Spoke to Franky today on skype and he was telling me that Haffey's first test jump was insane, that the speed that you accumulate from being launched from the ZIP-LINE is just RIDICULOUS!!!
After a few more tries he and the rest of the FISE crew Franky Morales, Brian Aragon, Roman Godenaire , Mathias Silhan. had it all down, but Haffey still didnt look like his usual self, with the WORLD RECORD jump on the line who would have time to relax. Haffey's jump is different than the rest of the crews its a 100 foot jump the equivalent of 2 school buses in lineand not only that, the ramp that he is launching from is more than 12 feet high being pulled by a zip-line at 60mph. I guess we would have to wait till tomorrow to see if everything went according to plan.
Franky Morales will have an exclusive behind the scenes clip for UWR before the show takes place and after.
Chris Edwards better know as the AIR MAN EDWARDS, one of my family skaters and hero back in the day, the golden years of skating. Chris Edwards is better considered as the GOD FATHER of our wonderful sport, a person that open up skating to the rest of the world.
Im proud to say that im his friend and feel honored for his help. www.UnitedWorldRolling.com
Featuring: Safe Journey, Buck Wild, Matt Genna, George Holmquist (Bernie Long), Majestic, Tyler Hogan
First of I want to start off and say thank you to everyone thats has joined the site and are supporting John Goez and my visions. Also because of how much popularity that site has getting we were not able to get the site up in time for the OG Party Thrown in NY York last night that we talk about in the edit.
After we successfully launched the site on December 3rd around 1:00 am and got the site stable, I decided that i would around the crew in the afternoon to film a One Day UWR Edit for the launching of the site. I wanted to make this edit to show that UWR is for every skater no matter your style, abilities, age, or gender. UWR's goal is to bring skaters from around the world closer together with out taking away from what we already have.
So everyone please keep sharing
Hola a todos somos el equipo TopSoul, somo una tienda a nivel sudamericano que ahora se esta expandiendo a nivel mundial, estamos trabajando fuertemente con nuestros compañeros de UnitedWolrdrolling para el crecimiento del patinaje por todo el mundo, nuestro objetivo principal es llevar el patinaje a un sorprendente nivel enfocados en el apoyo total de las nuevas generaciones y a todos los patinadores que ha dado un gran aporte en este medio, contamos con el soporte total de nuestros nuevos riders FRANKY MORALES y YURI BOTELHO, pagina web oficial www.topsoulshop.com lista para brindar información muchas gracias TopSoul Worldwide :)
Hello everybody we are the Topsoul team, Topsoul is a in line shop from South America and now is expanding globally, we are working very hard with United World rolling growth a strong skating community around the world.
Our objective is to bring skating in a hi level skaters and whoever have made a great contribution in this scene, we have the full support of our new riders FRANKY MORALES and YURI BOTELHO.
World friends¡ you are all invite to visit our official web page www.topsoulshop.com submit to get all info, events, promos an sales
Thank you so much, TopSoul Worldwide
- My name is Pieter Wijnant, picked up skating in 1992. At that day I decided that 18 years from now I would be a famous skatemaker. So, 2011 and its finally here. Not quite sure about the famous, but after 18 years to the day, Adapt Brand is a venture I share with my girlfriend Olga Bouwhuis. This What’s Up is my story on how I get the skate into production before Februari 2012.. So, better sit down for this one, get your popcorn out cause this is going to get ugly.
Today, the 26th of November. I normally should be at a contest today. But I called it off since I feel more like skating street today. We do not have many sunny days in Holland this time of the year, so when its sunny.. I am just not going to a skatepark. Okay, but you are here to read more about the things that are happening with Adapt.
And let me tell you, it has been a good week since the last What’s Up! We received one of the final proto’s and the first one with logos, got a load of plastic to the warehouse to make soulplates and frames. Also we got new laces to test (yes, we even test our laces). So a lot of things are happening at the time.
We need to make some minor changes to the position of the logos, change some little details.. and then the boot is ready!
But the most important thing that happened this week.. We got a little visit from the man that makes the Adapt skates! He and his daughter came over at the warehouse to check if we needed some details changed about the new skate. And since they drove all night long to get here, I offered them a place to eat and sleep at the Adapt house. The guy who makes the skates is so funny, he does not speak the language nor does he even speak the slightest word of English except for.. Yes and No. Thank god his daughter speaks fluent English, she is also the person who I contact when we need to change something about the skate. Olga made this perfect dinner for us, we got to talk a lot about the skates and had some great ideas for future models. I can not say more about this.. but, your feet are going to be pleased!
So, after we got some pictures together with them they went of to bed and so did we..
Ok, now I am lying. We first stared about an hour at our new skates before we went to sleep.
I can tell you the last time I took skates into my bed before going to sleep was when I got my first real “aggressive” Bauer FX frontsides! It made me feel so good about finally getting to make the skate of my dreams. Had to wait a long time to do it.. but it was well worth the wait. I used to worry about these things when I was a kid. That people would stop making skates and I could no longer be able to skate. So I had some ideas for this “doom day of skating”. One was, to find a good skate and buy every skate there was in my size.. the other idea was to make my own skate. I was around 11 years old when I had these ideas.. Well, I can say that rolling has never been stronger then now. So I am glad my doomsday thoughts were wrong.
