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?".

Laced at Rampworx Skatepark in Liverpool, England

The Laced series is a brand new contest series showcasing some of the Worlds most elite riders throughout the UK. 2012 will see the launch of the Laced series with its premiere event at Rampworx Skatepark in Liverpool on February 4th. This elite venue has hosted some of the worlds biggest rollerblading contests over the last decade, including SlammJamm, Jon Julio’s IMYTA and the Chaz Sands Invitational.

Brian Moore on ‘The City Never Sleeps’ + Trailers & Brady Johnston Profile

Brian Moore is about to release his new DVD 'The City Never Sleeps'. After more than two years of filming for the video and a $10,000 investment Brian has finally come to an end! Watching the teasers and considering the positive feedback the film got after its premiere at the Hoedown Contest in Dallas you can be sure that this release will get your ass up from the sofa and strap on your skates. Although Brian said that he did this video mostly for himself, we think that this video is made for everyone. But decide for yourself: an in depth interview, two trailers and Brady Johnston's section from the video should provide a good basis for your decision on whether or not to get the flick! All of this after the jump…

2011 NYC Invitational edit by ODNY

Usually ODNY wasn't suppose to cover this competition but a good friend was awesome enough to hook up the media pass. Immediately when looking at the obstacles, the NY Invitational sets it self apart from all other comps. Offering unique spots to skate like an old beat up Cadillac, constructions tubes, U-haul trailer, and a huge dumpster to name a few. Not to mention that this comp was very reminiscent of the old IMYTA competitions. The obstacles were all put together by the craftsmanship of Jose Disla & the C.O. team along with other NY locals that showed up the day of construction to support and offer a helping hand. New York owes such a great competition to the Bernal Heights Collective - a medicinal marijuana shop from San Francisco whom sponsored the events large prize.

Ben Harmanus: Reflecting on What Is

Ben is a veteran in our sport, has pulled some of the burliest stunts, been around the block more times than even he can remember, and now in his wiser days he is putting enlightenment before excitement when taking a look at all that skating and life around him has become. With the relaunch of Chimera and a fresh start in Berlin he has stepped into a life of inspiration.

Billy O’Neill on the NYC Street Invite 2011

Announced just a few weeks ago, the upcoming NYC Street Invite is set to leave a lasting impression. Our contributor Ryan Loewy talked with Billy O'Neill about the new real street competition the best bladers in the industry have been invited to compete in.

NYC Street Invitational in New York City

The NYC Street Invitational is a Pro/Am invite-only event founded by Pro blader and long time resident of New York City, Billy O’Neill. The event will be a completely legitimate, real “street” contest taking place underneath a highway in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Permits and insurance are already secured for the location and all obstacles will be available within the space provided. Unlike other street contests there will be no issue with the police breaking up the event and there will be no traveling from spot-to-spot. This is going to be one of the first, fully legitimate, real “street” contests since IMYTA. Many of the world’s top Pro’s have already confirmed that they will be here to battle for the $10,000 that will be distributed among the top 3. Make your plans now, because this will be a rollerblading event to remember!

Checking in with Edwin Wieringh

If you are into European Rollerblading, you might have come across the Amsterdam local Edwin Wieringh. Dutch, cleanest style ever, textbook truespin topsouls, always in a good mode and full of power – those are just some characteristics for a guy who loves Rollerblading more than anything else in his life and that often shreds the Amsterdam streets just by himself. There are some Rollerbladers in our industry that are known worldwide for their extraordinary talent although they have never won an international contest title. Edwin Wieringh has been one of those people – at least until the weekend of June 11th 2011 when he took the Chaz Sands Invite 2011 Amateur comp. When we got the results from our local media team there was a big "Halleluja!" going on in the office. It was just a matter of time that Edwin would win an international recognized contest. We thought that's reason enough to catch up with the Dutch super dude. Curtains up for Edwin "from hell" Wieringh.

Winterclash News: X-mini Last Man Standing Competition on Friday 11th

Crash test at the Winterclash? Five people standing around a bowl, drinking a cup of beer, who finishes first, drops in first… Five people inside a bowl at the same time and the winner is the “Last Man Standing”. This game got invented by the guys behind the IMYTA+ and the rest of the Amsterdam locals in 2006 and we are proud continuing with it in 2011. The “X-mini Last Man Standing” will definitely be one of the highlights at this year’s Winterclash and for sure an unforgettable side event for everybody.

Stephane Julien – Exclusive Interview and Edit

Stephane and I have been friends for 14 years. I know him as much as I know myself. We have been through so much together, kind of like two soldiers that fought side by side, you know? Steph is an extraordinary human being, he is always there for you if you need help or something. I have seen him going through many faces in his life. He is working hard on becoming a better person and seeing that is such an inspiration for me and all the peeps around him. Skating wise...? Well, I will let the edit speak for itself. All I can say is that skating with him is a true blessing in my life. Thanks Stephane for being a brother to me. I’ll see you tonight anyway at the TAZ session!

Checking in with Nick Lomax

Over the past couple years Nick Lomax has become a strong pillar in the global rolling scene. Since he took the IMYTA 2006 in Amsterdam (sharing the first place with Benny Harmanus) his career has taken an unique way and has brought him all over the globe to roll and represent his skills. Recently he got his first USD-PRO and own Undercover Signature wheel. Now it's time to - at least - have a short interview with Nick to find out what's up with im and why the heck he currently has a pin in his jaw...Read on!

Up and comers: Timmy Van Rixtel

Timmy v. Rixtel aka Timmy Vanilli aka TV - sounds like a stage name. At first sight Timmy looks like a guy that is into Dutch hiphop and that doesn't care much about stuff. But Timmy is kinda special. Read on.

Pascal Tan – One Minute One Spot

If you've ever skated in Amsterdam you have probably met Pascal. He's been one of the key elements in the cities inline community for a few years now, recently he has been stepping his game up by joining the Razors Flow team.

Albert Hooi: 1 Minute 1 Spot

Albert Hooi has been on USD since time began. Something about his silent assassin style makes him one of the most exclusive characters in rollerblading, and someone we are proud to have on the team. Albert’s technical skating is nothing short of mind-blowing, and watching him skate, effortlessly gliding over all obstacles almost, puts you in a state of trance.

Franky Morales: One Minute One Spot

When we started the One Minute One Spot format on be-mag, we knew Franky would like that kind of format. We had no idea that Franky would provide a hammer edit like the one here - especially in the face of the fact Franky got injured right before filming for the edit. But this is Franky, one of the most popular icons of our sport's culture. Nothing can stop him to throw down his hammers.

Dick Heerkens on Dutch TV

Amsterdam shredder Dick Heerkens recently had a shooting with a Dutch TV station that is focussed on extreme sports. Dick introduced Geraldine (the presenter) and all viewers into the world of Rollerblading. And of course hammered out some sweet tricks - also at one of the former IMYTA spots. Great job, Dick. Keep representing rollerblading!

In-The-Know with Robert Guerrero

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.