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

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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‘Good Work’ Episode 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.

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Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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‘My War: Gabriel Summers’ Now Playing at Thrasher Magazine

Watch “Gabbers” Gabriel Summers as he narrates how the story behind the “Damn It All” part where he got a broken collarbone while trying to conquer a massive kink handrail.

I will think about that forever because that’s something that’s like, took me so hard, and it’s so hard to accomplish and that I actually did it.

The gnarly goofy-footed Australian Skater has been a member of the Zero team since 2019.

Watch the “Damn It All” Zero part below.

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Skate Tales Season 2 is Coming

Skate Tales Season 2 is coming on Red Bull TV starting April 20.

Madars Apse’s documentary series takes us through skateboarding underground to share life experiences and ask more skateboarding mavericks to find out what skateboarding means to them.

You can also watch the series on Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel on these dates:

  • Ep 1 – April 20th
  • Ep 2 – May 5th
  • Ep 3 – May 19th
  • Ep 4 – June 2nd
  • Ep 5 – June 16th
  • Ep 6 – June 30th

You can watch all the season 1 episodes here.

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