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Jason Dill Reveals F.A. adidas Shoes & Clothing Line

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The Nine Club breaks quarantine with a new remote series called Stop and Chat. The second episode features a two-hour interview with Jason Dill. As always, there is a lot of information to digest from the Fucking Awesome founder. Most interesting is the reveal of two new F.A. adidas shoe designs, and a branded clothing that are currently on hold due to COVID-19.

What’s interesting about adidas is [that] when I road for Vans, I loved the people. I understood the simplicity behind a shoe like the authentic that I skated in. But I wanted to do more. I wanted to take my ability to design and have it in a place that if I ask crazy questions, they can be like, “Well, let’s call NASA and see what they think about it.” Nothing to take away from Vans, but there’s a certain level of design with adidas that’s so technical. I can kind of come up with a lot. Speaking of, these hopefully come out one day…These are the best shoes that I’ve made in my life… They might not come out. I don’t know. I think they’re made; but I’m not sure. We have a whole run of clothing for adidas that we made commercials for and everything. It’s all on hold.

It’s worth noting that the shoes were previously teased in the below Instagram posts. Watch the full Nine Club interview above. The quoted section begins at 25:37. And in related news, Jonathan Rentschler has released a 24-page zine featuring Dill in the East Village and Lower East Side. Head over over to SOLO for a preview.  

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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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