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It Sound like Mark Suciu Is Taking Another Run at SOTY



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.


Justin Sommer Featured in Santa Cruz’s True Grit



Follow the journey of German skateboarding prodigy Justin Sommer in this episode of True Grit, a docu-series produced by Santa Cruz Skateboards.

Born to young parents, he was practically raised in the streets of Berlin where he got introduced to skateboarding. Justin learned the ropes from his older friends.

He also fell into wayward life when he was younger. But with the help of his genuine friends, he was able to steer in the right direction and has now made a successful career in skateboarding.

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode



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



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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