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 Blading Cup staff member and overall gentleman, Miguel Ramos. Portraits by Ryan Loewy for Be-Mag MY FIRST BLADING CUP WAS… The first year…can’t remember… it was like 7 or 8 (years) ago… MY FAVORITE BLADING CUP WAS ( YEAR ) AND ( IT WAS MY FAVORITE BECAUSE ) They’re all my favorite.. That’s what’s one of many special things about Blading Cup! It’s true skating; it’s always an adventure! I’M GOING TO THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. I’m going because I love it sooo much with all my heart! Seeing and celebrating the true essences of ‘blading’; making shit happen instead of dreaming that corporate people will come and do it for us and then run away when business slows a bit down like in the beginning of the sport; Blading Cup is 110% real… I LOOK FORWARD TO ( X ) AT THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. Definitely looking forward because every year more people are really understanding the meaning of Blading Cup and that really creates and pushes the beautiful reality and essence of our culture… Also every year more kids and bladies show up and rip even harder! I THINK ( X ) IS GOING TO WIN THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. Shit that’s hard…like I said every year is a surprise!!! It’s hard to say because this event is like true skating, it’s a very at the moment and very abstract!! It’s truly a mix of art, culture, freestyle sport and lot more…and Blading Cup really keeps that essence that we all love about skating alive! Miguel Ramos lives in Tehachapi, California. He works alongside Jon Julio and Jason Reyna in producing the Blading Cup events. You can follow Miguel 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.