Jerry Hsu put his busy schedule on hold and stopped by The Nine Club to discuss growing up in San Jose CA, ordering his first skateboard from the back of a Thrasher Magazine, making a 25 minute sponsor me video, getting on Maple Skateboards, moving out of his parents house at 18, Osiris’ “The Storm” video and the infamous Storm Flip, quitting Maple for Enjoi, filming for “Bag Of Suck”, the Tilt Mode videos, getting on Chocolate Skateboards, photography, starting his own brand Sci-Fi Fantasy and much more. Have a seat and listen in.
Patrick O’Dell and Vice’s Epicly Later’d have recently released a four-part series which brings to light the rise and fall of Ali Boulala. Known as one of skateboarding’s most colorful and entertaining characters off and on the board, Ali’s solid and powerful skills early on got him noticed and recruited on to the Flip team soon after his arrival to the United States. In the months and years that followed, alcohol and drugs consumed much of Ali’s daily life as a skateboarder; these substances not only fueled him, but they impaired his function and judgement as well.
In these four episodes Ali looks back upon his salad days explains what went so right and so wrong while skating and filming video parts, partying, and traveling the globe with his skateboarding career. It is in our hopes that by sharing this series with Ali Boulala that we can help to guide and influence skateboarders worldwide with positive choices and opportunities in their lives.
Were relieved that Ali has survived the horrific accident that killed his friend and teammate Shane Cross and has been sober over the past two years. Please have a seat and take in these heavy episodes and share with your friends as well.
– Bryce Kanights
Ali Boulala – The Original Baker Boy – Part 1
Ali Boulala – Remote Control Cars and Being a Piss Drunk – Part 2
Ali Boulala – The Crash That Ruined Everything – Part 3
Ali Boulala – Life After Skateboarding – Part 4
Epicly Later’d is back with its first episode of Season 7 with a Kevin ‘Spanky’ Long episode update redux in two parts. Although Spanky already had a few episodes in the early years of the show, these updated episodes put things into perspective with his skateboarding career. Thankfully, he’s been back on his signature board where he needs to be. Cheers Spanky!