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

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. 

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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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‘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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