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UPDATE: Watch Shane O’Neill’s Video Part for His Debut Nike SB Shoe

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After 15 years of hard work, it looks like Shane O’Neill is getting his first signature shoe from Nike SB. The April founder took to Instagram this evening to give a first look at the design. No word on an official release date; but we’re imaging that these will hit shops in the first few months of 2020. We’ll update as more details become available. For now, have a look at Shane’s announcement below.

UPDATE 02.12.20: Shane’s new part debuted this morning via Nike SB’s YouTube channel. We’ve updated this post accordingly.

UPDATE 01.31.20: With his debut shoe set to release tomorrow, Shane breaks down the technical details of the design in this new interview posted on the Nike SB website this afternoon along with the above introductory animation. We’ll update again when the video part drops.

The process started by identifying everything I believe is needed in a skate shoe. From the bottom of the sole to the height of the heel and every little detail in between. Once we’d figured out exactly what was going in the shoe for skating we then worked on the overall look and feel of the shoe. – Shane O’Neill

UPDATE 01.28.20: Shane O’Neill just announced that his shoe will be releasing on February 1 with a video part following soon after. Have a look at the below post for a preview of all four of the debut colors.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B74mWkfhm6o/

UPDATE 01.15.20: Shane’s most recent Instagram post reveals his upcoming shoe in black, and also mentions that a video part will accompany the release. We’ll continue to monitor this story as it unfolds.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7UrgYYBQNB/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6zFEZdB5bz/

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‘Good Work’ Episode Features Lisa Whitaker and Meow Skateboards

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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

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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

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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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