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Marquise Henry to Pay Homage to Chaffey With NB# Project

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Marquise Henry just dropped a DGK part that caught most people’s attention. He’s not slowing down rolling into 2021. In a new interview published by VHS Mag this morning, Quise reveals that he’s working on a project for his next New Balance Numeric 420, which will pay homage to Chaffey.

VHSMAG (V)Thanks for doing this interview. What have you been up to lately?

Marquise henry (M): Just laying low. Skating here and there. I’ve got a project I’m working on with New Balance for a shoe colorway. So I’ve been going to an old stomping ground skate spot that I used to skate when I was a kid, Chaffey High School. I’m working on that with a couple of homies, long time friends. Hopefully it’d be out in the next year, sometime.

The iconic Inland Empire middle school has been prominently featured in countless videos. It sounds like its history will be spotlighted in Quise’s New Balance project.

VSpeaking of New Balance, You have a shoe called NM420. Can you talk about that?

MIt’s a remake of the 420. I was skating the re-engineered 420. They kind of upgraded the 420 and but it was still a runner and it wasn’t in the Numeric skate line. I was skating it and I told Levi and Sebastian, “Shit, I just want to keep skating that shoe. Let’s see if we can make a Numeric shoe of it?” And then we just went with it and got the mold of the sole. They showed me three different soles and I picked one. We ran with it and it turned into what it is now. Now for every campaign they have a colorway, and I’m the face of it to promote it. So what I’m doing with this whole Chaffey project, we’re doing a whole colorway campaign for it. And show the history of Chaffey and myself growing up there and the whole backdrop.

This is fantastic news if you’re a ‘90s head, and love a good concept part. Read the entire interview here.

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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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