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UPDATE: Sean Cliver Ponders Jed Walters Turning Pro for World Industries in 1992

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Skateboarding historians can agree that Jed Walters was certainly on track to turn pro alongside Daewon Song, Shiloh Greathouse, and Chico Brenes after the release of World Industries’ Love Child in 1992. The primary reason that didn’t happen is because he completely disappeared from skateboarding soon after the video came out. Sean Cliver witnessed all of this firsthand from World’s art department. 26 years later, he has reunited with Marc McKee to ponder what a Jed Walters pro model would have looked like. This very cool and creative concept is coming soon from Cliver’s StrangeLove Skateboards. Head over to the Strangelove blog to read the full story.

UPDATE 10.24.18: An in-depth interview accompanying the release of a debut pro model is a time-honored tradition in skateboarding. Head over to Strangelove to read Eric Swisher’s new Jed Walter’s piece.

So if you would’ve designed a board back then, what would it have looked like?

Graphic-wise, I probably would’ve let Sean or Marc [McKee] just do their thing, because those guys are geniuses. But on the more technical nerdy side, I always felt like boards back then were too flat, but that was the trend: to have really flat kicktails. I always liked popping stuff really big, and to me, steeper tails felt more conducive to that. So I would’ve wanted something along those lines, even if it wasn’t the trend, which means that it probably wouldn’t had been made anyway

There’s also a bit of unreleased footage of Jed and Shiloh Greathouse shot by Aaron Meza during the Love Child era accompanying the interview that should not be overlooked. We’ve embedded it below.

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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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