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Austyn Gillette Talks Failed F.A. Spinoff & Vans Relationship



Austyn Gillette’s sponsors have been a hot topic for the better part of the past two years. At this point, it doesn’t seem like he will ride for anyone. He clears the air on what’s been going on in a new interview with Wasted Talent. Without providing too much detail, he address the failed F.A. spinoff brand that was almost a thing last year.

So everyone’s asking. What’s the score with no board company? Can I ask what happened with you and WKND because that welcome clip with that back 180 blew our mind. I mean, we’re still not sure how you did that…?

Probably couldn’t do that again. 

But then that whole thing kinda fizzled out.

We just kinda work better as friends rather than being on the same team I guess. We’re still really good friends so I mean, they’ve managed to add 4 or 5 guys to the team since so it’s sweet. I think it was for the better. After that I was gonna do something with Dill and two other guys but that fell through. And then after that I decided I don’t really wanna work with people that don’t have our best interest in mind. I just wanna skate with my friends and do stuff that my friends would want to do, or be a part of. That’s what’s important to me. I dunno. I feel like I’ve spoke to every board company and everyone’s like, “you gotta start something!”. And I’m like, “I don’t wanna start something” (laughs).

He also goes on the record about his relationship with Vans.

Since you mentioned shoes? You’re still not officially on Vans?

No I get some of the perks like travel which helps out a lot, but no pen to paper.

It sounds like we won’t be seeing Austyn on anyone’s roster anytime soon. But we will see him the upcoming Former video, which will be dropping via Thrasher sometime in the next couple of months.

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Justin Sommer Featured in Santa Cruz’s True Grit



Follow the journey of German skateboarding prodigy Justin Sommer in this episode of True Grit, a docu-series produced by Santa Cruz Skateboards.

Born to young parents, he was practically raised in the streets of Berlin where he got introduced to skateboarding. Justin learned the ropes from his older friends.

He also fell into wayward life when he was younger. But with the help of his genuine friends, he was able to steer in the right direction and has now made a successful career in skateboarding.

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode



Nike SB Global Brand Manager Kelly Bird opens up about growing up in Houston, getting into skateboarding, becoming a pro, and eventually transitioning to the industry side of skateboarding.

Before he became the global brand manager of Nike SB, Kelly worked for DC Shoes and Lakai Footwear.

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Catch Up with Mariah Duran in the Latest Nine Club Episode



Pro skater Mariah Duran has always been into sports as a young kid, she revealed in the latest episode of The Nine Club.

The goofy-footed skater from Albuquerque, New Mexico got introduced to skateboarding when she was around 10. Initially, she would borrow his brother’s board, but her mom eventually bought her a board.

She was also into softball when she was younger and basketball when she was in high school. Later on, she shifted her focus to skateboarding.

Mariah won the USA Skateboarding National Championships Womens Street in 2019, and 2021. She placed 4th in the most recent competition.

She is also a two-time X Games gold medalist for Women’s Street Skateboarding.

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