What follows is excerpts from a 30 page essay I wrote about Ian's and my mini-tour in December 2010. I've excluded some important, memorable events for brevity's sake involving Toy Story 3, a penis-obsessed Olympic athlete, Mike Lilly, and somebody pepper-spraying a sandwich. It is partly about rollerblading, but mostly a journal I kept while I was traveling. There are a few manipulations of time, but nothing drastic. Some paragraphs were literally copied and pasted out of context so it's not the most cohesive, fluent writing style. Deal with it.
A few weeks ago word got out on the internet that Camp Woodward was planning a substitute over in Europe. This info wasn't meant to be released to the general public at this point in time and the information disappeared as quickly as it had emerged. This resulted in a huge confusion amongst extreme sports enthusiasts of all flavors all over Europe, if not the world. Will there be a Woodward in Europe in the near future? Where will it be? And most importantly: when will it open its doors? Read this interview with Hans Geiger, the person that instigated it all. Get ready to get the lowdown about the current state of Camp Woodward Europe. Exlusively on Be-Mag.
I could start by saying that its hard to put down some words about Olga Bouwhuis because she is my girlfriend and that could complicate things. But instead, I find it quite easy to write about her. The reason for that is that she is not only my girlfriend, she is also my best friend, my skating buddy and one of the funniest and down to earth girls I have ever come across. She has a big heart for the new generation kids on wheels and an even bigger heart for Rob G. She is the kind of person that you just can't describe in words. Olga for me is the purest form in rollerblading, too me.. she is rollerblading!
Mike David has always been raw talent. His skating has always been on the next level, and his presence is always positive. The first time I met Mike was back in the TSB days in Toronto, when he tried a massive disaster soul. I thought he was just some crazy guy trying to make a name for himself, but after a while I realized that this guy throws down every time he skates. Pure hammers, and best attitude around. Everyone knows how humble he is, and no one questions his skill. Presenting Mike D everyone.
Check out this sweet Grindhouse Tour report from the last summer. Daniel Prell, Timm Kittlitz, Maik Lojewski, Alex Rudolf, Kenth Ulvedal, Chris Piotrowicz, Sascha Krautz and me travelled through Sweden and Denmark to get footage for the upcoming Grindhouse Tour DVD 2010. The DVD is finalized and available now. Here you will see the exclusive tour trailer and the most remarkable statements by everybody who travelled with us. us.
In the first week of September the Rollerblade Pro team toured to Switzerland and the Netherlands. They filmed a lot, made some photos and you can check the result overhere. This part consists of the part in the Netherlands.
Six months ago the world of Rollerblading gathered in Berlin as Jojo called for the Winterclash 2010. This event was bigger, louder and more spectacular than all previous Winterclashs and Rollerblading contests. But while Jojo organized one of the biggest Rollerblading events to date, it somehow went quiet around his own person after the event. That's why Be-Mag checked in with Jojo to find out what's going on.
It couldnt have ended any sweeter. The 10th and final SBS was by far in my eyes the most powerful, for not only me but everyone in attendance. The level of skating was unreal. With close to 40 competitors it was a tough contest to judge. The hype was there all day with great skating, no busts, and with 4 megaphones there was never a dull moment.
Some weeks ago the Hedonskate crew met up with Billy O'Neill and Demetrios in Sweden George to shred the country from the east to the west and back! Here we go with the first official edit of the Sweden Go Green tour.
Lauri attracted our attention due to his nice performance at the Mukko Real Street X in Helsinki. If you ever come to Helsinki to rollerblade, you won't be able to avoid Lauri. What we've heard from different locals this Helsinki native seems to be destroying Helsinki's streets on a daily basis! Read on and get a full taste of Finland's upcoming shredder.
Robert Guerrero is a supporting pillar in our sport. Almost every Rollerblader out there might have come across his name. In our latest print issue Rob was spotlighted with a big interview. But this was obviously not enough. Our readers still had a lot of questions and interest for this Rollerblading icon that has enriched our sport in so many and different ways! Read on.
Jonas Hansson (the director of Flygt and some of last years most illustrious edits) is currently shooting for a new film entitled Traitement. The project is a collaboration with Be-Mag and will feature an ensemble of international rollerbladers. Jonas recently spend a week of filming with Mathieu Heinemann and Kaare Lindberg in Paris. Rest assured you will hear more about the development of Traitement in the following months. For now, enjoy this article and short clip of Heinemann at the Paris shoot.
What do you get when you combine Brian Weis and Mikey Blair in Michigan with some unseasonably warm weather? Well, you get this nice little interview and exclusive edit!
If you really think about it, rollerblades are silly. But thankfully there are people who discover a piece of their spirit in these wheeled boots... and they get hooked. Rollerblading is lucky that Todd got hooked (and so am I). Although it's difficult to pinpoint what sparked Todd's lifelong interest in skating, I've often had a theory that rollerblading gave Todd something that he couldn't find anywhere else. There's nothing silly about that...
This is the last leg of this amazing Cali Tour. And even on this very last tour day Chris still threw down some serious hammers. Keep on reading and you will see who else joined Chris and Kato on their...