Update: added “Jumbo Mic’d up at Winterclash 2024” by Ricardo Lino to the post.
Quoting Cody Sanders:
I’ve always wanted to go to a Winterclash. For as long as it’s been happening, I remember there’s some old video where Jon Elliott says “If you haven’t been to Winterclash, you’re not even rollerblading”, or something like that. Definitely not an exact quote, but you get the gist. You have to see it to understand it.
I came in knowing this was the worlds biggest contest. Professionally run. The highest level… Two things stuck out to me though. The skating was great, but it was the attendees that brought the energy. Even if I was upstairs, away from the contest, I didn’t feel like I was missing it. No matter where you are or who you’re with, you’re in it. It’s truly unlike any contest in the rollerblading world. Incredibly professional… Which is great… unless you’re trying to show up, unofficial and make an edit of the weekend… Which is what I tried to do.
So as it turns out, this isn’t a contest put on by “one of the homies.” Oh no, no no. You can’t just know a guy and get onto the course to film a couple of clips for your instagram, there was legit processes and procedures you had to go through to get the badge, the jacket, etc… Basically, credentials I didn’t have, haha. But that’s ok! We’re going to find a way to do it. Mick was supposed to skate in the pro comp (he didn’t because he got hurt during warm-ups… we all did). By luck, I just so happened to have a friend who should not be named that procured me a media badge (probably an old one) that was going to allow me to get in early. To maybe be able to actually film the contest well and make a proper edit…
We show up Friday morning ready to warm up. As it turns out, if you don’t practice skating 10 foot high wood ramps, you’re not very good at it. We were off to a bad start. Mick was slipping around a bit, so I thought I’d put the camera down for a while and check out the skatepark. After all, it’s my first Winterclash, I’ve wanted to skate this place for years. I put my skates on, do one royale in the bowl and fall on my face (literally). One tricks, skates off, never skated the rest of the weekend. Shout out to the medical staff on site (yet another perk of the professionalism of the event).
So after a couple of hours of shaking off a mild concussion, the park opened for everyone and it was chaos. Everyone in Europe is good at skating. That’s intimidating. Since I was still rocked from the earlier fall, I was hanging back a little bit. I was missing some of the event, sure, but I got to witness what I’m coining “Stairclash.” I feel like whenever you’re watching a contest edit, you’re always expecting to see “the big hurricane,” “the dangerous disaster,” etc… But you never get to see these super talented people just skate like normal. Stairclash was what I was looking for the whole time. Some of the best, my favorites, just making use of a 6 stair at the largest event at the world. I’m laughing as I type this. I’ll never explain it as well as I’d like.
With all that being said, I don’t want to take anything away from the actual event. It was MADNESS (as expected). I don’t think I captured it as well I would have liked, but that’s part of the beauty I guess. The massive sea of people, the energy from it, there are moments where it feels like everyones in the same rhythm. I dunno.. I just stayed up all night editing this, so as usual, I’m just going to tap out on the writing bit. As I always say… I think only 3 people read these anyway, lol. Good times. Good good good times. I’ve always wanted to come and I’m pretty sure it’s one of the best skate-related experiences I’ve ever had. Ever. If you stopped by to say “hello,” thank you! I might have been a little loopy from a concussion or completely overwhelmed from the experience (and jet lag!!), but I was so happy to meet everyone. Just amazing. I have a thousand little stories to tell but I guess that’s for another time. Love y’all. - Cody Sanders.
Bonus: Best Tricks @ Winterclash 2024 - PLAY ; a compilation by Ivan Higgins.
USD Sway 58 XXIV Promo by Daniel Enin (Borklyn Zoo). Featuring Eugen Enin.
RIP Edwin Wieringh.
Promo Speech: The new USD Sway Team XXIV skate takes things to the next level with its aggressive design and upgraded features. The skate boasts a lightweight construction that allows for maximum agility and maneuverability, making it perfect for skating in any environment.
The new fast soulplate ensures that you have optimal control and stability while executing tricks, while the simple but effective USD liner provides the perfect balance of comfort and support for those long skating sessions.
