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Bill Strobeck Reflects on Dylan Rieder in New Vice Interview

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There’s no arguing the impact that “BLESSED”  has had on skateboarding. It’s all anyone has been talking about since it dropped, and we’re expecting that to continue well into 2019. Dylan Rieder’s influence on the film is obvious. Bill Strobeck goes on the record about it, and reflects on his relationship with Rieder in a new interview published by Vice’s i-D this afternoon.

There’s a tribute in there to him [Dylan], as well.

There is, there is, there’s a bit for him, and there’s a lot of stuff in there that, if you know him, you’d recognise. He was involved with this film even if he wasn’t around. He was in my brain, I was thinking of him. I really wanted him to be proud of it –– I want him to be like ‘Fuck yeah you did it’.

The film is dedicated to Dylan. You realise, all you have is time, people come and go in your life, to this day it doesn’t feel real that Dylan is gone. I still don’t get it. It just happened. This guy was the top of the food chain in skating, he was the dude. Within a small amount of time he was just gone, but in a way I just felt blessed to have the time I had with him. You get to meet certain people in your life, and then life is over. I feel blessed to be doing this now, in 10 years we might not even know each other. We don’t know what’s going to happen. I think it’s a blessing in itself that we can all work together and created something that very special together.

Head over to i-D to read the entire piece.

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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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Santa Cruz Skateboards’ ‘True Grit’ features Tom Asta

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In this latest “True Grit” video by Santa Cruz Skateboards, Tom Asta revealed that he never planned on becoming a pro but just enjoyed skating as a teen. He turned out to be one of the best pro skaters we know today.

He talked about growing up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and also showed his favorite skate spots in his hometown. Town mates Chris Cole and Ian Berry, and other pro skaters spoke about how they met Tom and how they have seen him develop into the skater that he is today.

The “True Grit” video series attempts to get an in-depth look into how skaters came to where they are now by visiting them in their hometowns and interviewing the people around them.

Watch more of Tom Asta in the Santa Cruz Skateboards’ welcome video below.

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Shecks Guests on the Latest ‘The Nine Club’ Episode

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Pro skater Ryan Sheckler talks about growing up in Southern California, starting skateboarding at the tender age of two, his over two decades of career, and his personal struggles in the latest podcast episode of “The Nine Club”.

He also discusses starting his skateboarding company, the Sandlot Times, and the story behind the name.

The Nine Club is a skateboarding podcast started and hosted by professional skateboarder Chris Roberts in 2016. The show is co-hosted by Roger Bagley and Kelly Hart.

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