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UPDATE: Chris Haslam Unveils New Brand & Video Part

Following Geoff Rowley’s announcement over the weekend, Chris Haslam is the latest pro to launch his own board company. With so many new brands starting on what feels like a daily basis, shelf space at retail locations is inevitably tight. It’s obvious that not all of these new ventures will endure for as long as some of our favorite legacy brands. Yet, they are certainly cutting into the bottom lines of these tried and true staples that have been putting out the content that has shaped our lives for decades. The free market economy will decide who sticks around. We just hope it’s the ones that are putting out quality footage and photos, and not just really good at social media. Have a look at Haslam’s Brain Child announcement below.

UPDATE 02.11.19: Haslam sits down for a lengthy interview on the latest episode of The Nine Club. He talks about Brain Child starting at the 1:43:44 mark.

I do everything. I do the art; I do the graphics for it. I’ll probably do some of the video editing, and maybe some filming… I don’t have a team yet. I’m just looking. I’m open for positions.

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I always felt like I wanted an outlet to do stuff. I felt like I had a lot of time out of skating; because my skating is pretty selective with the spots. I’m not just gonna go to Hollywood High anymore. I also have a lot of rules when I do film parts. I hate doing a trick on a spot twice in a video, minus this last part…

I thought this part was going to be my last part. Because I tried to get a board sponsor when I left Almost, but everyone was like [no]. [It was the] same with the shoes.

Anyway, I have a lot of time; and I like to draw stuff.

UPDATE 02.06.19: Haslam punctuates the brand announcement with a new part that released via Thrasher today. We’ve embedded it above.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BthBXgunGF7/

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Red Bull Announces Terminal Take Over Winner

The Rukus crew from Louisiana got the nod from the skateboarding fans for this year’s Red Bull’s Terminal Take Over skate and video competition.

The Terminal Take Over transformed the Old MSY Airport in New Orleans into a massive skatepark and invited top skaters plus eight skate shop crews from seven states for the ultimate skate jam.

The skate teams filmed themselves shredding the abandoned airport for two days and submitted a two-minute video compilation of their gnarliest runs after two weeks. Red Bull posted the videos on their website and asked fans to vote for their favorite.

Watch all the other entries on Red Bull’s website.

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Shecks Starts his Skateboard Company, Sandlot Times

Pro skateboarder Ryan Sheckler has made his biggest move yet.

He started his skateboard brand called Sandlot Times named after his Training Facility, Sandlot.

The brand dropped the limited edition signed “maiden voyage” boards last week and they’re already sold out!

Aside from decks, they also sell hoodies, shirts, bandanas, and hats.

Visit Sandlot Times to browse their products and catch the latest about the company.

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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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