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.

When it comes to USD pro Montre Livingston, you’d better make sure that glass is filled with PBR though! The latest addition to the Vibralux and BHC teams, Montre parties just as hard as he skates, and whether he’s destroying a skatepark or shredding the dancefloor, you can be sure he will be winning either way! With the release of his pro skate, a seemingly endless succession of tours and skate camps, the filming of his VX VOD & several comps under his belt, 2015 has been another banger for Montre: cheers everyone!

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Words: Freddy White
Photography: Kaspars Alksnis & Michael Pedersen

My events in 2015:
Bash B4 Clash
Winterclash
Pow-wow
A-Town Stomp
CPH Blade Days
Roskilde fest
Motor Town Classic
GG Fest
KY Battle
Blade Cup
Swedish Championship

My tour life in 2015:
SOTA tour
Conference Istanbul tour
RAD goes to POWWOW
Gypsy Tour Latvia
CPH Blade Days
Vibralux Trail of Beers Tour

My edits/parts in 2015:
USD Pro Model edit
Montre wins Swedish Champs
GIB Sweden loves Latvia
KY BATTLE edit
Conference Istanbul
Vibralux in Detroit
SOTA official trailer, not sure if there is anymore but, if there is, let me know hahahaaa!

My Cities in 2015:
Eskilstuna
Copenhagen
Mannheim
Paris
Barcelona
Malaga
Eindhoven
Amsterdam
Istanbul
Jacksonville
Atlanta
Detroit
Roskilde
Riga
Ventspils
Kansas
Dallas
Vegas
Albuquerque
Santa Ana
Long Beach, and a few more that I can’t remember hahaha!

My Countries in 2015:
Spain
France
Germany
Netherlands
Turkey
Sweden
Latvia
Asia
Denmark

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My injuries in 2015:
Fractured ribs in January trying fishbrain on a low rail.
Fractured foot in July after winning the Swedish championships.
Broken pinky first day filming for my VOD…

Any specific moment or experience that stood out?
One of my most memorable moments of 2015 was, the day Chris Farmer found my favorite beer in Copenhagen. I was hurting for my favorite beer and had been looking for it for days. I finally give up all hope and am bummed out. While trying to have a bbq with my big brotha from anotha motha Johnny, to help me relax, Farm says he’s gonna go grab some brews. He comes back with a huge smile on his face and a black bag. As he hands me the bag he says, “happy birthday Tre”. I open the bag and almost burst into tears of excitement. He found the last 3 PabstBlueRibbon in the city at that time and I couldn’t have been any happier. Chris Farmer is forever my nigga and favorite travel homie. TRULY.

What was your worst day in 2015 and why?
The loss of two really great friends of mine. RIP Brett and Edwin.

Is there such thing as a best day in 2015?
Any and every day I’m alive and blading is my best day(s) TRULYYYY!

Best in 2015:
Travel Buddy? Chris Farmer and the Gypsy Fam
Event? Roskilde fest
Country? Spain and Denmark
City? Malaga and Copenhagen
Meal? Adam Johnson makes the best steak dinner
Song? Yung Lean ft. Thaiboy Digital – Diamonds
Girl? Mine
Website? FUCK THA INTERNET
Company? Vibralux, BladerGang, USD
Movie? none
Beer? PABST BLUE RIBBON
Party? All Roskilde parties
Trick filmed? 540 in Hollywood Hills (VOD)
Story? No story here. I’m sure you can make one up from these things I’ve said hahahaa!

Bestest in 2015:
Blader? BLADERGANG
Up-and-comer? BLADERGANG
Bladie? BLADIE GANG
Video? BLADERGANG
Profile? BLADERGANG
Videographer? David Sizemore, Adam Johnson and E-Rod.
Writer? No one writes anymore. Everything is digital.
Photographer? Jero will always be my favorite photographer no matter if it’s blading or not.
Visual artist? I have no idea hahahahaha.

What’s planned for 2016 so far?
VOD release, Clash maybe, BHC promo, Sway edit, 3×3 wheel fun, positive vibes and a ton of PABST BLUE RIBBON. That’s all. TURKEY BACON!

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