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How Dick Rizzo Got Drafted by Quasi as a Debut Am

Dick Rizzo burst onto the scene seven years ago via Bronze’s Solo Jazz. Since then, he’s traveled the world with HUF, gone pro for Quasi, and carved out a spot for himself at Vans. Quasi is an interesting story. The Jersey native was handpicked by Chad Bowers as one of the company’s debut ams alongside his childhood friend, Josh Wilson. Rizzo breaks it all down in a new interview published by VHS Mag this morning.

V: You got flowed from Chocolate after that. How did that happen?

R: Daniel Wheatley was team manager for Chocolate at the time and hit me up shortly after Solo Jazz came out.

V: It would’ve been awesome to see an East Coast skater like you on Chocolate. What happened with them?

R: Chocolate was rad, HUF was flying me out to LA and on trips at this time too. And I got to meet, and be a part of some things happening with Chocolate. There was talk of getting the bump up to am status. But I got a phone call from Chad Bowers at Quasi, which at the time was in its early stages, and still called Mother. He was really hyped on my skating and wanted me to be a part of what he was trying to make. The original team was just Jake Johnson, Gilbert Crockett, and Tyler Bledsoe; and these guys were my favorite skaters. And then, there was talk of getting Josh involved; and I knew it had to be done.

For more on Rizzo’s come-up, head over to VHS to read the full interview.

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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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