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Patrick O’Dell Provides an Update on ‘Epicly Later’d’

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Skateboarding had a triumphant moment when Epicly Later’d made its small-screen debut on Viceland a couple of years ago. Finally, a major network was broadcasting an authentic look at our culture from one of its premier storytellers. Unfortunately, after just one season, Viceland seemingly dropped the series. Patrick O’Dell gives an update on where things are at with the show in 2020 in a new interview by Matt Broadley for Parade that published earlier this week.

Do you see a return of Epicly Later’d at all? I am sure you get asked this all the time…

I would like to. Vice didn’t seem interested in doing any more, we had talked about doing more. I don’t really mind there being little breaks because we’ve done a lot of them. If they were to want to do another round I’d be happy to do it.

The last ones we did were for television, the problem with television is that it needs to be exactly fifty minutes. So an hour with commercials, and the commercials always have to be in the same place. It can make it hard to tell the stories because you’re having to construct them around these defined time limits. We made eight episodes for that season, some of them should have been shorter and some of them could have been longer. I liked doing them for the internet because they could be any length and it didn’t really matter.

Did you have to consider having a slight hook before each break?

Yeah, exactly. To get people to come back after the break. It was tough, you had to consider all these different things. Like having to have music, which looked good and I was happy with how it came out. When we were doing them for the web we never used music, purposely, then suddenly for television you need to use music and work out a music budget.

I would definitely do them again if Vice asked. I’m sure at some point it will happen. It’s the kind of thing where we’ve taken long breaks before and I come back feeling refreshed and ready to do it. We could just be in the middle of a three year break. Sometimes I’m amazed people even remember it, I think it was two or three years ago the last time we did it and that’s a long time in skate years!

Hopefully Viceland will get its act together and bring the show back from limbo sometime in the coming years. Come one Spike, do it for the culture!

Image Via Kasia Bobula / Parade

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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 Hoeffler, 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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