“I'm not super good with words and all that, but this is a straight up dream come true.”
That’s how Andrew Brophy began the Instagram caption announcing that he’s now riding for Girl Skateboards. He’s pictured holding his first pro model for the new board sponsor – a basic graphic with the iconic Girl logo, his surname and the word “Sheila”. The bogan slang is a nod to his status as the first Aussie to ride for the Californian company founded by the likes of Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Spike Jonze and Megan Baltimore back in 1993.
Brophy gave Slam a heads up before the announcement was made, explaining, “It kinda all stemmed from being a part of Fourstar, which was under Crailtap [the distributor for Girl, Chocolate and others], so I’ve known all the dudes over there for like 10 plus years.”
“It seemed only natural to hit them up about it after Cliché went under and they seemed to be feeling it. Then the call came that it was good to go and the stoke is real. Never in a million years did I think I would be pro for Girl skateboards! What a trip.”
Brophy had been on Cliché for 12 years, but unfortunately the French company folded late in 2016. Cliché had proven to be one of the industry’s staple board brands for a couple of solid decades, but as they say, all good things come to an end. Brophy told us, “Al Boglio and Bod Boyle over there always had my back, I have nothing but thanks for that.”
And Brophy reckons riding for Girl should be a similar vibe, saying, “We’re all great friends who love skateboarding, so it's probably not going to be a whole lot different.”
As for 2017, there’s going to be a lot happening for this tall dude from Margaret River. “I'm working on a Transworld video part and interview. There will be some GoPro tours coming up – quite similar to the New Zealand mission that we did – and a bunch of US missions to skate and work on my brand Wayward Wheels.”
“2017 is going to be red hot,” he says finally.
Congrats Brophy, we’re looking forward to it.