Unfortunately, we are back at our homes after 7 days in California. Fortunately, it was really amazing. We are so happy with the content we got and will be editing for the next month. Just Passin' Thru: Morro Bay will be out right after Christmas. Thank you Sean Keane (@skeane) and Casey Baggozzi (@caseybagozzi) for joining us on this project. Stay tuned folks!
Jett has been jumping around on all sorts of animal statues. Swan and Bill have been grinding wood and dropping into trees, and Keane and Bagozzi are on the way as we type this. Here is a little photo update.
Here are a few photos from our first day out filming in Morro Bay. The boys have been busy and stacking clips all over these parts. Excited to share more!
Its time for you people to stuff your faces with whatever Thanksgiving themed turkey focused meal you are into. Enjoy your friends and family and when you get fat and lazy sneak off into your den and donate to our project! We are releasing this 19 minute NDN video for whatever dollar amount you are willing to give. All money raised will help us fund our upcoming trip to California to film our first ‘Just Passin Through’ project. Since a lot of this project is self funded we are only getting a small group of homies involved. The more funds raised helps us get more of the crew out so please don’t hesitate to donate and watch some sweet rollerblading in the coming year! We will be leaving this Sunday November 26 and returning to our homes 7 days later. We will be blading with the likes of Tony Rivituso, Walt Austin, Sean Keane and Casey Bagozzi. Thank you to our sponsors and for all the support homies have been giving us!
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A bunch of us have had a lot of random last minute trips thrown into a small period of time. Most of it was filmed and on hold for an upcoming VOD that will realease within the next 3 weeks. Here are some photos of accomplished spots, chillin, and some blading.
When Erik hit us up and told us he was interested in skating K2, it didn’t take us long to put pen to paper and get him on the squad. His creativity and style was instantly apparent; not only is his skating on point and fun to watch, but his fashion sense and full on man beard captured our attention and had us stoking for his next edit. Recently, he sat down with his partner Molly Sue to discuss skating, microbrews, and what year he started shaving in a quick hitting interview that sheds light on one of K2’s newest and most recognizable ambassadors.
MS: What is your favorite thing to do to start off the morning?
EB: Sneak out of bed so I don’t wake you up…then I start some coffee and put on a record. Depending on the time of year I’ll either open up windows or get the fireplace going and hang for a bit. Wish I could do it every day.
MS: I noticed we have been getting a lot of wheels in the mail. What’s up with that?
EB: Haha! Well I’ve been doing my aggressive blading of course. But recently I’ve also been doing a lot of big wheel, distance/cruising type’a skating! Both require nice wheels.
MS: Have you always been interested in history and old clothing/items?
EB: Yep. But I get a lot more interested every single day. The more ya’ learn I suppose!
MS: What sparked that interest?
EB: Watching westerns with my dad.
MS: Is there a relation between your passions for skating and Americana?
EB: Yes! The setting of a clip means a lot. I’d rather find a spot with some mature growth and an unkept, 1900’s building in the background than a big city or suburban, linoleum-sided sprawl. The song paired to a part means a lot too. I think the old-time charm is often a good fit.
MS: What is your favorite thing about Idaho?
EB: This is another question that can reaaally open a can’a worms. But again I’ll try to keep it brief. Idaho is still large and kind. You can be in the middle of nowhere whenever you’d like. Strangers will hold the door open for you and compliment your shirt. It’s very safe and has a huge history that you can tap into at your leisure. Boise has grown enough to have the perks of a big city…good coffee, good music scene, good beers and a fine variety of authentic foods.
MS: What kind of trouble have you been in from skating? I want to hear the worst time!
EB: In my twenty-ish years of street skating I have never had to pay a fine for it. There have been thousands of times (not exaggerating) where I’m accused of trespassing, vandalizing, blah blah blah but whether it’s to a business owner, cop or judge I’ve always talked my way out of it! Knocking on wood right now.
I have been threatened with swords, fists, and other stuff before because of skating…guess that’s a little different.
MS: What’s your theme song?
EB: Good question! Maybe “Don’t Mess With Bill” by the Marvelette’s.
MS: What is the best advice you have received?
EB: I’ve received a lot of great advice and I’m thankful for it all. I think the most commonly used tidbits for me are these classics: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and “Shit in one hand and wish in the other, see which one fills up first.”. Think I first heard ’em both from my dad.
MS: What life advice would you give to your child if you had one?
