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How Schaaf Stays Hyped After Decades on the Board

At 48, Max Schaaf is one of the elder statesmen of the culture who’s remained relevant throughout his career, which spans several decades. He walks Chops through the beginning up to present day in the latest Chrome Ball interview. There are tons of great insights in this lengthy Q&A. We found the bit about Schaaf’s approach to staying hyped on skating at his age, which involves staying slightly removed from it, especially interesting.

I saw an interview where you mentioned having to step away from skating in recent years, which actually got you hyped on it again…

Getting old in skateboarding is not graceful, man. You can quickly become a cartoon character of yourself with a wax sponsor and a pomade sponsor. It’s pretty dark. Which is one of the reasons with Real, so many times, I’ve asked them to kick me off. Let me go. But their whole thing is that Huf and I, we’ll always be part of the team. And if you want to do a board, if you have an idea, let’s do it. It’s no big thing.

I’m largely at the mercy of the people who own ramps now, which can be hard. Sometimes I’ll go to the ramp and get small-talked to death. Sometimes there’s some drama going on that I might have to deal with. I mean, all I’m trying to do is go up there, say “hi” to everyone, put on my pads and skate. After that, hopefully, I walk away.

I don’t stick around for the conversation, because at this point, skating’s almost like surfing to me. Sometimes the less I know, the better off I am. I’ve seen some stuff recently with people calling out other people for stuff and it’s just sad. It feels so unskateboarding to me. Unchecked egos and stuff like that…

Read the entire piece here.

Image Via Dave Chami / Chrome Ball Incident


‘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.


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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