Zainul Mutaqien: A Bintulu boy and his skateboard
“There is a lot of time when you jump down the big stairs and you go full speed, catch it and land on it, and it kind of really changes the level of atmosphere in the area. It is really a mind-blowing feeling.”
By Jude Toyat @judetbpseeds
ZAINUL MUTAQIEN MARZUKI is a 23-year-old from Bintulu whose strong passion in skating began when he was just 11 years old.
With an older cousin as a playmate, he felt like he wanted to be like the ‘big kids’ and so, he started to watch his cousin skate every day and finally decided to try it on his own.
From that moment onwards, he fell in love with skating. He recalls how he used to “fall all over the place” when he started, but now he has been skating for more than 10 years.
Currently, Zainul studies at Madrasah Al-Quran Bintulu and will be pursuing his degree in Al-Ahwal Al-Syakhshiyah at Universitas Maulana Malik Ibrahim in Malang, Indonesia.
Although Zainul does not consider himself a pro in skating, his involvement in several skating competitions have put his skills in the limelight, catching the attention of skating companies. Besides focusing on his studies and trying to do well in class, he is at present filming his parts for Santai Skateboards and etnies footwear ads.
“I remember the first time that I got sponsored was like two or three years back. It was after I had won the skate competition in Johor Bahru and one of the judges came to me and offered me to ride for Santai Skateboards. I said yes, and that was when my career started,” he added.
When asked about who his idol was in the skateboarding world, Zainul said his favorite skater is Nyjah Huston, an American professional street skateboarder.
Zainul’s favorite place to skate would be anywhere in Indonesia as he really likes it there. For him, the food is amazing, the people are amazing, and the skateboarding is absolutely awesome all over Indonesia.
According to Zainul, there are lots of talented skaters at the top of their game but do not have the opportunity to go further in Asia because the skateboarding scene is controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.
“If this thing wouldn’t happen, I think we have some athletes that could bring a good name for the country.”
Zainul’s life path has been a blessing and a great experience for him and skateboarding is a passion that he does not see changing. He is grateful to have a supportive family and friends always there for him and his love for skating and great opportunities in life.
Among his achievements in skating include winning the first place in Redbull Power Skate Grind (Senior Skateboarding category) held in Kuching in 2010, apart from representing Malaysia at competitions in Indonesia.
His proudest moment was when he got first runner-up for the Sin D Cate Best Trick Skate Contest held June 22 last year, where he landed a perfect super-combo of tricks – Fakie Bigspin to Boardslide to Frontside Shuvit Backside Revert Out.
“The only way I get that is just trying my best. Other than that, I have not set that many outrageous goals. It is all about good times and having fun, just focusing what I do best and trying to achieve as many goals as I can, that would just really add to it all and make me feel really good. Whether it is this year, next year or five years from now, that is my goal.”
His only advice for those who want to get involved and get serious in skating is that “Whatever sport you choose, do it because you love it, and do not expect to be an expert first thing. It takes time to do well at anything, but if you love it, you will stick with it.”
Get in touch with Zainul through his Instagram @zainul_mutaqien.