Skateboarding Champ Bam Margera Gets Sober, Back To Skating
Skateboarding champion Bam Margera is making a return to the sport he loves, but he needed to get sober first to make it happen.
In a new interview with Jenkem Mag, the 37-year-old talked about his alcoholism and what helped him kick the addiction that nearly took his life.
Margera appeared last year on VH1 reality show Family Therapy with his mother, April, and his drinking became a focal storyline in the season. He explained that he initially went on the show purely for money, but realized throughout filming how problematic his drinking had become.
“Once I went in, I realized musicians can party like rock stars because playing a guitar and being drunk go hand and hand, but if you want to skate and be drunk it doesn’t work,” he said. “You’re gonna slam your face, so once I realized that I haven’t skated because I’ve been sipping on too much alcohol, that’s when I got it.”
Margera admitted that his drinking got out of control after the death of his best friend and fellow Jackass co-star Ryan Dunn in 2011. He addressed the emotional toll that Dunn’s death had on him in an episode of the show.
“I never had anybody that I care about die, and all of a sudden my best friend dies? What do you do now?” Margera asked. “I went on a drinking bender … my mom probably worried about me 98% of the day because she never knows what kind of call she’s going to get.”
But with the help of friends and a solid supportive care system, Margera is winning his battle with booze and intends to stay on top of it.
“I never had any pill problems and I’ve never tried heroin in my life, but it’s been a real struggle for me to stay off the alcohol. But just as long you’re surrounded by good people and you have something to do, you’ll be good,” he said. “Like in Barcelona, I wake up and my mission is to skate all day. I know being in Spain is the best place for me right now to not drink.”