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Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Bonjour! Vous parlez francais? Tant mieux! L’interview est dispo ici en FR.

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Here is Sofiane Kefane of the Rolling Monkeys, a crew from Nantes, France. Let me take you for a ride. Baguettes & croissants are on me.

Exhibit #01, 2RATZ1CUP - below: Photo by Maxime Hillairaud.

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Septembre 2017, the 2 RATZ 1 CUP contest takes place in Nantes, Victor Daum takes 1st place and Sofiane wins the Rookie title ; Sofiane is on fire, and launch a monster trick of his own: PLAY (trick is at 2:05 ; edit by DeLaDuch Studio).

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Sofiane: At the time, the frontflip was my signature trick. I followed my good friend Léo, we both pushed each others, the rest is what on you can see on this edit.

Exhibit #02, 540 Barbecue (switch) in the flames of hell, courtesy of par Jonathan Mabileau

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Quoting Sofiane: The 540 Barbecue was a child dream, something I always wanted to do: experiencing a fly through fire! My friend Jojo was geared for it ; at that moment, I noticed that the gathering nearby was turning to a riot, it was now or never, this would be perfect on tape!

Exhibit #03, Backflip Gap, Chartrons Skatepark, Bordeaux

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Sofiane: Initially I started with a 180 transition that went smoothly, so I decided to try it 360: first try! Why stop here, I laced the 540 but I could not stop, the backflip idea crossed my mind, and I laced it.. first try… I was pretty satisfied, as nobody done the trick before!

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Chapter 1 - Sofiane Kefane - Genesis

Sofiane Kefane follows the path of his two brothers: Yacine is a skateboarder, Kevin is rollerblading. Sofiane is only 4 but his choice his made, rollerblades it is.

Day after day, Sofiane practices his moves on the sidewalk ; he also like to try (quoting Sofiane): “completely stupid gaps” where he lands his tricks on the grass, on pebbles or on the sand (can’t stop thinking about that massive gap at the 2 RATZ 1 CUP 2017 contest!).

Sofiane is now 10, his family moves away from the countryside and lands in “Le Mans”, a medium sized town in France not too far from Paris ; the skatepark there is quite an upgrade, it’s not Woodward, but for starter it has a roof! If he behaves, Sofiane spend his wednesday evening at the park. He quickly gets a pair of Roces 5th Element.

At 12, Sofiane moves again, and skates at ‘Le Hangar’ skatepark ; 5300 square meters of freedom to express his creativity. He met his life time friends, and join a crew, his crew, the Rolling Monkeys.

Which skaters helped you build the rider you are today ? BONUS: Give us a skating section.

My sensei was: Gregory Breger AKA the bronze surfer, with crazy back backslides. Those who know Gregory will surely know which tricks I borrowed from him (hint: there is a lot)! Hahaha. Section: Gregory Breger - Quebec 2013 by Pierre Ollivier - PLAY.

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Here comes Virgile Dos Santos, digusting tricks on disgusting spots, such a lovely combination! Slams at each session, no downtime allowed with Virgile!. Section: Virgile Dos Santos - dob 4 by Pierre Ollivier & Ronan Algalarrondo - PLAY.

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

It’s impossible not to mention Gaston Michel (who came back in Nantes). You had to be there, because each session with Gaston was intense! He made me love mizous & playing with words, the provocative way. I’m so thankful, thanks again Dad!

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Damien Gerard left us in august. Damien was a friend, I met him when i was 13 years old at the Bling Bling Contest in Nantes ; he was a unique rider, with a huge personality. Damien helped me pushing my limits, he was there for me in Bordeaux. Rest in peace my friend.

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Note: I had to cut the list short, it was way too huge! Kudos goes to Raphael Chevallier, the skate with no switch, Lucas Spenle, Romeo Stocchi, Nicolas Auroux, Papi and a lot more.

Chapter 2, Freestyle Rap - French Edition

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Sofiane is in love with words, here is a title he wrote “HD Time”, recorded march 2021. Sofiane speaks about his friends and his adventures at the Nantes skatepark. HD, stands for “Hôtel Dieu”, the name of the place (litteraly Hostel God): (PLAY) ; you can check the title on Soundcloud and more titles here: Soundcloud.com/sofiane-kefane.

Sofiane: I’m from the rap school! I quickly understood that skating and rap was compatible ; i started to write when i heard my brother Juda rapping for his 16th birthday ; it was about, you guessed it, friends and rollerblading! I knew i had to rap! The next day, I wrote my first one, I was 15. And it was contagious, the next thing you know, my whole crew, the Rolling Monkeys started writing, we had war cries, our own hymns.

