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November 07th, 2012 - by chowsa

Amateur Inline League Championships 2012 report by Megan Petersen

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Roving Be-mag correspondent and blade photographer Megan Petersen attended this year's AIL Championships at the skate paradise otherwise known as Woodward West in Tehachapi, California and came back to us with this short recap report.


Photography and story by Megan Petersen

Contest results by Richie Velasquez

AIL Championships 2012 AKA The Big Big Pull

On Friday Woodward West was open to skate from 3pm to 10pm so I left San Francisco around 8 in the morning, picked up Ashley and her kid London (congrats on getting 1st in the kids division bud!), got some grade A coffee for the road and drove, drove, drove. We stopped in Bakersfield around 2pm to pick up a BLadie from Denmark at Intuition Skate Shop, said hello to Matt Mickey and in came the Asian invasion! Later we found out these guys aren't playing around, they were in serious training mode and absolutely killed it all weekend! After getting Jazmin from the shop, we finished the last stretch to Woodward West in the BLadies Ferrari. Jazmin and I skated the bowl for a bit, met Angie and all the incredible Utah rippers... shout out to the Utah rippers! Oh my goodness, Chris and Tad, you took my breath away! In rolls Aarin Gates (AG), then Becci and more and more people throughout the day.

Friday night ended with lots of whiskey and hanging out on the hilltop, catching up with old friends, making new friends, liners falling out of the sky "liners from the gods!" under the perfectly clear starlit sky, all in all a crisp cool night.

Saturday morning involved: pancakes, mimosas, coffee and sign making. We made it early enough to support the kids comp. AIL was a long shred filled day. From the kids, to the vert, to the Utah Rippers, the Asian invasion, the BLadies, the ole men to the Elite... IT WAS AMAZING!



Joey Chase and I started what we thought was an impossible mission to find one Mr. John Bolino and we took on the challenge of getting him to go to the banquet. We found him at the pool house where we rescued him from the death grip of Dave Lang’s couch, he put on some Uggs and we all got to the award ceremony.



Matt Mickey is the #1 mic man with tons of whit and humor, but he also gets down to business.

Congrats to Becci Sotello for taking 1st in the BLadies division, lacing that 270 back savannah it was amazing! The girls killed it! A Big big pull to see SSM receive the award for skate team of the year. Since I moved to San Francisco in January, Shima Skate Manufacturing has been the highlight of the year; constant skating, filming, shooting photos, going on tours and having get togethers. They are doing great things and I see them all as an inspiration in blading and badass way of life! JOHN BOLINO! MAN OF THE YEAR!

After the banquet there were small parties all over the hilltop. A few Tehachapi local kids showed up and caused a bit of ruckus, I'm sure some stories have gone around, but shenanigans aside, this years AIL was full of talent. The awards ceremony was so well done and congratulations go out to Louie and Arlo as well! Richie Velasquez, thank you and thank you Woodward West for another memorable event, rollerblading wouldn't be what it is without these events, good things are happening!

Just before we were leaving, up rolls a crown victoria, busting out a classic Neil Young tape from the cassette player. “The Mick” just keeps getting more awesome at every event, stay cool man!

In the end, I packed John Bolino and Joey Chase into the BLadies mobile and headed back to the bay.

-Megan Petersen

Here are the results from this year's contest. You can see a short video recap posted here.

*Update* Emcee Matt Mickey gave us an up to date link for a Brandon Smith photo gallery as well here. Take a look!

Beginner
1 - London Mocket
2 - Daniel Montgomery
3 - Donald Hearn

10 - 15 Intermediate

1 - Austin Montgomery
2 - Kevin Rosales
3 - Nathan Smith

10 - 15 advanced

1 - Jake Powers
2 - Sam Jackenthal
3 - Parker Richardson

16 - up Intermediate

1 - Melvin Santaman
2 - Cody Rolin
3 - Nathan Genda

16 - up Advanced

1 - Haruki Dozen
2 - Shawn Rodriguez
3 - Ren Fujiwara
4 - Jeff Hamm
5 - Yuki Tanimura
6 - Daniel Rosado
7 - Adam Zmijewski
8 - Cody Norman
9 - Anthony Luna
10 - Scott Moffat

