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Why Pontus Alv Decided to Move Polar to Portugal

Slam City just dropped another great interview with Pontus Alv. This latest Q&A reveals a ton of info regarding the next Polar video, the upcoming release of Pontus’s Last Resort AB shoe line, and more. Pontus also breaks the news that he’s moved to Portugal, and is now running Polar from Porto.

Pontus, it’s been a while, we just wanted to check in, what’s going on with you?

Right now, one year ago I moved to Portugal, Porto. I moved down here for better weather. I bought a house here that I’m rebuilding from zero basically. I’m just living down here, it’s hot as hell, nicer weather all year round, palm trees. Then of course I’m close to my production, a lot of my Polar stuff is made here around the corner, 40 minutes away. It’s nice to be close to that and have a daily check in. It’s easy, if there’s a problem I just go up there or they come down. They show me the problem and we solve it instead of shipping stuff back and forth to Sweden.

Less delay.

Yeah I mean there’s always something in production.We do four collections a year so there will always be some kind of issue each time. Something wrong with a fabric or a print or they ordered the wrong thing. There’s always something but that’s the daily work. But living down here, it was 2018 in August I fucked my knee up, I fucked my ACL skating a ramp so I’ve been out basically. I had a surgery in November 2018 but now after a year and seven months it’s starting to feel quite okay. It will never be the same as it was but it’s starting to be at least okay enough to bomb some hills, do little ollies and some easy things.

Head over to Slam City to check out the rest of this highly-recommended reading.

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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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