Like past SOTYs Alex Broskow and John Bolino, Nils took his new title and went straight into a hot streak: winning events, taking blading into Latvian schools, being interviewed on TV, and working on all of his own plans to get blading in front of more people through festivals and his own events.
And after seeing tricks like he did at Winterclash and Pony Cup and his photos inside and on the cover of ONE, it can seem like blading poses little challenge for the young powerhouse. But that’s not the case.
As you’ll see in this edit that Nils chopped together himself, some come easy but the big ones can and do take their toll. Can you count how many attempts it took to nail the disaster soul for the cover shot?
Think blading lost its heart or balls? Think again. Nils Jansons is amazing. Nils Jansons is rollerblading.
By popular demand, here’s more blading from the one and only Louie Zamora.
Ever since our first quick session edit with Louie we’ve been getting out steadily on mini missions. Over a couple recent sessions we hit Rancho Bernardo and downtown SD with the homies, topped off with a trip to one of Chula Vista’s mini skate plazas.
Guest appearances by Hayden Ball, Steve Steinmetz and Steve Zamora round out these sessions.
up: Chris Haffey – Mute 360 (Gosford, AU) ; launcher top view.
Nitro Circus comes to North America next weekend, right? What’s going on? When does the tour start?
The actual tour isn’t ’til next year, but we are doing a one-off show in Vegas next weekend, so tomorrow I am heading to a spot in California where they have the ramp set up so we can catch some practice/learn some new stuff before that show.
It sounds like the Las Vegas stop is supposed to be pretty special. What’s the story?
Yeah, Vegas is going to go off! Since it is a single show no one really has to be worried about being healthy for a show the next night, so I think a lot of people are planning some special tricks for this one. Every show is already insane, so I can’t even imagine how crazy this one is going to be. On top of that, they are bringing in some special guests for this one, so it should be the best show to date. [...]
Photos: John Bolino (Forward Dub, Austin, TX) by Haynes.
Chris Farmer (Switch Sweatstance, Denver, CO) by Jeremy Stephenson.
The past two issues of ONE magazine (and a poster from Intuition Skate) have featured some phenomenal blading from Straight Jacket riders captured in action while filming for Charging and now you can see all those photos here along with an edit showing how each trick went down.
And as thanks to AJ for not only making Charging but putting together this lil promo edit, head over to the Straight Jacket site to take advantage of savings on all online orders.
If you haven’t already read the John Bolino interview, or read about Paul John or David Sizemore, caught a dose of blade history from Minnesota’s Jon Robinson, or seen the BCSD X coverage, then it’s high past time to check it out (via).
This week, let’s take a look at the Box Magazine Class of 2000 from the January 2000 issue.
It is interesting to look at the list of names featured and see the different paths their lives have taken.
Every skater on the list has left an impact on skating. Some of them continue to influence the blading universe with their skating or other talents, while others have moved on with their lives or faded into obscurity or infamy. — Ben Rogers
AM 4 life… Alex Miranda, lots of people have an opinion on who Alex is. Some think they know him, few actually do. I’ve known him since we were kids, 12 or 13 years old. When he was still rocking a rat-tail under his A’s cap and wearing a Bash Bros. t-shirt.
The first thing we had in common was our favorite baseball player, Jose Canseco… this was before steroids were really illegal. We became friends, and began chillin’, playing football, baseball, BMXing, or whatever the flavor of the month was. In ‘93–’94, rollerblading began to consume us.
We saw a great opportunity to be original and have our own crew that did something no one else did at that time. Shortly after that, we were known throughout the city as “Bladers.” Alex had a style that stood out from the rest of us. When Alex skates he strives for perfection, just landing isn’t good enough.
There’s a sense of unity when Alex locks on a grind; it seems that he attaches himself to it, while making sure his shirt and hat always match. Alex was getting into the OC scene, skating with Randy Spizer, Arlo Eisenberg and the Senate guys. He was eventually placed on the Senate team, putting his name next to skaters like Louie Zamora, Josh Petty, TJ Webber and B Love. What most people don’t know about Alex is his life outside of rollerblading.
I’m sure that there are kids out there who can relate to family issues, health problems and trouble with the law. Alex has had a fair share of ups and downs, but through the fog, he has emerged with a new perspective on life. Alex is a person who can make you laugh one minute and maybe get under your skin the next, but one thing that’s consistent with Alex is that he is always himself, whether you like it or not. – Carlos Kessell
Ages ago, back in a far away time remembered only as October 2010, a group of production technicians traveled from the gloom of the UK to the majestic valleys of Tehachapi, CA, home of Woodward West.
They came with their fancy broadcast gear and a special remote-controlled “helicopter” to film three of the best bladers in the world, skating some of the best facilities in the world, in stunning 3D for a series on Discovery Channel 3D.
Determined to see just what this expedition was all about, ONE made the trek up into the desert to check out the process, see the gear, and document the whole affair. Here’s what we saw. — ONE
What’s your name, how old are you, and who do you skate for?
My names Chad Hornish, I’m 19, and I skate for Nimh, INRI, and support Revolution Skate Shop.
What’s your job and what does it do to your blading schedule?
Well, I worked for the United States Postal Service… but I just quit my job! But it did keep me from blading for over six months. I maybe skated five times in the whole six to seven months I was working. [...]