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Chrome Ball Delves Into Robbie McKinley’s Illustrious History

Robbie McKinley might be the most renowned skater to never turn pro. Considering their shared history, it’s a bit strange that Crob hasn’t had him on The Nine Club. But knowing Bob, and we know him well—shoutout to Canale, Mackenzie, and the rest of the homies from our West L.A days, he likely declined an invitation to talk on camera for hours. Fortunately, text-based interviews are still a thing. Chops handles business to the fullest in his latest bit of Chrome Ball Q&A.

There’s been some talk of regret in this interview, but is that really how you look back on your career? Because even though you never went pro, you were able to accomplish some amazing things in skateboarding. I hope you recognize the positives, too.

Oh yeah, I think that I was able to accomplish a lot during my time. I got on the best companies and was able to put out some really great things… like my Listen part. And just being able to live as a skater. Traveling and seeing the world, that’s amazing. I got paid to do the shit I love. The lifestyle and accomplishing certain goals, I’m proud of that, man.

I mean, just getting on Girl back then was an accomplishment. That was huge for me. And then being able to travel with those dudes was awesome. Skating around and all the times we shared. The food. Just the whole experience. That’s something I’ll always treasure. You can’t buy something like that.

Yeah, don’t take any of this the wrong way, I’m happy, man. I’m proud of all I was able to accomplish over the years.

Take a trip down memory lane here.

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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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