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Here’s the Real Story Behind Blondey McCoy’s Viral Taxi Cab Moment

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Unfortunately, Blondey McCoy no longer rides for Palace. Regardless of where he ends up, he’ll likely always be associated with the brand to some degree. This is in part due to the viral opener from his Palasonic [2017] part in which he is hit by a taxi cab in London. Palace videographer Jack Brooks documented that infamous moment, and gives a firsthand account in his new interview with Slam City as a part of its Auteurs series.

Yeah, that made me laugh when I saw people claiming that we’d faked it. I can guarantee that there were no Hollywood movie effects involved in that one – it was 100% real.

Blondey had just got back from New York and wanted to film a small VX part and we’d gone to film this tree wallie, which Blondey wanted to do in a line.

It hadn’t dawned on me at the time that he was doing the line right into one of the busiest roads in Central London. I didn’t really register it was actually happening so when he actually got hit either, so I just filmed it like regular skate trick. I don’t say anything when he gets hit either which, looking back on it, probably makes me look like a psycho. It was only after it had happened and we’d run round the corner in fear of some kind of repercussions from the cab driver that it really dawned on me that he had just cart wheeled off a taxi bonnet. Kid has some kind of superhuman ability. He went to A&E afterwards to get checked out and nothing was wrong fortunately!

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Read the rest of the interview here.

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‘Good Work’ Episode 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.

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Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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‘My War: Gabriel Summers’ Now Playing at Thrasher Magazine

Watch “Gabbers” Gabriel Summers as he narrates how the story behind the “Damn It All” part where he got a broken collarbone while trying to conquer a massive kink handrail.

I will think about that forever because that’s something that’s like, took me so hard, and it’s so hard to accomplish and that I actually did it.

The gnarly goofy-footed Australian Skater has been a member of the Zero team since 2019.

Watch the “Damn It All” Zero part below.

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Skate Tales Season 2 is Coming

Skate Tales Season 2 is coming on Red Bull TV starting April 20.

Madars Apse’s documentary series takes us through skateboarding underground to share life experiences and ask more skateboarding mavericks to find out what skateboarding means to them.

You can also watch the series on Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel on these dates:

  • Ep 1 – April 20th
  • Ep 2 – May 5th
  • Ep 3 – May 19th
  • Ep 4 – June 2nd
  • Ep 5 – June 16th
  • Ep 6 – June 30th

You can watch all the season 1 episodes here.

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