Me and Dan’s Trip to Ottawa has Been Eventful So Far…

30 07 2009

Watch as Dan Doidge busts open his head and goes unconscious on this failed 270 BS royal while I film in horror.

Expect an Ottawa edit when we get back home!

-Nick. D


Joey Chase on TV…For Drinking

29 07 2009

-Nick. D

Rolling Limbo

25 07 2009

NOTE: So the article doesn’t get too confusing I’ll call what we do “rolling” and any other form of inline skating “Rollerblading.”

I have always found it funny that rolling has always been in a type of limbo in terms of identity. We have never really known what to label ourselves or how to separate ourselves from the other forms of rollerblading out there. For a while we picked up the term “aggressive” but that always struck me like we were trying too hard to separate ourselves, and I think a lot of people agree because it seems like we avoid that term like the plague today. Seriously, how many times have you heard it called “aggressive skating” or “aggressive rollerblading” in the past couple of years? That shit just sounds corny. However, that still leaves us with problem, how do we identify what we do?

I think the identity crisis and not being able to truly define what we do comes out of still being a young sport and still trying to find are way. I know, it probably sounds absurd that rolling is still young to some of you, but in relation to the other “extreme” sports we are still a fledgling with a rather short history. If you think about it we are no different then BMX or skateboarding, both those sports evolved out of something else, and both caught some flack for trying to do things differently. In fact, just like BMX, we use the same tools but have modified them to better suite our needs. The main difference is that BMX has been around long enough to blaze their own path and carve out their own identity to the world at large. Rolling, on the other hand, is still culminating an identity, something to present to the mainstream so that we will not have to explain ourselves when we tell people we roll and they get a strange look on their faces and we feel that we have to clarify what we do (but try our damnedest not to use skateboarding in our explanation). I am not saying that rollers themselves have no identity, within rollerblading there are an abundance of personalities and styles, each more distinct then the next. However, I am saying that to the mainstream we are nearly non-existent. If you don’t believe me, next time you go out skating and people see your blades, notice the surprised look on their faces, like they just saw something completely alien, or if you have been blading long enough, I am sure you have heard, “what are those?” at least a couple of times. Hell, how many times has a security guard told you to, “stop skateboarding”?  This identity crisis is not just something that happens in the mainstream either. How many blogs do you know with some form of “Roll” in their names, well you know at least one because you’re reading this article on it. I have a strong suspicion that many people out there name their blog generically because they went through the same thought process that I went through. It went a little something like this,

“Shit, I need to come up with a name that is creative, catchy, and will draw peoples’ attention while still being related to rolling and representing what we do.”

1 day later

“Fuck, I still got nothing; let me look around on the internet for some ideas. (I Search rolling websites on the internet) What the hell, they all have ‘roll’ in their names, how uncreative. I’ll never do that.”

2 days later

“Fuck it, I’ll call it CanadianRoll, I give up.”

Now it doesn’t help that my mind lacks the creative portion, but that doesn’t explain why many other blogs, including the beloved Rollernews, have to use “roll” in their name. I am sure a lot of these people are extremely creative (if their blogs or websites are any indication). It also doesn’t explain why most rolling clothing companies usually have designs that have nothing to do with rollerblading.

The only logical conclusion that I can come up with is that we are still unsure about our collective identity, or how to present that identity to the mass media. This explanation helps me justify why we still can’t come up for a proper name for what we do, why we can’t really explain what we do to other people who do not even know what rolling is, why we use some form of “roll” in many of our titles / websites, and why a many rollerblading clothing companies have designs that have nothing to do with rollerblading on their clothing (can I have another skull or star please?). It also helps me explain why we are so protective and confused about how rollerblading must be portrayed. How many times have you seen rollerblading poke its head into mass media, and the rollerblading community is split on how to take it? It happens quite often, the most recent example I can think of is the Speed Stick Deodorant commercial featuring Nick Wood, Connor O’Brian, and Demetrios George Azikiwee Anderson was right, we do have our backs turned and no one can look in, but I think that is because we haven’t quite figured out how to present rolling to these people once they can see. What some rollers deem as good exposure others deem as bad, it is like rolling has a split personality. Sure, this happens in other sports, but I do not think all of them are as protective as we are. A lot of us still have memories of when the main stream decided rolling was “not cool,” and pulled out their support and their dollars leaving rolling to reel from the blow. Now we do not want to present rollerblading as that same “aggressive,” “extreme,” sport that burned us in the beginning so we are trying to find something new, but this process takes time.

