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Adrian Deck is way more awesome than Google Translate. The latter never won Winterclash, shredded the hell out of multiple handrails at once, or made the following badass blading edit. Adrian took the time to talk to us about skating, social media, anger, pain and his home country. Thanks a million to Adrian, for taking the time for this interview, for ripping hard and for letting us see him do it. No thanks at all to Google, because me and Adrian made this readable our damn selves.
“It’s alright, just my fingers innit!” That statement came from Jake Ricketts, after falling far and fast to the concrete, breaking two fingers and going back to nail the trick and the AM first place. It pretty much sums up the badassery that rollerblading in general and the UK scene in particular is so proud of, and it was on full display at Laced weekend.
Zagreb has had a long love-hate relationship with rollerblading, ever since 1995. A few generations of skaters have come and gone, dropping rollerblading for more trendy stuff like skateboarding and drugs. There has always been a small group of people that kept things going, with edits, a few homemade videos and contests of all kinds. The first of the monthly rollerblader sessions in the indoor skatepark Supica was a call up, to see who's still alive and well.
I had seen touristbladers before of course. Most of the time you would run into touristbladers at the local skatespots, and every once in a while you could spot a small flock of touristbladers in the wild. But nothing could have prepared me for the amount of touristbladers I witnessed the days leading up to one of the most anticipated real street events ever. Everywhere I went I encountered Mindgame hoodies, $enate backpacks, Medium sweaters and more of the like. Us Damsko Kids had been waiting for this weekend ever since it had become clear that the two grandfathers of real street contests would be working together on what was to become one of the most epic rollerblading weekends ever witnessed by man. This day had finally arrived. With it an unbelievable number of rollerbladers of all ages and nationality. Words fail to describe the awesomeness experienced by yours truly. Therefore I will not even attempt to bore you with more of my insane ramblings, but will let the pictures speak for themselves.
You don't just get the name 'From Hell' replaced with your actual, Dutch farmers name. This is a level of awesome that has to be worked hard for. You will have to put all principles and dignity aside, you will have to know no shame and you must act fearles at all times. Simply put, you have to not give a fuck and pull hardcore stunts on even more terrifying spots. So you can understand why us Dutch folk round here take great pride in the fact that Edwin 'From Hell' Wieringh is one of ours.
I was fortunate enough to meet Eric in person this summer while visiting the Adapt Brand crew in Holland and he is a skater to look out for. Eric skates with a raw energy, has an eye for unique spots, and is always down to smoke cigarettes or have a drink or two.
As you might have noticed this week we are spotlighting Rollerblading Amsterdam here on Be-Mag. Of course, we can't talk about Rollerblading in A-Dam without giving you an insight into the city's skate crew. So, what other people will you be meeting most likely when you decide to shred in Holland's capital - so here it is. A list of the Amsterdam Rollerbladers you might come across when you cruise through the city.
You can say what you want about Ivo Fighter and his undeniable skill to turn every conversation into an awkward silence. But this modern day incarnation of Jesus F. Christ is single-handedly responsible for breathing life into the difficult scene of inline blading in the Netherlands.
Here in Holland, we see Dick Heerkens as the Barack Obama of inline skating. And it’s not because he’s black or because he has a hot girlfriend. It’s not even because he is the president of rollerblading (that could be reason #2). Dick Heerkens is our Obama because he is so damn clever in front of the camera. Our perfect son-in-law-on-wheels is your best choice when you’re trying to introduce skating to a wider public, to get skating in the limelight of the media or to simply explain what a Fishbrain is to someone who’s never set foot in his local skatepark. Much like Barack, the 23-year old flow-rider for Rollerblade has a certain way with words that will make the most cautious girlfriends and auntie’s have respect for dropping hammers on kinkrails. Let Dick do the talking, people.
Using the empty space between my second and third wheel, I plant the groove on the edge of the step, and in one kick I'm out the driveway. Gliding on 223rd street, passing the students going to school, I give the bike lane a new name, the blade lane. I arrive at Chuck's house and we're on our way to the Wednesday morning blade ritual with genuine people that I am honored to still be blading with.
Check the nice edit of a german trip to instanbul this summer. Istanbul is a spot paradise!
Our beloved japanese bladers Soichiro and Koichi are jamming a sick session and captured it all with MTF to please your eyes. Enjoy these hammers!
Hawke Trackler shot and cut this short video of Aaron Pyle in Pittsburgh. Take a peek!
Nick Lomax gave us a tip on an up and comer from London named Keanan Mcgrath. Take a quick peek at this 2 minute edit filmed all around the UK on the Inline camp.
Our fellow Be-Mag contributor Hawke Trackler has released his latest blade video "Thank You Come Again" for your hungry eyes to watch. Grab a snack, a drink or a smoke, whatever suits you on this Sunday, sit back and enjoy some sweet skating.
