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UNLEASHED PODCAST: FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY

Mar 082021

Not your average sports podcast! Hosted by action sports personality The Dingo and professional snowboarder Danny Kass, #UNLEASHED is your front-row ticket into the world of high-energy sports. With each episode dedicated to a unique guest or topic, the podcast celebrates the Monster Energy way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers, and fans. Drawing on their rich experiences in action sports culture, The Dingo and Danny keep the conversations real, authentic – and totally unpredictable.

E122 - Adam Cianciarulo, 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series Champion

 

Kicking off Supercross season with a bang! UNLEASHED is proud to welcome 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series Champion Adam Cianciarulo from Montverde, Florida. In the interview with podcast hosts The Dingo and Danny alongside special guest “Dirt Shark” Ash Hodges, we learn about the 25-year-old’s unique drive and will to win.

 

Cianciarulo has been riding dirt bikes for as long as he can remember. He started on his first minibike at age 3 and began racing one year later. His natural talent earned the native Floridian eleven AMA Amateur Motocross National Championships – still an unsurpassed record!! As a pro, the Team Monster Energy Kawasaki rider kept collecting trophies, including the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series Championship and the coveted AMA Pro Motocross Rookie of the Year award. Find out what drives Cianciarulo to rise above the rest of the pack and how he earned the nickname ‘Baby Jesus’ – only on the UNLEASHED with The Dingo and Danny Podcast.

 

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E121 - Jeremy McGrath, 7-Time Supercross Champion and Motorcycle Hall of Famer

 

Get ready for an audience with the King of Supercross! UNLEASHED welcomes motocross icon, Jeremy McGrath, for a special episode that no motorsports fan can afford to miss. Take notes as the seven-time AMA SupercrossLIVE Champ and Motorcycle Hall of Famer shares stories from his professional life in the fast lane. In an exclusive one-hour interview with podcast hosts The Dingo and Danny, the 49-year-old legend from San Francisco, California, allows a rare glimpse behind the scenes of his influential career.

 

McGrath fell in love with motocross as a young BMX kid and brought a fresh approach into motorsports. His invention of the Nac Nac air is regarded as the starting point for freestyle motocross, while McGrath’s racing record includes a record-setting seventy-two wins in 250cc Main Events. The star of his own video game, McGrath owns an X Games gold medal and continues to collect trophies in Offroad truck racing.

 

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E120 - Sammy Carlson, Freeski Innovator and Backcountry Pioneer

 

Sit down with a freeski legend who blazed his own trail all the way into the uncharted backcountry! UNLEASHED welcomes Monster Energy team rider Sammy Carlson, a former ‘child prodigy’ who pushed the boundaries of competitive freestyle ski before finding his true calling.  

 

Learn about the unique pro freeski journey of the 32-year-old from Tigard, Oregon, who inspired an entire generation of freestyle skiers to venture off the beaten path. Only on UNLEASHED with our hosts, The Dingo and Danny!

 

Carlson barged into the spotlight as a rookie at the mere age of 15 and crushed freeski competitions with moves like his invention, the switch triple rodeo 1260. After an accomplished career, including X Games gold in Freeski Slopestyle in 2011, he hit a hard pause on riding contests. What’s more, Carlson even turned down a spot in the Winter Olympics in favor of filming video parts in the wilderness!

 

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E119 - Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboard Icon and Olympic Gold Medalist

 

Talk about a rider who’s seen it all, done it all! Sage Kotsenburg made history by winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal in snowboard slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He then caused an upset by walking away from competitions and focusing on critically acclaimed video parts, including his gold medal-winning X Games Real Snow 2021 segment.

 

Experience the unparalleled progression story of the 28-year-old Monster Energy team rider from Park City, Utah, on UNLEASHED with our hosts, The Dingo and Danny!

 

Kotsenburg started shredding on snow at the tender age of 5 at Utah’s Park City Resort and carved out a unique career. As a top competitor, he pushed the boundaries with trick innovations like the double cork 1620 Holy Crail aerial. He then continued his successful run as a pro snowboarder by focusing on award-winning videos filmed in the backcountry, including the decorated ‘Joy’ and ‘Halcyon’ segments. Overall, Kotsenburg chose a road less traveled and blazed a new trail in professional snowboarding.

