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Caleb Barnett Recalls His Awkward Jenkem Interview on The Bunt

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We get a late pass on last week’s episode of The Bunt. It features Caleb Barnett giving his most in-depth interview yet. There’s plenty to take in; but we found the details of his Jenkem interview that never came to be particularly entertaining. Caleb first mentioned it in his Slam City interview from last July. But the full story, which starts at the 35:00 mark,  reminds of that old Chappelle skit: “When keeping it real goes wrong.”

I got hit up to do this interview. I was kind of like, “Eh, I don’t know if I really want to do it.” But I thought that it would be cool to do it because nobody knows anything about me. The guy calls me; and it’s like, “Aren’t you supposed to have questions prepared for me?” You’re conducting the interview. I’m not going to just start talking about my life. I’m not going to be like, “Yeah, this and this, and skating.” It was kind of award. And he asked me some questions like, “I heard you had the nickname Big Baby.” I was like, “What the fuck?” I started getting pissed… like, “Who the fuck told you that?” I have never gone by Big Baby in my life…

And then, at the end, this fool was like, “You got anything that you want to say?” I was kind of pissed. So I was like, “You guys were talking shit about 917. I thought that was super wack. They’re my homies. I skate with them all the time.” They were talking shit on Aidan’s part… So I just kind of brought it up to them like, “What was up with that?” The dude was like, “It wasn’t me that said it.” It was just super fucking awkward. And that shit never came out. What’s funny is that I got hit up after that other [Slam City] interview from Jenkem. They were blowing my shit up. The dude called me. I couldn’t really hear hear him. So I just hung up. Then, I thought, “I don’t really feel like talking to them like that.” 

Also, we get a shout out 1:18:24.  It’s cool to hear that some of our old work is still influencing the current generation. We’ve embedded the original 2012 upload of the Lavar part below.

Favorite Skater:

Lavar McBride:

Favorite Video:

Laver McBride’s Pier 7, what is it, 48 Blocks or something? It’s a random video. But Yeah, it’s him skating in like sweats or whatever.

Listen to the entire interview above.

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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.

Mami tezuka

Aspire-Inspire is a mini-documentary series by Monster Energy. Previous episodes featured Aurelien Giraud, Kelvin Hoeffler, 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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