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Thrasher and Pro-Skaters take on Addiction #2995775
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With action sports, including surfing, having a long history of looking the other way when it comes to addiction I have to admire Thrasher Magazine and all those who took part for running this article. Maybe surfermag or others should follow suit?

https://www.thrashermagazine.com/articles/over-it-article/

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Re: Thrasher and Pro-Skaters take on Addiction [Re: frvcvs] #2995792
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The in your face aspect of boozing and drugs in skateboarding is pretty wild.

Surfing it's at least somewhat out of sight, everyone know's it's going on, but it's not as advertised as a whole like it is in skateboarding.

Always thought that was a crazy contrast between the two.

Re: Thrasher and Pro-Skaters take on Addiction [Re: frvcvs] #2995795
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Thanks. I forwarded this to my teenage sons.

Re: Thrasher and Pro-Skaters take on Addiction [Re: frvcvs] #2995817
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Wow that was a really good article. Good on them for posting that. I like this:

"Get honest with your feelings and friends. Skateboarding brings together some of the heaviest partiers and sober people on the same teams, vans, trips, etc., not pushing either of their programs or taking inventory, but they are there for each other in a heartbeat. We have a big recovery community and bond. If you speak up around here you’ll get pointed in the right direction. Skateboarders have some of the biggest hearts."


"The size / dimensions don't matter. What does matter is that it's flammable. Because you should set it on fire and get a real surfboard" Witchipoo
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That's an impressive crop of interviews.

Surf mags don't have the balls for it.

Notice how everyone stated it all comes down to choices that individual makes - you can have all the resources in the world but it comes down to if you want sobriety or not.

Do not listen to people here or elsewhere that say otherwise.




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Thrasher is and always will be the realest.

Amazing article.

Weed/Alcohol/Pills are so mainstream and accepted now. Is there anything more punk rock than being sober?

To keep it surf related: Arto has been learning to surf and has surfed my local a few times. Super mellow guy and very stocked on surfing. When he gets a long one he's all smiles, fist pumping and cheering others. Cool guy. It's funny to see a skate legend battle for scraps with groms and old dudes who have no idea who he is.

During college, I remember going out in Long Beach in 2001ish and between bar hopping we stopped by this huge house party. After a few beers I see Sean Sheffey walk in. I'm like holy shit it's Sheffey! But he was clearly black out and ready to fight anybody. Well, he found somebody and fought him in the garage of the house. Then he fought his friends and knocked one of them out. We bailed, but I remember thinking damn Shef looks gnarly.

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Re: Thrasher and Pro-Skaters take on Addiction [Re: casa_mugrienta] #2995879
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Originally Posted by casa_mugrienta
That's an impressive crop of interviews.

Surf mags don't have the balls for it.

Notice how everyone stated it all comes down to choices that individual makes - you can have all the resources in the world but it comes down to if you want sobriety or not.

Do not listen to people here or elsewhere that say otherwise.




Spot on

Hell, surf mags still peddle the dengue fever bs


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Re: Thrasher and Pro-Skaters take on Addiction [Re: frvcvs] #2995899
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I’m a relative newbie to the wonders of sobriety and have found a ton of inspiration from the skateboarding world. There’s a ton of great content on YouTube right now featuring former hard partying skaters speaking about how good the sober life is. If Andy Roy can do it any one can.

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One thing I've always heard Andrew Reynolds say in interviews is they don't discourage drinking or drugs per say. It's all individual choice. But when there's a problem and you decide you want to address it we're here to help


"The size / dimensions don't matter. What does matter is that it's flammable. Because you should set it on fire and get a real surfboard" Witchipoo
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I love drinking and taking drugs too much to abuse this wonderful part of life.

The trick is to want that last drink or line and then use system II thinking to say to yourself, No.

Moderation will set you free!


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Easier said then done, kudos.

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I’ve skated with Arto and some of the other skaters in the article. He’s adjusted well to living on the north shore. Except he must’ve pissed off a neighbor they called the building inspector on him for starting to build a skate facility on his property. I think he’s going thru permitting and built those little quarter pipes in his driveway in the meantime., The photo of his front rock was shot by a north shore lifeguard Jon Shirley. He was super hyped he got a photo credit.

I think with Phelps passing Thrasher had to take a look in the mirror. Didn’t read the whole mag but hope someone talks about what it’s like getting hurt and taking pain pills just to finish a video part. It happens in skating and the rest of the country. Medicating to keep working then self-medicating then abuse. Dyson Ramones is a pro skater from Hawaii. He got injured skating and his sponsors dropped him pretty fast. Dyson is a positive person but he was bitter about it but luckily he’s moved on and just skates for love. He’s got a very unique smooth style.

If the surf industry wants to do some PSA type work. Addiction would be a good start. But depression and suicide have started to be an epidemic on the north shore. Sunny’s suicide attempt has been the biggest media draw but there’s a few others every year that keep occurring.

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Originally Posted by mundus
Easier said then done, kudos.


I think it's harder if you are used to things coming easy.

Whereas if nothing comes easy, nothing is hard.

It's like a trick god plays on the talented and the retards at the same time.


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Originally Posted by silentbutdeadly
One thing I've always heard Andrew Reynolds say in interviews is they don't discourage drinking or drugs per say. It's all individual choice. But when there's a problem and you decide you want to address it we're here to help


Cause those guys know there is nothing you can do, or say, to someone with a real problem that will make them get clean.

Even when they're sitting there vomiting blood and the doctor tells them if you don't get clean you're going to die.

But it's good for these guys and girls to be setting an example in a way that's relatable.

AVE being addicted to crack for 4 years is nuts. crazy2

Interestingly enough he is not the first legendary guy who skated for Alien Workshop to develop a crack addiction - multiple guys on that team somehow ended up a crack addicts. shrug



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I bet crack could help you practice for a long time.


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