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.

Currently drinking iced coffees in Thailand, USD & Undercover pro Richie Eisler has once again been all over the globe in 2015. Attending every summer event, Richie also toured with the Cayenne crew and taught kids on wheels some blade magic during the Gypsy Camps! If he released very little footage this year, you better believe the Canadian wizard has been steadily stacking clips for his own project nonetheless, which will most definitely blow every blade fanatic’s mind! As he just celebrated his 500th flight, let’s take a look at Richie’s 2015: cheers everyone!

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Words: Freddy White
Photography: Kaspars Alksnis, Erick Rodriguez, Dominik Wagner, Dustin Werbeski, Nils Skogstrøm, Sebastian Hofer & David Grant

My events in 2015:
B4B Truespin Belgium
Winterclash Holland
Pony Cup Denmark
Barcelona Extreme Spain
Blade Days – Danish Champs
Roskilde Shows Denmark
Wheel Deal /Norwegian Champs
Swedish Champs 016 Sweden
Ghetto Games Latvia
Kids Camp Holland
BOK Contest Holland
Shred Cologne Germany
FISE Malaysia

My Tour Life in 2015:
USD/XSJADO in Istanbul Turkey
Cayenne Video Tour around Northern Europe
Loco/Go Project trip with Jake Eley
On A Roll Game Capturing around Belgium
FISE and WheelLove with Lomax in Asia

My edits/parts in 2015:
Grey Pro Skate promo
Venice Beach Park edit
Lost and Found Chile Sessions
Go Project
Istanbul Sessions with Boysen
What Would Richie Do? With Jake Eley
On A Roll’s Killscreen with Dustin Werbeski
Various event edits, IG shorts and helping the homies on their own projects.
90% shot a new one: “Sweet Flipsteen”!

My Cities in 2015:
Los Angeles
Calgary
Regina
Amsterdam
Eindhoven
Roeselare
Istanbul
Barcelona
Copenhagen
Bangkok
Kuala Lumpur
Koh Kong
Copenhagen
Roskilde
Malmo
Oslo
Goteborg
Hamburg
Berlin
Stockholm
Eskilstuna
Riga
Ventspils
Deventer
Lethbridge
Cologne
Bayreuth
Lille
London
Brighton
Corby
Brussels
Antwerp
Buttersworth
Georgetown
Kuah
Krabi

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My Countries in 2015:
USA
Canada
Holland
France
Belgium
Turkey
Spain
Denmark
Thailand
Malaysia
Cambodia
Sweden
Norway
Germany
Latvia
UK

My injuries in 2015:
Dislocated finger
Terrible ass injury + broken or badly bruised tailbone

Any specific moment or experience that stood out?
First day of the year.
Istanbul was great.
The On A Roll game capture sessions with Dustin… Dream come true!
FISE Malaysia
Roskilde, always…
The Cayenne Tour was really nice. We had a solid crew.
Kids camp in Holland was another one. I love doing the camps!
Spending time with my nephew and family back in Canada…

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What was your worst day in 2015 and why?
There were too many to count but I already forgot.

Is there such thing as a best day in 2015?
Too many to count.

Best in 2015:
Travel Buddy? Anna
Event? Roskilde
Country? Thailand
City? Copenhagen
Meal? Salad, veggies and rice in bags on the Cayenne tour. Or any of our meals from that trip. All the boys took care of each other and threw down in the kitchen!
Song? Anything from the Paul McCartney set at Roskilde.
Girl? My niece Amelia was born right at the end of the year! Can’t wait to meet her.
Website? Google
Company? USD
Movie? Good question…
Beer? Sometimes.
Party? All of them.
Tricks you’ve filmed? You wouldn’t believe!
Story? Ask me in person.

Bestest in 2015:
Up-and-comer? Axel Bihagen

What’s planned for 2016 so far?
Balance.

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