Today we are taking a stroll down memory lane and remembering the beastly section from Roger Emmer’s video “Espy” At this point in time Matt Moya was already making a name for himself, having numerous clips in multiple videos at the time of this release and picking up various skate sponsors. But a whole lot of people’s first real glimpse into the madness of Matt Moya’s skating was this video. Growing up in St.George I always heard about how good this guy was and how he was even better in person. I always considered myself a fan of his skating but it took this video for me to realize he was the real deal. Skating classic spots such as “cursed rails” and the very favorite “state street rails” he proved that all these spots were basically training grounds for him and watching this section I think you will see just how much work he put into this part. Also the ender 540 gap he did at the U is still incredible to this day. Give it a watch and you will see how hard this section goes.
It seems as though this week was a special one, mainly because we get to see two very awesome blade sections from two of the best dudes in SLC.
The first one is Nicholas Swans part from Idaho native Erik Bill Snake River Special 3. This section has it all, grinds, jumps, spins, and everything in between. Will this be the last we ever see of Nick Swan actually grinding stuff? We will just have to wait and see. You can purchase the whole video here if you would like. https://sellfy.com/p/74Mt/
The next section is actually a re-upload from Alex Bass who ended up losing all of this content from Vimeo. Fortunately vimeo saw how bad ass this section was and decided to give him props on his skating. Actually, that didn’t happen but I’m guessing Alex is just hoping for better luck this time. Either way we are glad he decided to put this epic part up again.
hazen 2016 from alex bass on Vimeo.
To be honest the forecast trade show event was an easy choice for me to attend because it not only allowed me to represent K2 skates and talk to people who were interested in the skates but I also saw it as a great opportunity to see what the rollerblading industry was up to along with possibly meeting new friends and seeing a whole lot of old ones too. Last year was such a great time that I knew I had to make it back for this years. Jon, Mike, Jason and I’m sure many others did such a great job bringing out the best of the best for this event that eventually leads into Blading Cup around November. Obviously taking tons of pics was not a huge priority for me due to making sure the booth was taken care of but here are a few moments from it. I hope everyone can check it out next year because it really is a special event. I think what I like about it more than anything is its not so stressful for everyone trying to win a competition but instead just mellow sessions with cool prizes provided by the sponsors. K2 skates were proud to sponsor the Best Trick event with a lot of great tricks that went down for a chance to win a pair of 2017 unnatural’s. Unfortunately I was a judge so documenting the event was not an option for me but I will just let you know that some amazing things happened. Until next time…
Dan the man at the K2 booth
Before everything got started
lots of great people wanting to try the K2 sodos
The kids course was so good
The kids event was amazing to watch
People taking stuff to the next level
Oscar Sosa with a huuuuge AO Fish
Good times all around
K2 line up
The man himself and organizer Jon Julio
Robert Leivanos will forever be a rollerblading legend in my eyes
Russell Day winning best trick competition
Another legend Matt Andrews
This one was a heavy one for sure. Thursday Night Blade has become a weekly event that every one wants to be a part of and this one was no different. Just seeing all the guys who showed up was good enough for me to make sure I documented as much as I could with my go pro. I would normally name everyone but there were just too many people to name. We even got the whole park to ourselves with pretty much no skate boarders or scooters. If you aren’t sure whether or not you want to come to one of these just watch the edit and you will quickly change your mind.
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Thursday Night Blade at Rose Park Skatepark June 2017 from Manuel Rodriguez on Vimeo.