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Skateboard Story Takes a Peek Behind the Curtain at The Bunt



Skate podcasts are more prevalent than ever these days; but The Bunt was on the forefront of the trend. It remains one of the most popular because of its unique formula, and the relatability of the hosts. It also deserves a special nod because it stays true to the original audio-only podcast format. Skateboard Story has an interview with Donovon Jones and Cephas Benson that gives an insightful glimpse into how their production has developed over the past three years that you should definitely check out if you missed it when it dropped last week.

What were the biggest challenges starting the podcast and growing it?

Probably getting people to listen to an audio only medium. These days everything is video. We would love to film our interviews as well, but being in Toronto makes it harder as the majority of our guests live elsewhere.

Other than equipment, what ways has the show evolved over time?

When we first started we were interviewing our friends, the episodes were more just random conversations than interviews about the guest. Now we like to deep dive on the guests career and find out everything we are curious about and what we feel people listening might be curious about as well. We also have the episodes broken down into segments: intro, interview, rapid fire, post office, rundown. When we first started it was kind of all over the place. It’s easier to plan out episodes now that we have a bit of structure.

What is the process of putting a season together?

Reach out to potential guests. Line up as many interviews as we can and start recording them. We like to do as many as we can before the season starts to air so we aren’t stressing every week to find a guest before Wednesday. We’ve had some close calls! Shouts to Nick Trapasso for bailing us out with a clutch last second interview to close out season 6.

How often do guys flake on interviews? How many unanswered texts per season?

Happens all the time! A lot of unanswered texts, but we are used to it. The skaters we approach don’t owe us anything so we can’t be mad if they flake or aren’t down to do an interview. The only time it’s annoying is if they confirm an interview date and time, we get together, set up the equipment and then they flake. It’s all part of the process though.

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Justin Sommer Featured in Santa Cruz’s True Grit



Follow the journey of German skateboarding prodigy Justin Sommer in this episode of True Grit, a docu-series produced by Santa Cruz Skateboards.

Born to young parents, he was practically raised in the streets of Berlin where he got introduced to skateboarding. Justin learned the ropes from his older friends.

He also fell into wayward life when he was younger. But with the help of his genuine friends, he was able to steer in the right direction and has now made a successful career in skateboarding.

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode



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



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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