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Chris Miller Talks Life After Pro Skating With Chrome Ball

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Chrome Ball Incident just posted one of its extensive interviews with the legendary Chris Miller. Complete with an intro by Brian Lotti, it’s a thorough examination of Miller’s entire career. If you were a fan of Planet Earth, you’ll definitely want to check it out. After many phases in his career, which included quite a few wins at the Vans Combi contests, Miller breaks down what life looks like for him post any form of professional skating.

So what’s going on with you these days, Chris? Anything in the works? Skated the new Combi?

You know what? I have not skated the new Combi. Honestly, I’ve heard mixed reviews.

I’m living in Ojai now. I moved up north because I wanted to get into a more mellow environment. I have a creative agency called MODV Group and I do design work and brand consulting through that. And I’m a cofounder of a clothing brand called Vuori Clothing. I don’t work there day-to-day or anything, but I’m involved with that and a few other projects. I just work from home now on different things.

Skating-wise, I still love skateboarding but I’m happy to be skating more recreationally and infrequently now. I’m just not trying to skate at a personal high level anymore. I mean, I still want to skate and feel good about it. I’ll do some ollies at the park and float around a bit. But I’m not trying to put together a contest run and go for the gold anymore.

That stuff was cool, but I think I’m probably done with it.

Head over to Chrome Ball Incident to read the entire piece.

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‘Good Work’ Episode Features Lisa Whitaker and Meow Skateboards

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Skater Lisa Whitaker narrated how she started Meow Skateboards in this episode of “Good Work”.

She also related how she got introduced to skateboarding and how she founded Girls Skate Network in 2003.

Whitaker started her skateboard company in 2012. Now, Meow has more than a dozen talents including Vanessa Torres, Mariah Duran and Kristin Ebeling.

“Lisa has always been the catalyst for women skateboarding”, says Torres who was one of the first skaters to join Meow’s roster.

Produced by Red Bull, the Good Work series features skater-owned and operated businesses.

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Monster Energy’s Aspire-Inspire Episode Features Mami Tezuka

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Get to know more about Mami Tezuka in this episode of Aspire-Inspire by Monster Energy.

Surrounded by skaters growing up, Mami showed interest in skateboarding at around the age of three.

She started participating in competitions abroad in 2017. In 2021, she won silver in the X Games Women’s Skateboarding part. She landed third place in X Games Chiba 2022.

Fellow Monster Energy rider and friend Lizzie Armanto describes Mami as easy-going, fun to be around, and inspiring. “When I’m around her, I want to push myself better,”

Tezuka admits that she enjoys filming video parts more enjoyable than participating in contests.

“Competition is kind of stressful for me”, Mami said. But added that she does enjoy seeing everyone at contests.

“Filming part is more fun for me…it doesn’t to be hard, tricky trick, but you can see the style and progress of the skating”, explained Mami.

I want to inspire girl skaters and young people. Do what you love and then don’t be afraid to be yourself.

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Aspire-Inspire is a mini-documentary series by Monster Energy. Previous episodes featured Aurelien Giraud, Kelvin Hoefler, Rune Glifberg, Ayumu Hirano, Nyjah Huston, and Matt Berger.

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The Nine Club Features Elliot Sloan

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Elliot Sloan narrated how he injured his neck while doing a 900 and his other worst slams on the ramp in this episode of The Nine Club podcast.

He also talked about getting into vert and then mega ramp, building his own vert and mini mega ramp in his own backyard, and hosting the X Games in his backyard among other things in the two-hour podcast.

Sloan is a four-time X Games Big Air gold medalist. In the recent X Games held in his backyard, he landed second place in the debut of the Mega Ramp category and first in the Skateboard Vert Best Trick.

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