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How a Chance Trip Ignited Shin Sanbongi’s Career

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Shin Sanbongi is having a breakout year in 2020. His accolades from the past eight months include getting a colorway from adidas and turning pro for Polar. This is highly impressive considering Shin was virtually unknown just a few years ago. While he’s talked about getting on Polar previously; there’s a bit more to the story. He breaks it down in a new interview with VHS Mag.

V: You have all these things you need to clear before getting welcomed to the official team. How was that like?

S: First I went to Malmö with Uru to meet Pontus. I skated with him there but it was more like just paying him a visit. Then I went back to Malmo the next year by myself and they were just about to leave to Paris for a filming trip. I gave them heads up that I was coming to Malmo right before flying out there… so of course I didn’t have my flight to Paris. Then Hjalte had gotten hurt and he couldn’t go to Paris, so they gave me his flight. So there I was in Paris, ten days with the Polar team. That was a random chance so I just had to give my best and prove myself. We spent ten days together and I got to know the team. I realized that this is where I belong.

V: Going to Malmö alone, getting lucky, taking advantage of it and getting a good result. Sounds awesome.

S: The next year, they invited me to a skate camp-ish trip. They welcomed me to the team there.

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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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