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Jahmir Brown Talks Switching From DGK to Palace

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Jahmir Brown is having a banner year in 2020, which has included dropping a standout part for DC, a ton of other coverage, and making a switch from DGK to Palace. He talks about the latter in his new interview with The Bunt, which dropped yesterday.

It was really natural. The last two years, Palace was coming to Philly a lot. I was just hanging out with them, and became really good friends with Chewy and Brooks. And I was going to L.A., and started skating with Lucas Puig a lot. It was tight to get to know everybody as friends.

Towards the end at DGK, I just had a different vision for myself. I guess the plan that was going on was happening. I just didn’t agree with it at the time. So I was like, “I’m just gonna leave. And I’m down to leave for nothing.”

I ended up hitting up Chewy like, “Can you hook it up with a board or two? I don’t even care. I’m not trying to get on the team or anything. I’m just trying to get some boards every now and then so I don’t have to buy boards all the time.” It started with that. Then—after a couple of days of talking—they were like, “You’re not gonna be on flow. You’re too good for all that. We fuck with you as a person. You’re mad cool. We want you on the team.”

Sounds like a natural progression to us. Listen to the full interview above. The bit about Palace starts at 23:40

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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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