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Robbie McKinley Cosigns ‘Mid90s’ in Transworld’s COCI No. 10



Robbie McKinley’s skate career was born and bread in the West Los Angeles scene during the time period that Jonah Hill’s Mid90s is set. Since he was there, McKinley has an interesting perspective on the accuracy of Hill’s account of this pivotal time in both of their lives. He gives it his stamp of approval, and recounts some memories of Hill from that era in the latest COCI interview from Transworld.

I asked the other Hot Rod locs about Jonah (Hill) and Mid90s. Any good Jonah stories?

I watched the movie solo. It was a pretty literal description of my childhood. They took a few liberties here and there but as far as the skating, the Courthouse scene, talking to the bums, jumping fences and all that was super on point. Even the little party was almost exactly like the shit we used to do.

Yeah, we’d bust out our best Polo fleece jacket and try to hook up.

Exactly. The music too was perfect. As far as Jonah I just remember him coming in and (Dan) Druff would always be like, “Jonah the Jew” and Jonah would do that little kid laugh, kind of embarrassed. I saw him at the Rod (Hot Rod Skateshop) maybe right after Superbad (’07). He had already moved to New York and he had slimmed down a bunch. I was like “Jonah what’s up dude? I saw you in that movie. That’s rad you’re doing your thing.” He was still cool then and then funnily enough when Mid90s premiered I got a weird email to my old yahoo email address saying like, “You are invited to the premiere of Mid90s… Log in for VIP tickets etc…” I never responded and I’m not even sure if he sent it but if he did, thanks Jonah.

Head over to Transworld for more on McKinley, and what’s been up to since his 2010 Bobshirt interview.

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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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