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.

Eugen Enin is one of these new names that have clearly established themselves as the future of rollerblading. Not only did the One magazine “Breakout blader of the year” turn pro for USD this summer, but along with his brother he also produced two of the most stunning edits we have seen in 2015. He travelled more than ever, won more comps than ever, and filmed a full-section for Jonas Hansson’s much anticipated SOTA movie! Here’s Eugen’s view on 2015: cheers everyone!

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Words: Freddy White
Photography: Vladimir Mozgalev & Olfert Poelen

My events in 2015:
New Year Shred
Winterclash
Skatecamp Geeste
Moscow Street Comp
Shred Cologne
Xmas Jam

My Tour Life in 2015:
Istanbul Tour
SOTA trip with Jonas Hansson
Moscow Trip with Sam Crofts
Germany Trip with the Borklyn Gang

My edits/parts in 2015:
USD Europe Project
AGV Winter Clips
Istanbul Tour Edit
USD Pro Intro
Tons of Borklyn Zoo edits
Rail Push-Ups – UC Wheels / Kizer Hardgoods
Shaolin Sessions
Moscow Tour Edit
Skip the channel / Kizer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGZ9V4g

My Cities in 2015:
Eindhoven
Amsterdam
Istanbul
Frankfurt
Copenhagen
Moscow
Berlin
Bayreuth
Hamburg

My Countries in 2015:
Netherlands
Turkey
Denmark
Russia

My injuries in 2015:
Problems with my ankle, ligaments and tendons
My back after the bail on the drop kink
Stiches on head

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Any specific moment or experience that stood out?
Getting to know that I will join the USD Pro team
Passing my Bachelor’s Degree and destroying my back and my head two days later…
Landing that back savanah switch / natural line in Istanbul
Filming with Jonas Hansson for SOTA
Session with Jo Zenk and Kirill Galushko in CPH
Seeing my Bro Joao eating shit pretty hardcore in Nürnberg but then getting up and finish that Job. You’re the Man!
Landing the nataspin ending clip for my pro intro

What was your worst day in 2015 and why?
The day when I fall on my back/head… We had already been filming for my Pro intro and I had to take a break for 4 weeks.

Is there such thing as a best day in 2015?
Me and my brother call it “the perfect day” hahaha! We’d been cruising around spontaneously on a rainy day with no hope for a clip and suddenly the weather changed within 2 hours so we used that opportunity and filmed the 2 tech switchups at the water, the kinkrail transfer and the shuffle glassrail clip (Shaolin sessions) on that one day. Hahaha we were laughing our asses off on the drive home.
Other then that, the day when Kirill arrived in CPH. We had some sick sessions and at the end of that day we got some epic food made by Jonas… Plus his girl arrived later and brought some Sushi… (maybe not on one day but it’s a great memory)!

Best in 2015:
Travel Buddy? Ipod, Sam Crofts, Jo Zenk
Event? Winterclash
Country? Denmark
City? Moscow
Meal? Sushi
Song? Hafti, keep it real
Girl? My Lady
Website? facebook.de/borklynzoo
Company? Powerslide
Movie? Birdman, The Martian
Beer? Any mixed Pussy Beer, Tuborg
Tricks you’ve filmed? Grabbed backsavanah 2 TTP / grabbed ao TS line, Soul nataspin topsoul, fastlide on the kink, royale shuffle glassrail clip, grabbed channel 33 Line at night
Story? Me falling into the water during the filming of the Shaolin Sessions… Or the super funny taxi driver in Moscow who gave us free sightseeing informations while yelling at random people at the same time hahaha!

Bestest in 2015:
Blader? Nick Lomax, Joe Atkinson
Up-and-comer? Zach Pavel
Bladie? Stéphanie Richer
Video? Istanbul Tour 2015 – USD & Xsjado / Geoff Phillip’s Secret Project
Profile? John Lyke – Wings / Danny Beer – Dino 3 / Alex Broskow – Nowhere / Vibralux – Chris Farmer
Videographer? Geoff Phillip, Adam Johnson, Carter LeBlanc, Mathias von Gostomski
Writer? Freddy White
Photographer? Adam Kola
Visual artist? Tim Wolff, Dan Stirling

What’s planned for 2016 so far?
Going on another tour, filming a bigger project with my brother, enjoying the summer with my girl and my gang.

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