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

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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.

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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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