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Team Video: Rolling Monkeys - The crew from Nantes (France) releases his team video in 2017, filmed by Franck Steve, Christian Degiovanni & Léo Capoulade. The video featured songs from the team, it’s a real pleasure for your eyes & ears. Featuring: Esther Ehanno, Christian Degiovanni, Sofiane Kefane, Arthur Badia, Rémy Leusch, Raphael Chevallier, Franck Steve, Olenn Somah, William Pierre, and, Léo Capoulade, Félix Maheo, Maxime Buaud, Fab Edwood, Roméo Stocchi.

Sofiane is working on a new section: “I’m planning to release a street video with some childhood friends, people who know the blading scene from Nantes won’t be disappointed!" WAIT & SEE!

You can follow Sofiane on Instagram, his musical prods are available on Soundcloud.

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The Monster - Jaren Grob: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Blading - Mymmanews Interview by Adam Crist

Fri, Sep 10, 2021
The Monster - Jaren Grob: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Blading - Mymmanews Interview by Adam Crist

X-Games gold medalist/ professional rollerblader and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) blue belt, Jaren -The Monster- Grob has always had a niche for danger. Between his professional career in rollerblading or getting on the mats in a BJJ tournament, Grob is always looking to test his limits as an athlete. Grob joins MyMMANews to discuss the cross-culture of skating and Jiu Jitsu, competing in two vastly different sports and so much more! Article on Mymmanews.com.

The Monster - Jaren Grob: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Blading - Mymmanews Interview by Adam Crist
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Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Wed, Sep 1, 2021
Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Vous connaissez surement Sofiane Kefane des Rolling Monkeys Crew, un crew officiant sur Nantes. Si ce n’est pas le cas, laissez moi vous rafraichir la mémoire.

Pièce a conviction #01, 2RATZ1CUP - Ci-dessous: Photo par Maxime Hillairaud.

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Septembre 2017, le contest 2 RATZ 1 CUP se deroule a Nantes, Victor Daum prends la première place et Sofiane remporte le titre du Rookie ; il plaque au passage un trick assez monstrueux: LECTURE (le trick se trouve a 2:05 ; edit par DeLaDuch Studio).

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Sofiane: Le frontflip à l’époque c’était ma signature. Sur place, mon pote Léo annonce un gap jambe bananes (un classique à la ratonniere) ; je dis à Léo que s’il gap en banane, je suis en frontflip et ça a donné ce qu’on voit sur cette vidéo haha!

Piece a conviction #02, 540 façon méchoui (switch) dans les flammes de l’enfer crachées par Jonathan Mabileau

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Je cite Sofiane: Le 540 méchoui c’etait vraiment un rêve d’enfant que je voulait réaliser: passer dans du feu et voir ce que ça fait! J’avais mon pote Jojo qui avait de quoi nous faire une grosse flamme, quand j’ai vu que la manif à côté du park commençait à partir en vrille je me suis dit que c’etait le moment, avec tout ce qui se passait autour, ça ne pouvait que rendre la vidéo plus intéressante!

Piece a conviction #03, Backflip Gap, Skatepark des Chartrons, Bordeaux

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Sofiane: Je me suis imaginé faire un transfert 180 à la base (qui a parfaitement fonctionné), j’enchaîne en 360: ça marche direct! Forcémment après on passe au 540, qui tourne plutôt bien bizarrement! Je ne pouvais pas m’arrêter là, et j’ai eu l’idée de faire un backflip, plaqué first try… J’étais plutôt content, car il avait jamais été fait!

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Chapitre 1 - Sofiane Kefane - La génèse

Sofiane Kefane fréquente très tôt le skatepark de son patelin avec ses deux grands frères: Yacine fait du skateboard, Kevin fait du roller. A 4 ans Sofiane fait son choix, ce sera le patin à roulette!

Suivant l’exemple familial, il pratique assiduement les slides sur les trottoirs, et je cite “des gaps complètement débiles” ou Sofiane replaque ses tricks sur de l’herbe, des caillous, ou du sable (un petit clin d’oeil au passage pour le massif gap du 2 RATZ 1 CUP 2017!).

A 10 ans, Sofiane quitte sa campagne et atterrit au Mans, le skatepark de la ville est couvert, comparé à avant, le spot est digne d’un Woodward! S’il est sage, il passe sa soirée du mercredi au park. Il acquiert une paire de Roces 5eme Element (une brique avec des roues et une fermeture éclair pour fermer le paquebot, aux dires de Sofiane, Roces a fait bien du chemin depuis!).

