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Seu Trinh Reminisces on World Industries’s Golden Era



The influence that World Industries under Steve Rocco’s direction had on a generation of skaters in incomparable to anything that’s happened after. Seu Trinh was the staff photographer for all of the Dwindle brands during its golden era, and shares a firsthand account of some of his favorite memories in Mackenzie Eisenhour’s extensive interview with him for Slam City.

Best Rocco story?

Dude, I just remember Rocco walking around and he never seemed like he was stressed. He was just the happy-go-lucky dude. He was everybody’s homie. He didn’t have the boss mentality to tell you what to do. I think that was more Rodney’s role. But even Rodney would do it in a nice buddy way too. But when Rodney wanted to put down the hammer, he would let you know. He didn’t beat around the bush when it mattered.

Best Kareem story?

I wouldn’t see him that much in the office. Actually JT handled a lot of Kareem’s stuff. He handled Axion and Menace/City Stars. Kareem would pop in and out at times but he was mostly on the skate sessions.

Favorite Dwindle brand?

Menace. I loved the fact that they were the underdogs. They had so much flavor. I loved hanging out and shooting photos of those guys. Eric Pupecki—I tell people to this day—I didn’t shoot too many photos of that guy but he was the one that had the most photos shot that got used. Almost any time I shot a photo of him—it got ran. It was guaranteed. It was the little details too. Like that one clip of Pupecki doing a backside 180 fakie 5-0 at Lockwood on the picnic table in Trilogy (’96). He’s wearing a beanie and the beanie has those little balls hanging off the top. Somehow even that detail just made me think it was the sickest clip ever.

For more on Trinh’s legendary photography career, head over to Slam City to read the full 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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