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Riley Hawk Spills the Beans on His Oceanside Coffee Shop



You’ve probably heard about Riley Hawk’s Steel Mill Coffee & Music shop that he opened with Shea Cooper, Figgy, Tony Hawk, and others in Oceanside last month. He gives the backstory on why he decided to spearhead this project in the latest episode of The Nine Club. It turns out that the move was a lot more calculated than it appears on the surface given Shea’s background in coffee, and the marketing power of the crew invested in the venture. 

I think what I saw is a lot of shops didn’t even have the knowledge that Shea did, or the marketing side / crew behind it that were doing well. It’s like, “If they can do it, we can crush it.” You never want to think you can crush it because everything is a reality check, and humbling. But I just knew that we could do it. It could work. I met with my dad. I sat down with him, and told him that we want to do this. He was just kind of like, “Oh, I don’t know. It’s a a lot of work.” It was crazy. I pitched the whole thing—everything, like how we have the crew, all this stuff. By the end of it, he was like, “Wow, I think it could work.” I sold him on the sales pitch. His blessing made me think it could work. So I set the steps in motion. We had a concept. But we didn’t have a space or anything. The whole reason was that Shea’s parents retired from the coffee shop a few years ago. And they put the machine in storage, the La Marzocco. It was in the storage in Boise. They were like, “If you want to try and do this, it’s yours…” That’s a huge leg up. They’re very expensive.

Watch the entire episode above. The story about opening the coffee shop starts at 2:09:27.


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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