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Bennett Reveals Demise of 917 Team in The Bunt Interview

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In what can only be described as the most hard-hitting journalism to come from a skate podcast thus far, Cyrus Bennett reveals that he parted ways with 917 back in November during his new interview with The Bunt. He also mentions that most of the team followed suite shortly after while reflecting on his departure from the brand.

I left 917 a few months ago. It must have been mid-November. I don’t know. It just felt kind of stale, and I wanted to do something else. That guy from Slap got me to do the interview, and all of the questions were about 917… It kind of just made me realize how over it I was because I just had nothing good to say…

The communication was all over the place. And no one could get anything across. If we wanted to do something, it kind of took forever. If we wanted a board made, it would take forever, or not happen. Alex had a lot on his plate… But it just felt like I wanted to be part of something that was more serious in a sense. Get the boards made that we want. Don’t make shit that is just like a joke. It’s cool for shit to be funny… But it’s not cool when the board is not the right size or shape…

It’s hard when you can’t get together and plan a trip when you’re all ready to do one. And Alex is just nowhere to be found, and hard to contact. Everyone understood, and everyone quit after that.

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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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