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UPDATE: Gov. Newsom Denies Mark “Gator” Rogowski Parole

In news that we didn’t thing we would hear in our lifetime, the San Diego Board of Parole Hearings has ruled that Mark “Gator” Rogowski is fit for parole. Gator has been in jail for the past 27 years for a despicable crime that doesn’t need to be recounted again here. ABC News San Diego is reporting that the panel took into consideration his remorse for the crime, lack of criminal history, good behavior in custody, and rehabilitation programs completed while incarcerated. It also put significant weight on a new law passed in 2018 that gives added leniency to youthful offenders who commit crimes before the age of 26. The panel has an additional 120 days to finalize the decision before it goes before the governor for review. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on how this unfolds in the first quarter of 2020. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 04.29.20: Last Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom officially denied Gator’s parole, sighting that: “Mr. Rogowski appears to still have only a superficial understanding of what triggered him to inflict prolonged sexual violence on his victim and then kill her,” and that Rogowski “poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison at this time.” Gator will not be eligible for another parole hearing until June 2021. You can read the full story in an article published by the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

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Skater XL Drops 2022 Skatepark of Tampa Pro Course

Are you stoked for the 28th Annual 2022 Tampa Pro Contest?

So are we!

In the meantime, check out the game Skater XL‘s new map drop of the freshly updated 2022 Skatepark Of Tampa Pro Course featuring the original work of skate artist Lucas Beaufort.

It’s now available on the mod browser for all platforms.

Catch a glimpse of the course IRL in @lucas_beaufort Instagram post below.

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Meet the 2022 USA Skateboarding National Team

USA Skateboarding just announced the members of the 2022 USA Skateboarding National Team.

The crew members were chosen based on performance in international level events the year before their selection.

The team is led by Andrew Nicolaus, Men’s Head Coach; Alexis Sablone, Women’s Head Coach; and Mimi Knoop, High-Performance Director.

The skaters named to the 2022 USA Skateboarding National Team include:

Women’s Park

  • Bryce Wettstein
  • Jordan Santana
  • Jordyn Barratt
  • Minna Stess

Women’s Street

  • Mariah Duran
  • Paige Heyn
  • Poe Pinson
  • Samarria Brevard

Men’s Park

  • Cory Juneau
  • Gavin Bottger
  • Heimana Reynolds
  • Zion Wright

Men’s Street

  • Dashawn Jordan
  • Jagger Eaton
  • Jake Ilardi
  • Nyjah Huston

Team USA earned two bronzes from Cory Juneau (Park) and Jagger Eaton (Street) during its Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Alexis Sablone made it to the Olympic Street finals placing fourth while Bryce Wettstein earned sixth place for Women’s Park.

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In all, nine Skateboarding Olympians will return to the 2022 national team.

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Watch ‘TUANY’ Skate Video Featuring Sebastien Cao and Theo Meas

Watch Sebastien Cao and Theo Meas as they shred in the streets of South America.

The video was filmed during three months of backpacking from Mexico to Costa Rica, crossing Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Making it even more impressive (and a reason needs to come calling), “TUANY” was entirely filmed, edited, and animated using an iPhone with Theo and Sebastien doing the editing themselves (and some of the filming too).

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