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11 December1995. Sammy was made. AMAZING.

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Here’s to Yuzuru’s positively golden 2013-2014 season! It hasn’t been easy, but with hard work and determination, you have won three of the biggest figure skating championships and have truly defined yourself as one of the world’s greatest skaters. Here’s to Parisienne Walkways, one of the greatest short programs of all time, and to Romeo and Juliet, a true testament to your growth these past years since your senior debut. A chapter of your life has come to a close, but a new one has already begun. It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch you perform. Rest up and come back next season with more brilliant programs. 

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Learning to Skate and Spreading the Love with @d33zle

To see more instructional and inspirational skateboarding from Jon, follow @d33zle and @intro2skate on Instagram.

“Learning a trick is a great feeling,” says Jon Depoian (@d33zle), a 26-year-old skateboard instructor in Southern California, “but teaching a trick, seeing the progression from nothing to landing something, and knowing you were a part of it is incredible.”

There weren’t many skaters in Jon’s hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. “We didn’t know what we where doing,” he says. “There was no YouTube, and no one to really show us, so we tried to copy Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.” But the connection was instant. “As soon as I discovered skateboarding, it was all I ever thought about and all I ever wanted to do.”

Jon spent three years touring the US in a motor home with the King of Kings Skateboard Ministry before eventually making his way west, where he co-founded @intro2skate. When starting out, Jon stresses the importance of patience and persistence. “The most common mistake is that some expect to be doing ollies in the first week,” he says. “Work on getting comfortable riding and using the nose and tail first.”