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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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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode

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Nike SB Global Brand Manager Kelly Bird opens up about growing up in Houston, getting into skateboarding, becoming a pro, and eventually transitioning to the industry side of skateboarding.

Before he became the global brand manager of Nike SB, Kelly worked for DC Shoes and Lakai Footwear.

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Catch Up with Mariah Duran in the Latest Nine Club Episode

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Pro skater Mariah Duran has always been into sports as a young kid, she revealed in the latest episode of The Nine Club.

The goofy-footed skater from Albuquerque, New Mexico got introduced to skateboarding when she was around 10. Initially, she would borrow his brother’s board, but her mom eventually bought her a board.

She was also into softball when she was younger and basketball when she was in high school. Later on, she shifted her focus to skateboarding.

Mariah won the USA Skateboarding National Championships Womens Street in 2019, and 2021. She placed 4th in the most recent competition.

She is also a two-time X Games gold medalist for Women’s Street Skateboarding.

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Nyjah Huston Talks About SOTY 2022

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Nyjah Huston has only good things to say about his rivals for the 2022 SOTY.

In the ONSTIX Episode 108 streamed on Thrasher’s Twitch channel, Nyjah described the 2022 SOTY Tyshawn Jones as the “King of Pops” for “skating over anything and everything possible.”

He also said that Louie Lopez is just straight-up creative and had a good chance of getting SOTY for many years now.

He also commended TFunk’s latest video part.

Nyjah said in the interview that he watches almost every video that Thrasher posts, even those names he hadn’t heard of.

I love watching everyone’s skating because everyone skates differently and that’s what beautiful about what we do.

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Tyshawn Jones eventually got the 2022 SOTY title. He is one of the three double-recipients of the title, the other two being Danny Way and Chris Cole. He earned his first SOTY in 2018.

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