Cameron Card Interview

A few weeks ago I was sitting with some friends watching skate videos, and one friend brought up the fact that we see these pros in videos and we think we know them, but in real life we have no clue what they are like. Lucky for me this situation does not apply when talking about Cameron Card. I was able to get into contact with Cameron and approached him about doing an interview to see how he was since the injury, so that people can hear everything he has to say about the situation. However, while in the process of interviewing Cameron I realized he is genuinely a good person who speaks from the heart, which is rare to find, but makes for a great interview.

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Canadian Roll (C.R): For those people who have been living under a rock, would you like to recap what happened to you on July 13th, and what where the extent of your injuries ?

Cameron Card (C.C): I hurt my head, ear, and ribs rollerblading on a SWS tour out in Indiana on Friday the 13Th of July ’07. I jumped off a backside Royal about 12 feet high and landed feet first, they hit a crack and made me fall back with all the force of the drop. I hit the right back right side of my head causing internal bleeding and 3 cracks on my skull. It ended up breaking 3 ribs in the back, and also breaking my right ear drum.

C.R: How are you feeling now?

C.C: I’m actually feeling pretty good as in headaches and pain, my life has started to become a little confusing. Rollerblading was a good amount of my life, and it was just taken away without warning! So the stage that I’m at right now is the “figuring out your life” stage.

C.R: It has been stated that one of the biggest problems you faced was amnesia, is the amnesia still in effect, and if so is it frustrating in any way?

C.C: The amnesia I have is from about a day before the accident till about 30 days after. I remember bits and pieces, but remember pretty much nothing till about a week after it. It’s very frustrating because I would love to know what was going on during those days.

C.R: The other major problem was pain (obviously), is there anything that helped you cope with the pain besides medication?

C.C: Well since I don’t really remember much pain, the only way I can answer this is that I’m pretty sure my girlfriend helped a bunch because she was there for me the whole time. She told me that I was in a lot of pain, but I’m not sure what I did to help it. On a side note I asked her about this question and she said that I didn’t handle the pain good at all and that i would be up all night eating pill after pill.

C.R: I think the biggest question on peoples’ mind is, will Cameron Card ever be able to rollerblade again, and if so, in what form?

C.C: This is the same question going on in my mind… I’d like to go see another doctor as soon as I can, but I have to wait until I feel comfortable trusting my insurance because nothing has been taken care of with all of my doctors. I have rolled around (with a helmet on!!) but had a few times where I got a little scared for my health. My guess would be that I will be able to rollerblade but it will never be past a certain point of difficulty and never without a helmet.

C.R: I read somewhere that for a while your parents were very concerned whether you were going to make it or not. So I assume that this injury must have been very traumatizing for them. This leads me to ask, how has this injury effected your family? has it altered your relationship with them at all?

C.C: My Mom has always worried for me when I’m rollerblading but she’s a very calm person, when she later told me the story of how she was freaking out, and what was going on at my home when this happened I was very surprised because I really didn’t know how bad this really was. I’ve always been close with the family so nothing has changed with my relationship with them.

C.R: In the intro to your VG 22 sections you stated, “Rollerblading is me, I am rollerblading” now that you aren’t able to roll, how do you perceive yourself?

C.C: As a very sad person missing something I was and can not be anymore..

C.R: Also in that VG 22 intro you stated, “… every time I am scared to try something I just put it in the back of my head and try it.” considering your injury, would you still give this advice to other rollers out there ?

C.C: Well I also said “know your limits, but exceed them.” meaning don’t just go out and throw a trick just because you heard someone say “just do it.” Know what your capable of and push your self a little over. If you push too far you’ll get hurt. So if your scared of something you believe your capable of then yes I would still give that advice. If I had another section now that I could throw some of my thoughts in I’d say “Wear a helmet, because life is more important then just trying to look cool.”

C.R: In what aspects has the injury changed your life? Do you see life any differently now then you did before?

C.C: It’s changed my whole life. I’m a lot more careful now, I don’t take the kind of risk I use to take. It’s tough though, because that’s what I use to do to take out the stress of life. I need to find other ways now.

