve known him since I was 15 in California and he’s always been nice to all skaters in general.
What’s your favorite trick?
I created a trick called a headbanger in 1989. It’s a lean airwalk to tail.
Suggestions for someone wanting to start skating?
I would recommend skateboarding a great exercise, balance, coordination and meet other great skaters in your community. Always wear your safety equipment when starting out. That’s why I still get to skate. When I ride, I always wear a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, everything.
Three words to describe yourself:
Honest, friendly, and comical.