EB: I’d tell them to “never have kids”. Just kidding…I would really try to stress to them to make the most out of each day. I go to sleep real late and wake up real early to try and cram all the things I love in there. Makes me feel accomplished and like I’m living a more fulfilling life than most.
MS: Who is your biggest inspiration?
EB: Tough to pick just one. I have huge inspirations in skating, filming, editing and all other aspects of my life. I think if I had to choose my biggest overall inspiration it would be Blaze Foley. He was repeatedly cut down and stripped of everything he worked for but kept going. Not only is his story very inspiring (though tragic, awful and saddening at the same time) but his songs can be very inspiring as well.
MS: What is the hardest obstacle you have had to overcome?
EB: In skating I’d say tearing some ligaments in my knee or just dealing with the constant pain of my worsening scoliosis. Outside of skating I’d say losing my dad. I still think about him everyday…not sure if I’ve truly overcome that yet.
MS: How did the NDN start?
EB: Well the IRS was after me during some bad luck and I had to change things up a bit! I wanted to come up with something that tied into the rest of my interests and it all came together. The NDN (pronounced Indian) is my tribe! The potential artwork coincides with my favorite styles. Same with the western music that usually comes to mind. Plus I’ve got Cherokee and Choctaw in me.
MS: What would you like to see happen with your upcoming project “Just Passin’ Thru”?
EB: I just want it to do well enough to promote our efforts and continue the fun.
For those who don’t know, here’s the idea behind “Just Passin’ Thru.” Nicholas Swan (if you don’t know his skating, you should look it up!) and I have created a bank account specifically for The NDN. None of the money belongs to me, him, or any of the other bladers involved. It all just goes toward projects to promote the NDN as a whole. “Just Passin’ Thru” is going to be a series of VOD’s (downloadable skate vids) where I, Nicholas, and one or two other crew members will travel to smaller towns around the country to film for a week or two, primarily on spots that aren’t played out. We will also be linking up with talented friends in those areas and getting them involved in the edits. The first of the series will be shot in some lesser-travelled central California coastal towns. We’ll be meeting up with Sean Keane, Casey Bagozzi and some other folks to get some wonderful content. Nick and I are shooting to each have a full part in every JPT VOD.
Every penny of the VOD sales, t-shirt sales and gracious donations (thank you!) will go toward creating more entries in the series and getting to more towns. It’s also a good outlet to promote our sponsors! www.thendn.co
MS: If you never had to work again what would you do with your days?
EB: Oh man. I’ll save you guys the three hours of reading and try to summarize. Barns, old clothes, blading, guitars, open road, beers, wilderness, ghost towns, networking, bargains, bourbon, port wine.
MS: You’ve never been overseas, what country are you dying to see?
EB: I’ll give ’em all a chance!
MS: What are your goals for the future with skating?
EB: Similar to the JPT stuff I just want to have fun, hang with my pals and promote the companies I believe in.
MS: What about personal future goals?
EB: I want to buy a second home. Rural. And keep developing relationships with my gal and my family.
If you would like to enter to win a pair of K2 Uptown go to the bottom of Erik's interview at K2.com
Both of these spots are in Salt Lake City and are about 3 minutes away from one another. Both have been talked about for a long time and finally in the same week they were both accomplished. Thank you Mykel and Hazen for getting these spots out of our heads.
This was a random project we decided to make when we bought a couple of DVX100b's earlier this year. Tad learned how to film fisheye like a boss and Geoff edited this out of the kindness of his heart. Thanks to all the homies who put so much work in for this edit. Relax and enjoy.
K2 has been a part of the industry for hundreds of years. They gave rise to so many of todays legends and supported blading through thick and thin. We want to thank them for what they've done and what they will be doing in the future. Thank you for the support.
Can we all just take a moment of silence for how ridiculous the intro trick is to this edit?
Beautiful Boise, Idaho.
I work at our local co-op, providing health foods and hard-to-find items to the town. I also work at Powderhaus Brewing, a local brewery that was started by a blader!
My brother got me into skating 20 years ago. It's the only thing I have cared about for that much of my life. I can't get enough of it. From leisurely skating bar to bar to heavily filming for video parts....I love it all.
I have helped promote companies I truly believe in (like I'm doing right now!). I have filmed and edited several skate videos that have done quite well internationally. I have put out a handful of parts that I am proud of and some folks seem to like 'em. I started The NDN and it has become a huge group of pals that I'd do anything for. Most of all, I feel accomplished in knowing that I can go anywhere and have a buddy to hang with.
