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Cautionary Tale: Josh Swindell Tells His Story Via Podcast

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Skateboarding is filled with cautionary tales. Josh Swindell’s is one of its most infamous. His story has been told elsewhere from multiple angles, but this is the first time that it’s been packaged as a podcast. How the events transpired on that summer night in ’93, which landed Swindell in jail for 20 years for murder, is still a matter of perspective. But the lessons remain the same: Drinking can be dangerous, and choose your friends wisely.

I was a full-blown alcoholic. I was 20 years old, and the local liquor store was running a tab for us. I wasn’t even old enough to buy beer…Everyday, I woke up drunk.  Not hungover, drunk still. And I’d need to drink again. And that’s what I did. I tried to skate, and get a clip here and there, no contests at that time. I continued that disfunction right up until July 7, 1993. That was the night we ended up at a private party at a bar, and my life changed…

Listen to Swindell recount exactly what happened as he remembers it starting at the 11:42 mark above.

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Unleashed Podcast Features Matt Berger

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Matt Berger opened up about how he got into skateboarding as a young kid in Canada and how he eventually became a pro in this latest podcast episode of Unleashed with Dingo and Danny.

Raised in a small town in British Columbia, Matt Berger asked for his first skateboard at age 5. Supported by his father, who also captured his son’s ahead-of-his-age tricks on camera, the prodigy earned his first flow sponsorship at age 10. Endorsed by skateboard icon Rodney Mullen, he moved on to full-blown sponsored status at eleven – and proceeded to make his mark as one of the most technical (and consistent) riders on the circuit.

Berger won Damn Am Canada in 2009 and made history in 2014 as the first amateur to compete with big-ticket pros on the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) series. Pro since 2015, he’s earned two X Games medals, dropped legendary video parts, and represented Canada in the Tokyo Olympics.

Produced by Monster Energy, Unleashed is hosted by the dynamic duo of Australian action sports personality Luke “The Dingo” Trembath and professional snowboarder Danny Kass, with Brittney Palmer.

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Jake Darwen Talks About Getting Own Colorway in The Nine Club

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Skateboard photographer Jake Darwen narrated how he got his signature colorway for New Balance in this episode of The Nine Club Podcast.

Jake Darwen’s New Balance signature colorway

He also talked about he went from skateboarding to photography after getting injured multiple times and moving to the US from New Zealand.

Visit The 440 by Jake Darwen (jakedarwen440.com) to see his works for New Balance.

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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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