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ELI REED TALKS ABOUT SKATING THE PLAYBOY MANSION

As skateboarders, we love to complain about how popular skating is these days. With it being viewed as the go-to “hip millennial activity” that “all the kids” are into, mainstream media has hijacking our image and cluelessly plastered us on anything that will help them sell products. This does indeed suck. But it doesn’t mean we are completely helpless: it also gives us room to take advantage of these companies right back. The legitimacy we’ve been given by mainstream audiences can give us the opportunity to create dream projects, skateparks…

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BUILDING THE HIGHEST SKATEPARK IN THE WORLD WITH JONATHAN MEHRING

People love building skateparks these days, especially in places that don’t need them. For instance, Los Angeles just got another park in July despite already having perfect weather and perfect ground while the rest of us continue to skate cracked curbs and stuff stolen from local construction sites. So instead of just building another skatepark in the an area where legions of park kids could perfect their yo-flips, a group of 100 volunteers, Make Life Skate and Levi’s came together to build a skatepark and community center for the kids…

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BREAKING UP WITH ZERO AND CHRIS COLE’S NEXT MOVE

photo: diego reyes v. In 2014, the skateboard industry got a hard kick in the nuts. Multiple brands died, distributions changed, and skaters took risks and matters into their own hands. But there was no bigger news then when Chris Cole announced he was leaving his longtime board sponsor, Zero back in July. As a shareholder and skater of the brand for over 13 years, it didn’t really even seem possible. Since his departure he hasn’t announced any longterm plans to ride for any other board company – but with…

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GAVIN NOLAN DISCUSSES TURNING AM & SURVIVING OFF OF $2 A DAY

“sup” / photo: sean cronan Honestly, Gavin Nolan isn’t my type of skateboarder, but I respect him. I respect that he dealt with my annoying questions and I respect that he has positioned himself to have a career in skateboarding. Dropping out of high school, going back and forth between Boston and California and living off of a couple of dollars a day – Gavin took the chances that most rational people wouldn’t. But it’s the culmination of those risks, those choices to stick with it even when the odds…

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A CANDID CONVERSATION WITH AUSTYN GILLETTE

photo: ryan allan Austyn Gillette is a pleasure to interview, because no topic is off the table. Dick jokes, girls, drugs – the stuff that skaters shy away from in interviews, Austyn seemed more than happy to chat about. But beneath the dry humor and the cool breeze exterior, there’s also a really shrewd, hard working, calculated guy that many people might not know about. Since he was a kid, Austyn has essentially raised himself – working at Liberty Boardshop, paying his own bills, feeding himself and figuring out his…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH KEELAN DADD AND HIS GIRLFRIEND

photo: herman jimenez I respect Keelan Dadd – he’s got a hot girlfriend, enough money to fuck around with, and he’s not afraid to flaunt it. His girlfriend Sukie also has her own career, working for her dad’s loan processing company by day, and creating a full brand around her infamous ass by night. With their antics continually documented on Instagram, World Star and TMZ, I figured there was no better time to call them up and get the juicy details. As pro skaters continue to shy away from making…

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ST. LOUIS AFTER THE SHOOTING OF MIKE BROWN WITH RANDY PLOESSER

photo: michael worful (@worful) Born smack dab in the middle of St. Louis, Missouri, Randy Ploesser is everybody’s somewhat reluctant go-to dude for all things skateboarding and St. Louis. He’s got a complicated relationship with his hometown, preferring it and his idealism to California and living near the skateboard industry, even as he’s aware of its warts and all. Couple that with St. Louis’ extended time in the national spotlight following the killing of Michael Brown and its aftermath, and it was time to catch up with Ploesser about living…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH THE GUY WHO ONE UPPED JUSTIN BIEBER

Whether you’re a billionaire or a bum, if you’ve got a skateboard at a skatepark then there’s an unwritten code of etiquette you’re expected to abide. One of those rules is that you shouldn’t do the same trick that someone else is trying on the same obstacle – especially if he’s a stranger and is still learning. But when this video of Justin Bieber getting shown up by a Venice Beach local went viral, it brought a lot of these rules into question. Is it ok to snake a dude’s…

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MEET THE MAN WHO SKATED 700 MILES

What’s the furthest you’ve ever skated? The corner store and back? Across town? Well good for you, but Clay Shank skated 700 miles… with 58MM hard wheels. Pushing across great swathes of the unforgiving country, stopping to skate winding snake runs of rough rock deep in the mountains, bombing icy highway hills as snow falls, slamming hard, subsisting on canned fish, and shitting in the woods, Clay is a rare breed of human. Along the journey, he had a chance to talk with a ton of people – conversations he…

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THE CKY ERA WITH KERRY GETZ

screenshot via Free Lunch We don’t see much new footage of Kerry Getz these days, but I won’t forget the first time I was introduced to him in CKY, after waiting 3 days for the Napster download to finish. “Hello, my name is Kerry Getz. I am from Lehighton, Pennsylvania and I like to stress. Fuck, fuck, fuck, I am angry with my skateboard.” To all the kids growing up at that time, it’s things like this that will forever be engrained in our brains. Curious to know what he’s…

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