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Raw Footy Friday!

The winters in Utah are long and hard here so we mostly end up resorting to skateparks that are either cleared or indoor. Here are a few skateparks we hit this winter(in order) Herriman, St.George Skatepark and Crossroads in Ogden.

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SLC WORK WEEK W/ Geoff Phillip

Filming this edit with Geoff Phillip made me realize how much this dude loves rollerblading. Before I met him I kind of had my doubts about him when it came to the idea of him being pro for any company. Now that I met him and filmed with him I can honestly say he definitely deserves to be a full on professional. He works super hard at getting footage, super nice dude and he loves rollerblading possibly more than I do which I didn’t think was possible. I had such a great time filming this man and I only hope it happens again. Anyways I hope you all enjoy this edit and be sure to check out all his other work. Here’s a quick interview I did with him.

1. I want to know why you chose SLC as part of the QYLT and how do you think your trip went?

I had always planned on doing a QYLT part in Salt Lake just because I always have fun when I’m in town. My loosely scheduled trip plans happened to coincide perfectly with Mykel Fatali driving to Utah for turkey day, so I hopped in the car and had my Thanksgiving at the 10540! The trip went fantastic! Except for the snow of course.

2. While filming for this part who were some of your favorite people to go out with and get footage. Anyone in particular you were juiced on being able to go skate with daily?

Of course my main dudes Tad Tregeagle and Chris Napolean are always a pleasure to shred with. All the boys get my hyped though, it’s always just great to have homies to skate with in the first place. Even Egbert showed up to blade with me, even though it was the end of the night and I was fully incapacitated at the time. I always feel at home in SLC.

3. Obviously snow and injuries played a factor in getting footage while you were here. Do you feel like even with all the bullshit you were still able to pull off a decent section?

For 5 days, I don’t think I could have asked for much more! You always want it to have been better, but the idea for the tour is to have the edits all be a really different from one another, which I believe we successfully accomplished.

4. where are you headed to next? and will you be coming back to SLC anytime soon to chill with the Bladed and Faded Crew?

For now I’m trying to lay low in Boise and figure out what I can do as far as maybe getting this hernia fixed. Making the Vegas part was really painful, so I’d like to go back there and really sink my teeth into that place with the homie Tony Rivituso. But, we’ll see what the doc has to say. Boise’s only 5 hours away from SLC, so I’m most definitely trying to make it down there soon!

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YEAR IN REVIEW-TOP 5 EDITS OF THE YEAR!

It seems as though 2013 will be the year of the edits. And while normally I think DVD sections are way more important(Im oldschool) It was just impossible to ignore some of the amazing edits that came out this year. Here are the top 5 in my eyes even though there were way to many amazing ones to count I compiled this list of some awesome blade edits that dropped this year.

5. First one up is SSM’s newest ripper Brian Bina. I have always liked this dudes skating and it was rad to see a full edit of this mans skating. I sure hope we see much more of this guy and the rest of the hatian crew killing it as usual.

SSM Brian Bina from Brian Shima on Vimeo.

4. Next up is someone who released more edits this year than probably all rollerbladers combined whats even crazier is he is in thirties and he skates with more agility then guys who are 15 years old. Soon as the first shots of the video came on I knew it was already gonna be an instant favorite. What makes this even better is not only is he skating one of the most untouched areas of the world but he also showed us how amazing Worapoj Boonnim is. It was hard to choose which one I liked best out of all the richie classics made this year but I went with this.

BANGKOK from TheConferenceTV on Vimeo.

3. Fuck talk about a section that pisses on every rollerblader out there. Billy once again showed us why going big is always gonna look the best. He went full fucking HAM on this section. I think I pretty much knew it was game over when he did that disaster over the rail to down ledge at the staples center. This section would have made it to number one on my list but unfortunately I hated the song so much it only ended up at number 3 but whatever its still incredible and he deserves a whole lot of respect for making this piece of history.

Billy O’Neill SSM from Brian Shima on Vimeo.

