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Six Stair Remembers Grosso & Talks Future of ‘Loveletters’

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VHS sat down for an extensive conversation with Rick Charnoski and Buddy Nichols while they were in Japan shooting what would be the final episode of Loveletters to Skateboarding. The release of the Q&A was delayed for over a year due to Grosso’s untimely passing. Published this morning, the interview gives a nice history of how the series came to be, and contains an addendum that sheds some light on its future now that the show’s protagonist is no longer with us.

V: Grosso has touched so many people through his skating and the Letters. What do you think is the legacy that he has left behind for the younger generations?

R: I think he will be remembered for his honesty and his ability to communicate an idea that people can relate to; skaters and non-skaters alike. He was good with summing things up but also always open to broadening the discussion with new opinions and ideas. I think the Letters will be watched for a long time. People like Grosso have a long shelf life.

B: Well… I hope his legacy will be for everyone to take a minute to stop and remember how amazing skateboarding is. I mean for the real skateboarders of the world, all of us who live for it every day, who have grown up in it and become part of it, to stop and think every once in a while about how cool it is… and then to make sure you do something to make sure that some other kids coming up get to experience what we all have. Make sure that more young girls get access to skating, more kids who might not have anything else get to skate, queer kids, poor kids, etc spreading skateboarding all over.

V: We’re all hoping that someone could carry on the torch and continue the Letters. Any possibility?

R: A Loveletters book and a Grosso film would be my two top picks but that’s just me thinking out loud… to the internet. I’m sure we’ll figure something out but continuing with the Letters is tough to imagine.

B: There are a few ideas being floated around… there are definitely a bunch more stories to tell…

Head over to VHS to read the entire piece.

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode

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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

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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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Nyjah Huston Talks About SOTY 2022

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Nyjah Huston has only good things to say about his rivals for the 2022 SOTY.

In the ONSTIX Episode 108 streamed on Thrasher’s Twitch channel, Nyjah described the 2022 SOTY Tyshawn Jones as the “King of Pops” for “skating over anything and everything possible.”

He also said that Louie Lopez is just straight-up creative and had a good chance of getting SOTY for many years now.

He also commended TFunk’s latest video part.

Nyjah said in the interview that he watches almost every video that Thrasher posts, even those names he hadn’t heard of.

I love watching everyone’s skating because everyone skates differently and that’s what beautiful about what we do.

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Tyshawn Jones eventually got the 2022 SOTY title. He is one of the three double-recipients of the title, the other two being Danny Way and Chris Cole. He earned his first SOTY in 2018.

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