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Aaron Meza Reveals Unreleased ‘Epicly Later’d’ Ideas

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Epicly Later’d’s run on the small screen was short-lived. Now that Meza has moved on to overseeing the video department at Nike SB, and O’Dell is working for Vans, it looks like one season is all that we will get. Meza talks about the show, including episode ideas that never saw the light of day, in a new interview with Heck Ride published this afternoon.

After your departure from Crailtap you started working with Vice. You were very involved in the Epicly Later’d (EL) series; What were some of the episodes that were talked about or started but never made the cut for that first and only season?

Two of the ones that never happened were a Dylan Rieder and a Greyson Fletcher episode. I think Dylan’s passing was just too soon beforehand and we figured most of the people that would be involved would probably not feel comfortable enough yet to talk about it. So instead of doing a Dylan episode it was decided to do one with Dill. We also did an interview with Greyson and I think the plan was to also include his family since they’re a very historic surf family. Midway through the filming of that episode we got contacted by the family and were told that they’d rather do their own movie/documentary on their family history instead. Since Greyson is still a very young skater we felt that an episode on him alone wasn’t going to be enough for a full episode so we ended up just scratching it.

Was there ever a lineup for a possible season 2 for EL?

We never filmed anything for season 2. Patrick did pitch one to the people in charge at Vice; I remember there being talks of a Tony Hawk episode. I know Jamie Thomas has mentioned it before but he was in that lineup; I remember suggesting Jason Lee, Elissa Steamer and Rob Dyrdek. I think Patrick really wanted to do an Olympics episode, kind of like the pros and cons to it but nothing really went past that unfortunately.

Read the full interview here.

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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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