Currently ranked at number one in the world, Brian Aragon is widely respected as one of the greatest; not only in recent years, but throughout the history of blading altogether. For years now Brian has been consistently putting out mind-blowing edits with nothing but a steady progression in ability. Whether you like his skating or not, there is no denying that his style is nothing less than precise and smooth. He flows like water and hits tricks with the precision of a sniper. This will be remembered well after he retires from the sport.
As a child, Brian was keen on many sports, though skating soon became his main focus. His first sponsor was a small shop in Colorado called BC Surf and Sport. He considered the most fluid and progressive skaters to be his biggest influence; Vinny Minton, Brian Shima, Louie Zamora, and Aaron Feinberg are some of the names he has mentioned, while Dustin Latimer’s section in Brain Fear Gone was cited as his favorite edit.
Brian cites Vinny Minton’s 'Swag' edit is his most esteemed edit in which he was involved in along with his entry into the WRS 'Uploaded' competition. The latter edit won him first place in the competition and was filmed in only 5 days by Phil Long.
In the city where Brian grew up, Brighton Colorado, a public skate park was named after him. Brian said that this was his proudest achievement: “It was such an awesome feeling, cutting the ribbon with the mayor to open a brand new skatepark and seeing how proud my parents and friends were, it’s a moment I'll never forget.”
Over the past three years Brian has placed in over twenty WRS competitions, eleven of which have been first. He currently holds 17,500 points. Today he is one of the busiest professionals in the industry and unlike some pros who disappear from time-to-time Brian regularly appears in edits with new fresh manoeuvres, always with style.
Nickname: The Prince
Date of birth: 09.27.1983
Born: Denver, CO. (USA)
Hobbies: Going out, movies, playing pool, music, and shopping.
Sponsors: Razors, Jug, Ground Control, Murder One, Scribe, SDSF, Titen Bearings
I met Chaz for the first time during a contest in Rome back in 2002. I guess I’d only known him for like 24 hours, but after some drinks we were already making plans to drive my car all the way from Rome to Glasgow, to spend some extra time in Scotland. The next morning we cancelled this crazy idea because of everybody's hangovers. I also remember we were sitting together in the car that night with a Dutch friend of mine who needed skates. Chaz said: “No problem. I will call Salomon right now for a pair of skates” haha....So there he was at 3 o’clock in the morning calling the Salomon headquarters for a pair of skates. Ever since then we’ve been in contact, and I'm always trying to bring him over to my events here in Holland; the main goal is to have a great time and the secondary goal is to have some nice blading sessions. And I must say we are scoring every single time except this one time during my 30th birthday!I visited his house and local skatepark for a week a few years ago, which was a great experience. I hope I can make this trip again soon. Chaz is a great personality, a down to earth person with a big sense of humor and besides that he is still killing it on his blades. Like this video I saw lately of him learning fakie 1080...
Dale Travers has been photographing skating since 1996 and has been travelling all over the world to shoot his photos. He is currently living in Brisbane, Australia, but has spent time living in London, and has seen large portions of Europe and the United States. He is currently working on improving his skill by working for a big commercial photography company, and meanwhile still has time to work on his personal projects.
Berlin resident and Valo rider Jojo Jacobi is one of the hardest working men in blading. Our recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of Be-Mag rolling magazine also founded the premium content Blading.info, works with Hedon Skate and created the biggest blading event worldwide — the Winterclash. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, plans are well underway for the upcoming Summerclash blading festival you’re not gonna want to miss, this coming June. We recently caught up with Jojo for a chat about his plans for the event.
Razors has been kind enough to hook Be-mag up with some fresh copies of their latest DVD called "Children of the Future". It was filmed and edited by Erick Rodriguez and features breakout sections from Alex Burston, Howie Bennett, Josh Glowicki and their latest addition to the pro team, Korey Waikiki. The video also spotlights seasoned veteran bladers like Iain McLeod, Jeph Howard, Dre Powell, team manager Brian Aragon and many more. Want to get a copy for yourself? How does free sound?
Razors has released a new video called "Children of the Future". The trailer dropped a few days ago and Be-mag asked a few questions to some of the riders who have breakout sections.
Be-mag is excited to be involved in this year's AIL Championships partnering with Orion Live who will be streaming the contest on the Internet.
Brian Aragon, undoubtedly one of the top and most influential rollerbladers in the history of the sport. He wins competitions, has a flawlessly fluid style, inspires rollers both old and new, represents the sport in a positive way, and he never quits…anything. It is no secret that this superstar will be remembered for a long time and share in history with the likes of Dustin Latimer, Jon Julio, Arlo Eisenberg, and Chris Edwards. With his skating being in the limelight for quite some time now people think they’ve got him figured out; who he is, why he is, and what he’s all about. But, do you really know all there is to know about Brian Aragon?
Today at the Korea Chuncheon World Leisure Cup Action Sport Championships the weather was HOT. The temperatures also got turned up a notch in the international inline park contest, where Sven Boekhorst, Worapoj Boonnim (Note), Brian Aragon, Yuto Goto and more battled it out for the top three spots.
Koreans, like the Japanese and pretty much most of Asia these days, love their technology. At any big event in Korea you will notice that a lot of people like to shoot and record pretty much anything with their cameras, whether their camera is a professional DSLR with a massive elongated lens, or just a simple smartphone.
