George Demetrios: Revolution, On the Spot (ITW)

George Demetrios is a skater who has paid his dues to be where he’s at in our sport. When you put everything on the line for blading, sooner or later you’re going to get knocked down.

What really matters is if you get back up to try again. Demetrios is a skater who won’t ever quit.

Filmed & Edited by Jon Jenkins.

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28 Responses to “George Demetrios: Revolution, On the Spot (ITW)”

  1. Angel Says:

    good interview! wise words and humble attitude… he seems like a nice guy.

  2. felix Says:

    somebody who is able to use is brain for sure! hope you achieve your goals.
    I hate seeing all the “old” pros not being involved with rollerblading anymore…many of them are younger than Richie Eisler for example…

  3. badazz Says:

    word! we should be lookin out for each other, not puttin others down or what not. Everyone DOES deserve more!

  4. Andy Says:

    It’s pretty hard knowing what the pro’s are like until you hear them in interviews. I’ve been disappointed with so many pro’s and I’m not only talking about intellectual dwarfs like J. Bah and Dre Powell… With George Demetrios it was completely different. He doesn’t give the impression of beeing intelligent, more like some stoned college kid, until he opens his mouth and things sound both sensible and thought through.

  5. Umeå Says:

    Money destroys everything… but that is what we want, Thus money=/

  6. Anonymous Says:

    good interview apart from the bit where managers were mentioned …

  7. Lucas Baumann Says:

    I don’t want to bash the plan, only add a perspective to it.

    If rollerblading has managers, then the character building of self motivation won’t happen. In some ways that’s ok, there are people whose nature is built on gratification. That’s the true explanation of why some rollerbladers stepped back from owning a business, it’s b/c they weren’t rolling to sustain themselves or better their lives in that way, what betters a person of that nature is to make a section or do a crazy trick for attention. You don’t really get that kind of attention, the kind that feeds those people, with a company.

    If a person is fed by leadership, they will go for leadership. If they aren’t, then it’s a painful process to attempt it, ending in failure. Most rollerbladers by nature are free spirits, not born leaders, and so they aren’t doing anything wrong by leaving rollerblading, they are just being who they are.

    If you want to start managing rollerblading, be sure to take notes on the FR/Senate documentary. It’s not very good, but the one thing it does strongly give us is a good look at managing rollerblading, for better and for worse.

    I also want to mention that I do think that rollerblading has managers or directors. We just call them videographers. They have so much influence on what and where rollerbladers skate. They are responsible for motivating all those people who have talent but don’t have the determination. Most videographers are rollerbladers who have a lot of vision, understanding, and drive, but don’t have the skill to do all the tricks they want to do. They pair up with people lacking the structure to do all the tricks they are capable of. It’s a good system of management and cooperation in my opinion.

  8. DarthRoller Says:

    I think the concept of a manager is actually a really good one, if implemented properly.

    Things which keep a pro in the spotlight are them being at the right comps, having good profiles in the right DVDs, regularly releasing teasers/snippets/left-over edits to keep themselves in the rollerblading conscience and keeping themselves injury-free.

    Just look at someone like Sagona. The guy’s an absolute beast, but just imagine the “might have been” if he was able to keep himself from acquiring the long-term injuries. He’d be even better, which is a bit nuts to think about.

    Then look at the likes of Aragon, who has been one of the dominating forces at the big park comps for 7 or 8 years now and who is never someone you hear about getting a bad injury. The guy looks after himself. Whether that’s in nutrition, or a weights regime, or stretches, or only going for tricks within his comfort zone apart from at comps, who knows. But he always seems to up his rolling just at the right time, coming up to the big competitions and doesn’t crawl away with a broken wrist.

    Even something like the equivalent of a hype man or a golf caddie at the park comps when a team goes over. There’s usually a warm-up day for the bigger comps, sometimes individuals will get juiced. Let’s say you tend to have nasty falls when you do hurricane top-acids and someone is there to tell you “I know you’re juiced, save that for tomorrow” and shit like that.

    If executed properly, it’s a great idea. But given how disorganised so many rollerbladers are worldwide, it, sadly, will probably never happen.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    DarthTroller,

    Spend more time doing something constructive, instead of spending your afternoon vomiting your thoughts on forums.

