Posts Tagged ‘new zealand’
Quoting a mail from Samuel Lye:
Well i started planning the idea of a wheel company in 2011. The idea came about when i needed new wheels. Here in New Zealand you can not buy wheels anywhere so are forced to buy them from over seas, because of this a lot of bladers quit the sport as its to expensive but also the time involved in waiting for the wheels to arrive is frustrating.
But i thought i could fix this by creating my own Brand!!! And so BlackSun came about, a lot of names were thought up with different concepts and possible images but something about BlackSun stuck in my head.
So after 8 months of ideas, planning, emails and phone calls the first proto types were made. Testing came next to make sure the wheels were the best they could be, so a lot of skating went down on different terrain types, parks, ramps and street. After i was happy, my artist Anna Johnstone from Nelson NZ went to work in creating some amazing wheel designs and logos for the brand, making sure that i was completely happy with the final result. She was amazing and without her help i wouldn’t be where i am now with the brand.
It was then all ago and production began. So after a year, the wheels have gone from an idea to reality and i couldn’t be happier. The support from the New Zealand rollerblading community has been amazing and they are as keen to see it succeed as i am. The feed back on the wheels is also outstanding. I now look to the future and growing the brand, supporting rollerblading and keeping the price low.
– Samuel Lye.
Montain Dew: Three new electric flavours. One extreme Idea.
A fully functioning pinball machine you can skate. This world first skatepark makes you the ball in a 600 square foot machine rigged with sensors, sounds and lights, to score your run just like pinball.
Park open 4-26 June. Gate 2, Hickory Ave, Henderson (New Zealand). (Vimeo).
The pinball park allows you to record your high score or to create a halo 360 of one of your trick (20 cameras recording a still picture on various angles). Check the official website.
Built in only 17 days for an upcoming competition, this park cost almost $500,000 to create and will remain open for only 3 weeks once the contest is over.
A true replica of a pinball machine down to the lights, sounds and launcher at the beginning, this park is a dream come true for anyone who has ever been a teenage skater. (Hypebeast).
The Making of Skate Pinball
Time lapse shot during the construction of the Mountain Dew Skate Pinball Park. More Infos: Vimeo.
Thanks Rando (forums).
New Zealand evening news piece on Matt King and his part in the Evian Roller Babies advert aired on 26th of July 2009 at 6:30pm.
Rollerskating star forgets what he knows to make Evian advert
It’s not often a grown man gets asked to perform as an infant, but that’s exactly what happened to Matt King.
The stunt skater is one of the men behind the ‘rollerskating babies’ who feature in an ad for bottled water that has become an internet sensation.
He is currently in Auckland performing in Starlight Express.
King says he wasn’t quite sure how it was all going to work out when he accepted the rollerskating job.
“I was trying to rack my brain thinking, ‘Am I going to be in a baby suit? Am I going to be dressed up with weird makeup on? I just didn’t know.” […]