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German Nieves Reveals the Full Story Behind Paterson League

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German Nieves is one of the people that bridges the gap between East Coast skateboarding’s golden era and current renaissance. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Nieves was barely a teenager when he began venturing into New York City, and discovered the Brooklyn Banks. He was instantly enamored. The Banks and NYC would become his stomping grounds during the ‘90s when he would run into the city’s icons in the streets on any given day.

After a chance meeting with Julio De La Cruz at Astor Place, Nieves literally got picked up by the Neighborhood team and went on a tour that landed him in San Diego. This was the start of sponsored skateboarding for him. He would make his way to Los Angeles during his stint in Cali, and spend some time as a Venice Beach and Santa Monica local.

He eventually made his way back to Jersey. But enticed by cheap rent and a healthy skate scene, Nieves soon relocated to Philly where he remained for about five years. During this time, he got to witness Love Park’s heyday firsthand before returning to Jersey once again to work at Division East. It was through his work as a buyer that he first connected with 10 Deep. He would go on to develop its skate program, and a visual style for media presentation that continues to be prevalent in his work today.

The culmination of this journey is Paterson League. Nieves launched the brand a few years ago; and it’s been steadily gaining influence ever since. Paterson is a unique blend of skateboarding, tennis, and Nieves’s personal aesthetic, and one of the more unique brands currently registering on the apparel landscape.

When he’s not developing Paterson, Germ gives back to the local skate community in New York through his work as the Creative Director of the Harold Hunter Foundation. This allows him the opportunity to help honor the legacy of one of the people that influenced him during his formative years while expressing his creativity. 

Lee Smith delves into this classic East Coast tale in its entirety during Episode 12 of Mission Statement.

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Unleashed Podcast Features Matt Berger

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Matt Berger opened up about how he got into skateboarding as a young kid in Canada and how he eventually became a pro in this latest podcast episode of Unleashed with Dingo and Danny.

Raised in a small town in British Columbia, Matt Berger asked for his first skateboard at age 5. Supported by his father, who also captured his son’s ahead-of-his-age tricks on camera, the prodigy earned his first flow sponsorship at age 10. Endorsed by skateboard icon Rodney Mullen, he moved on to full-blown sponsored status at eleven – and proceeded to make his mark as one of the most technical (and consistent) riders on the circuit.

Berger won Damn Am Canada in 2009 and made history in 2014 as the first amateur to compete with big-ticket pros on the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) series. Pro since 2015, he’s earned two X Games medals, dropped legendary video parts, and represented Canada in the Tokyo Olympics.

Produced by Monster Energy, Unleashed is hosted by the dynamic duo of Australian action sports personality Luke “The Dingo” Trembath and professional snowboarder Danny Kass, with Brittney Palmer.

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Jake Darwen Talks About Getting Own Colorway in The Nine Club

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Skateboard photographer Jake Darwen narrated how he got his signature colorway for New Balance in this episode of The Nine Club Podcast.

Jake Darwen’s New Balance signature colorway

He also talked about he went from skateboarding to photography after getting injured multiple times and moving to the US from New Zealand.

Visit The 440 by Jake Darwen (jakedarwen440.com) to see his works for New Balance.

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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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