Nassim had to trust himself, as he grew up in Moroccan culture and his dad didn't believe in his passion.. "I wanted to show him that all this is possible!" Years passed and we're meeting up with a humble young man, just a day before he won first place at the Flip obstacle and best amateur at the Vans Downtown Showdown in Paris...
With this infectious energy he likes to go with the flow, go fast and big. He is on tour a lot, but still likes to skate everywhere, as long as there is a good crew of people. Back home in Rotterdam he has a crew called Bombaklats:
"We just cruise around, have two filmers and film stuff all the time.. It's fun when I go home and skate with the homes again. It feels comfortable."
What are your travel essentials?
Some clothes, basic stuff and books. I love reading... It's the Da Vinci Code at the moment and I'm hyped to see some spots from the book here in Paris.
Have you ever hidden some stuff in your afro?
Nah, I never did that. People always make fun of hiding stuff in there, but I just let my hair grow until it's too wild.
Have you ever lost a roll of film?
I shot so much film, that I never got developed, because I just lost them. On the other hand I found rolls that I don't even remember shooting… that's the most exciting part about shooting analog photos: you totally forget. When you shoot photos with your phone, you get kinda sick of them, because you see them all the time...
Give some advice for the next generation.
Trust yourself. You're the only one who knows what's good for you (besides your family maybe). If you believe, that you can do something, then you can do it! If someone else tells you that you can't - then fuck him. Why would somebody tell you that? Kids have dreams - let them have dreams! Some people are just bitter… be yourself, have fun,
photos: opener - Frontside 180 by Guillaume Anselin
portrait, FS 180, FS Lipslide & FS 180 by Jelle Keppens