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Austyn Gillette Talks Sponsors & Upcoming Video Part

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Some of our questions from last year regarding Austyn Gillette’s sponsorship status are addressed in a new feature interview released by Monster Children this evening. His Q&A from Issue 66 reveals that the rumor that Austyn is starting his own board company is, in fact, just a rumor. He’s printing his own signature boards, but has no plans to release them to the public. 

You’ve got a board company in the works, haven’t you? Why do you lie to me?

I really don’t. I’m not starting anything. I can’t… I don’t have enough time to do that. I’m just riding boards with photos taken by a good friend of mine. She shot photos of some friends of ours, and then I write a word that I like on it, and I print it, and I skate it. I’ve been skating the same shape for about twelve years, so I’m just putting a new image on that.

Austyn also spills the beans on Former’s upcoming video titled Cheap Perfume, which should be releasing soon.

Let us now talk about the upcoming Former video, Cheap Perfume. How did it come about?

Well, we grew up watching skate videos, and with the company and the people that ride for us, we wanted to make a sort of timeless contribution to the next generation of kids.

And you personally bankrolled this thing.

I’ve more or less self-funded this project, yeah. I’ve tapped into savings and personal savings and asked [favours from] a lot from close friends and musicians and people. There’s a lot behind it, and I’m really excited. Hopefully, folks will feel it and support it. We’ve travelled the whole god-damned world for a year straight to put this thing together. It’s been fucking hard. It’s been hard.

For more, head over to Monster Children to read the entire piece.

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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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