 

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E118 - Zak Hale, Urban Snowboarding Pioneer

 

From contest-winning child prodigy to pioneer of urban snowboarding: Zak Hale turned his back on a conventional pro career and pushed the boundaries of snowboarding on stairs, handrails, and all kinds of city architecture.

 

Experience the groundbreaking story of the 28-year-old Monster Energy team rider from Big Bear, California, on UNLEASHED with our hosts, The Dingo and Danny! Zak Hale was already sponsored by Monster Energy at the age of 9. Today, this makes him one of the two longest-tenured Monster snowboarders on the team.

 

His list of accomplishments includes milestones such as an X Games silver medal (2020), not to mention a hefty portfolio of never-been-done moves on urban obstacles.

 

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E117 - Larry Edgar, Two-Time BMX Pro Cup Series Champion 

 

Action sports have the power to change people’s lives! For proof, look no further than BMX innovator Larry Edgar who battled adverse circumstances on his way to the top of the sport. Experience the inspirational story of the 28-year-old Monster Energy team rider from Corona, California. Only on UNLEASHED with our hosts, The Dingo and Danny!  

 

Known for blasting some of the highest airs on the BMX circuit, Larry Edgar is a back-to-back Vans BMX Pro Cup Series overall champion (2017/2018) and 2017 NORA Cup Reader's Choice Rider of the Year winner. But making it as a professional athlete took grit and determination: Edgar experienced homelessness at a young age before discovering freestyle BMX as an outlet. Now he’s at the top of his game. And when not competing on big-ticket events like the Triple Challenge tour, Edgar restores vintage cars and recently took his fearless approach to bull riding. 

 

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E116 - Clayton Vila, X Games Medal-Winning Freeskier and Filmmaker 

 

Professional freestyle skier and multi-hyphenate talent: Monster Energy’s Clayton Vila has won awards as an athlete and filmmaker. Now the 30-year-old L.A. transplant shares his unique origin story on UNLEASHED with our hosts, The Dingo and Danny.  

 

Against the odds, Clayton Vila grew up on an island off the coast of Rhode Island and still became a groundbreaking freeski athlete. His unique niche: Self-published online videos that generated millions of views, including 2008’s “Clayton Vila Shreds Block Island”. Vila also boasts an X Games bronze medal from the 2016 Real Ski video competition. His debut as a filmmaker, the documentary “For Lack of Better”, was named Film of the Year at the Powder Awards in 2015 and he produces commercials and films with the world’s best athletes. 

 

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E115 - Lizzie Armanto, X Games Gold Medalist and Olympic Skateboarder

 

Trailblazer, innovator, global icon: Women’s skateboarding pioneer Lizzie Armanto joins The Dingo and Danny for an unforgettable episode of UNLEASHED.

 

The 28-year-old skateboard icon from Santa Monica, California, has achieved several historic milestones: Armanto was the first female rider featured on the cover of TransWorld Skateboarding magazine. In 2018, she made history as the first woman to complete the legendary ‘Loop of Death’ obstacle. Since taking gold in her X Games debut in Barcelona in 2013, she has earned a total of three X Games medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) and won the sport’s biggest competitions. Today, Armanto endorses signature skateboards and footwear for A-list brands and also appears in video games and films.

 

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E114 - Chloe Kim, Snowboard Phenom and Olympic Gold Medalist 


You’re invited to a special audience with the Queen of the Superpipe! The Dingo and Danny welcome snowboard phenom Chloe Kim from Los Angeles, California, for every snowboard fan’s dream episode. 

 

No other woman has dominated halfpipe competition like the 21-year-old superstar: Chloe Kim won her first U.S. Open halfpipe title in 2016 at age 15 and was listed among the ‘Most Influential People of 2018’ by TIME Magazine. She has won consecutive FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Championships, six X Games gold medals as well as gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics. But it’s not just been fun and games (and appearances on The Masked Singer). Chloe Kim also had to overcome serious injuries and setbacks – not to mention a level of mainstream fame reserved for a select few action sports athletes. 

 

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E113 - Kurt Busch, NASCAR Cup Champion 

 

Start your engines! The Dingo and Danny welcome NASCAR Cup Champion and racing icon Kurt Busch for a high-speed episode dedicated to the past, present, and future of motorsports.

 

Learn the backstory of one of the most winning drivers on the circuit. Iconic NASCAR Champion and Newly Signed 23XI Racing Driver Kurt Busch has seen and won it all. His 32 victories include the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, Coca-Cola 600 (2010), and the Daytona 500 (2017).