2. Normally I don’t really care much for the strange dudes but I gotta throw out some props for making a section that is definitley worth mentioning. This edit got me more pumped to skate than most of the shit thats out there these days. Its nice to just see some raw, stylish blading from a whole bunch of california dudes. I feel like lately they are one of the few crews who make rollerblading look bad ass and also fun.

valoXstrange from THEE STRANGE on Vimeo.

1. Alex Broskow…..nuff said!

“ORIGINALS” Part 4: Alex Broskow from Create Originals on Vimeo.

In closing I will say that yes I know there was some sick Franky edits and some dope Montre edits and even some more richie edits. These were the edits that stuck out in my mind the most throughout the year and I still watch them on the regular basis which to me is important in an age where all we want is new content every single day so just watch these and know that I am biased in the fact that if EROD edits your shit I will most likely not like it that much.

-Manuel

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Guerrilla Blade Jam 2013

Saturday July 27, 2013 marks the day of the second annual Guerrilla Blade Jam hosted at Central Park in Sunset City, Utah.The name guerrilla blade jam comes from the idea of guerrilla warfare where groups of combatants use military tactics, such as ambushes or raids to create the element of surprise. In the same concept of an ambush or a raid the Guerrilla Blade Jam was created by selecting a spot and building skateable objects the day of the contest.

We created the blade jam as a radical out of the box approach to throwing a contest. The element of surprise and the creativity that goes into these contest makes it so exciting for everyone involved.

The location of the contest this year held at Central Park in Sunset City was announced early Saturday morning on social media, which lead people to know where to meet up.

Just as you would image the difficulties and challenges that would arise for a group of combatants as they ambush or raid their targets, this year’s blade jam came with its challenges as well.

The day before the contest Hazen went to check on the spot to make sure everything was clear and ready to go for the next day. He showed up and the Sunset City Fun Days Carnival was going on right where we planned to hold the contest. After a few phone calls and weighing out our options we decided we would try to make it happen in the morning anyway.

When we showed up to set up all the obstacles this morning I thought to myself, there is no way this contest is going to happen without the cops kicking us all out with nice fines to go with it. When the carnival organizer came up to us and found out what was going on and then supported it, my mind was blown!

With luck on our side things and a little bit of slick talking everything came together. After talking with Sunset City officials they ended giving us permission to hold the contest and even better asked us to come back next year where they would help us raise sponsorship.

The competition itself went off and it was awesome to see the level of blading that our scene has reached. One of the most rewarding things for not only us as organizers but I am sure for everyone there who skated as well was how many people the contest attracted that had never been exposed to rollerblading. At one point I remember looking over and seeing three cops standing next to one of the spots getting juiced as everyone skated. It was just rad to see the support we got outside of our community and really opened some eyes to what we do.

The spots in the contest were pretty gnarly this year. As Beastmaster and I had been going over what to make for the contest the previous weeks, I will admit I was a little skeptical about how it was going to turn out and wondered if anyone would actually even be able to skate the spots. Everyone ended up killing all the spots. The ending spot was intense. Hazen and Carlos both really pulled through on getting the pipe welded to fit inside those pipes. Standing at almost neck high it was sick to see what happened on that spot.

The Guerrilla Blade Jam has been a huge success for us individually as well as our rollerblading community in Utah. We look forward to more events like this coming together in the future and hope everyone will stay excited for what is in store.

Big shout outs to all those who made this contest possible, especially our sponsors. Revolution skate shop, Razors, Ground Control, Jug, Remz, Amall, Roller warehouse, Adapt, Chimera. Also a big thanks to those who made the drive, long or short and came out to support our community. Super stoked to see everyone there and having a blast.

The results of the contest were:

Hazen Bell 1st

Chris Napoleon 2nd

Marc Clune 3rd

-Kaycee

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Raw Slowmo

With the weather changing back to the warm temperatures it has made it a lot easier to get out on the weekends and get some blading in. Soon our winter legs will be gone and blading will be in full effect. This is a little bit of raw footage from a cold weekend morning the other day. Looking forward to the warmer days to come.

-Kaycee