‘Valo4Life’: Part #7 – Amsterdam & Australia

In 2009, the Valo Brand released 'Valo4Life', their fourth team video. Captured during two years of touring some of most beautiful cities in the world, including Barcelona, Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Amsterdam and San Francisco with the international team. Along with the vast amateur talent from across the globe, 'Valo4Life' features with sections from pro riders Alex Broskow, Erik Bailey, Brandon Smith, Victor Arias, Soichiro Kanashima, Cosmio Tassone, and Jon Julio. Enjoy the first team video by Ivan Narez – and the only blading video on iTunes – as he and the team work to complete the next Valo team video, 'V', due out Summer 2013.

Amsterdam Week: IMYTA+ Flashback

I had seen touristbladers before of course. Most of the time you would run into touristbladers at the local skatespots, and every once in a while you could spot a small flock of touristbladers in the wild. But nothing could have prepared me for the amount of touristbladers I witnessed the days leading up to one of the most anticipated real street events ever. Everywhere I went I encountered Mindgame hoodies, $enate backpacks, Medium sweaters and more of the like. Us Damsko Kids had been waiting for this weekend ever since it had become clear that the two grandfathers of real street contests would be working together on what was to become one of the most epic rollerblading weekends ever witnessed by man. This day had finally arrived. With it an unbelievable number of rollerbladers of all ages and nationality. Words fail to describe the awesomeness experienced by yours truly. Therefore I will not even attempt to bore you with more of my insane ramblings, but will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Amsterdam Week: Edwin Wieringh Interview

You don't just get the name 'From Hell' replaced with your actual, Dutch farmers name. This is a level of awesome that has to be worked hard for. You will have to put all principles and dignity aside, you will have to know no shame and you must act fearles at all times. Simply put, you have to not give a fuck and pull hardcore stunts on even more terrifying spots. So you can understand why us Dutch folk round here take great pride in the fact that Edwin 'From Hell' Wieringh is one of ours.

Amsterdam Week: Who’s Who in Amsterdam

As you might have noticed this week we are spotlighting Rollerblading Amsterdam here on Be-Mag. Of course, we can't talk about Rollerblading in A-Dam without giving you an insight into the city's skate crew. So, what other people will you be meeting most likely when you decide to shred in Holland's capital - so here it is. A list of the Amsterdam Rollerbladers you might come across when you cruise through the city.

Be-Mag Amsterdam Week: Play your Cards right! – The definitive Amsterdam spot guide

So you’ve come to Amsterdam and brought your rollerblades. Congratu-fucking-lations. But exactly how are you gonna get you and your sorry crew out of the coffee shops and into them boots? Conventional wisdom says you need a spot guide. But conventional wisdom talks out its ass. Spot guides are useless because spot guides will only tell you where you could go. Which isn’t nearly the same as knowing where you should go. So, to help you prevent wasting precious sober-time on second- or third-rate spots, we proudly present: Play your cards right! – The definitive Amsterdam spot guide.

Amsterdam Week: Company Profile – Thisissoul Skateshop

You can say what you want about Ivo Fighter and his undeniable skill to turn every conversation into an awkward silence. But this modern day incarnation of Jesus F. Christ is single-handedly responsible for breathing life into the difficult scene of inline blading in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Week: Dick Heerkens Profile

Here in Holland, we see Dick Heerkens as the Barack Obama of inline skating. And it’s not because he’s black or because he has a hot girlfriend. It’s not even because he is the president of rollerblading (that could be reason #2). Dick Heerkens is our Obama because he is so damn clever in front of the camera. Our perfect son-in-law-on-wheels is your best choice when you’re trying to introduce skating to a wider public, to get skating in the limelight of the media or to simply explain what a Fishbrain is to someone who’s never set foot in his local skatepark. Much like Barack, the 23-year old flow-rider for Rollerblade has a certain way with words that will make the most cautious girlfriends and auntie’s have respect for dropping hammers on kinkrails. Let Dick do the talking, people.

Amsterdam Week: Photographer Profile – Bojd Vredevoogd

Without Bojd Vredevoogd the Amsterdam Week wouldn't have been possible. Whether it was in the middle of the night or early in the morning Bojd didn't hesitate one second to shoot pictures and contribute all his freetime for the Be-Mag Amsterdam Week 2012. Bojd is the man you can count on when you need a badass shot. Although it's pretty difficult to get a shot of the Red Light District the 26-year old Amsterdam local isn't the one to disappoint or give up. He will find a solution to get things done. Always down to motivate others to give their best and catching the right angles with his analogue camera. Marnix Haak had the chance to talk to him and to ask him about his motives and perceptions on rolling, photographing, girls, party, clothes etc.? Let's go beyond the surface, and investigate what's going on inside his mind. Interview. Start. Now.