A 12 ans, Sofiane déménage à Nantes et c’est au skatepark du Hangar qu’il evolue: une surface de 5300 m2 lui permet de donner libre cours à ses envies. Tout s’accélère, il tisse des liens forts et intègre un crew, SON CREW, les Rolling Monkeys. Il a tout juste 14 ans.

Quels skaters t’ont aidé a contruire le rider ce que tu es aujourd’hui ? BONUS: Donne nous une section pour enfoncer le clou.

Mes senseï a moi c’était: Gregory Breger AKA le surfeur de bronze des back back slide de folie. Ceux qui le connaissent bien sauront reconnaître quels tricks je lui ai piqué, il y en a beaucoup! Hahaha. Section: Gregory Breger - Quebec 2013 par Pierre Ollivier - LECTURE.

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Après, on a Virgile Dos Santos, des tricks de porc sur des spots de porcs, tout ce qu’on aime! Des chutes de gogoles à chaque session, il m’a bien diverti. Section: Virgile Dos Santos - dob 4 par Pierre Ollivier & Ronan Algalarrondo - LECTURE.

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Sans oublier Gaston Michel (qui est revenu sur Nantes): j’ai jamais trop compris ce qu’il faisait de sa vie quand j’étais jeune, mais des fois il était la et fallait pas louper le moment! Il m’a donné l’amour du mizou et de la phrase provocante. Je lui en suis très reconnaissant, merci encore papa!

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Une pensée pour Damien Gerard qui nous a quitté en août. C’était un ami, je l’ai rencontré du haut de mes 13 ans au Bling Bling Contest à Nantes, un rider à part, avec une énorme personnalité, il m’a toujours aidé a me dépasser et a toujours été là pour moi à Bordeaux. Repose en paix Damien.

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Note: j’ai du raccourcir la liste, elle était bien trop longue! Une mention spéciale à Raphael Chevallier, le skater qui n’a pas de switch, Lucas Spenle, Romeo Stocchi, Nicolas Auroux, Papi & bien d’autres.

Chapitre 2, L’amour de la phrase Provocante

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Sofiane aime poser ses textes, il a choisi le titre HD Time, enregistré mars 2021, qui parle de ses amis, et ses galères au skatepark de Nantes: HD, Hôtel Dieu pour les intimes (LECTURE) ; vous pouvez écouter HD Time sur Soundcloud ainsi que les autres prods sur Soundcloud.com/sofiane-kefane.

Sofiane: Je suis de l’école rap! J’ai vite compris que patins et rap était compatible ; j’ai commencé à rapper quand j’ai entendu mon frère Juda lâcher un 16 pour son anniversaire qui parlait des copains et du roller! J’ai eu un déclic direct! Le lendemain j’écrivais mon premier texte, j’avais 15 ans! Le rap m’a toujours accompagné depuis, et c’est assez contagieux, toute la Rolling Monkeys (note: le crew de Sofiane) s’est mis à écrire, on avait nos cris de guerre, nos hymnes à nous!

Sofiane Kefane - Maitre Kebabier - Interview

Team Video: Rolling Monkeys - Le crew de Nantes sors sa team video en 2017, filmée par Franck Steve, Christian Degiovanni & Léo Capoulade. Le rap évidemment est au rendez-vous, un vrai plaisir pour les yeux et les oreilles. Featuring: Esther Ehanno, Christian Degiovanni, Sofiane Kefane, Arthur Badia, Rémy Leusch, Raphael Chevallier, Franck Steve, Olenn Somah, William Pierre, & Léo Capoulade, Félix Maheo, Maxime Buaud, Fab Edwood, Roméo Stocchi.

Sofiane travaille sur une prochaine section: “En ce moment, je complote pour sortir une vidéo street avec quelques copains d’enfances, j’en dirait pas pas plus, ceux qui connaissent la scène nantaise ne seront pas déçu!" WAIT & SEE!

Vous pouvez suivre Sofiane sur son Instagram, ses productions musicales sont disponibles sur Soundcloud.

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Nils Jansons - 30 year old crisis? // Ghetto Games Festival 2021

Fri, Jul 30, 2021
Nils Jansons - 30 year old crisis? // Ghetto Games Festival 2021

Nils Jansons is recognized as the best roller skater in the world! Is 30 years a new beginning for the next success or the end of what started at the age of 20? This mini restrospective/ interview was done for the Ghetto Games 2021 event, that took place July 23-25 (Results).

Nils Jansons - 30 year old crisis? // Ghetto Games Festival 2021

Latvian language ; you can activate the subtitles on the video player.

