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February 04th, 2012 - by Monday

Documentary: CITYHOPPER+

Tags: axel van dijk, city hopper, cityhopper, cityhopper+, cityhopper+ city hopper, dominic swagemakers, lars boekhorst, new kids, new kids turbo, niels groenendijk, remy cadier, sven boekhorst, tim haars

When we were filming for the CITYHOPPER film I realized there was a greater potential for the footage we had shot up until then. Considering that more than half of the great shots we had made and good vibes we had documented would not be shown in the finished short skating film, the idea of making an online documentary as well as a 'regular' skating film dawned on me. The idea grew as we were hitting up more and more memorable spots. I thought this concept was just too fresh to go unexplained to the masses. Most rollerbladers, or even BMXers and Skateboarders, can get into the idea of creating more possibilities for themselves by altering the terrain you skate on, though this is not a concept most ordinary people grasp. And why would they? It is not like they 'enjoy' architecture is the same manner as we skating folks do.

Write-up by Remy Cadier
Edit by Remy Cadier & Axel van Dijk
Photography by Dominic Swagemakers & Niels Groenendijk

This is when I decided we needed to make this CITYHOPPER thing into a documentary as well. And who better to explain to the non skating people who are interested in it, but do not know where to go for good blading content than the star of our show: Sven Boekhorst.

Of course this meant having to introduce him to our viewers, who are not aware of Sven’s OG status in the Rollerblading game. This is where the first Dutch Inline Skating Champion came into play. Growing up skating in Den Bosch and Maaskantje with Sven and his brother, Tim Haars was the perfect candidate to introduce Hollands #1 skater to our viewers. The fact of him being an accomplished actor also helps a lot. Sven’s brother is also an actor, and has starred alongside Tim Haars in a TV series, as well as two box office hit movies, 'New Kids Turbo' and 'New Kids Nitro'. Needless to say, Tim can hold his own on skates, and knows Sven from before grinds were even being done on rollerblades. So there was really only one guy who could tell the story of Sven’s growing up in the hood.

We go down memory lane and reminisce about the days when rollerblading was still in its infancy, and Sven explains what kind of shenanigans he was up to during the CITYHOPPER+ tour. Going around with 12 guys, a ramp, a bunch of cameras, cranes, helicopters, mopeds and brilliant weather amounts to a few good stories. 

And all this madness went down just so Sven could test his new skate. Available at only the best Rollerblading shops, from the start of March. Please check out this project, made possible by the CITYHOPPER crew.

-Remy Cadier


Links:

Rollerblade
Official website of Sven Boekhorst

CityHopper website
CityHopper on facebook
 

More about Sven Boekhorst on Be-Mag here. Check the City Hopper Trailer here, and read the City Hopper interview with Sven here.


Tim Haars & Sven Boekhorst, 1995
 

Lars Boekhorst
 

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