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Cautionary Tale: Josh Swindell Tells His Story Via Podcast

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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Catch up with Lee Smith in the ‘The Nine Club Podcast’

If you follow Lee Smith on Instagram, you might have seen some of his artworks posted there. In this episode of The Nine Club Podcast, Smith talks about he got into art and how he relates it to learning skateboarding.

“You feel you’re really not good at it and you keep doing it and keep doing it. And then one day something in your brain clicks. And you’re like, I think I kinda figure it out.”

He also narrates growing up in San Francisco and meeting Karl Watson as a kid, moving to Barcelona, starting his own podcast Mission Statement, and more.

Watch the full interview above.

 

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It’s Official: Spencer Hamilton Announces NB# Deal

Spencer Hamilton has been prolific over the past year or so. His hard work has paid off in the form of signing a deal with NB#, which is revealed at the 55:04 mark of the latest episode of The Bunt.

I’ve been loving the Tiago. You know how it is. When you get to your 30s, your feet are bruised and battered. You need some protection. I don’t know how these kids skate in these thin-ass shoes. Ever since I’ve been skating the Tiagos, I’ve been feeling pretty good. Yeah, I just recently signed on with New Balance.

Good to hear that Spenny landed on his feet (pun intended) after the demise of Supra.

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Mark Suciu’s SOTY Run Will Begin in November

It sounds like Suciu’s SOTY run will officially start in November. In the latest episode of The Nine Club, he reveals that he will be dropping footage to coincide with the release of his Gazelle colorway. But this edit is just a prelude of what’s to come. The Habitat pro confirms that his longer part with Justin Albert and Spitfire project are still in progress. If both drop within 12 months of the adidas launch, we’re predicting that he’ll take home skateboarding’s top honor in 2022. The appropriate timestamp is cued up above.

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