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UPDATE: Jason Dill Talks Intervention, an FA Store, & Life in Ventura in GQ Profile

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GQ just published a new profile on Jason Dill that fills in the blanks on what’s been going on with him over the past several years. Key events include: a relapse, an intervention, and a move to Ventura. It also reveals that Fucking Awesome plans on opening a flagship store in West Hollywood later this year.

Now, as he settles into his role as a wizened elder—complete with a raucous and sometimes dangerous history behind him—for the first time in his life and career, he has a job and real responsibility. The streetwear brand he started with his friend Mike Piscitelli back in the early 2000s, Fucking Awesome, has grown into a fully realized, globally recognized skate and clothing company. This year, Fucking Awesome is planning to open its first shop, in West Hollywood. The company remains fully independent, owned entirely by Dill, Piscitelli, and a third partner, pro skater and longtime friend Anthony Van Engelen (also known as AVE).

Head over to GQ to read all of the juicy details.

UPDATE 05.01.19: It looks like the FA store will be opening on May 11 in Hollywood.

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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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