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Today Daniel Kinney, the inventor or organizer of the BCSD, announced the end of the contest series – two days after its successful 13th installation. The sad news spread like wildfire through the networks and the rolling media. The industry is shocked that one of the world's biggest and most important rolling contests won't take place anymore. Now, Daniel Kinney sent us an official statement. Read on.
WRS Uploaded 2012 is in full effect. Over the next three weeks top ranked skaters from the WRS and recognized bladers from all over will show off their skills in 60-second edits. A fan favorite will be crowned and six judges will pick the final winner. We let co-organizer Daniel Kinney shed some light on this fresh video-contest.
When Daniel Kinney threw the first ever Bittercold Show Down in 2001 the event was just a one-day event with 150 competitors, had no extra stage for spectators, no additional ramp set-ups - the event didn't even have an own website.
Our contributor Vincent Morretino sent us some snaps from his Bitter Cold Showdown 2012 experience. Vincent covered some of the skating and also gives you a glimpse on what being at BCSD felt like this year. Thanks, Vincent!
The World Rolling Series has introduced a new addition to their already successful competitive format. 'Uploaded', a online video format, allows competitors from around the world to upload their own edits in order to win prizes and points within WRS. It combines the concepts of mass generated edits over the recent years with people who want to compete in a different scope. There are those who express their riding best in front of crowds under the pressure of direct competition, which in the past have been the ones able to succeed in a competitive nature. Now, those who work best in front of the camera at their own pace have the opportunity to find competitive success where it did not exist before. WRS representatives Daniel Kinney and Kato Mateu got together with Be-Mag with the intention of answering some questions and cracking open all that is 'Uploaded.'
"There is a rollerblading festival going on under the highway bridge here in Brooklyn" I heard someone saying when we entered the venue. "People jumping over cars, grinding on a truck – you have to see this, it's crazy". Yeah the New York City Street Invite 2011 was an unique experience for everyone involved. Billy O'Neill and Daniel Kinney (founder and organizer of BCSD) don't talk much – they are doers and do things the right and professional way. I guess people recognize this and that's why the NYC Street Invite gathered bladers from all over the world to battle it out on some real street one-of-a-kind obstacles especially created and set-up for this contest. So Billy and Daniel did not only take care of the obstacles for the contest, they also made sure that they've had all permissions and insurances needed for the contest. We at Be-Mag also felt that this contest was going to be a big deal, so we decided to send a team to New York to cover the event properly. But good things take time.
Here is a first raw edit from the NYC Street Invite 2011. The clips shown in this edit are from the initial heats in the beginning. More photos and clips are about to follow.
Announced just a few weeks ago, the upcoming NYC Street Invite is set to leave a lasting impression. Our contributor Ryan Loewy talked with Billy O'Neill about the new real street competition the best bladers in the industry have been invited to compete in.
There are no solutions in rollerblading because rollerblading does not need fixed. Rollerblading is pretty bad ass the way it is. However, there are some things that could be better. This television pilot, WRS, BCSD and numerous other projects are merely efforts to make things better, not solutions. Specifically, this television pilot was an effort to see competitive rollerblading on television again. In some ways it failed and in other ways it was completely successful. Please read below to learn the full story.
Jason Reyna went to Bitter Cold Showdown this year and made an edit. Here you go.
Daniel Kinney just brought everyone the sad news that Bitter Cold Showdown – one of the largest and longest running events of our sport – came to an end last weekend.
'Road to BFree' follows Brian Freeman and two of his best friends Chris Haffey and Billy O'Neill as they travel across the country looking for the most exciting things to do in each city. And for every adventure, they will have to find a complete stranger to accompany them. Produced, directed and edited by Daniel Kinney. Starring Brian Freeman, Chris Haffey, and Billy O'Neill. Original concept and development Daniel Kinney, and Brian Freeman.
'Road to BFree' follows Brian Freeman and two of his best friends Chris Haffey and Billy O'Neill as they travel across the country looking for the most exciting things to do in each city. And for every adventure, they will have to find a complete stranger to accompany them. Created by Daniel Kinney & Brian Freeman. Full pilot episode coming February 8, 2013. -Daniel Kinney
WRS 'Uploaded' 2012 is a thing of the past already. Nils Jansons wo Fan Favorite and the Judges crowned Mr. David Sizemore the WRS 'Uploaded' 2012 Champion!
The edit you can watch after the jump is a good depiction of where Rollerblading is at the end of the year 2011. This edit features tricks by the international who's who in Rollerblading. Tune in for the show and pass this on to your friends.
Vinny Minton coming through with his edit of Bitter Cold Showdown competition. We’ve all been waiting for this, enjoy!
Here is the edit of Team France, which was present at the 11th Bittercold showdown in Detroit, Michigan.
9TO5Mixtape with their personal view on BCSD. Filmed and edited by Cesar Macay.
Reminder: Don't forget to register for the BCSD. The competitor registration deadline is Sunday the 20th!
That's not the question anymore. After watching this amazing edit the question now is: "How many people I am going to bring!?". Peep the teaser now!
The Bitter Cold Showdown started in 2001 at Blindside Sports in Elkhart, IN as a small rollerblading video premiere, contest and trade show. It has grown to become one of the largest gatherings in the world for the rollerblading community. Our goals since the beginning was to develop an event that was self-sustained by its sponsors and allowed everyone attending access to all activities. Currently, the trade show pays for all costs surrounding the event, which allows 100% of admissions to be used as prize money. In 2009, 264 rollerbladers competed for the Bitter Cold Showdown title.