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Brad Johnson Gets an Extensive Slam City Interview

If you’re not following Brad Johnson’s Instagram, then you are missing out. He’s been posting classic clips from EMB, Pier 7, and the Trilogy era that will make you nostalgic for the ‘90s. Brad’s history with skateboarding runs deep, and intertwines with our own. The connection is covered a bit in an extensive interview published by Slam City this morning.

Did you grow up with Leland Ware of 48 Blocks in St Louis? I saw you mentioned he had BGPs in some of that old footage you posted.

Yes, we probably first met at Kiener Plaza, when were somewhere between 15 or 16 years old. After that though our crew rolled around all over together. I moved to S.F. by myself. Leland moved to Washington D.C. for a bit, a few other homies moved to New York, but eventually there were around 10 or so people from St. Louis that moved out to either S.F. or L.A. Captain and Casey who did the Fuel T.V. show are from St. Louis and Steve Berra too.

It’s also worth mentioning that Brad and Lee were roommates in San Francisco when I moved there in ’98. In my mind, the DNA of Mission Statement can partially be traced back to those days, and conversations that were had on 19th Ave, and at the Pier, Union Square, etc. For more on Brad’s story, head over to Slam City to read the entire piece.

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‘Good Work’ Episode 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.

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Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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‘My War: Gabriel Summers’ Now Playing at Thrasher Magazine

Watch “Gabbers” Gabriel Summers as he narrates how the story behind the “Damn It All” part where he got a broken collarbone while trying to conquer a massive kink handrail.

I will think about that forever because that’s something that’s like, took me so hard, and it’s so hard to accomplish and that I actually did it.

The gnarly goofy-footed Australian Skater has been a member of the Zero team since 2019.

Watch the “Damn It All” Zero part below.

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Skate Tales Season 2 is Coming

Skate Tales Season 2 is coming on Red Bull TV starting April 20.

Madars Apse’s documentary series takes us through skateboarding underground to share life experiences and ask more skateboarding mavericks to find out what skateboarding means to them.

You can also watch the series on Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel on these dates:

  • Ep 1 – April 20th
  • Ep 2 – May 5th
  • Ep 3 – May 19th
  • Ep 4 – June 2nd
  • Ep 5 – June 16th
  • Ep 6 – June 30th

You can watch all the season 1 episodes here.

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