 

Experience life in the fast lane in the words of one of the fastest racers on the planet. From early victories to keys to success all the way to the ongoing sibling rivalry with his younger brother Kyle, Busch tells it all – only on UNLEASHED!

 

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E112 - BIG3 Founder and Rap Icon Ice Cube 

 

Please welcome hip-hop royalty to the show! Podcast hosts The Dingo and Danny Kass sit down with multi-Platinum rap artist, actor, director, and entrepreneur Ice Cube for a special episode of UNLEASHED. Filmed on location at the Chicago stop of the BIG3 basketball tournament, the 45-minute episode is a special treat for hip-hop and basketball fans. 

 

Known as a defining force of West Coast hip-hop, Ice Cube has sold millions of albums as a part of supergroup N.W.A. and solo artist. World-famous for roles in blockbuster franchises including the Barbershop and Friday series, the 52-year-old icon from Los Angeles has starred in more than 40 movies. Learn the keys to success from the multi-hyphenate creative and take a trip down memory lane to some of hip-hop’s greatest moments – only on UNLEASHED! 

 

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E111 - Chino Braxton, Urban Motocross Sensation and Social Media Star

 

Prepare to get wild in the streets! The Dingo and special guest host “Dirt Shark” Ash Hodges interview urban motocross sensation Chino Braxton from Baltimore, Maryland about his meteoric rise as a trailblazer of stunt riding on city streets.

 

Learn the backstory of the 24-year-old social media star boasting over one million followers on his @chinobraxton Instagram account. Experience Braxton’s rapid evolution from outlaw dirt bike rider to lifestyle influencer and actor starring in the 2020 film Charm City Kings. Hear Chino Braxton share unique life stories, like suffering gun violence and getting signed to Meek Mill’s record label Dreamchasers – only on UNLEASHED!

 

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E110 - Rob Gronkowski, Four-Time Super Bowl Champion

 

Tune in for a larger-than-life episode! The Dingo and Danny catch up with four-time Super Bowl Champion Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski. Filmed at Gronkowski’s residence in Tampa Bay, Florida, the special episode relives defining career moments with the record-setting NFL tight end.

 

Get the inside scoop on how “Gronk” returned from a one-year retirement to clinch the Super Bowl win with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alongside his long-time friend and teammate Tom Brady. Also hear previously untold backstories from the American football icon – including his most legendary plays and recent Guinness Book World Record for the highest altitude catch of an American football at 600 feet – only on UNLEASHED!

 

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E109 – Guapdad 4000, Grammy Nominated & Platinum Recording Artist

 

It’s getting lyrical on the UNLEASHED Podcast! The Dingo and Danny welcome West Oakland rap sensation Guapdad 4000 (born Akeem Hayes) for an inspired episode. Sit back and listen closely as the Grammy-nominated, Platinum recording artist shares life lessons, career milestones, and keys to finding internet success.

 

The Scam rapper, who recorded ‘Oaklandish’ with Bay Area legend Too $hort, broke onto the scene in 2017 with a self-released mixtape. Since then, Guapdad 4000 has worked with A-list hip-hop artists on critically acclaimed releases such as 2019’s Platinum album ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’. In conversation with Danny and The Dingo, the multi-talented rapper, singer and songwriter reveals current creative projects and the secrets behind his many alter ego personas like The Versace Velociraptor. Only on UNLEASHED!

 

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E108 - Breathe Carolina, Certified Gold Recording Artists

 

Turn up the volume for a music-inspired episode of The UNLEASHED Podcast! Danny and The Dingo sit down with gold recording artists Breathe Carolina. Get the inside story of how David Schmitt and Tommy Cooperman connected to make boundary-pushing EDM music that has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Warped Tour and at Winter X Games.

 

 Listen to the origin story of the band that first made a splash by garnering 30 million plays in 2009 during the golden days of Myspace. Follow the evolution to their RIAA-certified gold single “Blackout” and their latest studio release “Dead: The Album”. And prepare to be amazed by previously untold backstories and band trivia – only on UNLEASHED!

 

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E107 - BMX Icon Pat Casey

 

Get ready for a true must-listen for BMX fans! Danny and The Dingo talk shop with multiple X Games medalist and BMX innovator Pat Casey. Known for inventing technical tricks like the fakie cash roll and decade backflip, Casey is part of a new generation of BMX riders that redefined the sport in the 2010s. Casey’s ‘Dreamyard’ video series, filmed at a 10,000 square feet ramp facility at his residence, has garnered over 1.3 million views – and counting.

