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Yuri Botelho grew up in Brazil and spent more than a decade in Bilbao, Spain. He recently made the move to Barcelona and couldn't be happier in his new hometown: 'There's just too many spots!'
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.
We just got word from Irish born/Chicago based Be-magger Seán Ó Dálaigh that the new website for 2014's Windy City Riot is live for you to check out.
Velvet Couch Clothing is proud to announce the launch of their new line for 2012/13. Showcasing 7 new designs and their team.
The Dutch Championship took place in the World Skate Center skatepark in Den Bosch. Check out all the action in this edit.
Check out some Halloween nighttime cruising by Cody Lampman. Shot by Kris Troyer, Nate Hall & Tim Adams. Edit by Kris Troyer.
Check the nice edit of a german trip to instanbul this summer. Istanbul is a spot paradise!
The Toronto rolling scene has been through it's up and downs over the past decade. With the emergence and death of it's first skateshop (Dekalz Shop) We once had a scene that was strong, only to find it now in the regrowth stage again. I highly appreciate having the scene in Toronto still alive, and I give thanks to people that contribute to the scene like Shop-Task, and Roll Toronto.
The first annual Flow Bowl contest took place in Geneva. Check out Dominik Wagner, Blake Bird, Nils Jansons, Stephan De Freitas and Joey Egan shredding the Swiss concrete. Edit by Shoyu Prod / Ben Shelbourne.
Mathias Silhan filmed an edit in Portugal to promote his new skate from Razors. Take a look at the teaser and watch out for the full video here on Be-Mag.com next summer!
The Mile High Battle went down in Denver this weekend. Check out all the action in this edit by Luke Bender, Adam Montoya, and Cletus Kuhn. Filmed by Luke Bender, Greg Freeman, Lance McGoldrick, Mykael Fatali, and Justin Bar.
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!
Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time a year again. The 15th Annual Hoedown Invitational at Eisenbergs Skatepark in Plano, Texas goes down October 28-30. Another fifty competitors will arrive from all around the world for one of the most memorable and legendary skate comps to happen dating back to the mid-'90s.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday 17th December 2011, the Rolling Rock skatepark in Aarau, Switzerland will throw their annual X-mas Battle. The competition will feature a Minirampjam and a Last Man Standing Battle. If you are around, make sure to attend this competition as it guarantees to be epic, like it is every year.
On January 7th 2012 is the Intuition Skate Shop game of B.L.A.D.E. bracket style, in McKinney, Texas. Be sure to participate in this competition as there are a lot of awesome prizes to win. Of course there will be a banger party afterwards, so make sure you are present!
Skater: Jimi Paszkiewicz
Trick: Cross Grab Back Torq
Skater: Scott McDonald
Trick: Royale to fakie
Photographer: Dill Higgins
Location: Dundee, Scotland
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.
This new plaza was recently built in Los Angeles and the flow of this place is epic... ACF
Dustin Latimer hits this spot in his infamous Words section...