TRAITEMENT: Now online!

TRAITEMENT is a blading film by Jonas Hansson released in February 2011 and produced by Be-Mag. It won the Danish Adventure Film Festival later the same year, in Copenhagen, Denmark. And deservedly so. If you don't already own a copy, you're in for a treat as it's now available to watch online in its entirety, for free.

Real Street Amsterdam 2013

The first thing that comes to mind when most bladers think about Amsterdam is the IMYTA. It's been seven years since the last event, and after months of preparation the streets of the Dutch city will once again be the stage for a Real Street Amsterdam. With confirmed riders such as Jacob Juul, Tyron Ballantine and Daniel Prell, all new spots and a great team of judges the contest is a must-go for Europe's bladers!

In Depth: Chaz Sands

I met Chaz for the first time during a contest in Rome back in 2002. I guess I’d only known him for like 24 hours, but after some drinks we were already making plans to drive my car all the way from Rome to Glasgow, to spend some extra time in Scotland. The next morning we cancelled this crazy idea because of everybody's hangovers. I also remember we were sitting together in the car that night with a Dutch friend of mine who needed skates. Chaz said: “No problem. I will call Salomon right now for a pair of skates” haha....So there he was at 3 o’clock in the morning calling the Salomon headquarters for a pair of skates. Ever since then we’ve been in contact, and I'm always trying to bring him over to my events here in Holland; the main goal is to have a great time and the secondary goal is to have some nice blading sessions. And I must say we are scoring every single time except this one time during my 30th birthday!I visited his house and local skatepark for a week a few years ago, which was a great experience. I hope I can make this trip again soon. Chaz is a great personality, a down to earth person with a big sense of humor and besides that he is still killing it on his blades. Like this video I saw lately of him learning fakie 1080...

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: 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.

Brian Weis talks about head injuries, hockey and skating in the D

Brian Weis sets a standard for up-and-coming rollerbladers. Although he may be a new name to some, he has been straight ripping well over a decade. Detroit's finest brought the best out of a young Brian Weis. Nowadays he's a hardworking, beer drinking, dog discipling, pool shooting, shit talking, college graduate that faithfully keeps shredding number one. Fresh off of the injured reserve list, Brian is rested and ready to blade.

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.

Ben Harmanus: About Chimera, Adapt and More Projects

If you've never met Ben Harmanus before, from the outset he can seem a little bit scary. A man covered in tattoos who's always dressed in black and constantly throwing himself at rails all over the globe. For those who do know him, they realize this is simply a front for one of the most caring and passionate skaters in our scene. Ben spoke with Be-mag to discuss the current state of Chimera, his collaboration with the dutch boot company Adapt and the future and beyond of skating.

Contest Skating with Nick Lomax

Recently Nick Lomax has been tearing up the contest scene. With multiple wins over the past few months, we decided to get in contact with Nick and find out what makes him so successful, as well as his thoughts on current competitions.

Save the Bercy Ledges!

As you may know, one of Paris' most famous spots, the Bercy plaza and the location of the first European IMYTA is to be demolished. We are organizing action against this destruction. We are going to meet the media and Paris politicians about this and we need to show a lot of people are supporting this action. PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE THIS FACEBOOK PAGE. Parts of the page are in English and you will find here more information on our page!

Dave Paine talks selling out, VG history, TJ Webber, Roof Gaps and Battle My Crew

For any new school blader who doesn't know what Videogroove is, prepare to be enlightened. For old school heads who know what's up, you're in for a treat. Be-Mag took some time to connect with one of the founding fathers of aggressive skate videos and talked about a number of things ranging from the current state of blading, VG and the Battle My Crew series. Exclusive to Be-Mag, we're proud to announce that the Battle My Crew format is coming back for 2012. Read on to learn more.

Bad News: Andrey “Strogiy” Zaytsev has died

This is terrible news for all of us. Russia, Europe – even the world – lost one of its best bladers, Andrey Zaytsev. I knew him personally, we used to skate together. He was one of the most stylish and natural talents in rollerblading, a skater ahead of his time, and besides his skating, he was such a nice, gifted and brave man. I think people will best remember him as part of the Iguana team, from his appearances in IMYTA street contest finals, or from his video sections that left you thinking "Who was that guy?".