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How Mason Silva Ended Up on Real After a Year in Limbo



As mentioned previously, Mason Silva is on the top of our list as this year’s SOTY pick. He’s had an onslaught of coverage lately, including: a Thrasher cover, his beastly part for Nike SB, and a Real introduction. He weighs in on the latter in a new interview conducted by Farran Golding, which was published by Slam City this morning.

First off an overdue congratulations on finding a new home with Real. How’d it come to be?

Oh, thank you! It happened naturally which felt really good. I wanted to be around the Deluxe guys and it felt right being there. It felt like skateboarding, you know? I was making trips up to S.F. and skating with them. I didn’t feel rushed to make a decision. After a while they asked if I’d be interested and they were going put it to the team. Sure enough, it happened to workout within the next couple of months. Everything was set in stone around October of last year but I wanted to make that part really good too. I wanted to put out something which had a feel to it and felt like Real, something more proper than just one clip and have that go to waste. Real isn’t a company you do that with. You can’t just push that one aside [laughs].

And, if you’re wondering; that Austyn Gillette F.A. company was nearly a thing. And Mason was definitely involved at one point.

And speaking of Austyn, in a recent interview he mentioned there were plans for him to do a brand with Dill but it fell through. For a while it was rumoured there was going to be third F.A. company with Austyn and yourself riding for it. Can you clarify anything about that?

I never had a confirmed thing of whether it was going to be through F.A. but Austyn and I talked about doing it and we tried to get some other guys. It slowly fell apart, just from people talking to other people and being, like, “Maybe I should just ride for a well established company?” It’s a big step and intimidating to do that early on in your career.

Read the entire interview here.

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‘Good Work’ Episode Features Lisa Whitaker and Meow Skateboards



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



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



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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