Amsterdam Week: Rolling Artist – Sergio Hasselbaink

Sergio Hasselbaink is one of Amsterdam’s few true wonder boys. He is a unique character on many levels. His swag is absolutely impeccable. Currently, he is experiencing great success with his passion in acting. That face is infamous in the nightly scene of Amsterdam. In short, he is an unstoppable, never-resting soul that does everything with complete passion, interest, and certain sensitivity.

Amsterdam Week: An Interview With Gijs Piss AKA The Inventor of the Real Street Contest

Gijs 'Piss' Peetsold has been an influential blader since the 90s. Sure he can shred, and inspire through blading, but his real strength lies in all the things that make blading badass off the skates. Media, events, brands, developing talented young bladers, he's had his fingers in all those pies. At his ripe age you'd expect him to take it easy, and let skating take the backseat. But no. He and his colleague (Amnon Klein) recently created an epic grindbox across the street from his work, and by doing so got half of the washed up generation of Amsterdam's bladers back on four/eight wheels. All in a day's work for this bald cat owning, single-malt sipping, cigar smoking, poker playing rollerblader. This dude is invaluable, not just for the world of Blading, but especially for those who's life he enriches with kindness, generosity and the ability to criticize everything to an early death. My man Piss.

Amsterdam Week: The 2012 Amsterdam Rollerblading Video

This is the latest attempt in bringing it back to how it used to be, from the biggest and baddest O.G. in the Amsterdam rolling game. Twenty-plus minutes of no-bullshit hardcore street skating in and around Amsterdam from the Dutch blading hoodlums that you know best: Daan Hegt, Randy Abels, Tyron Ballantine, Terrence Buyne, Ryan Claus, Donny Duracel, Dick Heerkens, Sven Boogie and more of these lovely gents. Handcrafted, cooked up and spiced extra saucy for your pleasure by our shepherd of skating, Remy Cadier. Ajax de beste.

Introducing Be-Mag Amsterdam Week 2012

Most people take pride in the city, town or village they hail from. It is a pride that manifests in important soccer matches, hip hop songs and, in the case of Eastern Europe, wrestling with pigs and other great traditions. Some people take greater pride in their home-country or city than others, and quite often people misuse their pride in forcing it upon others, the exact reason why no one really likes Germans. But, it is a great thing to have a strong, healthy feeling of pride of the place you live in. Especially when you’re from Amsterdam.

Competition Report: Get Out The Way Contest in Amsterdam

There was total chaos in Amsterdam when the first 'GET OUT THE WAY' edition went loose. Eighteen teams with thirty-six skaters raced on their bikes from spot to spot throughout the whole city. At each spot they had to finish a certain trick to get as many points as possible. We made an edit from the footage that the competitors sent us to give you a little impression of what went down on the 25th of August.

Get Out The Way Bike and Skate Contest in Amsterdam

Marnix Haak, known from Supermossels, Aorta and The Breakfastclub, and his bike-buddy and fellow skater Robbert Snijder are organizing an innovative skate and bike contest. It will take place at the 25th of August in Amsterdam. Sweet Milk Joop got the chance to have a little chat with the boys to fill you in about the details.

This Is Soul: Opening Up A Storefront In Amsterdam

Never found a good reason to return to Amsterdam since the death of the legendary IMYTA contests? You've got one now: On Saturday the 28th of July onlineshop Thisissoul is opening an actual storefront in the heart of Holland's mighty capital, and they plan on starting off with a bang. Shop owner Ivo Vegter put all the info up on his website and took the time to answer a couple of questions for us.

Wiboud De Boorder shredding Amsterdam in his vegan Adapt Ones

Yes, you got that right, vegan skates. Normally, Adapts are made in part of leather. But Wiboud only drinks water and nibbles on fruits and vegetables, doesn't ingest anything animal. And also doesn't want to wear leather. So he asked for a pair of vegan skates. And Adapt made it happen. That's real built to order, awesome! Shot and edited by Remco van der Pol.

Amsterdam 2011 Edit by Remco van der Pol

Remco van der Pol takes you on a trip through Amsterdam with this sweet edit. Pretty sure there isn't every skater from Amsterdam in it but this pack of seasoned shredders definitely is a posse that knows how to blade. Enjoy!