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It Sound like Mark Suciu Is Taking Another Run at SOTY

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Don’t fret if you feel that Suciu was robbed of SOTY last year. From the sounds of his “Unofficial” Pals Questions interview, he’s already dusted himself off, and is preparing for what will undoubtedly be another run at skateboarding’s top honor. Apparently, he has a total of four video parts in the works right now.

I’m working on a couple of different ones. We got a lot of clips in New York during the original quarantine—a lot of spots that we haven’t been able to skate. So I’m really excited for that part. But I’ve been working on a part with Justin Albert for longer than the last two years. Some of the footage is stuff that didn’t quite make it into Verso. There’s still leftovers. But the reason they’re leftovers is really particular reasons that don’t fall beneath the difficulty standards. It’s like: maybe we had too many heelflips. Not that I would; I think it was switch heels. There’s a line in St. Louis that I do that we couldn’t use because of that. That one, I’m psyched [for]. It’s going to have more S.F. stuff. And I’ll eventually finish up the Spitfire part that I started this summer that I wasn’t able to finish because I bruised or maybe broke my ribs…I would have had a part come out instead of those three clips with one long line. But it didn’t work out. So that will come out next year, probably. And another part with Mulhern. I have a bunch of footage.

If timed right, 2021 could be Suciu’s year. Listen to the interview above. The bit about video parts starts circa the 22:00 mark.

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‘Good Work’ Episode Features Lisa Whitaker and Meow Skateboards

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Skater Lisa Whitaker narrated how she started Meow Skateboards in this episode of “Good Work”.

She also related how she got introduced to skateboarding and how she founded Girls Skate Network in 2003.

Whitaker started her skateboard company in 2012. Now, Meow has more than a dozen talents including Vanessa Torres, Mariah Duran and Kristin Ebeling.

“Lisa has always been the catalyst for women skateboarding”, says Torres who was one of the first skaters to join Meow’s roster.

Produced by Red Bull, the Good Work series features skater-owned and operated businesses.

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Monster Energy’s Aspire-Inspire Episode Features Mami Tezuka

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Get to know more about Mami Tezuka in this episode of Aspire-Inspire by Monster Energy.

Surrounded by skaters growing up, Mami showed interest in skateboarding at around the age of three.

She started participating in competitions abroad in 2017. In 2021, she won silver in the X Games Women’s Skateboarding part. She landed third place in X Games Chiba 2022.

Fellow Monster Energy rider and friend Lizzie Armanto describes Mami as easy-going, fun to be around, and inspiring. “When I’m around her, I want to push myself better,”

Tezuka admits that she enjoys filming video parts more enjoyable than participating in contests.

“Competition is kind of stressful for me”, Mami said. But added that she does enjoy seeing everyone at contests.

“Filming part is more fun for me…it doesn’t to be hard, tricky trick, but you can see the style and progress of the skating”, explained Mami.

I want to inspire girl skaters and young people. Do what you love and then don’t be afraid to be yourself.

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Aspire-Inspire is a mini-documentary series by Monster Energy. Previous episodes featured Aurelien Giraud, Kelvin Hoefler, Rune Glifberg, Ayumu Hirano, Nyjah Huston, and Matt Berger.

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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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