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Benny Maglinao Recounts Hockey’s Mysterious Origin

Fucking Awesome’s evolution from Dill and Mike Piscitelli’s indie clothing brand to worldwide phenomena is easily traceable. Hockey’s origin story… not so much. When it launched circa five years ago, people referred to it as AVE’s brand. More recently, it’s been attributed to Benny Maglinao. The former Alien filmer turned F.A. collaborator reveals how it all went down in a new Q&A published by Heckride yesterday.

Shortly after KOTR is when Alien unfortunately started to dismantle. Did you go with Dill and AVE when they left to start Fucking Awesome (FA)?

I actually stayed with Alien a short while after they left, so I wasn’t part of the initial start of the company. I was still living in the Bay area at the time and would come down and stay at Dills apartment and would hear them talking about it sometimes. He was talking about different company names that he liked and I remember him really liking the name “Hockey” for a brand. At the time, I was filming Donovon Piscopo and John Fitzgerald a lot and I think I might have told Dill, “It would be sick to do that company Hockey with those two.” Things just kind of went from there and I remember him eventually saying, “You’re going to have to help with this company if we do it.”

Read the full interview here.

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‘Good Work’ Episode 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.

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Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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‘My War: Gabriel Summers’ Now Playing at Thrasher Magazine

Watch “Gabbers” Gabriel Summers as he narrates how the story behind the “Damn It All” part where he got a broken collarbone while trying to conquer a massive kink handrail.

I will think about that forever because that’s something that’s like, took me so hard, and it’s so hard to accomplish and that I actually did it.

The gnarly goofy-footed Australian Skater has been a member of the Zero team since 2019.

Watch the “Damn It All” Zero part below.

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Skate Tales Season 2 is Coming

Skate Tales Season 2 is coming on Red Bull TV starting April 20.

Madars Apse’s documentary series takes us through skateboarding underground to share life experiences and ask more skateboarding mavericks to find out what skateboarding means to them.

You can also watch the series on Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel on these dates:

  • Ep 1 – April 20th
  • Ep 2 – May 5th
  • Ep 3 – May 19th
  • Ep 4 – June 2nd
  • Ep 5 – June 16th
  • Ep 6 – June 30th

You can watch all the season 1 episodes here.

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