The Kizer Fluid IV antirocker frame is the perfect addition to the Sway Team XXIV skate, allowing for maximum grinding control and speed. And with USD’s new round profile wheels in SHR compound and Kizer sliders antirocker wheels in the middle, you’ll have the perfect combination of speed, control, and stability on any surface.
But that’s not all - the USD Sway Team 2024 skate is also incredibly stylish, with a sleek design that will turn heads both on and off the rink. And with its affordable price point, you won’t have to break the bank to get your hands on one.
So whether you’re an experienced skater or just starting out, the new USD Sway Team 2024 skate is the perfect choice for anyone looking to take their skating to the next level. Don’t wait - grab your pair today and start shredding like a pro!
Another great rollerblading film by Jonas Hansson with great shots and moves from Eugen Enin, Yuto Goto, Soichiro Kanashima & Kirill Galushko.
Shot entirely on the Sony F5 Cinema Camera.
“After finishing my Undercover Alien Promo earlier this year, I felt quite some creative emptiness and had a desire for more simple tricks and spots. That’s how we came up with the name as we literally had no plan or Name for this Project. At least in the beginning. Hahaha.
As usual it didn’t last long and the creative fire started burning again so I literally dipped into new and older movements of mine. I rediscovered many tricks that I used to do and fell in love with more fundamental aspects of our Sport again. And most importantly, I got humbled big time when I fell on my shoulder. It was a proper reality check and made me realize that I still need to put in good preparation and training as I used to do in my early years if I wanna keep doing this. Can’t stop won‘t stop!” - Eugen Enin.
Jonas Hansson just posted a remix of SOTA and the full video of the flick as well. The video and sections mostly went down when Vimeo started activating musical copyright strikes (the Josh Glowicki Section is the only one who stayed online).
State of the Art. A project that not only took me to 10 countries around the world during the course of a year, but introduced me to a lot of new friends who granted me the opportunity to capture their talents. I’m fortunate to work with amazing skaters and feel obliged to try and do something a little different with each project. SOTA was a blank slate and I wanted to go all in, mixing humor and music of various genres but leaning mostly towards hard hitting hip hop. Easter eggs scattered through out. - Jonas Hansson.
SOTA Remix - (2 min) PLAY
SOTA Full Video (53 min) - PLAY
SOTA - a Rollerblading film directed by Jonas Hansson and including perfect shots and lines from of the best skaters of the World like Yuto Goto, Soichiro Kanashima, Joe Atkinson, Elliot Stevens, Robert Guerrero, Eugen Enin, Nils Jansons, Montre Livingston and many more.
“Thanks to the Bocholt Indoor skatepark fur using their park editor to build some new challenges!”. Riders: Eugen Enin / Borklyn Zoo.
“Flat, Freestyle, Anti-Rocker - they all have their benefits, and now with the Kizer Shift Unlimited, you no longer have to choose between different frames. This new concept allows skaters to easily switch between wheel setups depending on their needs and personal skating style. Kizer’s Shift Unlimited concept features a single base frame skeleton and three different blocks: composite flat block for street, park, and bowl skating; an anti-rocker block that works perfectly with small anti-rocker wheels (45 to 49mm); and a freestyle block for unencumbered grinds and creativity”. Filmed & edited by Daniel Enin.
Designed by Layon Chang / BRA. Incorporating rocker spacers, the Shift Unlimited allows you to roll on almost any combination of wheel setups, including: Flat: Bearing bosses rockered UP - Max 55 mm wheels, Bearing bosses rockered DOWN - Max 60mm wheels, Hilo (rockered UP outside, rockered DOWN inside) - 60 mm outside, 55 mm inside. Antirocker/Freestyle: Bearing bosses rockered UP - Max 65 mm wheels, Bearing bosses rockered DOWN - Max 68mm wheels. Antirocker/Freestyle with a recess in Soulplates: Bearing bosses rockered UP - Max 68 mm wheels, Bearing bosses rockered DOWN - Max 76mm wheels.
Eugen Enin is the real king of barbecue! A Borklyn Zoo Video.