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Jamie Thomas Talks Midlife Crisis on the Looking Sideways Podcast



Jamie Thomas’s Thrill of It All podcast has been on hiatus for six months. The break is due to some serious introspective revelations that came to light for Thomas during the production of the series, which caused him to pause and reevaluate the core of his persona. He breaks down this existential crisis starting at the 10:11 mark of the latest episode of the Looking Sideways podcast.

That’s part of why the podcast is on hiatus. I’ve been going through what would probably be described as somewhat of a midlife crisis. I’ve been going through so much analyzation of myself; my interpersonal relationships; why I do the things I do; and how I approach things. I realized that I have quite a lot of flaws that I haven’t really recognized. And that they’ve been repeatedly holding me back from what my potential is… I just didn’t feel good about being in the public eye while processing and working through that stuff…

I think that the podcast was the initial thing that I noticed [that made me think] I am not as comfortable with who I am today as I would like to be. I also found that I had some pretty big things that I was ignoring that were coming out in the podcast that people were calling to my attention; or that I was noticing very obviously. I like to hear myself talk. I like to make myself the hero of my own stories. Just these egocentric repeated things that were happening.

But also it was the relationship with my wife, and those that I have known for a long time… I realize in those relationships how selfish I’ve been. I really had to ask myself, “Who am I, and what am I about?” Those are pretty big questions. And coming of age, I realized that pretty much my whole life, ever since I was young, I was a skateboarder. And that’s been first and foremost. I realized that that was no longer serving me to be the primary basis of my identity.

It was a massive realization. So more than the podcast, and more than just relationships, it’s all about the fact that before a husband and a father; I’ve been a skateboarder. I’ve always identified myself as a skateboarder. That means, everywhere I go; every conversation that I’m in; everything I do, I’m coming from the place of a skateboarder.

That served me for a time. Here’s the catch: In order for that identity to prevail, I have to stay steeped in the youthfulness that comes with skateboarding. And that is Peter Pan syndrome at its finest. That’s not wanting to grow up. That’s not wanting to accept responsibility for the things you say [and] do. It’s basically like, “How do I stay a teenager forever?” I realized that that was the biggest hurdle in my life. 

Listen to the entire conversation above.

Images Via Jamie Thomas


Justin Sommer Featured in Santa Cruz’s True Grit



Follow the journey of German skateboarding prodigy Justin Sommer in this episode of True Grit, a docu-series produced by Santa Cruz Skateboards.

Born to young parents, he was practically raised in the streets of Berlin where he got introduced to skateboarding. Justin learned the ropes from his older friends.

He also fell into wayward life when he was younger. But with the help of his genuine friends, he was able to steer in the right direction and has now made a successful career in skateboarding.

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode



Nike SB Global Brand Manager Kelly Bird opens up about growing up in Houston, getting into skateboarding, becoming a pro, and eventually transitioning to the industry side of skateboarding.

Before he became the global brand manager of Nike SB, Kelly worked for DC Shoes and Lakai Footwear.

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Catch Up with Mariah Duran in the Latest Nine Club Episode



Pro skater Mariah Duran has always been into sports as a young kid, she revealed in the latest episode of The Nine Club.

The goofy-footed skater from Albuquerque, New Mexico got introduced to skateboarding when she was around 10. Initially, she would borrow his brother’s board, but her mom eventually bought her a board.

She was also into softball when she was younger and basketball when she was in high school. Later on, she shifted her focus to skateboarding.

Mariah won the USA Skateboarding National Championships Womens Street in 2019, and 2021. She placed 4th in the most recent competition.

She is also a two-time X Games gold medalist for Women’s Street Skateboarding.

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