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A lot has happened for Levi van Rijn in the last few months. After releasing his profile half a year ago, he got picked up by Razors, finished third at the first ever Winterclash Junior competition, first at the Dutch national championship and got a sponsorship from Thisissoul Skateshop. This week his new profile was released, the perfect moment to sit down and have a chat with Levi. Enjoy the first article of our Introducing the juniors series!
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.
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.
There was total chaos in Amsterdam when the first 'GET OUT THE WAY' edition went loose. Eighteen teams with thirty-six skaters raced on their bikes from spot to spot throughout the whole city. At each spot they had to finish a certain trick to get as many points as possible. We made an edit from the footage that the competitors sent us to give you a little impression of what went down on the 25th of August.
Three Dutchies recently embarked upon a 6.000 kilometer car road trip from Amsterdam through France up to Malaga in Spain and back to Amsterdam. Gas is pretty expensive these days, and they could have traveled by plane - especially in Europe where there's a high amount of low-cost airlines. But check out what you would miss when you decide to travel by plane instead of traveling in a van. For some of us this is the best thing about rollerblading: Traveling with some of your best friends and your skates! Isn't it?
This is Amsterdam's Golden Boy: Daan Hegt. Not only does he make skating look super nice, he has also created the soundtrack to this profile. Even though he is hardly skating these days , he still manages to kill it on the streets of Amsterdam. This lack of bladetime is mostly due to his efforts as a producer: together with his buddy Joel they are known to Amsterdam as 'Flash Grimey'. Go get their album at http://flashgrimey.bandcamp.com/
RazorsNews just released this edit of NL rippers Edwin Wieringh, Joery van de Pol, and Pascal Tan. Edwin from Hell is on fire in this one...
A group of friends found this cool skatepark in an old Roman Catholic church, called the Jozefkerk. In 2009 the local Skatepark in Arnhem, the Netherlands, burned down so the local skaters started looking for a new location which had to be at least 1000m2. After some research, they finally found this church which has been empty for the last five years. Blessed by the parish of St. Eusibeus they started building this unique skatepark. Now four years later the skatepark is well-known in the scene because of social media so some European riders/friends had the idea to visit the church with a smoke machine, cameras, cranes and extra lights. Check out their private session all under the eyes of god himself. -Sven Boekhorst
Young gun Tasheed Zaalman has been added to the ranks of the Thisissoul Team and they dropped this introduction edit with some very smooth tricks.
Another banger of an edit to come online from our friends at Slaptap Skateshop in the UK. Filmed, cut and chopped by Guy Millership.
Timmy Vanilly, good guy, positive attitude, sick skating and a phat hiphop track. Those are the ingredients of this sweet Rollerblade edit. Turn up your volume and enjoy this video while your head is bouncing to the beat!
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!
More and more edits are popping up and the people that have not been to the contest are starting to get an idea of the things that went down. Here is a compilation of Raw footage by Daniel Prell that gives you a good idea of the contest and the atmosphere at the Winterclash 2012. Enjoy...
Alex Broskow doing his thing at Winterclash in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Sorry for the shaky footage, we were just filming handheld, nevertheless we hope you enjoy this piece. Filming and editing by Eric Poß and me. -Chris Piotrowicz
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!
Yeah it's time for another rollTogether session. This time we are proud to host our 13th session in Netherland's finest skatepark, the Skateland in Rotterdam. The session will take place on March 13th, starting at 1pm (13:00 Uhr). The skatepark is open until 12am (0:00 Uhr) at night and the entrance fee is 5,50€ for the whole day. Don't miss out this action.
„Back to the roots!“ is this years Winterclash mission statement and so is ours! As we did it with the last rollTogether in Eindhoven, we are going to host another session right before the famous Winterclash! So Area51 will not only host one of the biggest competitions but also the biggest session within less than a month!
Here we go again. The wait is over and the Winterclah 2011 is on its way. It took us a while to figure out if, or in which way, the Winterclash can stay alive, but in the end it was obvious that it had to happen somehow. "Back to Basics" is the key for 2011. We will keep it simple this time and are moving back into a skatepark.
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!
Make sure to join the European Championchips in Halfpipe skating on August the 14th in Rotterdam!
The third stop of the Mind the Gap Tour by SB Events, takes place in Eindhoven, Netherlands. You can attend this contest on May 25th and will take place at E-Move Eindhoven. After the Eindhoven event, Mind the Gap will continue to tour to 's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and Zug, Switzerland.
On July the 2nd 2012 the annual Rotterdam Street Battle will be held at the Sportplaza Zuiderpark in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This battle will have three sessions. The first session will be a rail and ledge session. The second will be a skatecross, and the last session is a ledge and drop ledge session. Be sure to participate if you are around because Rotterdam is one of the most epic cities in the Netherlands to skate!
's Hertogenbosch is the second to last stop of the Mind the Gap Tour. You can attend this contest on June 23rd as this event will take place during the Beats and Roots Festival. After the 's Hertogenbosch event, Mind the Gap will continue to tour to it's last stop in Zug, Switzerland.
Together with Thisissoul skateshop, Robbert Snijder and Marnix Haak combined skating and biking into one big, unique contest called 'GET OUT THE WAY'. Peep the promo video to find out more about it!
Skater: Edwin Wieringh
Photographer: Axel van Dijk
Location: Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Skater: Paul Pelle
Photographer: Lui Summer
Skater: Daan Hegt
Photographer: Kenneth De Mol
Location: Amsterdam / The Netherlands
Skater: Ene Stefan
Photographer: Kenneth De Mol
Location: Amsterdam / The Netherlands
This nice flatbar is located at the entrance of the parking lot at the City office (Stadskantoor) in Enschede, Netherlands.
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.