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October 13th, 2011 - by Monday

Checking in with David Sizemore

Tags: andrew nemiroski, atl, atlanta, bob dylan, cody porche, david sizemore, georgia, goldeneye, graham nash, jeremy stephenson, nemo, oliver nermerich, robert guerrero, rollerblade, ryan loewy, the grateful dead, young luke skywalker

David Sizemore has been "good" for some time now, but as you know being good doesn't always make you accepted amongst your peers. I don't think anyone can say just what "it" is that makes you accepted in our culture. Tightness of pants, choice of slang, style of hair, who you hang out with, what your elbow is doing when you land. Styles have changed so drastically since my days as a "youth", I don't really know what's acceptable these days.

Interview by Ryan Loewy and Oliver Nermerich
Photography by Jeremy Stephenson
Edit by Jamie Olmstead

In the pictures and video you are about to see, David has a helmet on which has seemingly kept him from joining the ranks of those who are "good" such as Broskow, Farmer, Stockwell and the like. Although his days of wearing bright orange pants and doing back flips to trip everyone out are over. I think the helmet has always kept him from being acknowledged as one of those who are "good."

From the response of internet commenters and those who witnessed David skate at the NYC Invitational, it seems that this is all starting to change. All of a sudden David is beginning to be recognized for his Jedi like ability to physically do anything he puts his mind to on Rollerblades, hence the name I gave him some years ago "Young Luke Skywalker".

When you look at these pictures and video, remember that we are all constantly changing and growing into what we want to become. For some it's easy and for others there are trials and tribulations not only externally but internally as well. So long as we persist in our talents though, we will get to where we want to be. And even more exciting: end up somewhere we never imagined.

-Robert Guerrero



You recently took 3rd at the NYC Invite and having been touring with Rollerblade, what are you currently up to now?

I've been busy scanning in negatives from the summer. 


I know you just finished up filming at school, what's the next step for you?

I work in Atlanta as a freelancer at the major news station. Ultimately, I want to direct myself towards lighting for film, but right now I've been having a good time in news.


Have you been filming for any new sections?

Probably just another online shmeal.


I've been told you have a strong interest in music as well. Do you write music solo or do you collaborate with others?

Most of the time, some friends and I hang out and jam on some Dead or Allman Bros. Sometimes we'll go on a blues tangent after a couple beers and add some vocals in, but for the most part I don't write anything.


What are your top three songs at the moment?

Ramble On Rose by The Grateful Dead
Better Days by Graham Nash
Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat by Bob Dylan


If you have to pick one skater to represent our sport in a popular TV show, who would it be? Why would you take him?

I don't want blading in a popular TV show, especially because I work in TV and I see how it works most of the time for attracting viewers. Blading is raw, TV is poppy. Television would make blading look like something it's not.


Do you do anything else besides skating to keep yourself in good shape?

I'm an active person, so I can't just stay inside all day. I live in north GA right now and there are a lot of trails and rivers to explore.


When was the last time you really got in trouble? And how did you solve this problem?

A while back, Nemo was in Georgia filming with Cody Porche and myself. While we were looking for spots, we saw a sign for a garage sale and decided to check it out. We pulled up at this sketchy house and noticed a one eyed black cat. Nemo and I tried to get the photo while Cody went to the front door. Next thing we know, Cody is saying, "Guys, I think we should leave..." We look over and see he has a gun pointed at his face, so we get in my car and leave. Cody and Nemo start talking about calling 911 since there are signs leading people to that house. I don't trust police often, so I'm trying to talk them out of it, but we end up having the authorities meet us around the corner. We tell them the whole story, they go investigate and come back. When the return, they immediately have a different tone. They said we didn't tell them the whole story and that we were going to rob the place. Apparently, they had video/audio surveillance. Haha, bullshit! So anyway, supposedly the guy had the right to point a gun at us because of it. Cody started arguing with the cop and he threatened to put him in cuffs. Nemo and I pulled him back and we get in our car and left.


Any other relevant memories you want to share?

Hours of Goldeneye with Cody at our old rickety house. License to kill, pistols, stacks, haha!


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April 07th, 2012 @ 07:14 - by TheRealGerm TheRealGerm

Who cares if hes got a helmet on? This kid is amazing. One of the best bladers I've seen in a long time. Without a doubt, David Sizemore is a master at his craft. Does anyone remember when Aaron Feinberg used to skate street with a helmet on? Aaron Feinberg went on to win the X Games and every big company picked him up to be on their team regardless of his choice to skate with a helmet. It's a shame that wearing a helmet is seen as uncool. Look at Shaun White, the world's greatest snowboarder wears a helmet. If more rollerbladers started wearing helmets the overall outcome would be positive. Think about how much more confidence you will have with a helmet on!

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November 26th, 2011 @ 03:19 - by Prudy Prudy

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November 06th, 2011 @ 12:55 - by Martin Danning Martin Danning

awsome skating David! your my fav skater!! cool at you skate hvite helmet... make a fan side and a game of B.L.A.D.E.

blade or die

October 21st, 2011 @ 23:52 - by EW EW

It's sad to me that an incredible skater like David had to sink down to the ranks of the scum in the industry just to get noticed. Lost a lot of respect....

October 16th, 2011 @ 18:17 - by k2thiago k2thiago

I don't know why the people have against helmets. Every extreme sports atlhets use it. Donwhill bikers, bmx bikers, even in the towinn surf... only the skateboarders dont use it, except in vert sessions, and we try to immitate them. We (inline community) are so hipocrit. Its a shame for us. Use helmets, we are extreme atlhets, not boutiq FASHION MODELS!

October 16th, 2011 @ 03:06 - by JW JW

How are USD and Valo more legit than Rollerblade? Rollerblade might not be your favourite company, but they have been here since day 1. Unlike the companies that dropped aggressive skates they stayed.

I also am happy to see him skate with a helmet. I hope we are independent and thoughtful enough not to judge someone based on what they wear on their heads. (I don't wear a helmet)

October 15th, 2011 @ 23:24 - by eeek eeek

amazing.... HOWEVER... that helmet had gotta go dude. maybe then you'll get picked up by a real skate sponsor. common, you think USD or Valo are ever gonna pro model a kid that wears a lid on the street. gotta play the game to be IN the game. great skating nonetheless.

October 14th, 2011 @ 15:14 - by awesome awesome

awesome! great skating

October 14th, 2011 @ 14:18 - by LaGoutte LaGoutte

Very good pics of Mister Jero13.

October 14th, 2011 @ 13:34 - by Doug Cupo Doug Cupo

That was your best blade profile yet David...awesome skating, rad profile dude.

October 13th, 2011 @ 14:47 - by great great

great profile, great interview, props

October 13th, 2011 @ 14:22 - by Monday Monday

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October 13th, 2011 @ 13:25 - by Blake Harrison Blake Harrison

I have known David since we were both around 13 or 14 years old. He continues to be a reminder that rollerblading can continue to evolve if you put your mind to it and is always a refresher to watch skate. He has always been that fresh breath to the industry and will continue to do so I believe.

Keep it up Dave!

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