Oftentimes, when I go somewhere with Angela Brown, the Editor of this fine rag, people instantly assume I’m her little brother. I’m used to it by now, and try not to get annoyed. To compensate for this, and to help people feel stupid, I always reply that she’s my ex-wife, but kept the last name because of the power it holds. So, I’d like to start this piece by clarifying that I am not related to Nate and Jordan Brown—unless you go back far enough, then I suppose we are all related.
Nate and Jordan Brown are a pair of identical twin skate rats hailing from Kaysville, Utah. Initially, when putting together this piece, I had fantasies of taking them out shredding and making them do the same tricks at the same time. But, even though they look alike and talk alike, and at times, they even walk alike, they actually have different skate styles.
There’s an old saying that men usually prefer two types of women: You are either a Mary Ann man or a Ginger man. The same is true of skateboarding. A skater is fundamentally either a kickflip man or a heelflip man. Nate is a heelflip guy and Jordan is a kickflip guy. Nate takes his power to big shit, and it’s safe to say that Jordan is a bit more of a tech rail killer. It’s probably a good thing that their styles differ so much. When they start popping up in videos more, that might be the only way for people to tell them apart.
There are always tons of questions that you want to ask when you meet identical twins. Nate and Jordan were nice enough to put up with my stupid twin questions, which are scattered throughout this article. When I asked them what twin question they get asked the most by people, the answer was simply, “Are you guys twins?” thus, proving how stupid humanity is––but Nate and Jordan were good sports about the whole thing.
Although their skate styles differ, I still had to ask the obligatory twin question: Are they connected telepathically? They can actually finish each other’s sentences, but I think this may be more coincidence than actual brain waves connecting. Ironically enough, though, Nate informed me that he and his brother are planning on putting together a video called Twin Telepathy where, “It’s going to be me and my brother hitting the same shit,” he said.
Then I wanted to know how the twins’ telepathic powers transfer over into their skateboarding. “Once Nate learned back tails, I learned them,” said Jordan. They can’t telepathically tell each other how to skate, but when one of them does take a gnarly slam, the other does feel the pain. How’s that for some twin shit?
I’d imagine identical twins do a lot of things at the same time. I can’t imagine them learning to talk and walk at different times. When it comes to Nate and Jordan’s skating, they literally started the same time on the same day.
I learned that they got into skateboarding from their uncle, Jason Brown––the same pro snowboarder Jason Brown who started Capita and used to interview himself in international snowboard mags. Jason was one of the first dudes to do hand rails on a snowboard, and used to claim that he wasn’t a snowboarder, but a skater who likes to snowboard. Talent definitely runs in this Brown family. When I asked the twins if they snowboarded, the reply from Nate was, “Yeah, but I’m a skateboarder. Snowboarding’s lame.”