I first met Nassim in the city of Thessaloniki in Northern Greece, when he and fellow Element Europe teammates were on a filming mission for, the then video project, "Get Busy Living". It seems like that was ages ago because since then, the young kid I had met has definitely added several notches to his belt, has traveled the world, has grown into a young man, and not to mention, has become an even more powerful skateboarder. With his first official video part in Element Europe's most recent offering "Hold It Down", which I will assume you have already seen, Nassim is adding another big notch around his waist and is walking through the door that has opened up for him, taking his skateboarding to the other side of the pond. Luckily I had the chance to get a quick chat with him before the video's premiere in Berlin as I am sure it is going to be hard to track him down now. - Text: Damian Argi. Photos: Guillaume Anselin.
You seem to be quite busy as of late. Recently you had a part in the Dutch video "Bombaklats", you've been on a slew of trips with Vans EU filming for their video, and by the time this gets put out the Element Europe video "Hold It Down" will be premiering. What's it like simultaneously working on projects like these?
It's fun. You get to travel all over the world, skate cool spots and meet new people.
If I recall correctly, Danny Wainwright posted some pretty brutal slams you've taken on his 'gram and your teaser for the Element video has some good ones as well. How's your body feeling? Have you had any down time or are you going from trip to trip, filming mission to contest?
Yeah I eat shit all the time. It's skateboarding. You're challenging yourself all the time out there. I think it's fun, adrenaline is taking over your body. But it does suck when you get hurt. Which sadly, is also a part of skateboarding.
Now you're settled in SoCal where you got 2nd place at Damn Am LA. It looks like the U.S. isn't treating you too bad. How long have you been here so far? How different is it from your hometown in Holland?
I've been here in L.A. for three months now. It's very different. It’s a whole other world. This is where skateboarding is though, all the companies are based over here. The weather is always nice and the skateparks are amazing. When you're here in California it's a really good way to be productive and to progress at the same time.
Did you ever think you'd be traveling the world and ending up staying in California?
I've always dreamed about it. Now I just realized that dreams do come true, and that if you believe in yourself you could do it, no matter what anybody else thinks.
How long after the last Element Europe video "Get Busy Living" did you guys start filming for "Hold It Down"? Did you jump right into it or did you have some plans?
A big part of my footage went to the Future Nature video, so I had to start a little later with a little less. But I was hyped my footage made it in the video.
Are you happy with your footage?
While I was filming for this video I was going through a lot of things. I was over here in Cali all the time and I got hurt twice. I was trying to move over here but got stuck back home for a couple months. I cut all the bullshit, figured it out and filmed what I was able to film at that time. I didn't film everything I wanted to film, there are so many things I wanted to do. But I'm happy with what I got. This is my first real part and I’d like to see it as an introduction. I'm super excited for the next video project already!
Who's part would you like to see the most?
Karsten's (Kleppan), but I'm excited about the whole video.
Will you be flying out for the premier? Are you preparing anything special for the occasion?
Yeah I'll be in Berlin. Just going to let the good times roll!
What does the rest of 2013 have in store for you? What should we expect to see from Mr. Guammaz?
I'm gonna be back home for the summer, I'm excited to have a little time with the fam and friends before I move to Cali. I'm just gonna be doing what I always do, just skate and have fun.