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Time flies when your an adult and recently with all the holidays ending and finally getting moved into my new place, I figured I would start to do a chore that I’ve been meaning to do for years. Now that Blade Archive is now now done with I figured the only way to get the classic videos I want back on the net would require myself to make that happen. I decided to start with VG14 because it is without a doubt one of my most favorite videos of all time. Not to mention there isn’t much of this video out there on the internet. So here it is, I will be uploading plenty more soon so keep a look out. VG15 will be up tomorrow.

-Manuel

The “New Kids On The Block”

It’s not very often to see new rollerbladers pop up in the Utah scene these days. The last few years its almost been non existent, but every now and then some new people come to town and kind of shake things up. Recently we have had four new guys move to our wonderful city and all them very eager to get things moving around here. Ive had the pleasure of knowing all of them before they made the move here. And now all of them are showing us SLC guys how it’s done. So lets take a quick moment to either introduce or reintroduce you to the “New Kids On The Block”

-Manuel

Alexander Lawhun

Tell me the reason why you chose to live in SLC or come back?

I chose to move back to SLC because I wanted to get a job doing something with my bachelor’s degree away from Saint George. I also love being around the mountains and the snow more than anything else. Snowboarding season is possibly my favorite season.

How does SLC compare to where you lived before?

Salt Lake City is a lot more busy than St. George. I didn’t like the slowness and the almost boring city. I like the upbeat and lively city.

What are your hopes for the blade scene in Salt Lake for time you will be living here?

I hope to get some sort of feature within the next couple of years in a Salt Lake video.

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Duran Bickmore

Tell me the reason why you chose to live in SLC?

I chose to live in SLC to go to school there, and just to make a change from St. George.

How does SLC compare to where you lived before?

There is a lot more people and a lot more things to do up here compared to St. George. The weather is a little better in St. George I think though.

What are your hopes for the blade scene in Salt Lake for time you will be living here?

I hope the scene gets bigger and more people from out of state make trips to visit and skate. It would also be cool to see some new little kid bladers.
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Harbor Bickmore

Harbor was too cool to answer these questions so I would guess his answers are similar to his twin brothers Duran. Either way Harbor is a killer on the blades and also a lady killer too.
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Kirill Braynin

Tell me the reason why you chose to live in SLC or in your case come back?

Pretty much 2-3 weeks after I moved to Texas I knew that I would come back to Salt Lake. It took quite a bit longer than I wanted but I now that I’m here I’m stoked, although I do miss Austin sometimes. The reason I moved back is primarily because my girlfriend had moved back a year before I did for a job opportunity. Other main reasons included my blade friends here and of course skiing.

How does SLC compare to where you lived before?

Salt Lake City and Austin are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Wether it be climate, vibe, political views, or people, it’s pretty night and day. I personally love the skate scene here much better than Austins. Although the whole Texas scene is super strong, I feel like the Salt Lake scene is really tight not. There aren’t any clique’s and everyone is super supportive of each other in both skating and after skating activities.

What are your hopes for the blade scene in Salt Lake for time you will be living here?

My hope for the blade scene here is that we keep having as much fun as we already have been. A lot of us are getting older and have more adult life styles now so it’s nice that we can all still make time to go have some fun. I’d like to see some more youth on skates and am hoping of the new Nitro Games that are going to be hosted in Salt Lake City will bring some great attention to our sport. Remember, fun first!

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20 minute golden hour

Here’s a quick video that I made with my Death Lense and a track provided by Kirill. Small (3 hour) session with the boys at Rosepark Skatepark today. This weather is getting colder day by day. With that, we’re all trying to take advantage of the semi good weather mother nature is throwing out way. The wind was a bit rough, a tad cold, but we skated through it and here is what we ended with. Enjoy.

Park Edit by Alex Bass

I personally love seeing new blade content come from SLC when it features all the homies and is made by a true homie. Alex Bass has been working on this edit for a few weeks, really trying to gather up some of the best park footage all the guys are capable of. The weather is just now barely staring to get not so great outside so this edit couldn’t have come at a better time. This edit features all the usual players Hazen, Carlos, Matt, Dan,Tad,Hank and many others. Be sure to watch this really fun piece that features a whole lot of great blading. Thanks Bass. I hope there’s more where that came from.

-Manuel

Park Edit: The Movie from Alex Bass on Vimeo.

Nicholas Swan-The Man We Hardly Know

Nick Swan has always been someone I’ve been fascinated with. I’ve known the guy for about 5 years and I still feel like I don’t know much about him or his thought process. He’s honestly a very quiet guy and usually is in and out of the Utah blade scene with random appearances here and there. But that doesn’t mean he is not busy getting things done on the rollerblading front. The guy is now a family man with a wife and kid to take care of so I would assume that is his main priority. He also now does photography for a living, which for how short of a career he has had he is actually very good at it. Lately, Nick has been seen a whole lot more around Utah, and I specifically noticed he has not been grinding anything at all, he didn’t even have soul plates to give him that option. I thought it was unusual to go that route and later I found out his next section in the latest Erik Bill flick he won’t have any grinds at all. I wanted to take a few minutes and ask him what the deal was with this nonsense( joking, I actually think its pretty rad) and find out what his future plans are and if he wants to try and stick around more often with us Utah dudes. I also wanted to use this opportunity to do a throwback of some of my favorite Nick Swan sections because although I don’t know much about him, I feel as though his skating does all the talking.

-Manuel

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Photo by Kirill Braynin

It’s been a while since most of the crew have seen you. I am curious, what have you been up to these last few years? I see that you have been doing some photography much more seriously. 
I had been working pretty hard to build a portfolio and market myself in photography. Surprisingly it paid off and I do photography and video full time.
People have told me you are filming a new section for Erik Bill and there is absolutely no grinding in your part. Can you tell me why you are going that route? 
I am filming a full part for Snake River Special III.  A couple of years ago I was pretty down on blading and wasn’t feeling very inspired by it. Last June I broke my collar bone and felt really uninspired until I decided to try out a full flat set up.  I purchase them with sole plates and skated for a day and realized rollerblading itself was the shit.  I took the soul plates off and have never put them on since. It wasn’t really intentional or something I thought about. It feels like blading. I just sort of accidentally haven’t grinded for over a year.
Is “normal” blading boring to you these days? 
Not at all. Like everyone I have my dudes that I love seeing. My favorite rollerbladers are my main homies. But I love seeing interesting rollerblading.  Grinding or not.
Do you see yourself grinding again in the near future?  
Near future? I would say no. I still have had no ideas sparking putting on soul plates or a different pair of skates.  Also, as lame as it sounds. Seeing every single hand rail and ledge as a grind is fading. And that feels pretty damn good.  Now I see a lot of gaps and rolls so I am probably just filling that space in my brain with something else.
What set up do you ride currently?  
Stock Seba SX.   I’m near buying another pair. They fit a big foot really comfortably and can be heat molded. Love them.
 
I noticed you have been going to Boise for a few filming trips. Besides filming, what attracts you to the Boise scene?   
My main motivation is Erik Bill. He’s been a best friend and inspiration since I was 13.  It’s really easy to get work done and when not working it’s always a pleasure to chill and drink some craft beers.  Seeing the Boise guys is always a treat.  
 
Do you have plans to keep blading more often once Erik’s video is done? 
Absolutely.  Seeing the SLC dudes has been great and I want that to continue. And I’m pretty sure Erik and I will always work on something. I’m not sure we ever haven’t.  It would be fun to work on a local thing too. If anyone’s got ideas, let’s talk!