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JB Gillet Talks ‘90s vs. Current Skateboarding & Upcoming Projects

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In honor of the Diamond x Pacsafe collaboration, Grey sat down with JB Gillet for an interview. He weighs in on ‘90s verse present-day skateboarding, and talks about a couple of upcoming projects that are in the works for 2018. Check out an excerpt from the interview below.

You mentioned the good old days before in relation to skating Pier 7 in the ’90s. It’s a broad question, but how do you feel about the way things are in skateboarding today versus back then?

The progression of skating is way faster and the level is getting higher and higher every day. Things are moving in a good direction, but I do think in the ’90s and early ’00s videos, style, and attitude felt more authentic, fresh, or soulful. It was more like a slow cooking process back then, nobody was thinking in terms of views, likes or followers. We didn’t have any concept about all these numbers and measures except our paychecks!

Nowadays a lot of younger people are growing up with all this in mind. I just want to see some dope skateboarding – that gets me hyped, not the videos with the most views or likes. It is interesting to see how the new heads understand all this and make the best out of it though.

What are you working on at the moment?

There is an Hélas video in the works. That will be out some time next year. I’m going to the US at the end of the year and I also want to go back to Shanghai to skate and film. I have something coming out in February, but that’s a surprise.

For more on Gillet, head over to Grey to read the entire piece.

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Santa Cruz Skateboards’ ‘True Grit’ features Tom Asta

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In this latest “True Grit” video by Santa Cruz Skateboards, Tom Asta revealed that he never planned on becoming a pro but just enjoyed skating as a teen. He turned out to be one of the best pro skaters we know today.

He talked about growing up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and also showed his favorite skate spots in his hometown. Town mates Chris Cole and Ian Berry, and other pro skaters spoke about how they met Tom and how they have seen him develop into the skater that he is today.

The “True Grit” video series attempts to get an in-depth look into how skaters came to where they are now by visiting them in their hometowns and interviewing the people around them.

Watch more of Tom Asta in the Santa Cruz Skateboards’ welcome video below.

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Shecks Guests on the Latest ‘The Nine Club’ Episode

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Pro skater Ryan Sheckler talks about growing up in Southern California, starting skateboarding at the tender age of two, his over two decades of career, and his personal struggles in the latest podcast episode of “The Nine Club”.

He also discusses starting his skateboarding company, the Sandlot Times, and the story behind the name.

The Nine Club is a skateboarding podcast started and hosted by professional skateboarder Chris Roberts in 2016. The show is co-hosted by Roger Bagley and Kelly Hart.

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Vans Skateboarding Drops ‘Lizzie’ Video

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Get to know more about Lizzie Armanto through the lens of the persons closest to her in this 35 mm film directed by renowned filmmaker Greg Hunt and presented by Vans Skateboarding.

Lizzie is an X Games gold medalist (Barcelona, 2013) and the first-ever woman to make it to the cover of Transworld Skateboarding in 2016.

She was also the first female skateboarder to do the loop, a 360-degree vertical ramp on which the rider turns completely upside down while maintaining contact between the wheels of the skateboard and the ramp’s surface.

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