Dare to Air

Dare to Air 1993年春にインラインを買い、秋から本格的に練習を始めた私が翌年、度胆を抜かれたビデオが、このビデオ Dare to Air です。その頃はスケートでグラインドするって人達の話は聞いていましたが、グラインドが何なのか冒頭に出てくる変なラジカセ男を演じる Chris Edwards を見て初めて知ったのです。しかしコレがやってみると難儀なモノで、結局ソールグラインドは業界初のアグレッシブブーツ K2 Fatty が出る1995年まで出来ませんでした。

とにかく何が凄いって、 当時の一般スケート Rollerblade Lightning を着けてコレを演じている事がです。下に2000年までの PLATHOME から拝借したブーツ年表を貼り付けてありますので、当時大きく変わって行くブーツの変遷を見てください。また、rollernews.com に投稿されていた A Rollerblading Memorandum を読んで思い出にふけって下さい。

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards is an aggressive inline skater who resides in California. He was one of the early members of Team Rollerblade, and is considered to be the godfather of aggressive inline skating. Edwards appears in a video game, Aggressive Inline, which is available for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube.

Chris also had some rollerblades named after him; tarmac CE (Chris Edwards), Edwards Chocolate (street), Edwards Trooper (vert) and Edwards Daytona, circa 1997. The tarmac was rollerblade grey, but the troopers were white, the chocolates brown, and the Daytona blue. These blades came with grindplates, metal buckles, crank straps and a pre-cut cuffs for aggressive maneuveres.

Chris has been married twice. Chris has 2 children with his wife Jessica.
Wikipedia: Chris Edwards
Chris Edwards and Eito Yasutoko
Chris and Eito in AIL Championship '07
ONE rollerblading magazine: 15 Minutes with Chris Edwards (May 16th, 2007)
*Eito Yasutoko BLOG*: The 2nd day of AIL Championship (Sep. 30, 2007)

Dare to Air : And Extreme Inline Adventure (1993)

Intro

http://vimeo.com/8555016
Chris Edwards in Ramp

http://vimeo.com/8555203
Grinding Section
The Skates of Chris Edwards

Rollerblade Lightning TRS of 1992

A Rollerblading Memorandum

by stephenlow (Posted: Jul. 29, 2007)
Before any of you take the time to read my thoughts let me give you some background information on myself. I’m 28 married; we have two cats and our first little ripper on the way. I live in VT where I do marketing for a large winter resort. I graduated from high school in 1996, long before some of you were beginning preschool.

I started skating before “aggressive” rollerblading existed. Before antirocker wheels and grind plates were available for purchase.
The first picture I ever saw of a Rollerblader doing a trick was in a magazine in 1991. My Dad got the magazine on a business trip, thinking it was a skateboard magazine. The picture was of Mark Shays doing a frontside on a 6 stair rail in NYC. After that picture it was on. Once I realized it was possible to do skateboard tricks on Rollerblades I knew Rollerblading was something I had to do. I got my first pair of skates in Boston form Eric Flames Motionsports; they were the original Rollerblade Lightning, black and neon yellow, with 8 large wheels, plastic rockers and no buckles.

I attended Woodward during the summer of 94, the first summer they started allowing Rollerbladers to go to camp. My setup consisted of the new Rollerblade Lightning TRS (now with a buckle), a set of Rollerblade metal wrenches used as grind plates and rolled with the third wheel taken out for railsildes. Frontsides and Backside railslides were possible. People were doing a new grind at camp using the sole of their boot, although there was a large debate over the name. Chris Edwards and skaters from the West used the term Soul Grind, while Chris Henry, Med and the NYC skaters fought to call the trick a Smith Grind after skateboarding.
That summer Chris Edwards was King, Lazy Legs heel straps were the hot item and using pads wasn’t cool unless they were Boneless. I picked up my first antirocker setup to use with my wrench grind plates, Hyper Fatboys with Hyper Midgets. I talked with Dave Pain about his new movie Dare To Air and learned to ride transition from Ryan Zlockie.

hris Edwards 1996 x-games vert

During the early days everything was so fresh and new there wasn’t room or time for confrontation. I met my best friends skating a bike rack in front of school. They were skateboarders and had never seen a rollerblader slide a rail.

