In honor of the upcoming 2018 Blading Cup, we are asking a handful of individuals throughout the industry about their past experiences with the staple competition and what their expectations are of this years event. For this installment, we chat with last year’s Blading Cup winner and new Them Skates pro, Gav Drumm… Drumm at last year’s Blading Cup . Photograph by Megan Petersen MY FIRST BLADING CUP WAS… 2012 …Damn 6 years ago already! MY FAVORITE BLADING CUP WAS ( YEAR ) AND ( IT WAS MY FAVORITE BECAUSE ) Well last year was a pretty special one for me. Was definitely feeling the love from the community that day. I’M GOING TO THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. First and foremost because THEM bought me a flight. Thanks guys! I LOOK FORWARD TO ( X ) AT THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. So so many things!! The Open division is stacked with talent. Can’t wait to see Junkyu Park skate in the flesh. So great to see Korea in the house now! The Brandon Negrete bbq memorial session is a must while in town too. it’ll be even better this year after the Blade-In Cinema tribute! But mostly I’m looking forward to being amongst a living breathing culture in full effect! I THINK ( X ) IS GOING TO WIN THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. If I was a betting man, my money would be on Soichiro. He is on one right now! Gavin Drumm lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. You can follow Gavin on Instagram here. The 2018 Blading Cup will take place November 2nd and 3rd in Downtown Santa Ana, CA. You can learn more about the event here. You can read more of the My Blading Cup features here.