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Jerry Hsu Talks Life After Sponsors on the Cameron Adair Podcast

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Earlier this week, we commented on how prevalent Sci-Fi Fantasy gear is right now. According to Jerry Hsu, this is a blessing because it’s his primary source of income. He currently has no sponsors for skateboarding, and says he’s okay with that because he doesn’t have to deal with outside obligations.

It’s just a small little thing that I do. It wasn’t a thing that I intended on [becoming a brand]. But I’m glad that I did it. Because it kind of pays for everything. It doesn’t really make that much money. But it [supports me]. I don’t really have sponsors anymore skating. I just sort of started to not care about that stuff. The sponsors just kind of went away. I’m glad I started this thing. Because that’s kind of like my job now.

I quit Chocolate over a year ago because I was just over it. And then, Emerica just kind of let me go. They didn’t fulfill their contract. They just sort of called me and said, “Hey, we’re not going to do this with you anymore.” It was a crazy shock, and pretty upsetting… So I lost that sponsor. And that was my big sponsor that was paying for everything. Any they kind of pulled the rug from under me. It was kind of lame. But whatever.

I was upset about it. Like, “Fuck them for doing this in such a lame way.” But, you know, I don’t really want to film video parts for them anymore.

Listen to the entire podcast above. The bit about sponsors starts at 16:13.

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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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