In all honesty my feelings regarding the Xsjado brand has been what you can call “Love/Hate”. After several years of riding 3 different models with the 3rd being my current JC Rowe setup I can finally say that I am liking them much more now then I have before…and all it took was a slight customization to reach my personal satisfaction with my blades. Stemming from an idea from my good friend Jorge Gonzalez and a few moments of my time with his assistance, my blades transformed in the JC Rowe 2.0 Custom Skate…(or JC Rowe 1.5) since I opted to stay with the original cuffs. I have tried the Xsjado’s with the 2.0 cuff at Long Beach Roller Sports (http://www.longbeachrollerskate.com) and they felt a bit high in my opinion so I’m sticking to what works for me…just a personal preference.
Hip-Hop nowadays sounds uninspired with zero inspiration behind the lyrics and production. MC’s are manufactured and not discovered…Enter Kendrick Lamar. The kid is on fire and shows promise of what hip-hop can become when done properly. In this BET Cypher verse he spits with the hunger of Skid Row in his belly. Definitely a must-listen, especially with a subliminal dart or 2 aimed at Aubrey.
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Alex Nunez’s legacy lives on in this film…Go 4th is a film Dedicated to Alex Nunez RIP 11/20/84 – 7/16/13
Just Live Productions Presents The Fourth Installment to the Rollerblading Film Collection…Go 4th is a Film Based out of New York City & South Florida Starring Full Length Profiles on Alex Nunez, Chris Burns, Max Rensen & Thomas LiPani…Also including a montage & NYC Section Featuring Mini Views on…Blake Taylor, Franco Cammayo, Joe Lee, Raven Guerra, Austin Paz, Yasmany Castro Martin, Jon Fromm, Jesus Medina, Sal Zaso, Sean Grossman, Cassandra Condon, Chauncey Jenkins, Anthony Soto, Bobby Reichel, Frank D’Angelo, Chris Murphy, Viktor Correlli, Jeremy Arkin, Steve Cortez, James Perez, Danny Figgz, Trevor Johnson & Many More.
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I finally attended my 1st Blading Cup and it was a memorable event. The obstacles screamed Pro Status with some really original designs created by unique minds. The Bladers that competed stepped their game up too. I’m surprised that I still have my voice from vocally supporting my fellow Bladers in their amazing trickery. But, in the end another great event for rollerblading that brought us all together went down and I hope you enjoy some of the random pics that I managed to catch while walking around the event.
4 Years of ShutupandSKATE! aka the little blog that could I definitely feel blessed to still be doing this 4 years after its inception. It went from an idea, to a conversation, to a blog…It is a fun ride and I really don’t see me getting off of this ride anytime soon.
ShutupandSKATE wanted to take a brief moment to check in with Ranier Piramide, an amazing blader and Cali legend who is recuperating from a recent knee surgery. While we all enjoyed his countless clips and sections over the years it would take a toll on his body resulting in a much needed surgery that he couldn’t put off any longer. Let’s see what’s going on with the Blading Alumni these days.
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I had forgotten my password to my ShutupandSKATE email and when I finally remembered it I found some questions and responses that some of you have left me…so I finally answered several of my favorite ones.
*Some questions have been edited for grammar purposes