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Jamie Thomas Talks Midlife Crisis on the Looking Sideways Podcast

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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. 

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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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