New Kids on the Block Contest Pushed Back

13 08 2009

As usually occurs in life, things got complicated and we have been forced to push back the date of the contest to later in August. I really don’t like that this had to happen, and to anyone who had their hopes up, I apologize. I know this looks rather unprofessional. However, the contest will go on and we will fulfill our end of the deal. Right now it is looking like the last two weeks in August will be the final date and a winner will be announced before that.

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Isaac Golle Telling It How It Is

7 08 2009

I know Isaac through Roger Wilkinson and through going up to Muskoka Woods to roll. I always thought he was a creative guy (particularly behind a video camera) with a lot of good ideas and a shit ton of energy to carry out these ideas. I like that about him. Anyway, I recently got bored and decided to go through his youtube videos, and there is one in particular that stood out. The video posted above pretty much states how Isaac feels when skateboarders confront him about rollerblading. I have to say, he handles the situation flawlessly!

While your checking out the video be sure to subscribe to his youtube page, and while your at it subscribe to his production company (Flying Moose Studios) page as well HERE.

On a personal note, Isaac, if you read this, I like the guido you wear on the show.

-Nick. D





“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).

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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!

Stipulations

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).

Details

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 canadianroll@hotmail.com

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





CanadianRoll’s “New Kids on the Block” Contest

20 07 2009

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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!

Stipulations

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).

Details

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 canadianroll@hotmail.com

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.

**Banner will be posted later tonight.**

-Nick. D





“Task Around 2008- The Jimmy Key Show” Review

17 06 2009

I hate doing video reviews. There I said it. Why do you think throughout Canadian Roll’s history there have only been a handful of video reviews done? There are a number of reasons why I hate doing these things, but two of the most prominent reasons are that…

A) All videos are subjective. What one person may deem shitty another may deem amazing. So what difference does it make if I find a video to be good or bad?

B) Most of the videos follow the same format, and are boring as fuck to review. I feel like I could just make a template for a review of each video and just fill it in with each new release. It’s not that most videos are bad or boring; it’s just that most are the same in format and content (a rail here, a ledge there, some park thrown in the mix, sprinkled with some hard / creative tricks, all divided by “sections.” Trust me, this is great to watch but fucking horrible to write about). This is why most online reviews come off looking like paint by numbers, generic and bland. If you don’t believe me, ask yourself this question, when was the last time you read a video review online and it actually compelled you to pick up the video?

Having said that, there have been some videos that have broken the formula (anything released by the SOL crew, “Jack Be Nimble,” “Black Market,” the “Apples” series, etc…) and I feel those videos are worthy to write about because they bring something new to the table that actually allows a review to be worthwhile. This is why I probably like documentary style videos over the generic “sections” videos.

I can honestly say that “Task Around 2008- The Jimmy Key Show” enters into this category. This has been one of the best videos I have picked up as of late, and people who know me, know that I pick up many videos. The video is not broken up into sections, but rather the creator and editor, Leon Basin has decided to give the viewer a little glimpse of what a tour throughout Canada for 36 days by car would look like. Yes, the skating is good, but no, that isn’t what makes this video good. What drives this video is the personalities, and trust me when you drive across Canada for 36 days and meet different people in the rollerblading community, you get tons of personalities. Everyone featured in this video brings something to the table, and the main people featured (Leon Basin, Todd McInerney, James Kopetski (A.K.A Jimmy Key), Eli, Steve Eising ) are the glue that holds this video together. This video draws you right in and makes you feel that your right next to Leon as he talks about the “material” in his brain after driving for days on end with little sleep, or you’re their watching Todd come up with a line that you would never think of doing, or that your out with Stevie E on a night of drunken debauchery.

So if you have been rollerblading a while I say pick up this video, it will bring flashbacks of all the great times you have had on the road with your rollerblading friends. Memories of all the great blading, laughs, fast food, energy drinks, picking on one another, and getting in trouble.

If you’re new to rollerblading I still say pick this up. It is an excellent representation of the great times you can expect to have, and a fantastic representation of Canadian blading. The people shown on the video are the types of great people you can expect to encounter if you stick with rollerblading.

Lastly, if you’re a Canadian blader, don’t be a douche and show no interest in Canadian video releases. How else are we supposed to progress in skating, filming, and editing? And if you’re not buying the videos why should experienced videographers and editors put time into making them? Trust me, they don’t like loosing money and time. I have seen too many bladers pass up great Canadian videos because they were not released by a major company.  Your missing out.

