Introduction: Sean Patrick Quinn Photographs: Colin Batu
Blading thrives as a sodality of renegade vagabond athletes, devoted to the shred. In the absence of televised, Red Bull sanctioned events, rippers from far reaching regions are free to gather en masse to celebrate our mode of commotion.
When bands of bladers descend on unassuming cities, we turn heads. We stop traffic. We allow citizens a glimpse into a lifestyle unknown to most. This conspicuous rebellion is tribute to our host towns.
Street competitions are momentous. They force tricks that may never be done other wise. They unite us, and help foster a foundation for the future. They demand that we create memories. These traditions were palpable in full glory at the King of Cleveland.