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Tom Knox Is Set to Release His First Part in 4 Years

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Between Atlantic Drift, New Balance Numeric, and a couple of mini documentaries, there has been ample Tom Knox coverage since Isle released his debut part in Vase in 2015. Knox’s discography is about to get a major update in the form of a new Jacob Harris collaboration that’s been years in the making. And, from the sounds of his new interview with Grey, it should be dropping soon.

While you’ve been filming for the Atlantic Drift edits, you’ve also been filming / saving lots of stuff with Jacob for your own part, which is out soon. Am I right in thinking this part was how the whole Atlantic Drift project started?

Well initially Jake and I were going to start filming another part (after Vase), then Tony (Vitello, Thrasher) hit up Jake seeing if he wanted to start a series loosely based around me. We wanted to film stuff for the episodes and save bits for a part but I got injured a lot that year. When I could skate, I was just trying to make sure I had footage for the next episode. I’d film some stuff then get hurt again, so the part just got put on ice. By the time I finally got on a healthy streak, me and Jake were both travelling so much there just weren’t many opportunities to film. We only had a couple weeks in London here and there. It’s hard to work on a part that way, but

I think we made it work. In the last year we’ve had some good patches so we stacked up.

You described being anxious about your new part because it’s your first in four years, which I think would surprise a lot of people.

It’s always scary when you put something out, especially if it’s just you. Lots of things have changed since my last part. When I was filming for Vase it was so instinctive. Jake and me were super focused, always in London and without many distractions. For this part we’ve had to force it a little more at times, but that’s just both of us getting older and having other responsibilities. To some extent that makes it more satisfying. We’re sitting on a full part we’re both happy with.

Read the entire Q&A here.

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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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