The Infamous Archives: Extreme Sport

Chris Grenier: Can’t Knock the Hustle

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Snowboarder Chris Grenier brings his mean powder game from the mountains to the streets, where he is redefining what’s possible.

Text by Dan Christiansen/[2 one 5] Creative

“If you were to tell me when I was a kid that I was gonna be a pro snowboarder, I would have told you to fuck off.”

Luckily, Chris Grenier didn’t tell himself to fuck off.

Staking his claim on the hills of Massachusetts, Chris Grenier has worked his ass off to get to where he’s at now. Believe it. Those hills in New England may be tiny, but they pack a punch that hits as hard as ice – literally. They’re as slick as a greased palm and can crack bones like a brick wall.
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Dustin Charlton: Lifetime Vacation

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“I’m in a band called Remmy Blackwell,” says skateboarder Dustin Charlton. “ It’s blues punk – the best way to describe it is, ‘You break my heart and I’ll break all your shit.’”

Top photo by Eric Nelson

Skate style?
Dustin Charlton:
My skating style is fast and drunk.

How long have you been skating?
Charlton:
I’ve been skating for about 20 years; I got my first sponsor when I was 16.
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Dada 5000: Dawg Fighter

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Mixed martial arts hasn’t been the same since “Dawg Fighters” came into the game. Joseph “NeX” Tchume gets in the ring with Dhafir “Dada 5000″ Harris to separate the guts from the glory.

Photography by Hardwork Media

What’s going on, Dada?
Dada 5000:
We just revolutionized how people look at extreme reality. Movies are fake, what we do is real: real blood, real pain, real tears. When ESPN did the special, we broke records: More people tuned into that episode than any other episode of E60. Prior to that, we were in last November’s issue of ESPN Magazine and outsold their best month by 800,000 copies.
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Kevin Taylor: The God

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Over a decade after moving to Philadelphia to skate and destroy, Kevin Taylor remains a fixture on the local and national scenes.

Photography by Mark Plain and J Stickland

Kevin Taylor says he’s not good at interviews, but if given a chance, he knows who he would want to interview himself. “Mark Gonzales was always the one I looked up to when it came to street skating. I would interview Gonz because I think he’s crazy and I want to know what he thinks about,” says Taylor, laughing during a conversation in Philly’s Nocturnal Skateshop.

Good at interviews or not, Taylor is quick and confident with his answers. How’s the skateboard industry? “It’s OK,” he answers. How’s the wider culture? “I think it’s the same as ever if you ask me, it’s just younger people skating.”
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