I want to get K2's on everybody's feet. Doesn't matter if it's transportation, fitness, speed or ripping spots on the streets. I've spoken to a couple schools about how great blading is...I plan on making that happen more often. I want to continue to film parts, shoot photos, and progress...it's what keeps me sane!
One of our Cali homies sporting the NDN 'Just Passin' Through' Tee and showing us a real nice line from his instagram yesterday.
Cameron has some amazing shit in BARS. Click link and support all the Cali dudes for working their asses off for an amazing video https://sellfy.com/p/agyY/
Geno Ray (El Guapo) is a longtime NDN without ever even strapping up the blades. A bond with some of the dudes that has lasted through shit and honey. Always representing for our tribe of bladers as well as Native Americans. If you ever run into this dude in Portland ask him about his qualm with TV host Mr. Larry Gebert.
Kellan Zinkgraf's section from Erik Bill's Video Snake River Special III
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This promo edit was for an old video called "Born Under Punches". It is one of my favorite Promos Bill ever made, and one of the earliest edits I could find having to do with The NDN. 9 years ago now. We gettin old boys!
Erik Bill has a new clothing sponsor. If you don't see him in his own NDN clothing or his vintage gear he will be reppin "The Blade Clothing". They offer a variety of product and everything they sell is made to high standards. Check out their team page to read a little about Bill and the rest of the crew.
A bunch of us came out earlier in the week to film street. We busted our asses for 3 days getting clips and some of us busted our asses for the 2017 Mile High Battle. Jett Rennert decided to work and close the bar until 2 o'clock Saturday morning, and then hopped on an airplane to Denver for the contest. The guys were exhausted, but we're proud to say some placed high in this years contest.
First spot was two coping boxes with bank approaches. People were quickly getting tricks in and were having no problems getting points.
A ton of tricks happened at spot #1. Everyone killed it and got real warmed up. Spot #1 1/2 was a wallride next to the ledges. Everyone did some clean wall rides, but surely nothing beats Jett's 360 wallride 270 on the far pillar. GOD DAMN BOY!
Spot #2 is a very famous spot in Denver. Frank Stoner took the time to weld a round bar that could squeeze onto this square rail and we thank you for that. A couple of the guys got worked on it, but they had a lot of fun skating it.
So many tricks happened here. People were spinning all over the place, doing wall rails, and trying to gap the set. The sun peeked out and everyone enjoyed an amazing session. We quickly moved on to the final spot to beat the inevitable rain that was on its way. We quickly got to spot #3 and people immediatly started prepping the spot. 3 or 4 rub bricks were at it and about 12 coats of wax.
The battle for 1st began and minds were blown. I didn't capture a quarter of what happened at this spot, but believe me it was amazing.
Everyone gathered in the parking lot and went their seperate ways. We eventually made it to 715 Bar for drinks and the results
2017 MHB Standings
1st Place - Zach Pavel $1000
2nd Place - Jarrod Banning $500
3rd Place - Hazen Bell $250
4th Place - Jeremy Spira $100
5th Place - Jett Rennert $50
Best Trick - Zack Pollak $100
Pitted award - Marvin Alon
Most creative - James Cisz
Heart of the comp - Tom Leong
Tad Tregeagle - Master Shredder
Well that was fast. Geoff put in some work for this free edit. He got his ender last night and put it out for us to enjoy and get juiced on before Mile High Battle. See you people at noon.
Late start but immediate content today. First spot was a nice no bust spot between two apartments. Stanger and Swan picnicked while we waited for the rest of the guys. Some beers and food were had.
Next spot was a terrifying rail to death. Many of us gave up but Jeff decided to confidently make the spot his own. Amazing clip of the day #1
More of the crew gathered at spot #3, many not in frame. Hazen Bell got his clip and we chilled for a good while.
The last spot was a drive and the sun was setting. We thought we were done for but Geoff Phillip decided one last try on a bad ankle and he laced. He wins clip of the day #2 and got his ender. Cannot wait for his new part to release. We had a sneak peek and it is incredible. Keep your eyes peeled.
Tomorrow is the contest. Check back in the evening and hopefully we can update you with what went down.
We got a lot of work done today. We also wasted a ton of time. Clips happened for every one of us minus one. He will redeem himself tomorrow. He promised.
After some clips in the AM we ended up stooped in front of a 711 for some beverage and meet up. Off to the next spots.
Skating for about 10 miles in a day doesn't seem like much but when you have 4 cameras, waters, beer, and not such great attitudes. It can feel like a lot longer. Great day and lets hope for another tomorrow.