 

Listen closely as Casey shares what it takes to become a successful pro BMX athlete and The Dingo shares his childhood dreams – and battle scars – of a BMX racing career. Only on UNLEASHED!

 

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E106 - “Big Boy” 325-Pound Powerlifter

 

Get ready for a heavy episode of The UNLEASHED Podcast! Danny and The Dingo sit down with powerlifter “Big Boy” from San Clemente, California. Brace for a no-holds-barred conversation with the 325-pound athlete known for his viral YouTube and Instagram videos of superhuman strength and skateboard stunts that have racked up millions of views.

 

With numerous national and worldwide powerlifting records, including an American record for bench pressing 589 pounds in 2015, Big Boy is doing it BIG! Take notes as the heavyweight shares how he built tremendous online clout, with 696K Instagram followers (@bigscboy) as well as 600K subscribers and 4.1 million likes on TikTok. Also get the inside story behind his legendary drop-in (and slam) at skate icon Tony Hawk’s private training facility and witness an epic arm-wrestling match between “Big Boy” and podcast host Danny Kass. Only on UNLEASHED!

 

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E105 – FMX Legend, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg

 

An OG of freestyle motocross since 1998 and one of the most talented dirt bike riders in history - Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg has been an instrumental figure in the development and success of the sport. Twitch holds 16 X Games medals, winning medals and reaching the podium in freestyle, best trick, step-up, speed and style, and best whip. Twitch crews up with Taka Higashino, Vicki Golden, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Genki Watanabe, Josh Hill, Jarryd McNeil, and Tyler Bereman to talk all things moto with The Dingo.

 

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E104 – Tom Wallisch, Multiple Freeski Gold Medalist

 

Freeski trailblazer Tom Wallisch grew up on the East Coast, far outside the competitive spotlight. But he still found a way to become one of the sport’s best-known riders: His self-produced videos of urban Freeski riding, including 2014’s ‘The Tom Wallisch Project’, became viral hits on YouTube. Wallisch also made history by setting the World Record for the longest rail slide on skis at 424 feet. In conversation with The Dingo and Danny, the Freeski phenom speaks on career-defining moments, pioneering a new way to turn pro, and his side gig as an X Games commentator. Winter sports fans, don’t miss this one!

He won the overall Dew Cup, was named 2012 Men’s Slopestyle World Champion, and came in first in the AFP Slopestyle World Rankings. Through it all, he still produced a highly acclaimed film segment and traveled to Japan and Alaska to film following the competition season. Since then, Wallisch has produced dozens of film segments for Level 1 and Field Productions, his own film, The Wallisch Project, and founded his own production company, Good Company, which has produced five films and more than 50 edits.

 

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E103 – Jessica Rose-Clark, UFC Bantamweight Powerhouse

 

Jessica-Rose Clark is one of the hardest-hitting women in mixed martial arts (MMA). After rising to the top of Australia’s national MMA leagues, “Jessy Jess” relocated to the United States in 2017 to compete as one of the top pros in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She speaks openly about the role of women in the hard-knuckle world of MMA in conversation with The Dingo and Danny. And of course, it’s no fun until one of the hosts catches a body kick courtesy of the expert kickboxer. No punches pulled in this episode, guaranteed!

 

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E102 – Motocross Icon Ryan Villopoto

 

Ryan Villopoto is a motocross legend – and that’s for a good reason. Groomed to race motorbikes since age 5, the Washington native has single-handedly raised the bar in motocross. He became the first Monster Energy Cup Champion and the sport’s first-ever million-dollar winner in 2011. In a candid conversation with The Dingo and Danny, the father of twins revisits career-defining moments and shares the secret of keeping calm under pressure. Hold on to your seats, this one’s coming at you fast!

 

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E101 – Nyjah Huston Talks Olympics, Injuries, & Film Projects

 

Nyjah Huston is the winningest skateboarder in history. The Dingo and Danny sit down with the pro skater and Team USA Olympic athlete in the very first episode of UNLEASHED. It’s a heavy one: The reigning SLS World Champion and winner of 19 medals at X Games speaks on his road to the Tokyo Olympics, ‘sending it’ on big tricks, current video projects, dealing with injuries, and staying motivated despite the ongoing pandemic.

 

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