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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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‘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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