Yes, we are a young sport. Yes, we are going through a growing period. However, these should not be deemed bad things. Like anyone who gets in on the ground floor of something, you have a better chance of altering it; affecting it; introducing your ideas and opinions more freely; and watching it grow. I feel like this is one of the most exciting times in rolling, mainly because we have so many people with a passion for it who also posses a “Do It Yourself” (DIY) attitude, and many great things throughout history have grown from those same roots.  This DIY attitude has helped some of our sports best companies emerge today, companies who actually care about rollers, and rolling as a whole; companies that will try to hang in there when the going gets tough (and trust me, it has been tough for a while now). The examples are numerous, Vibralux, Nimh, the whole Rat-Tail family, Valo, The Conference,* One, Denial, plus many others. Not all of these companies are skater owned, but they do have people who are avid supporters of rolling to help guide them. People who have grown up with rolling, and have watched it grow. People who understand what is best for it and what it needs. However, the great thing is that rolling is still young and there are people like this emerging everywhere. Our exile from the mainstream and our identity crisis seems to be our greatest blessings. It is because of these things that rolling has room to grow and people have a chance to contribute to its growth and have their opinions and ideas heard, debated, and appreciated, which, I believe, can only make rolling stronger for the future.

*Yes I do talk a lot of shit about the Conference, but there is not denying that Matthias Knoll is a rollerblader  who has a passion for it and he is trying to constantly push rollerblading with innovative products.  I am just disappointed that a company with so many resources at their disposal handles them so poorly.

“New Kids on the Block” Ryan Brewster Art

23 07 2009

A friend of mine, Ryan Brewster, made a great promo graffiti piece for our new contest. I think we will be using this one as the official logo. So I will post it below along with the rules (again, because I have that type of power).

new kids on the block#3

Do you want you and your scene to get more exposure? Have you been skating two years or less? Do you have amazing street spots or an amazing park that not too many people know about? Well, CanadaRoll has just the contest for you, “New Kids on the Block.” New Kids on the Block will be a contest strictly for the up and coming rollers out there who are looking to make a name from themselves, their friends, and their city. CanadianRoll wants to show everyone something new and fresh and we are looking to the “young bucks” to provide this. Plus, we just want to have a weekend of fun with some of the new up-and-comers out there!


1) You have to have been skating two years or less (age does not matter).

2) The spots you send in can either be street or park, or a combination of the two. However, the spots have to be lesser known. What this means is we do not want to see Mississauga’s Iceland or the Milton skate park. We want to see something that is either new, or doesn’t get a lot of exposure.

3) The winner has to come from Ontario (sorry to the other provinces, but we are driving up and want to get a whole weekend of skating in with the winner).


1) How to apply: just give us a little write up about yourself and your skate scene and provide some pictures of the spots you have chosen. It is that simple. E-Mail your submissions to

2) The contest will not be completely skill oriented. The winner will be judged more on spot and park selection, but it wouldn’t hurt your chances if you showed us what you could do on some of those spots. We need some indication of your skill level. However, if you can’t skate every spot you show us, don’t worry about it!

3) Whoever wins will have most of the CanadianRoll members, along with some supporters, come to their town and skate for an entire weekend with the winner and their friends (we will not need a place to stay, we will provide that ourselves). We will be taking pictures and video of the entire weekend and will put the media up on the site for everyone to see.

4) The weekend that we will be coming up to your town is August 15th and 16th.

5) Now the good stuff, prizes. I am not going to lie, we haven’t gotten all the prizes sorted out as of yet, so I will give you everything we have come up with so far (with updates to come in the future).

The winner will become a guest contributor on CanadianRoll for a year. This means you can write just about anything you want, whether it be your perspective of rollerblading from someone just starting out, to a session you went to and the feeling you got from it. There will be no limit to how much you want to write, or the amount of videos and photos you want to post. We here at CanadianRoll feel that the winner will help provide a perspective of a new generation of rolling, one that should be heard.

Sponsors for this contest or not, we will personally give you something for winning. Whether it is wheels, frames, videos etc… We will come up to your town with something to give you. I can promise that.

-Nick. D

Nimh Woodward East Edit

23 07 2009

I like Nimh, and I like Woodword. It was only natural that I would like this edit.

Soichiro Kanashima “Ride Out” Profile

23 07 2009

Soichiro Kanashima is amazing, I have said it once, and I will continue to say it. I think he has some of the most stylish tricks in rollerblading. I dig his skating in this “Ride Out” profile. Wish I could say the same about the song. This was originally posted on the Valo website HERE.

-Nick. D

Rolling Revival Podcast #55

20 07 2009

I love Rolling Revival. I love all the great, and original, material they put out. That why when I say that they had recently put out their 55th podcast I was excited to sit back and have a listen. Be sure to check out the show HERE.

-Nick. D