Hawke Trackler released the intro of "Thank You Come Again", a sweet blading movie featuring Daniel Powell, Codee Jennings, Kyle Wood and many more. Sit back and enjoy!
The Rollerwarehouse crew put together some clips from this past weeks WNS session.
On Saturday June 2nd the Rotterdam Street Battle was held at the Zuiderpark Sportplaza in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It was a great day with an awesome vibe and most riders of the dutch scene were present. Check out the results, a banger edit, and some sweet photo's below. Enjoy!
The Mountain Dew Xtreme Tour is an internationally successful extreme sport extravaganza, featuring the world’s biggest athletes in skateboarding, BMX, inline skating and freestyle motocross (FMX). Check out the edit below for a sweet amount of Eito Yasutoko and his insane trick vocabulary. Enjoy!
This banger edit gives you a great recap of the Bercy Battle of the Years, held in France. Enjoy!
Silesia Last Friday Session #3 and Best Rider Contest at Tychy Skatepark is coming up pretty soon. Make sure you join the session!
On October 28th the traditional skate season in Europe will come to an end. Now, hold on. Don't let your eyes start welling up with tears. Katowice, Poland's going to make it all better. Just because the streets will soon start to be covered in snow doesn't mean a thing, because it aint over 'til the fatty lady sings…or, until Katowice, Poland's “End of Season” jam goes down. When we mean down, we mean blowing up. This time it's going off with a huge event including tons of music, parties, ladies (and guys as well, so don't get all cranky, girls), booze, good vibes, good times, and of course some of the most ballin' skating of the year. There will not only be a contest for rolling, but BMX and ATB as well. This epic party is not one to be missed. So, saddle up, get that calendar marked up, and make your arrangements to get moving, today!
Pull out your Droids and iPhones, open up that calendar app, and set November 20th on high- reminder alert because Rollkings.com is hosting the second annual Believe in Blading Jam. The event will be held at the Transgression Skatepark in Edinburgh. The name alone should get the fire lit in your gut because if you can't believe in blading, then you shouldn't be here. Represent your sport and make it out for this one. There will be under-16, am, and girls sections for the comp with a lot of prizes for the taking. Last year's RollKing event was a day jam-packed with insane skating, so you certainly do not want to miss this one.
On November 25th, there will be a Street Jam in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The event will move through three street locations and eventually wind up at a skatepark for the final section. If you are from the UAE you may want to join the gathering.
On November 26th, the Pääsküla Skatepark will be hosting the annual Pääsküla Blade Jam in Tallinn, Estonia. If you are around, be sure not to miss this banger competition!
On Saturday, November 26th, Rollvation presents The Invasion Rollerblading Contest held at The Promise Skatepark in Heerlen, the Netherlands (close to the German border). The contest will start at 1pm and will last until 9pm. Afterwards there will be a thrilling afterparty with DJ Sanderson, Batja, Bambix, Tantrum Desire, Sumavoid, Striner, VJ Loudanov and a special guest at Cafe Nieuwe Nor. Make sure to join the event and roll with some Dutch, Belgian and German friends.
To celebrate over a decade of Ground Control frames, comes the film to define a generation. The UK Premiere of the much anticipated Ground Control DVD, a film by local Simon Mulvaney. The premiere is on December 9th at the Rampworx Skatepark in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
After a year of filming the Gypsy Crew from Montreal (Canada) has finally finished Family Matters 2. The video will be premiered on December 16th in Montreal. More premieres in Australia, Germany, France, UK etc. will follow in January 2012. Stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled for a first teaser of this video release.
The Shock Video is the most entertainingly schizophrenic depiction of rollerblading to date. The video features the best broke professional and amateur rollerbladers in the world. This epic video will premiere at 7:00 pm on December 16th at The Knockout in San Francisco, USA. The description in pre-order says "Mature Content: Contains Violent Material, Inappropriate for Children." So make sure you don't miss this one as this is going to be one banger of a movie!
On December 17th 2011, the WRS 2011 Bbq and Bowl Bash will be held at the Robb Field Skatepark in San Diego, CA. Bring your blades, something to grill, and come session to celebrate the year in blading. Free skating, food and friends, join the fun and come hang out. Plenty of space outside the park for kid's, dog's etc. Come one, come all.
Thrashers Skatepark is probably the oldest skatepark left in South Africa. It is located on the corner of Serene Street and Genl. Louis Botha in Pretoria-East, South Africa.
Two sweet long rails at the back of the Domijn office in Enschede, Netherlands
Three sweet rails at the Domijn office in Enschede, Netherlands are waiting for you to shred them!
Right next to the Public Library of Enschede is this superfast flatrail which you must try!