Edit by Rodion Korneev Photography by Vasya Hooi Interview by Boris Gaisner
Be-Mag: Hello, Kirill! Firstly, how are you? What’s been keeping you busy over the last couple of weeks?
KG: Hello. More or less all’s good, recent sunny days bring the cool vibes. Lately I’ve been spending most of my time on the new computer editing fresh videos. A couple of times I visited the new skatepark in Moscow. Despite the fact that it’s quite boring to skate alone, I still had a pretty good time while learning new tricks and preparing myself for the upcoming russian skatepark event in Siberia called International Kartel’ – 15 and 16 March.
Be-Mag: Sounds productive, the sun is really nice. What do you think about the new Moscow indoor park? Can you compare the joy of skating there with the street-skating experience you got while filming for the fresh Scribe promo-edit?
KG: Right now it is barely a skatepark, cause there is almost no obstacles, except the really nice and big fun box. Plus there is a nice trapezium grind box from Adrenaline skatepark, which easily turns into disaster box with the use of little kicker. Of course you can’t compare the feelings from park/street skating! Park shredding gets boring quickly because of it’s cyclic recurrence and monotony. Street skating is completely different, especially when you lace a trick on a completely new spot. The street makes you more excited and worried, thus providing new incomparable sensations. Street also brings me flights of fancy and creativity in skating.
Be-Mag: Talking about street and your newest Scribe Wheel Promo – when did you film it? Tell us a bit about the vibe and the people, who was skating those spots with you on warm sunny days?
KG: We started gathering footage on our trip to small town Yaroslavl’ in the beginning of summer. Big respect to all the locals for the hospitality! After that I injured my back once again and had to take a break from skating for a month. Later I was working hard to make my back stronger and slowly came back to business, you’ll notice that I jumped some gaps. Before, I was scared to do them because of my back. After that we were gathering footage from the whole season without any exact aim. Skated in my hometown Sergiev Posad, also filmed in Moscow and Kiev (Ukraine). The vibes and people are always different, but most of the time it’s me, the filmer and the people who supported. My favorite person to film with is Rodion Korneev, because he makes it easy to fully focus on the skating and forget about the camera!
Be-Mag: Can’t agree more, Rodion really knows what he is doing. What would you like to highlight about his approach to blading cinematography? Probably anything you’d like to change about it?
KG: Unconventional approach to filming and great taste in choosing music for his videos. Change? Hey Rodion, when are we going to film a swag-edit?
Be-Mag: Kirill, talking about the word SWAG. Look at this prototype design of your Scribe Wheels, which we never used. What do you think about it, Mr. Swag?
KG: Humour is always good! This design made me smile 🙂
Be-Mag: What does it mean for you to finally get your first signature blading product? Tell us a bit about the support you receive from Scribe Industries.
KG: Being a part of Scribe team is big honor for me, all of them are amazing skaters. Just recently I was a kid getting hyped from their skating vids, I could never think about becoming their teammate (Casey Bagozzi, Colin Kelso and others). Foreign people started recognizing me after Scribe dropped the wheels, and this recognition will only grow with the release of this promo-edit. But what really satisfies me is the fact, that I left a small russian trace in the history of rollerblading! Talking about Scribe’s support for the team – it is on the highest level possible, I like Daniel’s approach to the team!
Be-Mag: Sounds cool, but it’s too early to talk about your trace in rolling history, you still have a long way to go. You’re not done yet! Mind sharing your plans for the spring and summer? Do you have any exact ideas about skating, participating in contests, trips and filming for the upcoming season?
KG: First and most important thing for me now is to finish university, pass my exams and write my diploma. Next trip is March 8th – 23rd, Krasnoyarsk, International Kartel’ contest! I love this Siberian city! And answering about future plans I’d like to use one Laozi quote: “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” Time will show!
Be-Mag: This quote is great! Any advice for the young skaters, who look up to you and dream about becoming pro? Please share one random blading-myth, that you heard about pro-skaters and their lifestyles in the streets.
KG: First of all don’t pursue profits, earning big money by your skating is a myth. Secondly, enjoy yourself and get free, skate for your own pleasure – this is the formula of success.
Be-Mag: Besides skating you seem to have a deep involvement in cinematography, recently you bought yourself a new iMac. Share some of your favorite edits you produced yourself, and also let us know about recent/upcoming video-releases you’re working on.
KG: Recently I became more self-critical, most of the old edits don’t really make me happy anymore. Can’t highlight anything particular. Recently I edited Spartak Alemasov section for RazorsNews (releasing this week). Last week I released Gorilla-energy edit from Sportex Skatepark (Siberia) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiF0uPkNp6s , also recently filmed a snowboarding event in my city and gonna start working on that one soon. Here is the non-blading video I produced – https://vimeo.com/49548592
Be-Mag: Kirill, you seem to be a very well-rounded person and always manage to appear everywhere. Tell us a bit about your parents. Is this big talent you got coming from them?
KG: I would be nowhere without spiritual education and support from my parents! I love them so much! Thanks to them for THIS!
Be-Mag: This interview is out of control, it’s almost 8am now. Kirill, it’s time for thank you’s and shout outs.
KG: “If you want your life to smile at you, then smile at your life yourself first” – John Smith. Thanks to Boris Gaisner for helping me to move forward. Thanks to Daniel Fabiano for believing in me. Thanks to my Asian friends. Thanks to Be-Mag for the opportunity to speak about myself. Thanks to Vasya Hooi for the photos. Thanks to all the supporters! Thanks to God for everything. P.S. Girls, where you at? It’s boring without you…