Beef of the day

Jeff Hamm

Vert Advanced

1 - Towa Kawasaki
2 - Tomohio Nakamura
3 - Luka Osatani

Bladies

1 - Becci Sotello ($100)
2 - Coco Sanchez ($50)
3 - Mana Dozen

Ole Man

1 - Chiaki Ito
2 - Matt Andrews
3 - Richie Velasquez
Best Trick – Randy Spizer – Topsoul vert wall extension to drop true soul on quarter pipe

Elite/Pro Best Trick:

Chris Haffey – Alleyoop wallride 360 out off the pinwheel ramp ($750)

AIL Hall of Fame:

Louie Zamora

AIL Team of the Year:

SSM

AIL Skater of the Year:

John Bolino

Chris Haffey


Soichiro Kanashima

Pictures

 
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November 28th, 2012 @ 23:01 - by Dre Dre

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November 09th, 2012 @ 20:26 - by Rolling Love Rolling Love

fiar enough

but hey, I'm a girl, I'm sensitive OK, I'm not used to people being rude, real life is much more productive than internet insults

lol
boom

November 09th, 2012 @ 18:15 - by fast eddie fast eddie

I have one, it's pretty nice, too.

November 09th, 2012 @ 18:14 - by Gaylord Focker Gaylord Focker

Damn Eddie, please get a life.

November 09th, 2012 @ 15:53 - by fast eddie fast eddie

You seem to do well under controlled conditions when you have the time to mess with lighting. You don't like shooting park or shooting indoors, then work on your weaknesses; you can only improve your skill set.

Or just "kick rocks lol".

I'll be at BCSD in February. I'll have my skates, I love the 6 ft. miniramp at Modern. Not so much the bowl, a little too slippery for me.

I'll also have my camera gear, documenting the event for Be-Mag.

November 09th, 2012 @ 14:59 - by Monday Monday

Bowl/Photo Battle...?!






























It's on.

November 09th, 2012 @ 14:27 - by Rolling Love Rolling Love

ISO 3200 f 4.5 shutter 250

ISO was bumped son you don't know me!

come out next time, bowl skate off and photo battle ;)

November 09th, 2012 @ 03:58 - by fast eddie fast eddie

Yes, they ARE terrible if they came from someone who knows how to use a camera correctly. If these came from Keith Wilson, Ryan Shude, John Haynes, Jero or I'd say the same damn thing.

If they were from a spectator, with a low-end DSLR without press access to the course, they wouldn't be too bad for what they are. But when you factor in your supposed skill, layers get peeled away from the expected quality of the end product. Points deducted, I suppose.

After looking at your flickr page, I'm surprised that these photos from the AIL aren't better. Did you have course access? If you did, you must have been shy about it.

The course looked well enough lit, you wouldn't have necessarily needed a flash. Crank up the ISO, widen the f-stop after finding the sweet spot for an obstacle.

Who cares about grain anymore, ask Brandon Smith. He shot high ISO film for his coverage of BCSD XII for Be-Mag and it looked great in print.

Don't half ass something like a big contest or you'll have people like me who will comment about the quality of coverage, and you'll feel obligated to defend yourself. Kind of a shitty situation, and could have been avoided if you took the proper care to cover the event right if you were to share the results with Be-Mag.

November 08th, 2012 @ 20:23 - by Rolling Love Rolling Love

Yo Eddie, check out the spectator images on facebook, I don't claim these images are the best, but didn't use a flash on 90% of these, I'm not fond of shooting park or indoors, my timing is on point though so kick rocks lol

some of my photos are kind of cool
www.flickr.com/rollinglovephotography

you went out of your way to say these photos are terrible IF they came from someone who knows how to take photos... so someone who didn't know how to take photos in turn took good photos?
Lol

November 07th, 2012 @ 18:03 - by fast eddie fast eddie

These photos are pretty terrible if they are from someone who is supposed to know what they are doing with a camera. It looks like the facility is lit much better than the average skate park, and the photographer does not seem to have either the tools or knowledge to take advantage of that. They aren't that bad if they were snaps from someone in the stands without access to better vantage points.

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