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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.

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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.

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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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