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Caesar Singh Takes a Poignant Look Back at His Career



30 years ago, Caesar Singh’s style and technical prowess put him on par with any pro in the industry. And he had enough coverage to make him a household name in the subculture before it went mainstream. But, like many from that golden era, he stepped away suddenly, and vanished from the landscape without a trace. C.B.I. tracked down Caesar for its latest interview, which takes a poignant and brutally honest peek behind the curtain of the life of a pro skater during the ‘90s. The most glaring difference when comparing to present day is the money:

There’s this notion that because you’re collecting a check or two every month, your life has to revolve around skateboarding. This idea is fostered by the companies who, ultimately, are trying to profit off your name and labor, and its encouraged by want-to-be pros who would do anything to be in a professional’s shoes. But… do the math. $1050 divided by four is $263. Subtract 35% of that for taxes, and I was making about $170 a week. I was being paid the same as a part-time employee earning minimum-wage. Why should I be doing anything more than what I was already doing?

Also, this has to be the most gangster exit from skateboarding ever:

Rothmeyer tells the story of after Planet Earth, you went through and skated all your pro models that you had saved and then quit? Is that true?

Well, I wasn’t making some dramatic statement. I just know myself, and I had no intention of lugging around 13 boards through the unsettled life I instinctively knew I was going to live. My father, as many black men have a tendency to do, opted out of the role of parent, and my mother is a nomad, moving from place to place. So, it’s not like I could send a box home to mom and dad’s house and have it sit in a garage until I got my life in order.

And you actually went through with that? You don’t have any of your old pro boards?

Yep, I gripped those bitches up, one by one, and there’s not a single, solitary part of me that gives a single, solitary shit. That might sound like bullshit, but, as weird as it is, that’s just kind of the way I am.

It took me a while to go through 13 boards, so I kept skating for a little while. But once those decks were gone, I was done. I wasn’t asking anybody for a board, and I sure as fuck wasn’t buying one, so that was it.

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Justin Sommer Featured in Santa Cruz’s True Grit



Follow the journey of German skateboarding prodigy Justin Sommer in this episode of True Grit, a docu-series produced by Santa Cruz Skateboards.

Born to young parents, he was practically raised in the streets of Berlin where he got introduced to skateboarding. Justin learned the ropes from his older friends.

He also fell into wayward life when he was younger. But with the help of his genuine friends, he was able to steer in the right direction and has now made a successful career in skateboarding.

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode



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



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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