Whether 2015 was an awesome or a terrible year is up for debate. If you are more of the “glass half empty” type, then it is undeniable that the state of blading truly is worrying. With social networks slowly killing legit media sources, Magma & [MAG] both quitting this year, iconic companies like SSM gone, more shops closing down, without any money to actually pay our best pros and print magazines becoming rarer and rarer, one has to admit things could be better.

On the other hand, 2015 has brought in the most fresh new faces to blading we have seen in a long time. The steadily rising level of skating is nothing short of incredible, and more diverse than ever before. Dedicated brands are still pushing and new, innovative products like the Aeon skate and CRS frame have hit the market this year. Finally, many contests, festivals & skate camps are putting in the work to raise blade awareness and get new kids on skates… Glass half full.

No matter how full or empty the glass might be, DEAD wheels and Vibralux co-owner Alex Broskow is more likely to share a cup of coffee with you than a glass of wine anyway. One of the most impressive bladers to ever roll, the Valo pro has had another successful year in 2015. Not only did he win two major US competitions, but he also managed to put together what might arguably be his best section to date: if the release of Amir Amadi’s Nowhere video was one of this year’s high points, let’s see what else Alex has been up to in 2015. Cheers everyone!

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Words: Freddy White
Photography: Ivan Narez, Kalléo Hipolito, David Sizemore, Drew Humphrey, Keith Brierley & Amir Amadi

My events in 2015:
Motor Town Classic
James Short Memorial
A-Town Stomp
Blading Cup
PSP Championship

My Tour Life in 2015:
DEAD Southeast trip.
São Paulo, Brazil.

My edits/parts in 2015:
Nowhere
Maneuver Monday’s at the bowl
Vibralux visits Detroit
Drunk in Portland
Taped Raw stuff with Jeph
Insta

My Cities in 2015:
Portland
Seattle
Detroit
New Philadelphia
Cleveland
Atlanta
Nashville
Santa Ana
Los Angeles
Kansas City
São Paulo
São Bernardo
Peruíbe

My Countries in 2015:
USA
Brazil

My injuries in 2015:
6 staples in my head, 8 stitches in my head, bumps and bruises.

Any specific moment or experience that stood out?
There’s a lot of them. Finishing Nowhere and the response it received, couldn’t be happier about that. Royals winning the World Series. Blackhawks winning the cup. All of the events and cities I went to, especially Brazil. All the sunsets I saw.

What was your worst day in 2015 and why?
I don’t back that question.

Is there such thing as a best day in 2015?
7/31, the day Nowhere came out.

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Best in 2015:
Travel Buddy? David and Farm.
Event? Blading Cup.
Country? Brazil
City? São Paulo, Portland, Seattle
Meal? Robo Taco
Song? What do you mean? All Biebs all day.
Girl? T. Swift, A.
Website? youtube.com
Company? Valo, Vibralux
Movie? Furious 7
Beer? Ginger
Party? The World Series parade looked sick.
Tricks you’ve filmed? I like em all.
Story? Greasers and Socs, classic tale.

Bestest in 2015:
Blader? David Sizemore, Patrick Ridder
Up-and-comer? Stuart Brattey
Bladie? Chihiro Azuma
Video? Vibralux Series
Profile? Dean – Shangri-La / Farm – VX / Haff – VX
Videographer? Adam Johnson, David Sizemore, Amir Amadi, Ryan Gillett, Gavin Fitch, Carter LeBlanc.
Writer? E.L. James
Photographer? Shawn Engler
Visual artist? Kyler Martz, Ryan Gillett, Dean Coward, Dan Stirling.

What’s planned for 2016 so far?
Filming a part with Gavin Fitch which will be out soon.

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