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How Dick Rizzo Got Drafted by Quasi as a Debut Am

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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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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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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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