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Brandon Westgate Talks Sobriety on the Latest Episode of The Nine Club



Brandon Westgate has been on quite a tear lately. He released parts in Element’s PEACE, and a solo effort for his debut NB Numeric shoe nearly back-to-back. The fact that he’s this productive while running his own cranberry farm in Massachusetts is admirable to say the least.

Another admirable admirable quality of Westgate’s is his two-year sobriety. He goes on the record about quitting, his family’s issues with alcohol and substance abuse, and friends that have past away from overdosing starting at the 1:21:14 mark of the latest episode of The Nine Club.

I haven’t been drinking for, like, two years. I felt like I was getting older, and more sore. You go on trips, and it becomes a thing. I had some times. When I first moved in [to his cranberry farm], it was all day to get you through the day; and to keep everybody motivated. I wasn’t paying anyone. I was like, “Here, free beer.”

I feel great. My main problem was just being sore. And then, having the kid. My dad drank a lot. He was definitely an alcoholic. My brother got into heroin, and had those problems. A lot of the people where I come from [end up addicted]. A lot of the kids that I went to school with are dead. They overdosed.

My brother did the jail thing. Then, figured out a rehab. He’s been sober for four years. And my dad too, he stopped drinking. He’s on three years. Then, I felt like the fuckup. I felt like, “These guys are killing it.” I wanted to break the cycle as well.

For more on Westgate, watch the full interview above.


Justin Sommer Featured in Santa Cruz’s True Grit



Follow the journey of German skateboarding prodigy Justin Sommer in this episode of True Grit, a docu-series produced by Santa Cruz Skateboards.

Born to young parents, he was practically raised in the streets of Berlin where he got introduced to skateboarding. Justin learned the ropes from his older friends.

He also fell into wayward life when he was younger. But with the help of his genuine friends, he was able to steer in the right direction and has now made a successful career in skateboarding.

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode



Nike SB Global Brand Manager Kelly Bird opens up about growing up in Houston, getting into skateboarding, becoming a pro, and eventually transitioning to the industry side of skateboarding.

Before he became the global brand manager of Nike SB, Kelly worked for DC Shoes and Lakai Footwear.

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Catch Up with Mariah Duran in the Latest Nine Club Episode



Pro skater Mariah Duran has always been into sports as a young kid, she revealed in the latest episode of The Nine Club.

The goofy-footed skater from Albuquerque, New Mexico got introduced to skateboarding when she was around 10. Initially, she would borrow his brother’s board, but her mom eventually bought her a board.

She was also into softball when she was younger and basketball when she was in high school. Later on, she shifted her focus to skateboarding.

Mariah won the USA Skateboarding National Championships Womens Street in 2019, and 2021. She placed 4th in the most recent competition.

She is also a two-time X Games gold medalist for Women’s Street Skateboarding.

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