Link to buy the “Task Around 2008” DVD can be found HERE.

-Nick. D





One of the Few, and I Mean FEW, Rolling Blogs That Don’t Suck.

11 06 2009

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I enjoy reading http://stabyourselfintheface.com they have their shit together and always put out interesting articles. Read it. Enjoy it.

-Nick. D





A Deshi Carbon Initial Review

31 03 2009

Recently I was lucky enough to get my hands on some Deshi carbons, but seeing as the internet has already been flooded with numerous posts on this skate I will keep my initial reaction to the skates brief (brief by my standards…).

Initial impressions

The skate is very light, even when the skate is completely set up and than compared to my Xsjado with no wheels or bearings in, they are noticeably lighter.

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The skate has a very solid feel especially the base of the skate that is comprised of carbon fiber. Because the skate is so solid your going to want to get your size. I am a size 11 and I got a size 11 skate and it fits perfectly. The individual foot sizes for each boot are a definite plus that adds to the comfort and overall compact feel of the skate. I know that this costs a lot of money to accomplish, but I really wish more boot companies would look into get individual size molds, you can really feel the difference. It should be noted that  you can still expect the break in period that comes with all skates, my foot started to hurt after an hour of rolling around on the carbons. The hurting wasn’t drastic, and was no different from when I break in new pairs of Xsjado skates.

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The skate is low cut, I am talking super low cut. This is especially true for me because I am coming off of Xsjado one of the highest cut skates on the market. I can see where this may be an annoyance for some people. Having said that, the transition between Xsjados and carbons was seamless. The supportive cuff helped this transition immensely, so as long as the cuff stays supportive I can see no problems with it. However, as most people know, this has been Deshi’s Achilles heel for quite some time, and I can only hope that it has been fixed. All initial indicators says it has, but only time will tell.

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The souls add to the compact feeling of the skate, their low profile seems to fit the skate design just right. When compared to the size of the Xsjado souls, the carbons hold up quite nicely. Not as monstrously huge as the Xsjado, but still more than enough space on the positive and negative sides of the boot. I also put some Xsjado souls on the boot, and I have to say, they did not look as bad as I expected (because I have rather large feet and the carbon is so compact), but I would still stick with the soul that comes with the carbon. Having said that, because the souls are so thin I am scared they are going to wear down quickly. Also, I think they offer no protection to the boot at all, which is something I would have liked to have seen. Other than that I am not going to say too much more about the soul until I have more time to test them.

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I am a little worried that there is no liner in this skate, and I hope the padding will maintain its comfort overtime, but I doubt that it will.

The footbed provided is the footbed that I have seen in all Deshi/USD products, it is nothing special.  I say if you have a chance, stick some Dr. Scholls footbeds in, it will be well worth it.

The buckle looks like its going to break eventually, which is a shame because I like this buckle a lot. Unfortunately, the receiver sticks out much more than the protection around it. I could tell this was an afterthought when Deshi switched buckles at the last minute around Christmas. A couple of good bails on this thing and I am more than sure it is going to break.

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Conclusion

I figure the question on everyone’s mind is, “Is the skate worth the high price tag?” I am going to have to say that I don’t know yet. The skate is definitely one of the better feelings skates I have ever tried and the boot’s weight amazes me. However, I don’t think a lot of Canadians are going to pull this skate out of the box and say, “Wow I am sure glad I spent half of a grand, or more, on this skate!” This is one of those skates that are going to have to prove themselves overtime. If the boot can endure the beating I put it through, if the cuff does not go soft, if the padding stays comfortable, if the souls last a lot longer than I think they will, and if the buckle somehow miraculously does not break, then I will consider this a skate to be worth its price tag. Until that time I say if your looking for a super light skate, or are in dire need of a skate, you should definitely look into the carbon. However, if your on the fence you may want to a month or so until some better reviews come out. So far all I have seen is endless reviews praising the skate.

Remember, keep your senses and don’t be blown away by the hype of the pictures and people telling you “I jumped 20 feet higher because of these skates” Or “I can spin an extra 360 degrees” because that is simply not the case. Don’t be a fool and do your homework, because over $500 for a boot only skate is expensive and it’s better to have all the information in front of you before making that decision. Luckily, CanadianRoll will be here to help you with your decision. We don’t owe anyone anything for these skates, and our opinions are completely unbiased. If the skate ends up being a piece of shit, I will be more than happy to tell you that the skate was a piece of shit.

-Nick. D