C.R: In every interview, article, or snippet of information I see about you, you seem like an optimistic person. So I must ask, has this injury, in any strange way, brought some benefits? (have you been able to spend more time with loved ones, friends, seek new hobbies etc..)

C.C: As of now, sadly it hasn’t brought too much good in my life. It was very hard for my loved ones to deal with me while being in the state I was in. I guess one good thing would be I finally bought a camera. I’ve always wanted to do photography but was too busy with rollerblading.

C.R: What takes up your time now?

C.C: I’ve been working a bunch, climbing, and mostly photography. You can all check out my flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cameroncard/

C.R: Has the injury affected any of your other hobbies?

C.C Yeah living in Utah we have a winter so I use to snowboard and ski in the winter. I will no longer be able to do those.

C.R: In Barely Dead you said that you were eating Ramen noodles on tour because you were so broke. Now that you can’t rollerblade to make that small capital you were making before, does it mean you have to look for a job in the “real” world, and if so, how do you feel about that?

C.C: Yeah I’ve had a job for the last couple years of rollerblading, but going on tour and traveling so much didn’t allow me to make much money. So now I’m working much more at a ski resort and just got moved to a manager position. I don’t like it all that much I’d rather be traveling the world doing what I love.

C.R: We always hear that rolling is a fleeting business and there is no health insurance from sponsors. Have your sponsors helped you in any way since the injury?

C.C: Moral support! I don’t expect anything else. If people were making millions in our sport then I’d expect them to pay the bills. Zik (empire) and Mark (integrated) are awesome guys and if they could, I know would help 100%. If everyone in the rolling world sponsored me then we could do it with just a couple dollars a piece!! paypal me at cameron.card@gmail.com!! haha kidding!

C.R: Also on Barely Dead you stated that it was a year before you were off your parents insurance, when the injury occurred were you under any insurance?

C.C: Yeah actually 3 weeks before I went on the tour some of my friends told me to just get an accident only insurance for 25 dollars every check. I got on it and 2 weeks later…. I hit my head. So for 25 dollars I saved a bunch!

C.R: evoL, the video you did with Hayden Eatchel, has been received very well throughout the rolling industry. Can we expect to see more of your work behind the scenes? Will this work only be video and photography or will you branch off into other aspects?

C.C: I would love to branch off into other aspects I have nothing in the works right now. I’m going to work on my photography and get some more equipment and hopefully start to shoot in the industry. I just need to get my life all straitened out before I get into any other adventures.

C.R: Your life is full of many experiences that not many people can say they have gone through. Do any stand out in your mind that may or may not be skating related?

C.C: Yeah I’d have to say when I went from skating street in Utah, and flying to ASA’s to compete, to living with Dave Paine, and Randy Spizer in Californa, filming for VG22. Those are guys I only just looked up to and dreamed of just skating everyday with. So it was an amazing experience.

C.R: What legacy do you want to leave on rolling?

C.C: I hope that I showed that if you get in the spotlight to not let it get to your head and to always enjoy what your doing. Your still the same person no matter how bright the light is.

C.R: What Question would have liked me to ask you that I didn’t, and can you please answer that question?

C.C: I would have asked “Did getting in the spotlight ever effect who you are?”
No I never let it get to my head, it just made me want to be a better person so if there was some kids that looked up to me then it would hopefully rub off on them. If you look at my career I didn’t push too hard on getting pro this pro that.. I just tried to be in the spotlight enough to make enough so that I could still do it. I’ve had a million amazing experiences and I’d just like to thank everyone that supported me during my rollerblade career.

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So there you have it, Canadian Roll’s interview with Cameron Card. I am not going to lie, the first time I read some of those answers I was taken back. I realized how much Cameron’s situation has changed and how dangerous what we do is. However, having said that rolling brings a lot of people close together and has a lot of positive aspects, which I am sure people like Cameron Card, Me, or anyone reading this would not trade for the world. Remember to appreciate what you have while you have it.

-Nick. D

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