I hope we can inspire more people with this brand. I know for sure I am going to put everything I have into this brand. If we only reach one kid, one person that likes our skate, looks at it right before going to bed and gives him a dream to create something of his own one day.. that’s the day Adapt will be a success in my eyes. Passing on the dream and the passion for rolling.
Go out and create.. Even if its on a small scale. Create dreams, create passion..
Create the love to roll.
Your rolling buddy, Pieter.
EZ Goeazy asked me to write a skate scene report from South America. Four months ago, I was living in Philadelphia, PA with a steady job and a car. I decided to sell everything I owned (except my skates) and move down to a small beach town in Brazil with a name most people can’t pronounce.
I currently live in Balneário Camboriú in the state of Santa Catarina in southeastern Brazil. BC is small, built around a 7 km stretch of beach. On each tip of the beach and surrounding the rest of the city are dome-shaped rainforest topped mountains. Balneário is also not you average beach town. It is one of the most vertical cities in Brazil, very densely covered with skyscrapers – imagine Spiderman’s vacation home. Oh, and there is a Jesus statue built on top of a mountain here, much like in Rio de Janeiro… except that our Jesus fires psychedelic laser light shows ever night.
Rollerblading made a strong resurgence in Brazil recently. Most big cities have a strong skate scene, and this region is no different. Almost every town and city in Brazil has some kind of skatepark – this is at least one positive effect of skateboarding’s huge popularity here over the last few decades.
BC’s skate crew is small; the BC Inline facebook group has about 15 members currently. However, the region is tightly knit, and all the surrounding cities have more skaters and there are frequent sessions. The bigger cities close by are Itajaí (5 minutes away and has a sick skatepark), Florianópolis (state capital and internationally recognized vacation island), Blumenau (home of Brazil’s Oktoberfest), Curitiba (home of Carlos fucking Pianowski), and Joinville. Just in the past couple of weeks, there were almost daily sessions in BC, weekly vert ramp sessions in Itapema, and there was a Corujão in Florianópolis. The Corujão was basically an all night skate contest/ BBQ at one of Floripa’s new skateparks. Along with grilled meat and ice cold beer, there was a huge game of BLADE, a line-based contest, and a best trick contest – all between midnight and 5 am. I think the winner won… more beer and more grilled meat. Congratulations Clayton for killing it all night.
I also went on the My Chinelo Na Brasa Tour a few weeks ago. The tour consisted of Sidnei Brito, Daniel Tamanda, Mano Brandão, Mary Ane, and me travelling and skating with the locals in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte.
There will be a 20 minute DVD coming out showing ill skating in some of the most scenic places on the planet.
Lastly, I can’t write about BC without mentioning that it is home to the Milkie Clothing brand. Milkie is run by fellow rollerblader Daniel Cajal.
Cajal holds it down for the scene here. He organizes skate contests, films, edits, lets skaters crash at his place, builds skate spots, brings hot girls to parties, drives us to skateparks, and still shreds. This guy’s even hosted legends like Arlo and Aaron Feinberg here. I first came down here for a skate contest he organized, I crashed at his house, and he introduced me to my current girlfriend at the afterparty… so I kind of owe him.
Well… summer is starting, the beach is filled with scantily clad Brazilian women, and there’s probably going to be a session at the skatepark in a couple of hours…
So, the date is 19/11/2011.. We just got our Be-Mag company profile online a few days ago and got a lot of positive comments about the brand. Now I am sitting here behind my computer since this has become my second home since I started Adapt. I promised to help out a little bit for this new website called UnitedWorldRolling.
This week we got our first pictures send out to us from the new skate that is being made. Yes, so excited about this one. The boots are size 40 and look like the cutest things ever made. Too bad they are not for me, but their Olga’s. We do not make the boots ourselves. We only make the hardware. It would be possible to make the boots as well, but it would take us years to figure out how to make a perfect boot. You see, in the last 20 months I have been working with this shoemaker and have learned a lot about how they are made. Did you know that the current Adapt proto skates has more than 96 different parts in it? That’s a lot. All this, to give you the best comfort and ride you need. The first prototype had around 25 parts. So we came a long way. Its always hard to give your ideas to somebody and get it perfect. But I love the maker of our skates, haha! He looks like a nutty professor that ate too many pizza’s but he sure knows how to make boots! So, we were waiting for the pictures this week.. checked my e-mail about a bazillion time and no pictures. Then, finally a mail from his daughter.. Pieter, we are sorry but some farmer tried to make a hole in the ground and put the entire village without internet or phone. So, there you have it. The adapt skate is made in the middle of nowhere. They went trough the trouble of walking bare foot, 50 kilometres (Yes, we are from Europe.. face the metric system!) just to get some internet and probably some pizza’s too. You noticed how I say pizza’s just to make you think they are made in Italy? But yesterday I got the pictures. They look so fresh. These skates are the first ones that have logos on them. So we are very close to the final product. You can make a skate as perfect as you like, but putting on logos just give the skate a face. This will be the first real Adapt skate.
Then over at my office and work.. other things are being made. Soulplates that give me grey hair (not really, but it was close), frames and anti-rockers. I have learned how to design these things myself by learning Solidworks and Ironcad. You see, I had to learn a lot in the last 20 months. I never worked with CNC machines before in my life.. and now I am operating these baby’s like i’m the big daddy himself. Throwing out soulplates like their made of playdough. It’s a weird thing to see these being made. We now only have prototypes made. But this will change in about 1 or 2 weeks.