Welcome to the Venom Skate Podcast! Follow along as Venom CEO Zak Maytum sits down with the legends to tell the untold stories of downhill skateboarding’s past and present.

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EPISODE 6: Rob McKendry

Rob McKendry is a NORAM downhill legend. From being the first real Colorado downhill skater in the ’90s, to being the emcee at Devil’s Peak with years of riding & racing in between. He organized the first downhill race in CO on Vail Pass, and is an absolute character who’s cherished across the scene. Enjoy this special 4 hour episode, with host Zak Maytum, as they talk through Rob’s 20+ year riding history and his new project www.safetythird.blog where he explores TBIs and mental health in action sports athletes.


Danny Connor is a high voltage downhill pioneer from Southern California, who’s been bombing hills for over 20 years. Danny came on the racing scene in the late ’90s early 2000s, and was one of the first Sector 9 downhill team riders. Enjoy his origin story with our host, and Venom CEO, Zak Maytum at the only race to happen in 2020, and the most appropriate venue to sit down with Danny – Barrett Junction.


Captain America himself! Rick Kludy is one of the wildest characters in skateboard racing’s history who has been nothing short of absolutely dedicated to the sport since day 1. Residing in California, Kludy is notorious for being an absolute character of the 90s-2000s era downhill scene. He the recalls competing in EDI against Gary Hardwick, Chaput, and the Dregs team. His personal attitude towards speedboarding, and what his legendary helmet smells like. Enjoy!


In the ever anticipated Part 2 of the Pete Connolly episode: Pete goes into vivid detail about his challenging quest, that led to his eventual success, to become the fastest downhill skateboarder of all time at a top speed of 91.17mph. Pete is the definition of speedboarder through and through. And this episode truly illustrates his passion for going fast. Enjoy!


You may know Pete Connolly as the World’s fastest man on a skateboard. But, we know him as one of the most deeply rooted downhill riders on the planet. Hailing from the U.K, Pete’s DH legacy sprouted from a need for speed. In part 1, of 2, Zak and Pete talk about the origins of the U.K Downhill scene, gear from the time, aerolids, and the events and styles that laid the foundation for the modern era of downhill in Europe.


In this inaugural episode, Venom CEO Zak Maytum speaks with one of Speedboarding’s original badasses Roger Hickey. Discussing fabled skateboarding stories from the 70’s through the 2000’s, ancient gear development, Roger’s 300+ downhill victories, and other wild stories with the likes of Biker Sherlock and John Hudson.