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RB Umali Shares Classic Harold Hunter Story in Frank151 Interview

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The latest issue of Frank151 is dedicated to New York skate culture. That’s a subject that you can’t really delve into without talking to RB Umali. His interview from Chapter 63 was just released online, and contains a classic Harold Hunter story that we were not familiar with. It’s amazing that these incredible tales involving Harold are still emerging a full 15 years after his death.

RM: I know I always bring this up every time I see you, but every time I see you I think about that time that you had an apartment on Second Avenue and it was packed. We’re all hammered. I think I must’ve smoked like three or four Ls-

RB: Yeah. The balcony.

RM: -and then Harold’s like, “Yo, I’m going to go make some breakfast.” And I was like, “Dude, what are you doing?”-

RB: I wish I had footage of him stirring the pot in the middle of the party with eggs.

RM: He was making eggs, I was trying to holler at you. “Yo! Yo!” But it was too late because there was probably 50 people in your… Was it a one bedroom or a studio?

RB: It was a two bedroom converted into three. We had a lot of people living there.

RM: Anyway, there was mad people there. They were throwing stuff off the balcony. I’m pretty sure you almost got evicted that night.

RB: The next day I got in trouble with the management, for sure.

RM: Yeah. I’m not surprised but I-

RB: I think the glass doors downstairs got broken.

RM: That wasn’t me.

RB: I know who it was. I know exactly who it was,  and yeah. We were all young, dumb, and stupid back then. But then those were amazing times.

RM: Those were amazing times.

RB: I remember, before Harold was cooking those eggs, he went up to us, and was like, “RB, you got any food?” I’m like, “No, Harold. I don’t have any food.” He’s like, “Ah, you’re greedy, man. You have food. I know you have food. You’re rich. Look at your apartment. I know you got food.” I’m like, “Harold, there’s nothing to eat, dude.” He’s like, “I’m gonna make some food.” Then, the next thing I know, he’s got a pot and an egg heated up on the stove. He’s just eating scrambled eggs out of the pot.

RM: That’s so funny.

RB: “I told you, you had food.” So greedy.

RM: Dude, he’s so greedy and hungry. Hide food in his pocket. That’s crazy.

RB: Man, I wish I had footage of him doing that.

Head over to Frank151 to read the rest of the interview. And for more on RB, revisit Episode 01 of Mission Statement.

Images Via The Harold Hunter Foundation
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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode

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Nike SB Global Brand Manager Kelly Bird opens up about growing up in Houston, getting into skateboarding, becoming a pro, and eventually transitioning to the industry side of skateboarding.

Before he became the global brand manager of Nike SB, Kelly worked for DC Shoes and Lakai Footwear.

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Catch Up with Mariah Duran in the Latest Nine Club Episode

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Pro skater Mariah Duran has always been into sports as a young kid, she revealed in the latest episode of The Nine Club.

The goofy-footed skater from Albuquerque, New Mexico got introduced to skateboarding when she was around 10. Initially, she would borrow his brother’s board, but her mom eventually bought her a board.

She was also into softball when she was younger and basketball when she was in high school. Later on, she shifted her focus to skateboarding.

Mariah won the USA Skateboarding National Championships Womens Street in 2019, and 2021. She placed 4th in the most recent competition.

She is also a two-time X Games gold medalist for Women’s Street Skateboarding.

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Nyjah Huston Talks About SOTY 2022

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Nyjah Huston has only good things to say about his rivals for the 2022 SOTY.

In the ONSTIX Episode 108 streamed on Thrasher’s Twitch channel, Nyjah described the 2022 SOTY Tyshawn Jones as the “King of Pops” for “skating over anything and everything possible.”

He also said that Louie Lopez is just straight-up creative and had a good chance of getting SOTY for many years now.

He also commended TFunk’s latest video part.

Nyjah said in the interview that he watches almost every video that Thrasher posts, even those names he hadn’t heard of.

I love watching everyone’s skating because everyone skates differently and that’s what beautiful about what we do.

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Tyshawn Jones eventually got the 2022 SOTY title. He is one of the three double-recipients of the title, the other two being Danny Way and Chris Cole. He earned his first SOTY in 2018.

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