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We are proud to announce the Adapt Vegan II Be-Mag Edition, our second collaboration with Adapt Brand as part of Be-Mag's 15 Years Anniversary! This is a big deal for everyone that's in the market for new skates for summer, and also a great treat for everyone that enjoys some good looking product as these things are stunners!
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sven Boekhorst Loco Plaza Skater of the day: Richie Eisler X-Mini Newcomer of the day: Dominik Bruce Trick of the day: Nils Jansons
Photos: Sebastian Hofer
Adapt Brand was founded in 2012 by Pieter Wijnant and Olga Bouwhuis and was officially launched at last year's Winterclash. The Dutch based company is still going strong and they are releasing new and improved models for 2013. Be-mag took some time to speak with the pair at their office in Den Haag to discuss the growing pains of a new blade company, product innovations as well as the collaboration with Be-mag on our limited edition 15th anniversary boot.
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.
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.
So you’ve come to Amsterdam and brought your rollerblades. Congratu-fucking-lations. But exactly how are you gonna get you and your sorry crew out of the coffee shops and into them boots? Conventional wisdom says you need a spot guide. But conventional wisdom talks out its ass. Spot guides are useless because spot guides will only tell you where you could go. Which isn’t nearly the same as knowing where you should go. So, to help you prevent wasting precious sober-time on second- or third-rate spots, we proudly present: Play your cards right! – The definitive Amsterdam spot guide.
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.
I just bought a DJI Phantom this week and took my first couple of flights around the neighbourhood with my GoPro Hero 3 Black attached to its undercarriage Unfortunately Holland is very windy, which made it hard to get smooth images right off the bat. I also filmed a small session with Edwin Wieringh, Hans Hardonk and Roel Verhoeven on Amsterdam’s newest skatespot, the Wittedewithstraat Curb. Here I shot some extra footage using a Canon 5d MarkII and the GoPro Hero 2. These were my first times going up with this new little camerahelicopter, and while filming a church in Ransdorp the heavy wind took the Phantom right out of my sights, but luckily the ‘return to home function’ worked perfect. It did give me a few moments of cold sweat though. I can’t wait to improve my flying skills, and start flying on some really hard to reach spots! My partner in crime Axel van Dijk has also just purchased the DJI Phantom, so expect much more fly edits to come some time soon.
Erik Droogh is one of those guys who is always busy in the background, organising events, filming people and supporting brands. But meanwhile he's got skating skills as well, as you can see in his first ever profile.
Another banger of an edit to come online from our friends at Slaptap Skateshop in the UK. Filmed, cut and chopped by Guy Millership.
Check it out!
Not only did he lace this 540 ao Topsoul but also took the competition. Congrats!
Filmed by Kevin Bomers, Brad Osantoski, Mike Blair, and Brian Weis in Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Manistee, Traverse City, and Detroit, Michigan. Chopped by Brad Osantoski.
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!
As you already may have found out, Brian Aragon took a bad fall at the 2012 Winterclash. Luckily he is fine! We held back the clip of the fall, since it is in our opinion that it is up to Brian to decide if this clips should be posted or not. Brian gave us the go ahead, so here are the clips from his massive 540 flatspin attempt. We hope you are back on skates as fast as possible Brian!
This special issue of [MAG] has been released to celebrate the Rollerblade Sven Boekhorst Pro Model. It covers Sven's achievements, an interview about the City Hopper video, and a closer look at his brand new Pro Model Skate. Check it out!
Dutch championship miniramp second stop
Now it's the time that Rollvation will come up with a huge event uniting all the rollerbladers from the Netherlands, Belgium & Germany. THE INVASION will start with a big session in the The Promise-Skatepark (Heerlen, NL). This park is one of ...
Mind the Gap 2011 will collaborate with the HipHop Festival in the centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch on June 25th this year. In 2009 and 2010 they had a great collaboration and they expect this year to be even better! Expect the most uplifting acts and beats between the MTG-Competition. The mix of the festival and Mind the Gap is perfect, last year the scene was filled with energy from the crowd and skaters!
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.
It's official: Winterclash 2012 will take place on the 10th and 11th of February at the Area51 skatepark in the city of Eindhoven, Holland!
Mark your calendars, Winterclash is going down... again.
Skater: Edwin Wieringh
Photographer: Axel van Dijk
Location: Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Skater: Yann Coppen
Photographer: Gijs Verdegaal
Location: Alkmaar, Holland
Skater: Paul Pelle
Photographer: Lui Summer
Skater: Orveo Mac Donald
Trick: Bs Nugen
Photographer: Rick van Dijk
Location: Amersfoort, Netherlands
Trick: Makio / Wallride
Photographer: Rick van Dijk
Location: Amsterdam, Holland
Skater: Donny -Vabelhaft- Straube
Photographer: Rick van Dijk
Location: Kikker Rail, Amsterdam, Holland
Skater: Roel Verhoeven
Photographer: Rick van Dijk
Location: Amsterdam Bijlmer, Holland
Skater: Dick Heerkens
Trick: Mute across the gap
Photographer: Rick van Dijk (aka Rick van Dick)
Location: Zaandam, The Netherlands
Trick: AO Topacid
Photographer: Philipp Forstner
Location: IMYTA Amsterdam
Skater: Tim Haars
Trick: Bc Royal
Photographer: Jarek Mozdzynski
Location: Gdansk - Poland
This flatrail is located in front of the Dentist Smit in Enschede, Netherlands.
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!
Two long and sweet rails to the bike basement at the side of the Vroom & Dreesman Mall in Enschede, Netherlands.
This sweet rail is located at the foot of the tallest building in Enschede, The Alpha Tower.
This curb is located at the old ABN AMRO Bank office in Enschede, Netherlands.
This is a high curb at the old Polaroid factory in Enschede.
This is a very popular skatepark at the central trainstation in downtown Enschede.
A mini ramp located in Amsterdam Bijlmer.