Looking Back-Matt Moya “Espy” Section

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.

-Manuel Rodriguez

Two can play that game

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.

Pre-camp photo dump

We’re on the eve of the 2017 Uinta Camp and Blade- and that means that I will take wayyyy to many photos on the trip in order to have enough content for a quality post. I thought I would clear out some space on my memory card by dropping a few photos on here from this past weekend. Things to note- Jeff Stanger was in town, and even baby Grayson made an appearance at a down rail. Shred!


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Summer is for the birds (and the boys)

June was being really cool to us. She was nice. She was warm. She was just generally pleasant. But like all good things she had to go. Then July came. July isn’t so nice. Went straight for the 100+ temp days and has made skating during the days unfavorable. Although these photos are less skating, and more hanging (presumably because it’s easier to be in the shade than be out in the sun) I still managed to snag a few shots of the boys enjoying summer. July will be here for another little while, but we don’t mind much, since she’s hot.



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Forecast Trade Show

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…

-Manuel Rodriguez



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



The future


People taking stuff to the next level



Oscar Sosa with a huuuuge AO Fish


Good times all around

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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

Rose Park TNB

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.
Also big thanks to the dudes at Damn Son music for letting me use this track. You can download for free if you just follow this link

And make sure to follow Utah Blade Scene on instagram for all the latest in Utah rollerblading.

-Manuel Rodriguez


Thursday Night Blade at Rose Park Skatepark June 2017 from Manuel Rodriguez on Vimeo.