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What's Up Julian Bah? Skate Talk with Ricardo Lino

Sat, Aug 18, 2018

Rollerblade Pro, Razors Pro and Adapt pro, The Atlanta local, Julian Bah has been a top pro aggressive inline skater since the early 2000s and he is still going strong.

What's Up Julian Bah? Skate Talk with Ricardo Lino

My first memory of Julian Bah, was “this kid doing a huge 180 in a street contest in Atlanta”, a few months went by and he was announced as a SKATEPILE team skater, a few more months and Julian was part of team Rollerblade and Fiziks frames, this was only the beginning. Julian’s skate career has been full of ups and downs, from amazing video parts in several videos to some “blade drama”.

In 2018 he is still on top of the game and I’m excited to share this Skate Talk with all of you. Why did you got fired from rollerblade? What happened between you and Coco Sanchez? How was it living in the Razors house? How did you become part of the Adapt skates pro team? All of these and lot more questions were answered during this 100 minutes skate talk with one of the most influential skating individuals in 2018.

Video on Youtube | Visit Jvaughn.co.

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Whats Up Dom West? Podcast with Ricardo Lino

Sat, Jul 7, 2018
Whats Up Dom West? Podcast with Ricardo Lino

Dom West is a 31 year old British skater and cinematographer living in Sidney, Australia.

Dom’s work has become some of the Best Skating video pieces ever done, from working with some of the world’s top skaters to the choosing epic locations, Dom seems to have a special eye.

How did you get into filming? What filming gear do you use? Best 5 skaters to take on a trip with you? What’s a normal Dom West day like? Do you like bananas? All of these and lot more questions were answered during this 72 minute skate talk with one of the most influential skating individuals in 2018.

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What's Up Bobi Spassov? Skate Talk with Ricardo Lino

Sun, Jun 10, 2018
What's Up Bobi Spassov? Skate Talk with Ricardo Lino

Bobi Spassov started skating at the age of 7 and competed at the X-Games at the age of 12. After a 7 year break due to some trouble youth problems, Bobi is nowadays known for his progressive style of skating, with a unique way of spinning and lots of creative and “always in control” maneuvers.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that Bobi started as a Vert skater and only started street skating 3 years ago. How did you get into skating? what skates will skate next? How did you end up competing in the X games? all of these and lot more questions were answered during this 97 minutes skate talk with one of the most influential skating individuals in 2018.

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What's up Jon Fromm? Skate Talk with Ricardo Lino

Mon, Jun 4, 2018
What's up Jon Fromm? Skate Talk with Ricardo Lino

Jon Fromm is a 28 years old pro skater born and raised in Florida. Jon has been skating for 17 years. With sponsors like Razors, Sic wheels and Ground Control, he is also an engineer which also allow him to travel the world even more. How did you get into skating? How did you start skating for razors? How did you end up Touring South Africa? all of these and lot more questions were answered during this 99 minutes skate talk with one of the most influential skating individuals in 2018.

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What's up Jon Julio? Skate Talk with Ricardo Lino (2018)

Thu, Apr 5, 2018
What's up Jon Julio? Skate Talk with Ricardo Lino (2018)

Is Alex Broskow going to skate for Them? That was one of my questions to Jon Julio. A few days after the death of Valo, Jon Julio announced his new venture, a 100% skater owner aggressive inline skating brand, THEM skates.

Until here it all seems perfect, but to start a skate brand with a low budget it’s not as simple as most of the skaters might think. In this podcast, Jon and I talked about the adversities and the plans for the FUTURE of his new brand. - Ricardo Lino.

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One Mag, Digi v.5 - Coco Sanchez Interview (2015)

Fri, Mar 30, 2018
One Mag, Digi v.5 - Coco Sanchez Interview (2015)

Rollerblading has a pretty forward-thinking history when it comes to gender within our community. Women have long held roles as leading pioneers in blading, from Angie Walton launching Daily Bread Magazine to Fabiola Da Silva smashing gender barriers to compete directly against men on the competition circuit.

And even during the stark lack of media exposure for blading, occasionally groups of women would be gathered for speciality events that might even get some airtime on major networks. So no matter whether you’ve ever thought about it or not, blading has been ahead of contemporary culture in this regard. That’s cool! And keeping that legacy alive is Coco Sanchez, a talented female roller that models, does demoes and shows for All Wheels Sports, and shreds hard at every event she enters.

Back in 2015 Jeff Linett produced these images and they served as the foundation for a long-overdue interview in ONE Digi v.5. — and we’re proud to re-present the full interview here for anyone that may have missed it before. Enjoy!

Full Coco Sanchez Interview on Oneblademag.com.

One Mag, Digi v.5 - Coco Sanchez Interview (2015)
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