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Jason Jessee Explains the Interview That Exiled Him From the Skate Industry

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Even the most casual follower of skate culture should be familiar with Jason Jessee’s story, and the controversial ‘90s interview from Iron Horse magazine that resurfaced last year, and resulted in Jessee being dropped by Converse and Santa Cruz. It was the subject of a Vice exposé, and Jessee personally addressed the incident via Instagram last summer. He gives a three-hour account of what happened in the latest episode of The Nine Club starting at the 11:23 mark.

Yeah, I said some terrible shit. If I say what it really was, it will sound fake… Obviously I would never use [those words] now. It wouldn’t work. We would hear stuff downstairs and next door [at a motorcycle shop]. And it drove us crazy. I was a motorcycle enthusiast, and I have been my whole life… There was this biker scene in the ‘90s that you could not relate to. It was stonewashed jeans; and everything about it was terrible… So, not to skirt around this, but if you read the whole thing; it’s pretty sarcastic. It’s bad. But we had fun doing it at the time. [We were] idiot kids… there were no consequences back then. So we were like fuck these guys. Let’s talk shit. They sell it [Iron Horse Magazine] downstairs. They’re gonna see it. Let’s just go full bozo with it. And we blew it. I blew it. We were partying. And I grew up never drinking or partying… You do things to get a reaction. And it was an easy target. We took the easiest thing… I wanted to get a name for myself in the motorcycle world; because skateboarding will always be there for me.

Dive into the full interview above.

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Santa Cruz Skateboards’ ‘True Grit’ features Tom Asta

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In this latest “True Grit” video by Santa Cruz Skateboards, Tom Asta revealed that he never planned on becoming a pro but just enjoyed skating as a teen. He turned out to be one of the best pro skaters we know today.

He talked about growing up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and also showed his favorite skate spots in his hometown. Town mates Chris Cole and Ian Berry, and other pro skaters spoke about how they met Tom and how they have seen him develop into the skater that he is today.

The “True Grit” video series attempts to get an in-depth look into how skaters came to where they are now by visiting them in their hometowns and interviewing the people around them.

Watch more of Tom Asta in the Santa Cruz Skateboards’ welcome video below.

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Shecks Guests on the Latest ‘The Nine Club’ Episode

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Pro skater Ryan Sheckler talks about growing up in Southern California, starting skateboarding at the tender age of two, his over two decades of career, and his personal struggles in the latest podcast episode of “The Nine Club”.

He also discusses starting his skateboarding company, the Sandlot Times, and the story behind the name.

The Nine Club is a skateboarding podcast started and hosted by professional skateboarder Chris Roberts in 2016. The show is co-hosted by Roger Bagley and Kelly Hart.

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Vans Skateboarding Drops ‘Lizzie’ Video

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Get to know more about Lizzie Armanto through the lens of the persons closest to her in this 35 mm film directed by renowned filmmaker Greg Hunt and presented by Vans Skateboarding.

Lizzie is an X Games gold medalist (Barcelona, 2013) and the first-ever woman to make it to the cover of Transworld Skateboarding in 2016.

She was also the first female skateboarder to do the loop, a 360-degree vertical ramp on which the rider turns completely upside down while maintaining contact between the wheels of the skateboard and the ramp’s surface.

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