Gailea Momolu says he is a skateboarder first and a rapper second, and one fan says he is “more of a dancer than a rapper.” Indeed, Gailea Momolu has a great pair of feet.
Gailea Momolu’s parents are from Liberia, although he was born in Boston and he grew up near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Now 28, he makes his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. He lived for some time in Los Angeles, the informal capitol of skateboarding, in order to make connections and find sponsors, but he says he likes Vancouver better. “It’s a good skate scene out here,” Momolu says. “There is a lot of focus on the talent, but the scene could be a lot better when it comes to kids getting hooked up and getting their names out there.” Besides, Momolu has a girlfriend in Vancouver. That might explain why he doesn’t like L.A. as much as other skateboarders.
As for favorite places to skateboard , Gailea Momolu picks Shenzhen, China. Yes, China. “People in China really don’t know what to do when they see me skate,” Momolu says. “They just crowd around and watch. It’s a new sport to them.” He explains that his love for Shenzhen “is because it’s all unique marble, the 10-out-of-10 top marble.”
Gailea Momolu describes his skate style as “raw and relaxed.” These two words may not seem to go together, but Momolu insists that he can remain relaxed and still get raw. “I’m a handrail skater, I guess, but pretty much I try to skate anything and everything,” Momolu says. “The reason I say ‘raw’ is because of my pop. I don’t like to flaunt myself too much, but I’ve heard so many people say that about me.”
Gailea Momolu has a comparatively late start in skateboarding. He was more interested in basketball as a youngster, and he didn’t get his first used skateboard until he was 13 years old. But he fell in love with that board and remembers taking train rides to Toronto and Montreal in order to get in on the action during the winter months. “I’ll stay in skateboarding for as long as I can,” Gailea Momolu says. “I just want to be a household name. I just want to keep doing what I’m doing.”