There are few people more passionate about having 8 wheels under their feet than Mo Sanders. From his professional inline skate days to when he was a featured character on TNN’s RollerJam series, Mo has made a career, in turbulent worlds, that only happen when you have the athletic ability that Mo has. These days, Mo, also known as Quadzilla, is an entrepreneur and World Champion who globetrots the world getting skaters into shape.
Mo Sanders Show Notes
:30: Growing up in Tacoma
2:30: Getting into Roller Skating
5:45: Becoming Lanny’s Kid
8:41: Who was Mo in High School
12:00: The inline boom
21:16: The death of inline for Mo
24:00 : Roller Jam
27:09: Roller Derby is back
30:30: The need for better derby products
33:30: Quadzilla can teach and you better come prepared to work
38:30: The Olympics and Derby
Chris Haffey is part athlete, part stuntman, part survivor. He’s a professional rollerblader who started getting recognition for his skating when the industry was at its peak and became one of the top skaters in the world as the bottom was dropping out. While his peers were leaving the sport to find other ways to support themselves, Chris landed on the Nitro Circus, touring arenas across the globe with a motley crew of bad-asses.
Chris Haffey Show Notes:
1:45: In Japan on tour with the Nitro Circus
4:45: Growing up all over the country and getting into skating
7:45: Daily Bread Magazine days
9:19: Getting published and shooting as much as he could
10:05: Evo ad and discount code
11:30: Was skating something that consumed everything he did? Was he on be-mag
12:09: Meeting Chris Farmer in a chatroom
13:45: Who did he skate with when he was coming up, Brian Bell and Esco Zoo
14:50: What was High School like for him?
17:30: What did his parents think about him getting his GED?
19:30: Did he party when he was traveling to contests?
22:02: Spy Optics ad and discount code
22:42: Sierra At Tahoe ad
23:24: Being a street skater and then transitioning to contests and the differences
26:44: www.remz.com and making money in skating
28:40: Dealing with people flipping you shit when you skate
31:16: Park Etiquette
32:16: Finding inspiration in skiing and which skiers influence him and Is he familiar with Slvsh
34:37: What does he think of people looking to him to “save” rollerblading?
37:10: Fun on the road with the Nitro family
39:07: How is his body at this point?
41:04: Will we see another street section from Chris Haffey?
Sherry McConkey is the most positive, toughest woman I know. She grew up in politically charged South Africa, traveled the world, and landed in Squaw Valley, CA. Her story is one of adventure, love, loss and making a difference in her community and the world all while being an amazing role model for daughter Ayla, and the rest of the Tahoe community.
Sherry McConkey Show Notes
2:00: What is going on right now in Squaw Valley
3:30: What was it like growing up in South Africa
12:08: Stories of leaving the real world to travel the whole world and find her birth father
18:17: From Whistler to Squaw Valley, snowboarding and staying in the US
20:40: First time meeting Shane and the beginning of the future
23:57: What was the first trip like with Shane?
26:54: Preggo with Ayla
29:15: Outside TV FREE WEEK
30:22: What did she think of what Shane did and did she ever BASE Jump?
34:04: What was Shane’s life like in terms of travel and how was he as a dad?
36:12: Managing life with two kids in the house; Ayla and Shane
38:36: Life after Shane
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1:54: Air Force Brat, High School, College
6:30 Being a College Mascot and Fraternities
10:46: Post Grad year in Squaw and meeting Jimbo Fritsch, Jay Mueller, Shane McConkey, Frank Gambali. Kreitler and MC, Primal Instinct Bungee House
15:25 Mentor in B.A.S.E.
18:06 Living in a tent
21:35 Ski B.A.S.E
25:37 Year in Chicago
29:18 Back to Squaw
31:30 Crazy Schedule
32:30: try.outsidetv.com spot
45:42 RedBull Airforce
48:38: Dealing with people thinking he’s selfish/crazy
50:27: Jumping out of planes without parachutes
53:08 Recent video of wingsuit guy crashing into trees and living
Jason Levinthal has been a visionary in the ski industry for over 20 years. He's know for brand building genius, blue-collar work ethic and keeping his finger on the pulse of tomorrow. He started the revolutionary ski company, Line Skis, out of his parent’s garage and eventually was forced to sell his baby (while still managing it and other brands) to The Jarden Corporation. Jason’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for timely innovation led him to leave the comfort of his corporate check and start again from scratch with J Skis.
Jason Levinthal, Owner, J Skis
Jason Levinthal Show Notes
:31: What is Jason up to these days?
1:19: Typical work week for Jason
3:30: What group did Jason fit into in High School?
5:26: Jason talks college
7:17: The foundation of Line Skis
8:39: Why the name Line?
11:10: Did anyone believe in Jason Levinthal in the early days?
12:29: At Ski Magazine tests Jason is asked why is he there and told to “throw his skis down the stairs.”
13:55: Sacrificing life for the brand
16:06: Did Jason ever think about enforcing the twin tip patent and working with other brands
21:48: The Reactor Binding and bindings in general
26:40: K2 buys Line
28:50: The future of Levinthal is J Skis
31:10: Josh Malczyk and his Line and Levinthal history
33:00: The game-changing development process of J Skis
35:29: Biggest career regrets
37:42: What is Jason most proud of in his career?