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Jeff Pang Talks Brooklyn Banks Amid Pending Destruction

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It’s difficult to talk about New York skateboarding without mentioning Jeff Pang. He is a forefather of the scene that spawned Kids, Supreme, Zoo York, and all that came after. His footage at the Brooklyn Banks helped put the spot on the map in the early ‘90s, making him the perfect person to speak on the iconic destination now that its future is uncertain. Slam City posted an extensive interview with Pang this morning in which he does just that.

You mentioned the campaign to save the Brooklyn Banks… Is it going to work?

Well, I can’t say if it’s going to work or not. It’s fucked that the City has had the banks closed for ten years—skaters have had recent access to the big banks—but now with all this shit that’s happening with COVID, from what I hear they’re looking to open retail in the Anchorage spaces. It’s mind-blowing that with all these retailers that are closing down that the City is looking to attempt to make money by opening new retail space when retail is closing. Why not preserve something that has so much history?!

No offense to the Save Tompkins campaign, which is a great thing, but there’s no fuckin’ comparison to the significance of the Brooklyn Banks in the skateboard world versus Tompkins Square Park, even though the Shut contest happened in ’88 or whenever it was. When Danny Sargent and Brian Lotti came to New York City to skate a local contest that Skate NYC put on with Shut. That’s the early history of Tompkins Square. These kids weren’t born then. Congratulations and hats off to them, it’s good to see that they’re holding it down, but the banks is—and will always be—the real home of New York skateboarding for me. That’s what East Coast skating is about; those grimy, rugged unintended skate structures. It was built for some other reason, but they somehow designed a perfect fuckin’ skatepark.

For a deep dive into an important piece of N.Y. skate history, head over to Slam City to read the entire piece.

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode

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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

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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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Nyjah Huston Talks About SOTY 2022

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Nyjah Huston has only good things to say about his rivals for the 2022 SOTY.

In the ONSTIX Episode 108 streamed on Thrasher’s Twitch channel, Nyjah described the 2022 SOTY Tyshawn Jones as the “King of Pops” for “skating over anything and everything possible.”

He also said that Louie Lopez is just straight-up creative and had a good chance of getting SOTY for many years now.

He also commended TFunk’s latest video part.

Nyjah said in the interview that he watches almost every video that Thrasher posts, even those names he hadn’t heard of.

I love watching everyone’s skating because everyone skates differently and that’s what beautiful about what we do.

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Tyshawn Jones eventually got the 2022 SOTY title. He is one of the three double-recipients of the title, the other two being Danny Way and Chris Cole. He earned his first SOTY in 2018.

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