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 master lensman Ivan Narez. Photograph by Ryan Loewy for Be-Mag MY FIRST BLADING CUP WAS…. First year.. can’t remember how long ago that was but been to all of them! MY FAVORITE BLADING CUP WAS ( YEAR ) AND ( IT WAS MY FAVORITE BECAUSE ) The year we worked on the TV show, good collaboration with tons of bladers now working in the professional world. I’M ( GOING / NOT GOING ) TO THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. I’m going because I haven’t missed a single one! (And hopefully never will) I LOOK FORWARD TO ( X ) AT THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. Seeing all my friends because it’s a hell of a gathering. I THINK ( X ) IS GOING TO WIN THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. Not sure yet but hopefully B Smith wins. Ivan Narez will premiere his latest video piece, We Are Valo 6, at the 2018 Blading Cup. You can follow Ivan 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.