If there is one person whose skating truly embodies the original Xsjado spirit, it has to be Dustin Werbeski. His creative outlook on spots, along with a balanced mix of technical skills and athletic performance, this all makes for some of the most outstanding blading in recent years.
One of the most recognizable pros in our sport, Dustin’s skills go behind the blades themselves, and he has also taken his creative vision to the fields of video and photography. By the time you read this, his short “Prequel” flick should have hit the Interwebz already, and got you all warmed up for THC’s first full length VOD which will drop this summer.
While we impatiently wait for this project to see the light of the sun though, we thought this would be the perfect time to catch up with Dustin and take a look at what might or might not be his very last pair of Xsjado skates. This is how the man rolls: go ahead and take a look!
Describe your personal blade set up:
Well quite obviously I’ve been jamming my own pro skates for a while now. Basically, just how they come in the box. Lately I’ve been preferring to replace the stock wheels with my beige UC 72mm’s. From time to time I’ll ride some other skates, but I’m hooked to mine. I knew I would be, ever since the day I sent JC my design ideas. He put my dream on my feet.
What parts do you wear through the quickest:
Bearings, wheels, velcro straps. In that order.
What part do you break most often:
Nothing usually breaks, I just loose hardware.
Which parts are you paranoid about breaking:
Axels… That unexpected stop can be deadly.
What spares/tools do you keep in your backpack:
BCN is all about skating spot to spot… Riding big wheels, and bringing the pre-setup anti-rocker frames, is definitely the best solution. You also only need one allen key once you’ve mastered the big wheel switch mid-sessions!
Where do your parts go once you are done with them?
Garbage. Usually not much left of them.
Flat or Freestyle:
Flat big wheels & anti-rocker regulars.
Anything you plan to change on you current setup?
Anything that makes a sound. I love silent skates.
Do you skate different setups for different terrain? (ie park, street, city cruising)
Of course, I change my setups like underwear. Daily & usually a couple times.
What was your very first skate setup?
Some cheap Walmartish fitness skates. They were olive green with gold highlights & were called Cheetahs. After some time, I took out the middle wheels & melted a huge freestyle groove, using a cigarette lighter and a metal clothes hanger… Then Oxygen Argon’s & Salomon ST-70’s when it started to get serious.
Could you describe your dream setup? Frames, wheels, etc
All black Xsjado… 1.0 cuff with a 2.0 soul. My Kizer pro frame (I dug the samples) with any of the rounded speed profile UC wheels. Those wheels are key to any quality setup!!!
What was the best setup you’ve had to date?
Probably a pair of Salomon Rob Thompsons I got second hand from Eisler. They have this custom widebody, which he cut into a tumor with uhmw juice blocks. He made them so properly that they lasted a few skaters, and are still in my collection. I couldn’t get a photo as their back in Canada, so I’ve decided to share the newest similar setup I’m testing. (USD 72mm Aeon) The solid black boot and clear cuff, just takes me back to the pleasure I had in those Thompsons.