SKATEPARK TOUR!!!

11 09 2009

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That’s right, the second skatepark tour is set for tomorrow, Saturday, September 12, 2009. The details are still sketchy at this time. We will most likely be starting at the Hamilton Skatepark around 8:00am. We will then make stops at Milton, Mississauga’s Iceland, Brampton and St. Catherine’s skate parks. We may also be stopping at Waterdown, Ash Bridges and Grimsby parks if time permits. Watch this space for more information. You can also follow us on Twitter under waxup_allstar or on Bladr.com.

This is an open invite to everyone to come along for the whole tour or just session with us at any of the above parks.

If you would like to meet up with us, you can call 905.929.4709 throughout the day to find out where we are.

We hope to meet up with alot of rollers.

-Brian

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Dan Davidson-Pilon Skate Dreams Event!

7 09 2009

flyer_doc_rollerblade copy!!!!

The flyer really says it all. For the record, I REALLY, REALLY support this event, or you wouldn’t be seeing this flyer on here. I think the use of helmets is something that rolling really needs to look into. You will be hearing more about this subject a little later on in the week…with a few special guests thoughts on the matter as well.

-Nick. D





Sean Knight and D.P are Badass

6 08 2009

Sean Knight and D.P are some of the most badass people I have the pleasure of knowing. It is only logical that their badassness translates into their rollerblading, which is evident with each edit they put out. It has almost been a year of awesome fucking clips, great editing, and tricks that most people just will not touch. So I think it’s time for a little retrospective by looking at the latest Sean Knight and D.P edit alongside with one of their older edits. I think we can all agree the skating has gone from amazing to fucking amazing. These guys just seem to go bigger and bigger, all for our entertainment! Each new edit just brings more new and crazy shit, and you have to respect rollerbladers that are willing to push their boundaries as much as these two do.

Watch the progression and enjoy.

January Edit

July Edit

-Nick. D





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





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.

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*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.





Good Morning Iceland Edit 2

18 07 2009

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Jon Craig of MOBBMedia has released the edit for the Good Morning Iceland, second session. It was great to see so many rollers out for this session, although the two employees at McDonald’s might not agree with me.

Just click the picture to view the edit.

Brian





Adam Petrov and Kirill Korzinski July Edit

16 07 2009

These guys just couldn’t catch a break. I think they got kicked out more in that one edit then the entire time I have been skating.