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How Ed Templeton’s Approach Has Changed Over Time

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Ed Templeton is at a point where he doesn’t need to skate anymore. He’s become just as well-known for his art and photography as his impossibles and noseblunts, and Toy Machine speaks for itself. The Hall of Famer also snapped his leg in half seven years ago, which is enough to make anyone want to hang it up for good. Still, he presses on. Templeton breaks down how his approach to skating has changed over the years in a new interview published by Japan’s VHS Mag this morning.

V: How do you approach skateboarding nowadays?

E: The same as I always did. I just don’t do it as much as I used to. I think that there was an age when every morning you wake up and like, “When am I going to skate?” That’s all you think about. And then as for me, I got older and started doing Toy Machine, art career took off more. So the whole beginning of Toy Machine, I was trying to be a pro skater and doing Toy Machine. So I was really bad at doing Toy Machine, because I was focusing on skateboarding, focusing on art. Now I feel like I have more time to do Toy Machine in a better way. So it’s better for Toy Machine that I’m not skating as much. And it’s also been good for my art career, because I’m doing a lot of art shows so I have more time to paint.

V: You had a big injury too…

E: And yeah, the injury… I was going as hard as I could up until age 40 and then I broke my leg, and that has just changed everything. I think at that age to get hurt like that where you break both bones and you can see how fucked up it still looks. So there’s still two big plates in there.

V: Oh, still?

E: Yeah. 21 screws. Because both bones broke. So the leg was just totally sideways and it came out. The bone came out.

V: The bone came out?

E: Yeah, the bone was poking out of the skin. It was really bad, and they thought I was not going to skate ever again. But my goal was to come back to be able to skate. But then the doctor also said, “If you’re going to come back to pro skating, you have to do another surgery and take the plates out. Because you need flexibility in your bones, and with the plates there’s no flexibility.” So if I land crazy it’s going to just break right above the plate. You can see the plate kind of ends there.

V: Oh, yeah.

E: So if I land strange it’s going to break here now instead of down there. Cause there’s the plates are holding it together, and so I just decided, I’m not going to do the other surgery. I’m just going to take it easy and not try to jump down stairs anymore.

V: You still got that nosebluntslide though.

E: Yeah, I can still skate. Like small things, banks, fun things I still skate. But I don’t try to keep up with the kids anymore. Let the kids jump down the stairs. I’ll stay on the low step.

Read the entire interview here.

Image Via VHS Mag

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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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