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Here’s Bobby Puleo’s Skate Ethos Compiled Into a Manifesto of Sorts

Bobby Puleo is opinionated. Between his views on spot rape, and his propensity for conspiracy theories and the esoteric, he seems like the type of guy that should have a manifesto. We transcribed a couple of his key philosophical insights from the latest Nine Club to create some bullet points that sum up Puleo’s ethos.

I’m a skateboarder. I have a rigid set of ideals. As we all do. And you’re also very much entitled to your own opinion. The great thing about skateboarding, and being a skateboarder, is you’re not necessarily just that. You’re also a consumer of the culture. That’s one of the fun things about skateboarding… There’s definitely something that bothers me if I see the culture being inflated and, stepped on is the wrong term, abused so to speak. When I see people not paying attention to the culture; it tends to bother me. (1:42:44)

I’m definitely not just skating down the street. I guess I took great care in the way that I presented stuff. I wouldn’t film everything. Watching Guy [Mariano] skate, I would always aspire—and I was never that style of skateboarder—but I always thought: “What would Guy do here?” I always thought that Guy had the best trick selection. (1:53:16)

I don’t consider myself a technically advanced… I’m not a trick person. I’m not a flip in flip out dude. What I was doing… it’s almost like a hip hop producer. Essentially, what you want to do is find a sample that no one has ever sampled before. And you want to put your mark on it. And if somebody bites your sample, they’re known as a sample biter, which is kind of a bad thing. You don’t want to be somebody that’s not producing original content. (2:12:57)

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For more, view the entire three-hour interview above.

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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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