    Now THAT, sadly, will probably never happen.

  10. Demetrios George Says:

    I honestly could’ve done without the manager answer being in the interview cause I mentioned to everyone how it is such a deep topic that it’ll be misunderstood and in cases the current managers and people involved may feel offended… This was not intended in the least…

    What we have, who we have in the sport is great.. I just think we need more people and outlets to help us grow back to a state where we start seeing more fresh faces blading..

    As for personal choice and direction I can also say in agreement to Lucas that managers in some fields might push people in the wrong direction resulting in failure but my thought on the matter is leaning more towards simply providing more options..

    The rider doesn’t need to choose to follow but with managers or some type of agency helping give the riders the choice to go make $10K for 10 weeks of skating for some type of Theme Park.. It’s not ideal for many but that’s only one outlet in which we can try and put the right faces in the right places..

    Nothing against Taig Kris cause I actually have a lot of respect for the guy and the topic will go off hand but for example I hear from plenty people “Why Wasn’t Haffey Doing That?”

    This conversation could go on forever so I’ll leave it with my last comment about Haffey..

    Thanks for the support otherwise and just hope everyone’s getting involved and not just on their computers typing away. ;)

    Hoedown Today.. LAST ONE! Crazy..

    “The City Never Sleeps” Brian Moore Film Premiered Last Night! Look For It! DEM

  11. ghims Says:

    dem g is older and more mature,ithink his suggestions toward better management is directed more towards the younger, next generation of potential pros.
    a lot of pros in the past havnt “managed” themselves well and have fallen off. so i suppose for the sake of guidance toward some degree of success in the industry as a pro, management probably is key.

  12. Andre Says:

    Demetrios has a very good perspective on rollerblading. The problem is its hard to make people pay money to get hurt and largely, although it has become such a gripping part of our lives, its hard to get over the learning curve and a few falls puts a kid on a scooter from what I’m seeing these days. The management q/a are important I think, rollerblading is a sport that you have to disregard your safety in to land a lot of tricks, and with drugs and drinking being an easy out of pain, it is probably better to have someone watching your back securing pay with good perspective on your health and skills to be a second opinion on tts 35ft drop rails. Keep killing it G

  13. Anonymous Says:

    yea because it wouldof been really smart of the old heads to just start companies and keep skating after the fall of rollerblading

    ya lets not get real jobs and grind it out

    gtfo old heads never stopped the industry sure as hell stopped supporting them

  14. jon morciglio Says:

    The man and very humbled. Fun person to skate with.

  15. terror Says:

    Respect for Demetrios. Wish more pros would be like him instead of dumb shits like J bah.

  16. Rob Says:

    Great interview! I was watching your last USD edit 2 days ago and it seemed like your “dream box” thing is helping to get back to top. Stay healthy and keep rolling

  17. Leon // Shop-Task Says:

    Awesome interview, sounds like a very smart guy.

  18. JBah Says:

    Where the fuck is the video?!

  19. Anthony Maik Says:

    this is my fuckin idol in rollerblading no lie

  20. OG Bobby Johnson Says:

    Nothing but respect for this guy. Keep at it D, love what you do for blading

  21. hater Says:

    you are fucken gay!

  22. Anonymous Says:

    One of more intelligent interviews I’ve seen regarding rollerblading.

  23. nick Says:

    Im thankful George is a rollerblader. Seems like the nicest guy and defiantly rips it. What rollerblading needs is more DEM!

  24. brian bina Says:

    jesus christ dude stop talking, nobody…gives a fuck.. when the jeans come on, the shirt comes off, why you always gotta be naked, huh?.. i ain’t wanna see your muscley ass sweaty hair man body..put out a sex tape already, same shit.

  25. rich Says:

    great interview demetrious, love your skating and general attitude. Definitely agree with the things you say regarding the managerial and promoting side of the industry

  26. SlugLord Says:

    What a cool dude
    wise words

  27. julian Says:

    COOLIO

    demetrious is a pretty cool dude

  28. Goonyone Says:

    No matter how many edits of you I watch the clip from FOR 3 with the “splinter foot” always pops in my head. Thank you for staying involved and giving hope to all of us that there could be a younger generation to hopefully make our sport grow like it needs to.