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Skateboard Story Takes a Peek Behind the Curtain at The Bunt

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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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‘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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