Chris Edwards X Games

There was energy in the air, Senate was The Brand to have a T from, Daily Bread was the bible and the Tarmac CE was the only aggressive skate. Pro’s like Arlo, Chris Edwards and Tom Fry were larger than life. Big things were beginning to happen; other aggressive skates were coming out from Oxygen, Bauer, Roces and Rollerblade. New pros like TJ Webber, Brian Konoske and a kid named Roadhouse were starting to shine.

Gravity Games Dj Battle host Chris Edwards.

It’s been almost 10 years since I last had a pair of skates on. I followed my love of snowboarding to a career and subsequently back to skateboarding and standing sideways. I often find myself looking at websites like this one, at the new skates and new skaters. While much has changed, such as UFS (I walked away just before the release of UFS) many things have not.

10 years later people are still doing the exact same tricks I did. Topsides, Fastslides, Cess Slides, Royals and Nugens are all over 10 years old. It doesn’t appear that new skaters have pushed the progression very far. In part this is one reason I walked away and possibly why other skaters have left as well. While one can’t argue about the pure fun of skating, hitting your first 540 or locking into that perfect backslide and the feeling of weightlessness, I often wonder what kind of future does Rollerblading have if the founders and pioneers walk away?

What chance does Rollerblading have to survive when the people who made it are no longer involved? What happens when kids don’t know the names of TJ Webber, Arlo, Chris Edwards, Eric Burk, Manual Billiris, Rene Hulgreen, Tom Fry, Louie Zamora, Champion Baumstimler, Jake Elliott, Ryan Jacklone, Dave Ortega, Jason Marshal, B Love Hardin, Dave Kollasch, Steve Thomas, Kevin Gillen, Dion Antony, Brian Bell, Mike Opalek, Tim Ward, Matt Mantz and others?

What happens to Rollerblading without brands like Senate bringing everyone together? When progressive companies like Fiction, Medium and Realm are gone? What happens without Daily Bread to give kids the history from day one? What happens when K2 and Roces pull out of the market? What happens is the founders of the sport leave. They have few options but to go into other industries. Where are important figures like Angie Walton? What connection will Dustin Latimer have now that Mindgame is gone and he has retired? Will he end up like Louie Zamora and sell real estate? Where are roadhouse, Josh Petty, Mike Opalek and Chris Edwards? If these influential individuals are no longer involved in shaping the industry what chance does the industry have?

Where is the soul of Rollerblading? What Rollerblading needs are more people like Jon Julio. People with passion and dedication to lead the next generation. When you look at the history of skateboarding or snowboarding you see a chain of one generation helping the next. People involved with the sport transition into the industry and culture, they open shops, take pictures, become editors, team managers, marketing managers, sales reps. They stay involved. What chance does Rollerblading have when pros quit to sell real estate?

Rollerblading has become stagnant. Kids are still performing the same tricks that I did 10 years ago. Where is the style? Take a look at Julio’s section from VG4; his part could still cut it today. Where are the larger than life pros like Arlo? Aside for Haffy, Shima and Aragon who represents the pinnacle of what it is to be a pro? Why has Rollerblading been marginalized to the sidelines and cut from events such as the X Games? How far underground can Rollerblading go before it’s forgotten? If Rolling is what you love get involved. Start a local contest, organize an event, and put a video on youtube. Get a job at a shop and turn new kids onto the sport. Take a marketing class and get involved in the industry. Work for free as an intern. Form strong relationships in the community and make positive connections. Take your love and turn it into a living.

While my love of snowboarding took me away from rolling it saddens me to see the state Rollerblading is in today. Rollerblading’s history is literally being lost every day. Culture cannot be built without a strong foundation and the foundation of Rollerblading is disappearing with every company that goes out of business and magazine that stops circulating.
rollernews.com: A Rollerblading Memorandum

The History of the Aggressive Skates


PLATHOME : http://www.f3.dion.ne.jp/~p-junjun/ ( Translat in Englishi )

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