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Jerry Hsu Talks Life After Sponsors on the Cameron Adair Podcast

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.

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

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Shecks Guests on the Latest ‘The Nine Club’ Episode

Pro skater Ryan Sheckler talks about growing up in Southern California, starting skateboarding at the tender age of two, his over two decades of career, and his personal struggles in the latest podcast episode of “The Nine Club”.

He also discusses starting his skateboarding company, the Sandlot Times, and the story behind the name.

The Nine Club is a skateboarding podcast started and hosted by professional skateboarder Chris Roberts in 2016. The show is co-hosted by Roger Bagley and Kelly Hart.

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Vans Skateboarding Drops ‘Lizzie’ Video

Get to know more about Lizzie Armanto through the lens of the persons closest to her in this 35 mm film directed by renowned filmmaker Greg Hunt and presented by Vans Skateboarding.

Lizzie is an X Games gold medalist (Barcelona, 2013) and the first-ever woman to make it to the cover of Transworld Skateboarding in 2016.

She was also the first female skateboarder to do the loop, a 360-degree vertical ramp on which the rider turns completely upside down while maintaining contact between the wheels of the skateboard and the ramp’s surface.

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New Episode of ‘Neighborhoods’ features Leo Heinert and Marco Hernandez

The second episode of “Neighborhoods” featuring pro skateboarder Leo Heinert and photographer Marco Hernandez is now live on the Jenkem Mag channel.

Heinert and Hernandez toured the back of the Boston Market parking lot, Gifford Playground, Greencroft Playground, and their other childhood spots in their hometown Staten Island with the Jenkem team.

Produced by Jenkem Mag, “Neighborhoods” is a series where skaters revisit their old stomping grounds and share stories of growing up in their communities.

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