I think every crew has that one guy that is charge of getting everyone together and setting up the session. It’s never said out loud, that he’s the person that’s in charge of this, but we all know who it is. In this case, I’m pretty sure that’s Anthony Medina.
…Well he’s not here this weekend. It’s fucking lord of the flies and I’ve got the conch. Our friends from Dallas (John Sullivan and Aarin Gates) were in town as well. Whatever expectations they had for a classic Austin session were immediately dispelled after meeting up.
We’re not skating the good spots, we’re at the spot that we made, The Dawg Pound DIY. It’s called the dawg pound for multiple reasons, but today it really earned its stripes. There were more actual dogs than there were people skating. I’d rather have more dogs than bladers any day, so that’s fine with me. I’m not trying to film, I’m trying to pet a dog.
It’s always nice having people from out of town come visit. Not just because it’s good to see old friends, but everyone gets a little more motivated than usual. Most days, if we’re just derping around on a little ledge spot, not much happens. But I think everyone made the most out of what we had. - Cody Sanders.
Jumbo Setups: Kirill Braynin - Gawds Team Skate (Large Sizes)
This is the first installment of Jumbo Setup Series. I’m a pretty big skate nerd, I like to talk specifics. The goal is to not just show the setup, but also discuss exactly why we skate these things the way that we do. To go a bit further than the average commentary.
Average commentary: “Yeah I skate them stock, anti rocker and it’s rad.” Whether or not we achieved that…. Ehhh, we’re working on it! Haha. In this one, Kirill Braynin discusses his Gawds setup. For everyone out there with big feet, this one is for you.
The Setup. Boot: Gawds team boot (Size 11/12), Soul plate: Gawds stock soul, Frame: Kizer Slimeline 2, Liner: Rollerblade Twister XT Liner (I couldn’t find just the liner), Wheels: Bloom 64mm Tony Woodlands, Anti rocker wheels: Ground Control generic, Bearings: Unlisted, generic ABEC 9’s.
In this video Heath Burley shows us how to make a basic cinder block ledge with angle iron. It requires only one tool, a caulk gun. That’s it.
- 8" x 8" cinder blocks (the amount varies by how long/tall you want it to be)
- 8" x 8" cinder block caps
- Angle iron
- Caulk gun
- liquid nails construction adhesive
- Loctite PL 3x construction adhesive
- spray laquer/clear enamel (optional)
Editor’s note: “I completely botched the filming of skating and most of the good tricks Heath Burley did were lost… My bad dude… But… At least we got something!” - Cody Sanders.
“Plano (Dallas, Texas) is where it all officially started for me. 16 years ago, I was 13 years old and turned pro winning the ASA Amateur World championship at Eisenberg Skatepark. This was my first trip ever to America”.
“A couple of months ago, my brother Fritz Peitzner knew i was heading to South America for the World Championship, so he asked me if i would join his competition: Carriers Open named after his skateshop. […] We also filmed this street section all around the Dallas City area for 7 days straight”. - Julien Cudot.
Camera: Fritz Peitzner, John Sullivan, Gino Gotelli, Chad Hornish, Eric Hallimen & Danny Ross. Editing: Fritz Peitzner. Music: Childish Gambino - This is America. Photo: Ken Awadi.
Gawds - Martina Svobodova pro wheel. “Use them with your favourite skates or throw them to play with your dog”.
Previously: Martina Svobodova - Gawds Street Edit (June 2021).
Chynna Weierstall - Sunny Day (2022) - Chroma Wheels promo video by Al Dolega. “We’re excited to announce our third signature wheel release for Chynna Weierstall at 60mm and 88a. They feature a rounded profile and an ideal hardness for park skating”. Visit Chromawheels.com.
It’s been awhile since our last announcement, but this is a doozy. We would like to welcome Chynna Weierstall to the Faction Skate family! For years she has represented our sport with next level technical ability and flawless style. We are happy to shine a spotlight on this awesome human being! Keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for her announcement edit. We are as excited as you to see what fire she brings. - Faction Skate Company.
Photo: Steve Steinmetz | thread on FB) | Visit Factionskatecompany.com.
Bonus Shots: Chynna Weierstall @ the Franky Morales Invitational 2022
1st place at the Bladies Comp (More Media of the event | Full Results).
“Our second signature wheel release for Chynna Weierstall is 58mm and 88a. They feature a rounded bullet profile, perfect for any low ride frames antirocker or flat”. - Chroma Wheels. Filmed & edited by Al Dolega.
Orders start Saturday at 9am EST and start shipping next week. Visit Chromawheels.com.
Round 2! This time, we’re discussing switch ups. What they are, how to do them and what makes them “count”.
If this is the first time you’re seeing this, the goal of Tutorial Plus is to document, in great detail, why it is we do things the way that we do them. There are plenty of “how to jump up and slide down” how-to videos in skating, but there aren’t many that explain them in detail. That’s the goal. To create a universal understanding for the basic concepts of what our community values as a whole. Word.
But anyways.. I never realize how truly difficult rollerblading is to understand until I start trying to explain the rules we’ve created for ourselves. Having two separate devices strapped to our feet, with 3 different plates (don’t even get me started about channel grinds), and the amount of variations that can be done is daunting. Especially, if you’re trying to explain what “counts” and what doesn’t to someone that is brand new to the sport…. Sheesh. I don’t think I did too good of a job, but it’s at least a crash course into what & why we do things the way that we do.
Mosquitos in TX are gnarly, btw. A lot of swatting going on in this. I also need to quit being lazy and setting my camera to full auto when I do these things, but in the middle of the session, in 90 degree weather… Your boy really isn’t trying to get too technical, haha.
I know I missed some things when discussing this. I do all of this off the top of my head. I really should start writing notes before I do this… Anyways, if you watched it, I hope you at least gained something from it. - Cody Sanders.
Tutorial Plus with Cody Sanders - PLAY: