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How Zoo York Fits into N.Y.’s Current Skate Ecosystem

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Slam City just dropped another one of its extensive interviews with Zoo York cofounder, Eli Gesner. It covers all of the history, changes, and current state of affairs since the Under Old Management rebrand in 2019. It’s a must-read piece for fans of classic Zoo, and New York City street culture in general. There a numerous interesting points; but we are choosing to hone in on the below quote that breaks down how Zoo York fits in with what’s currently going on in skateboarding in N.Y.C. and the surrounding area. It’s a very self-aware approach to the culture to say the least.

In a way that’s what Zoo York was. We call all these little new companies ‘crew companies’, In New York we have The Homies, and The Brujas, and The Gnarmads, and Gang Corp, and we give some of these kids Zoo boards, but the way it is now, at the end of the day they’re all really just all about their crew. Their friends. And that’s how it should be. Skate crews are like the new graffiti crews. Like The Irak crew. Shoutout to Earsnot.

Head over to Slam City’s site to read the entire piece.

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Santa Cruz Skateboards’ ‘True Grit’ features Tom Asta

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In this latest “True Grit” video by Santa Cruz Skateboards, Tom Asta revealed that he never planned on becoming a pro but just enjoyed skating as a teen. He turned out to be one of the best pro skaters we know today.

He talked about growing up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and also showed his favorite skate spots in his hometown. Town mates Chris Cole and Ian Berry, and other pro skaters spoke about how they met Tom and how they have seen him develop into the skater that he is today.

The “True Grit” video series attempts to get an in-depth look into how skaters came to where they are now by visiting them in their hometowns and interviewing the people around them.

Watch more of Tom Asta in the Santa Cruz Skateboards’ welcome video below.

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Shecks Guests on the Latest ‘The Nine Club’ Episode

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Pro skater Ryan Sheckler talks about growing up in Southern California, starting skateboarding at the tender age of two, his over two decades of career, and his personal struggles in the latest podcast episode of “The Nine Club”.

He also discusses starting his skateboarding company, the Sandlot Times, and the story behind the name.

The Nine Club is a skateboarding podcast started and hosted by professional skateboarder Chris Roberts in 2016. The show is co-hosted by Roger Bagley and Kelly Hart.

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Vans Skateboarding Drops ‘Lizzie’ Video

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Get to know more about Lizzie Armanto through the lens of the persons closest to her in this 35 mm film directed by renowned filmmaker Greg Hunt and presented by Vans Skateboarding.

Lizzie is an X Games gold medalist (Barcelona, 2013) and the first-ever woman to make it to the cover of Transworld Skateboarding in 2016.

She was also the first female skateboarder to do the loop, a 360-degree vertical ramp on which the rider turns completely upside down while maintaining contact between the wheels of the skateboard and the ramp’s surface.

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