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How Elissa Steamer Reentered the World of Professional Skateboarding

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Last year, Baker surprised everyone by announcing Elissa Steamer as its newest pro. Steamer’s history with Andrew Reynolds dates back to the early aughts Warner Ave days, making her a perfect fit for his brand. But she had dropped off the radar after seemingly retiring to pursue surfing in 2011. Nobody saw the comeback coming. In a new interview with Solo, Steamer breaks down how she reentered the world of professional skateboarding. The journey included rekindling her relationship with Nike SB, and a stint on flow from FA before getting a call from Reynolds.

In October 2017, I went skating with Frank [Gerwer]. I had a really good time skating, which I haven’t had in a long time back then. I skated three days in a row and realized that I was getting more and more comfortable on my board. The previous six years to that, I had skated, like, once a month, once every two months. Then I started skating a lot again and I was hanging with Chico [Brenes], and he was putting clips of me on Instagram. People were hitting me up and I fell in love with skateboarding again. I was like, “Damn, I’m gonna get my job back.” I was talking to Kaspar [van Lierop] and signed a Nike deal, and I was hitting up Van Engelen, who was flowing me FA and Hockey boards. And one day, completely out of the blue, Andrew [Reynolds] hit me up and was like, “Do you have any board sponsors?” I told him that Van Engelen is sending me boards and he said, “I’m gonna put you on Baker and give you a board.”

Now back in business, Steamer says she has her eyes set on a part in Baker 4.

Actually, I got a couple projects going on, but the main one is the Baker video. But I haven’t gotten a clip in, like, weeks and it’s kinda depressing.

Head over to the Solo site 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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