ONE day with USD
Before wrapping up issue #20 the USD squad took us to a few spots to snap a couple pics and get some clips. With the new issue about to ship it’s high time to show off a couple deals you’ll see when it hits shops and newsstands. Here’s what went down on a December afternoon in Los Angeles when we spent time with Franky Morales, Anthony Williams and Demetrios George.
Ask Me Anything: BCSD Judges
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to judge a blade contest? Maybe like many bladers you’ve found yourself cursing the bone-heads that make the tough decisions? Or thought you could do it better? Or maybe just wondered how these guys reach their decisions and what they look for in a blader? It’s understandable. Few people actually do ever judge a blade comp, so not many understand the pressure, responsibility and difficulty that goes with the job. What seems straightforward quickly becomes incredibly complex when taste, bias, adrenaline and personalities mix, with the roaring crowd providing constant reminder that what you are doing matters. So we thought it was worth talking about. This Thursday (3/7) from 2–4 pm PST join John Adams, Jon Robinson, Frank Stoner and Mark Vanderboegh at Facebook.com/oneblademag for your chance to ASK THEM ANYTHING about being a Bitter Cold Showdown judge. Look for the thread (we’ll post first) and jump in with comments to join the conversation. We’ll see you there.
ONE @ Champion Bowl Invitational
During the Bitter Cold Showdown XIII, Aggressive Mall hosted their first Champion Bowl Invitational. This winner-take-all contest showcased some of the world’s best transition skaters going head-to-head for $1,000. Featuring in order of appearance: Alex Broskow, Brandon Smith, Michael Garlinghouse, Jeff Stockwell, Miguel Ramos, Victor Arias, Erik Bailey, Brett Urbas, Roman Abrate and CJ Wellsmore.
ONE @ BCSD XIII
By now everyone has heard the news that there will likely never be another Bitter Cold Showdown. But during the weekend of BCSD XIII no one had a clue, and the result was one of the best BCSD events in recent memory. For ONE, this was our seventh BCSD outing… though we’ve been going long enough to remember insane all-night drives back to North Carolina from Elkhart, Indiana, and all the happy years spent at Vertigo in Boardman before settling into Modern Skatepark in Detroit. And though we’ve maybe seen bigger crowds, and more pro blader participation, this year’s finals blew the roof off that big ol’ warehouse in the ‘burbs and will go down in the history books as a(nother) day that something important happened for blading when that engraved hammer trophy was up for grabs. Watch and we think you’ll agree.
Read more about the end of BCSD here.
The retail marketplace for rollerblading has changed drastically since many of us first discovered the Team Paradise catalog in the ’90s. The bloom of local shops came and went and came again and then seems to have shuttered for good. The big box stores that still survive, for now, may carry a model or two of RB or K2 skates, but that’s hardly any use to your specialized needs. So you probably go online and order from one of about five places (talking about United States). But of the couple options you have, only two or three actually stock all the items they list on their websites. And as more bladers are pointing out on messageboards and Facebook, why order from a store that has to then order your products from another location? Though I understand the reasons of why, it’s hard to argue that it makes sense or is in any way an ideal situation.
Skater of the Year! Latvia’s Nils Jansons is quickly emerging as a dominant force for blading. He’s calculated, technical, and ruthlessly convinced he can accomplish whatever he sets his mind to. Last week he won Winterclash. A month before that he took 2nd place in the WRS Uploaded contest. And now we’ve got 12 pages of issue #20 displaying his undeniable abilities. But this year’s SOTY is doing more for blading than just blading — he also organizes the largest blade event in Latvia along with his friend and photographer Kaspars Alksnis. To say that Nils is committed to what is does is a gross understatement. Everything about his blading shows his desire to challenge himself and see how far he can take his “fear is just in your mind” belief system. So far, we’d say he has yet to find his limits. Read it all in ONE #20 — premiering at BCSD XIII.
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Two Days in SD with Hedonskate
Hedonskate boss hog Mirek Ragan rode with Josh Glowicki, Fritz Pietzner and Hedonskate Sweden team rider Fredrik Andersson from Texas to California for some good old fashioned blade road trippin’. When they made the scene in SD we rounded up the posse and hit some spots. Day one was skatepark and day two was a couple street deals. Great as always to see our friends from the best blade shop in Europe, as well as the Texas homies, so here’s a look at our good times during their stay. Featuring the aforementioned bastards plus Russell Day, Dre Powell, Chris Couture, and Andrew Dipaolo… with special guest blessing from Mike Johnson.