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It Sounds Like Austyn Gillette Is Starting His Own Board Company

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There’s been a lot of speculation over that past year or so about where Austyn Gillette would end up. He sheds some light on the topic in a new interview published by SOLO yesterday. From the sounds of it, he’s going to be starting his own board company while keeping his options open.

So what’s the talk about your own board company then?

Yeah, there’s been a few things, it’s just… I don’t know what I’m going to do there. I have a little funny name I’ve liked for a long time, but I’m not selling it or anything like that, I just want it to exist. If something else pops up or if I’m excited to do something new, it wouldn’t really affect anything. Guess if it’s not on the market, it doesn’t really matter. It’s hard because people pull you in different directions and tell you what’s cool and I’m kind of tired of that. They also don’t know what the fuck is cool. Maybe people are waiting for the next thing to make fun of? Skating is fucking lame in that direction, nobody is doing anything new. Half of the teams that are successful fucking suck. Their skating is like uuuhhh, but they are “famous”. The world of skating is going. It’s hard for me to dictate that I’m just doing what’s exciting to me: working with friends that are creative and do not just have a skate brain. Over the past five years, I’ve started not caring or really watching it. It doesn’t get me motivated.

He also mentions a new Former video that’s on deck for early next year.

Do you want to tell us a little bit about Former and what your role there is?

I hope people will know who’s on the team: it’s Jake Anderson, Jamal Gibbs, and then myself. We’re filming for a video project that we wanted to put out in November. But since there’s a lot of stuff coming out towards the end of the year, we kind of don’t want to be a part of the mess. We want to have a project that’s focused and sits on the shelf for maybe a week or longer. We went to Australia, then the Europe trip, but we have not been filming too much in LA. That’s my goal for this project, film as little as we can in LA. I personally wanted the guys from the team to experience getting out of the country. I’ve always been a little bit more lucky, and it’s more pleasing to see something new than trying to compete on the two spots in New York or the two spots in LA. For this project, my intentions have been a little bit more colorful, a little bit more foreign, also with the intention of trying to get some European guys to ride for the team as well. So the places we were traveling are places where we want to have a presence.

Read the full interview here.

Image Via Alex Pires / SOLO

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‘Good Work’ Episode Features Lisa Whitaker and Meow Skateboards

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Skater Lisa Whitaker narrated how she started Meow Skateboards in this episode of “Good Work”.

She also related how she got introduced to skateboarding and how she founded Girls Skate Network in 2003.

Whitaker started her skateboard company in 2012. Now, Meow has more than a dozen talents including Vanessa Torres, Mariah Duran and Kristin Ebeling.

“Lisa has always been the catalyst for women skateboarding”, says Torres who was one of the first skaters to join Meow’s roster.

Produced by Red Bull, the Good Work series features skater-owned and operated businesses.

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Monster Energy’s Aspire-Inspire Episode Features Mami Tezuka

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Get to know more about Mami Tezuka in this episode of Aspire-Inspire by Monster Energy.

Surrounded by skaters growing up, Mami showed interest in skateboarding at around the age of three.

She started participating in competitions abroad in 2017. In 2021, she won silver in the X Games Women’s Skateboarding part. She landed third place in X Games Chiba 2022.

Fellow Monster Energy rider and friend Lizzie Armanto describes Mami as easy-going, fun to be around, and inspiring. “When I’m around her, I want to push myself better,”

Tezuka admits that she enjoys filming video parts more enjoyable than participating in contests.

“Competition is kind of stressful for me”, Mami said. But added that she does enjoy seeing everyone at contests.

“Filming part is more fun for me…it doesn’t to be hard, tricky trick, but you can see the style and progress of the skating”, explained Mami.

I want to inspire girl skaters and young people. Do what you love and then don’t be afraid to be yourself.

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Aspire-Inspire is a mini-documentary series by Monster Energy. Previous episodes featured Aurelien Giraud, Kelvin Hoefler, Rune Glifberg, Ayumu Hirano, Nyjah Huston, and Matt Berger.

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The Nine Club Features Elliot Sloan

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Elliot Sloan narrated how he injured his neck while doing a 900 and his other worst slams on the ramp in this episode of The Nine Club podcast.

He also talked about getting into vert and then mega ramp, building his own vert and mini mega ramp in his own backyard, and hosting the X Games in his backyard among other things in the two-hour podcast.

Sloan is a four-time X Games Big Air gold medalist. In the recent X Games held in his backyard, he landed second place in the debut of the Mega Ramp category and first in the Skateboard Vert Best Trick.

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