Nasir Roumou is a skater based in London sponsored by Blast Skates.
His skating blends his passion for ’80s tricks done with a modern day approach. It’s clear that he gets a lot of creative inspiration from that early street-jump ramp era but if you watch his footage you can see he’s adapted his taste for that skating into his own unique style.
In conversation you find that he’s got a solid knowledge not just about the tricks he likes but also where they came from, who invented them and the spots and skate parks he’s drawn to. He’s really specific in his interests and influences inside skateboarding.
We were intrigued and wanted to know more about him, so we hit him up to join The No Comply Network and after discovering he was down, we learned we had lots in common and that he also had a series of interesting perspectives on skating, art and music to share.
Learn about how he got his first board and found a skate style and influence from skaters ripping before he was born, his favourite thing about skating Stockwell, getting on Blast Skates, Matt Bromley, Jake Snelling, why he likes shaped boards, his stand out tricks and clips, influences and inspirations, Alphonzo Rawls, Ray Barbee, Jovontae Turner, getting on Converse, shredding street and transition, skating Southbank, his perspectives on skating, art and music, and his favourite skaters, styles, videos, spots and parks, photos and more.
Read the Nasir Roumou interview below to find out for yourself
I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. Gwinette County to be exact. However, I’ve spent majority of my life in the UK.
When did you first see skateboarding and think I want to do that?
Well upon first moving to the UK, my grandfather and I would often venture around with the aim to get me better acclimatised to living over here. One of the places we’d almost always end up at, would be Stockwell Skatepark in South London.
My grandfather would hoist me up onto the wall so I could sit and watch the skating in the park, I was mesmerised by everything I saw going on. Now that those times are way in the past, I can’t imagine myself cherishing skating as much as I do or being at a point now where I couldn’t imagine my life without it.
That’s great. So when did you first get a board and what was it?
My first ever board was originally a Christmas present. It was a Sports Direct branded deck, the ones that practically come gift-wrapped in plastic, grip and all.
It didn’t turn and it barely rolled. Those unredeeming qualities were partially the reason it happened to collect a concerning amount of dust in storage aha.
Fair enough! So where were you skating at time and who with?
There was this playground nearby where I lived that happened to have a miniature water park called Myatt’s Field.
Sometimes when they’d forget to turn on the sprinklers it would have these little crater-like spots and even bumps too. I skated there for a week or two maybe.
However, when I felt ready to skate a real park I went to what I managed to get familiar with from all those day trips in in the past – Stockwell.
I got pretty cool with most of the locals and happened to make what I consider some of my closest friends to this day.
You’ve got a unique style, which skaters influence you the most?
Sounds dope. How did you get sponsored by Blast Skates?
I think it was due to me always hanging around Stockwell and just being mates with and skating with the majority the riders on the team.
It wasn’t until Lockdown happened that I was given the opportunity to contribute to a little article in the Blast Skates Lockdown zine that Matt Bromley was working extremely hard on at the time.
In the week’s leading to its release I was reluctant to say or believe I was on the team until I had received a copy and then when I got it I saw my name underneath the riders list in the article section. I was stoked!
You do a lot of rad No Complys, who’s got your favourite?
Ray Barbee hands down aha, most fluid looking style when doing them too!
What’s your favourite thing about doing Fastplants?
My favourite thing about doing Fastplants is that sometimes you’ll have the rare few that flap on the way up. It’s even cooler when the board happens to slap against the bottom of your shoe when your foot gets back onto the board.
Chris Miller, Riley Kozerski and Junpei Shibata are a few influential ones to come to mind.
Special thanks to Broley for taking the time to teach me, been doing them since.
What’s it like being sponsored by Three Amigos skate shop?
I like how Three Amigos is communal and welcoming they are in the shop. It’s more family-run than other shops in the UK.
I find it pretty dope how they also focus on some of the smaller and underdog companies over here. They also find a way to make customers and visitors feel welcome as well as showing their gratitude towards the public for stopping by, rather than on how and if they can make a quick buck.
How did you get sponsored by Three Amigos?
I got on through a really good friend of mine. I used to film his clips a lot and I guess out of curiosity they wondered who could possibly be screaming with their voice cracking dreadfully in the background aha and the rest is history.
What’s your favourite thing about skating Stockwell?
My favourite thing about Stockwell has to be the overall environment there. I’ve met a ton of really cool people and learnt a bunch of things from almost everyone there. Definitely played a huge part in the way I skate now as a result of being able to be around so many awesome skaters.
Hmm, one of my favourite tricks I’ve seen go down at Stockwell off top would have to be Pop Shuvit Frontside 50-50 grind along and around the corner of the deep end by the park warrior Adam. That’ll be in my head forever just because how clean it was aha
What’s your favourite trick by Jake Snelling?
Anyone of his street plants, but a personal favourite of mine that he does is his “Switcheroo”. He has them all so good.
You make edits, how do you go about selecting music?
I normally just sit at home and spend literal hours browsing through at least four different genres a day.
Whenever a song gets stuck in my head, that day or even for a week I personally see to it that I use it for the next clip I post. I can never move onto the next without doing so aha.
What musicians are you into right now?
Well for the past week or so I’ve been listening to a lot of
Mary J. Blige
Why do you prefer shaped boards over classic popsicle boards?
Being really into the 80’s vert scene I’ve just really grown to like the look and feel of a shaped board. And having a shape is probably the closest you can get to feeling like you’re in the 80’s alongside the having the tricks to match course. It’s also cool how most shapes also have specific features for certain tricks.
Such as the tail on Rob Robskopp’s board being used for Smithverts and Fakie Thrusters, or Jeff Kendall’s double kicktail, the list goes on.