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Chad Muska Goes on the Record on Declining S.H.O.F

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Earlier this year, Chad Muska surprised everyone by declining his induction into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, and nominating Kareem Campbell to take his place. During a new interview with Late Boomers podcast, he breaks down why he came to this decision. This is the first time that he’s spoken on turning down one of skateboarding’s top honors since making the announcement last June.

Street skateboarding has influenced street culture on a whole, from streetwear to music. All of these things were birthed from ‘90s skateboarding…Skateboarding for so long was a predominantly white, Souther California-based sport, hobby, lifestyle; whatever you want to call it. And for many years, there were not many ethnicities that were partaking in this sport.

In the ‘90s, a whole group of street skaters came along that were Black, Mexican, Asian, [from] all across the map. All of a sudden, skateboarding became this racially diverse, financially diverse, globally diverse [thing]. Everybody started skateboarding.

So it was very important to me that if an institution like the Skateboarding Hall of Fame exists, that it properly represents the racial diversity within skateboarding. And I felt at the time, that it did not reflect that at all, especially from my era.

So I declined my induction into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame this year because given the state of the world, and everything that is going on… this was the best thing that I could do: offer my position to a black professional street skateboarder, Kareem Campbell; who was my mentor coming up; who designed footwear before me; who started his own company before me.

I came to L.A. as a kid, and I met him as a pro that I looked up to. So I thought: “No matter what his race is, he should have that spot before I did.” But given him being a black professional skateboarder—and influencing all of these millions of black skateboarders that are around nowadays—it was so important for me to put that message out there. 

As always, Muska inspires. Listen the full interview below. The bit about the Skateboarding Hall of Fame starts at 31:21.

Listen to “Chad Muska on Skateboarding, Art, Business and Life” on Spreaker.

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode

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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

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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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Nyjah Huston Talks About SOTY 2022

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Nyjah Huston has only good things to say about his rivals for the 2022 SOTY.

In the ONSTIX Episode 108 streamed on Thrasher’s Twitch channel, Nyjah described the 2022 SOTY Tyshawn Jones as the “King of Pops” for “skating over anything and everything possible.”

He also said that Louie Lopez is just straight-up creative and had a good chance of getting SOTY for many years now.

He also commended TFunk’s latest video part.

Nyjah said in the interview that he watches almost every video that Thrasher posts, even those names he hadn’t heard of.

I love watching everyone’s skating because everyone skates differently and that’s what beautiful about what we do.

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Tyshawn Jones eventually got the 2022 SOTY title. He is one of the three double-recipients of the title, the other two being Danny Way and Chris Cole. He earned his first SOTY in 2018.

Watch the full interview here.

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