BBQ and Blade 2016

Well the summer has officially come to a close. Of course this is always seen as such a bummer knowing the cold is near. Because of this I decided to throw the second annual BBQ and Blade event at our favorite location Rose Park Skate park. Along with the event we also premiered my second release “This is Livin” at the Beehive Social Club which was very special to me mostly due to the fact that it felt much more “organic” than say my first video mostly due to there being less pressure on everyone to perform such gnarly stunts.

Either way I couldn’t have been happier with the event. The skate gods held off the rain for the entire BBQ and I was able to give out free stuff to people who were truly stoked to be there. I want to thank all the amazing sponsors for helping out and being the best at what they do. Rollerwarehouse, Razors and Ground Control, Oak City Skate Shop, and especially to my sponsor K2 skates for always taking care of me and making this event legit.

-Manuel

all photos by Manuel Rodriguez and Kirill Braynin

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“This Is Livin” Full Length Video From SLC

This video was filmed during 2015 and part of 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah and surrounding areas. This video has profiles on Duran Bickmore, Tad Tregeagle, Matt Moya, and Hazen Bell. It also features skating from Kirill Braynin, Carlos Guzman, Manuel Rodriguez, Jett Rennert, Ethan Cuglietta, Alex Bass, Harbor Bickmore, Chris Napoleon, Zach Nelson, Richie Rodriguez, and many others. Originally, this was supposed to be just a quick little edit with a section from Hazen Bell but it somehow turned into a full length video. I wanna thank all the homies for skating really hard and making something awesome. I especially want to thank Hazen for killing it almost every single time we went out and got to filming. He worked really hard for this video and I think his section shows it. Please make sure to give him props when you can.

–Manuel

The Bladed and Faded Presents “THIS IS LIVIN” from Manuel Rodriguez on Vimeo.

Kazu Comes to Town

Our good friend Kazu from Japan is back in the states and this time he brought his family. He always manages to bring the best out in people when he is around. I was finally able to snap some pictures of this dude skating considering he is usually behind the camera. Right now he is on his way to Denver as we speak along with his family. Safe travels man. Can’t wait to have him back here again before he leaves. -Manuel

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Photo-Duran Bickmore

I’ve known Duran for a little longer than a decade now, and I can say with all honesty is that he is my absolute favorite to film and shoot photos with. Mostly because he will do whatever I ask of him, even if its maybe not the coolest trick or spot. He is down to at least give it a shot and see if something comes of it. I’ve been scouting this spot for a while and since we happened to be right by it last weekend. I figured maybe we try and get a quick photo of it. It took him a few tries but he ended up airing over the gap and personally I think the photo came out awesome.

-Manuel

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Uinta Camp and Blade 2016 Edit

Well the camping trip of the year came and went and now it is only but a vivid memory of hot dogs, tents, nature, but most importantly shredding with new and old friends. I can’t lie when I say this year was the most successful year due to the fact that we most definitely had the biggest amount of people attending and I strongly feel that next year will be even bigger. This year I decided to stay back when it came to filming mostly because I already have a lot on my plate so I just hung out and took photos. Luckily I had Alex Bass on hand to perform the duties of documenting the trip. All I can say is he handled business and did exactly what I was hoping for. Take a look at this years Uinta Camp and Blade and tell me you won’t be coming next year. I effing dare you.

-Manuel

Uinta Camp & Blade 2016 from Alex Bass on Vimeo.