7 Crucial Independent Sections
ONE @ Oakland Blade Jam
Success in Oakland. Brian Freeman and his crew launched what is sure to become an annual tradition with this weekend’s inaugural Oakland Blade Jam. Bringing together a gritty city skateboard park, the local hardware store and countless volunteers and contributions, the OBJ went down without any visible hitches showing that with the right mix of perseverance and vision bladers can rally their communities to achieve blade-friendly goals. With Shredweiser and the Bay Area locals repping hard, the We Are One crew rolled in from SLC, ERod and Mike Obedoza popped up from Long Beach, and pieces of the Valo posse came through from Santa Ana. Even Carson Starnes and Chris Smith from Georgia. We’re happy to report the travel was not in vain as BFree & Co’s hard work paid off — the contest showed the crowd great blading and ended with David Sizemore displaying his eye for the seemingly impossible. Along the way many sweet maneuvers were put down, and we managed to catch a couple. Check out ONE @ Oakland Blade Jam.
[Pay No Mind]
It’s been more than six months since our last street edit featuring all the San Diego homies, so without further adieu here’s [Pay No Mind]. Featuring the blading of Alex Wick, Andrew DiPaolo, Dre Powell, Aarin Gates, Hayden Ball, Tim Franken, Logan Fowell, Chris Couture, and Russell Day.
7 Underrated Sections
This new feature is really about trying to revive something that has been lost or perhaps more accurately — consciously forgotten. I certainly tried hard to repress away my days of unflappable TRS and wax-coated sweatpants. On the opposite side of this boulevard of self-loathing lies a foundation around which blading needs to come together. You look backward into history and gain something from the good and bad equally. We need to look for diversity to force a greater expansion. For this reason, I give you a selection of seven underrated sections buried in the annals of rollerblading lore.
TAGS: ABDIEL COLBERG • ABLE FRAMES • CHARLES DUNKLE • CHRIS FARMER • CLIP 2 • CLIP VIDEO MAGAZINE • EGO • FIFTY/50 • FP PRODUCTIONS • FUTURE OF ROLLERBLADING 2: HIGHER POWER •HEADLINE • JUICE • JULIAN BAH • KINGDOME MAGAZINE • LISTICLES • MATTHIAS OGGER • OLI SHORT •OUT OF THE DARK • RAZORS AND ADAM JOHNSON • REJECTS #1 • REJECTS SKATE MAGAZINE • ROB THOMPSON • THE RAIN • THOMSON DRYJANSKI