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Greg Hunt Weighs in on Working During the Apocalypse

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The headline may be hyperbole, but there’s no arguing that 2020 presented its own specific set of challenges. Greg Hunt outlines what he was up against while completing Alright, OK in a new interview with VHS Mag.

The streets on lock…

It [COVID] changed the video drastically because we went on a trip to Portugal in February, and then that’s the last time I saw Gilbert. He was pretty careful with COVID and he didn’t want to go anywhere. So most of his part was filmed in Richmond. You can say that L.A. was good to skate. It just depends on your… I guess everyone handles what’s been happening differently. But when COVID first hit here, it was kind of scary. Everything was shut down. And then there was the George Floyd protests and all that going on. It just felt weird to focus on skating because there’s so much else going on in the world. So that was also another thing that we weren’t skating as much around that time. For me at least, it wasn’t really until June or July that we really started skating a lot. For Elijah, we filmed almost everything in L.A. Elijah actually went out to New York twice on his own. But other than that, it really affected the video because February was our last trip and everything else was filmed in basically everybody’s hometown.

Editing in the new normal…

For me, honestly, the biggest challenge was making this video at home with my kids at home and one of my kids in school. And I mean that, because in the past when I make videos, I’d usually be able to go to an office or be at home and just stay up all night. If I’m really into what I’m working on, I could do long days and get it done. But now the reality is my kids are all at home all day because of COVID. I had to figure out how to make this video in the short windows of time that I had every day. So it was either waking up really early. I was trying not to stay up all night because I’m trying to stay healthy right now. It’s not just finding time to edit, but it’s when you edit, you want to be inspired and you want to be feeling good and into it. It doesn’t help if you’re really tired.

L.A. is burning…

I would say, the most memorable is probably the last trick, the nosegrind nollie flip. Because man, he worked so hard for that trick and it wasn’t the very last thing he tried. There was still about another month left to film. So in a way, I was sort of nervous that he was trying that because the board’s flipping under him. And if you go and look at that rail in person, it’s chest high. It’s really big. And my worry was that if he flips it wrong, he could just tweak his ankle and he’s going to be done. That’s a really risky trick to try when you still have another month to film. So there was that sort of nervousness for me, with him trying it because so much was on the line. And also the day that he did it was the day there had been these really bad fires around Los Angeles. That day, the sky was red. And I’m not exaggerating, it looked like Mars. I’ve never seen Los Angeles look like that. The sky was really red. There was so much smoke… you could see the sun behind the smoke, everything was red. It was a really weird day. The smoke smelled really bad. It was making Elijah feel kind of sick and he was coughing. That day they were telling people not to go out. That’s how bad the smoke was.

If skate videos serve as time capsules, Vans’s latest offering joins a long list of art that can be summed up as beauty in the face of adversity. Read the full interview here.

Image Via Greg Hunt / VHS Mag

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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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