Whether 2015 was an awesome or a terrible year is up for debate. If you are more of the “glass half empty” type, then it is undeniable that the state of blading truly is worrying. With social networks slowly killing legit media sources, Magma & [MAG] both quitting this year, iconic companies like SSM gone, more shops closing down, without any money to actually pay our best pros and print magazines becoming rarer and rarer, one has to admit things could be better.

On the other hand, 2015 has brought in the most fresh new faces to blading we have seen in a long time. The steadily rising level of skating is nothing short of incredible, and more diverse than ever before. Dedicated brands are still pushing and new, innovative products like the Aeon skate and CRS frame have hit the market this year. Finally, many contests, festivals & skate camps are putting in the work to raise blade awareness and get new kids on skates… Glass half full.

This kind of considerations don’t matter much to Chris Farmer though. Because when it comes down to empty glasses, you better be sure the Xsjado icon and Dead wheels owner will be more than happy to pour you the next drink! The man has been relentlessly touring the world and putting together sections that have been constantly redefining the game for well over a decade now, and 2015 was no exception. Take a look, and get yourself a glass: cheers everyone!

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Words: Freddy White
Photography: Kaspars Alksnis, Trace Taylor, Jonathan Labez, Joey Graziano & Mathieu Hennebert

My events in 2015:
Winterclash
Border Inline
Motor Town Classic
Blade Days
Roskilde Festival
The Wheel Deal
Abriss I Berlin
JSMS
A-Town Stomp
Blade Cup

My Tour Life in 2015:  
USD/Xsjado Istanbul
Cayenne Project
DEAD South
Quite the rollercoaster ride to say the least, hahaha. Twists and turns, ups and downs, fast and slow… Never a dull moment, whether good nor bad.  None the less, it was a hell of a lot of fun rolling around different parts of the world with various homies throughout the year.

My edits/parts in 2015:
USD x Xsjado Istanbul
Vibralux VOD

My Cities in 2015:
Minneapolis
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Amsterdam
Eindhoven
Istanbul
Moscow (airport)
Mexicali
Detroit
Copenhagen
Roskilde
Malmö
Oslo
Hamburg
Berlin
Keflavíc (airport)
Boston
Raymond
New Philadelphia
Akron
Cleveland
Atlanta
Nashville
Chattanooga

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My Countries in 2015:
USA
Netherlands
Turkey
Russia (airport)
Mexico
Denmark
Sweden
Norway
Germany
Iceland (airport)

My injuries in 2015:
Fracture in my right kneecap.

Any specific moment or experience that stood out?
Rail sesh at the metro in Hamburg with the Cayenne crew.

What was your worst day in 2015 and why? 
Having to carry my sister’s dog into the vet to be put down, rest easy Nelly…

Is there such thing as a best day in 2015?  
Impossible task, as there were an abundance of incredible days in 2015! Much too difficult to pick one…

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Best in 2015: 
Travel Buddy? Montre Livingston
Event? A-Town Stomp
Country? Denmark
City? Copenhagen
Meal? Steaks and asparagus that AJ cooked for my family in April / Cayenne Crew family meals.
Song? Nathaniel Mayer “Village of Love”
Girl? Pam Grier / Apollonia Kotero
Website? Discogs.com
Company? Vibralux
Movie? “Beetlejuice” was the most viewed
Beer? The beer that tastes like beer, one and all!
Party? Roskilde
Tricks you’ve filmed? Negative acid on the Oceanside kink from the VX VOD.
Story? Unintentionally making my international stripping debut in Mexico after the Border Inline contest, hahaha.

Bestest in 2015:
Blader? Nick Lomax
Up-and-comer? Hunter Grimm
Bladie? Chihiro Azuma
Video?Secret Project
Profile? Alex “Nowhere
Videographer? Adam Johnson
Writer? Freddy White
Photographer? Adam Kola
Visual artist? Emma Escamilla

What’s planned for 2016 so far?
DEAD, a couple video projects in the works, hopefully stay in one piece whilst traveling/filming, and continue to push the limits of blading while having fun!

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