There is always a sense of trepidation and apprehension when embarking on trips to foreign skate events. The language factor, the foreign food, the cultural differences, plus the fact that new experiences await after a few hours on a plane. This was definitely the case when we left Hong Kong on our midnight flight to Korea for the Korea 2012 Chuncheon World Leisure Cup Action Sports Championships (what a great simple name, yeah?).
Released in 2011, Ground Control came to define a years worth of achievement from the blading community. Featuring a strong roster of talent from the team itself and directed by Simon Mulvaney, this film documents the story of the frames beneath the feet of each of the GC team. Episode 7 is a fast paced blend of eye opening tricks by the Ground Control Team, featuring the talents of Stefan Horngacher, Sammy Chase, David Andrews, Dre Powell, Lyle Shivak, Marc Moreno, Mathias Silhan, Dominik Wagner, Yuri Botelho, Kåre Lindberg, Andrew Jaccuzi and Alex Burston. -Simon Mulvaney
Released in 2011, Ground Control came to define a years worth of achievement from the blading community. Featuring a strong roster of talent from the team itself and directed by Simon Mulvaney, this film tells a story of the frames beneath the feet of every GC rider. Episode 6 highlights the technical wizardry of Damien Wilson. Never one to shy away from creativity, technicality and individuality, and Damien is one of the few riders who's innovative career spans not years, but decades! -Simon Mulvaney
Released in 2011, Ground Control came to define a years worth of achievement from the blading community. Featuring a strong roster of talent from the team itself and directed by Simon Mulvaney, this film tells a story of the frames beneath the feet of every GC rider. Episode 5 showcases Gabriel Hydens unique style and trick vocabulary as he destroys the streets of Europe. A relative newcomer to the international scene, Gabriel has quickly planted himself as one of the industries most iconic riders and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon! -Simon Mulvaney
New Bladergang edit by 9to5Mixtapes just surfaced, check it out! Dat ender! The edit features Erick Rodriguez, Franky Morales, Korey Waikiki, Rachard Johnson, Ryan Many, Coco Sanchez, Brian Aragon, Geof Leyva, Julian Bah, Mike Murda Johnson, Ranier Piramide, Dre Powell, and Chris Haffey. Filmed by Erick Rodriguez, Rachard Johnson, Armando Colunga, Jeremy Soderburg, and Max Manning, edited by Erick Rodriguez.
Zebastian Cassel hooks it up with this Razors Aragon 5 promo edit for Fredrik Andersson, filmed in the skatepark of Linköping, Sweden.
The Jug Aragon 5 liner comes with a new Velcro attachment system which effectively prevents shifting and moving of the tongue. A removable tongue insert provides support but can be removed if you prefer more flex. The Aragon 5 liner also features dual density foam padding with softer foam on the inside for comfort and higher density foam on the outside which distributes any pressure points over a wider area. To prevent the edge of the cuff from digging into your leg Jug added a laminate inside the cuff area which also provides additional support. Integrated J-pads around the ankle are locking your heel in and strategically positioned mesh materials provide ventilation. A silicon grip pattern on the back of the liner prevents it from shifting and moving.
Members of the Razors team shredding their fresh Aragon 5's! Edited by Phillip Long.
Tom Coley-Sowry enjoying his new Aragon 5's during the first two sessions in Melbourne, Australia. Directed by Thomas Dalbis.
A new #bladergang edit just appeared, featuring Julian Bah, Dre Powell, Korey Waikiki, Mike Johnson, Erick Rodriguez, Franky Morales, Montre Livingston, Ranier Piramide, Chris Haffey, Ryan Many, Coco Sanchez, Rachard Johnson, Brian Aragon, and Geof Leyva.
Skate sensation Brian Aragon, who is one of the most hyped skaters ever was honored with his 5th signature skate. The Razors A5 comes with a canvas soft top with white and blue accent colors and reflects his solid performance in skating and focus on style and detail.
The panhandle Pow Wow 2010 (5-star WRS-event) will take place on April 10th at X-Park (Pensacola, Florida). Get your trip planned now. For more information regarding the schedule, please head over to their website here.If you want to compete, you...
It’s been a while since Razors did a tour through Germany. Meet Brian Aragon, Horn, Chaz and Mathias Silhan on tour:
The International Razors Pro Team will be on tour through Germany from July 2nd to 9th. On July 8th Brian Aragon, Chaz Sands, Mathias Silhan and Stefan Horngacher will come to one of Western Germany's finest Skateparks, the Rheinpark Skatepark, located in Duisburg (Germany). The Razors Team is looking forward to meeting you. Austria's finest Gabriel Hyden will be joining the Razors Team on their trip as the tour filmer. He will make sure you get your clip with your Razors idols. So come out, say hello to the Razors Team and have a chilled and relaxed session with them. See you on July 8th in Duisburg!
The Razors Team will hit up Forward Freestyle Skatepark in Belgium on February the 10th.
The Air Fise 2011 Rollerblading and Wakeboarding competition hits Palais Omnisports in Marseille, France on December 9th. Why is this going to be such an epic day? Well, other than the already expected great skating, we get a chance to see Chris Haffey make an attempt at setting a new world record. He claims to not only go for it, but stomp the landing and make it legit in the world's eyes.
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.
Skater: Brian Aragon
Skater: Brian Aragon
Skater: Brian Aragon
Trick: Top Soul to tts
Photographer: Mirek Ragan
Skater: Brian Aragon
Photographer: Jeremy Stephenson
Location: Denver, CO