Author Archives: bladeordie

#115: Lux Street Open Primer

Come on out to the Bay! Held Sept. 29th in San Jose, the Lux Street Open returns for its second year. Hosted by Mike Jiminez and Kirk Chang (after party by BJ Bernhardt) will be another damn good day in San Jose. Friends from all over California, and a few other parts of the country, are coming […]

#114: Adam Johnson

It’s okay…rollerblading has been saved. Adam Johnson is a prolific filmmaker and brand connoisseur in rollerblading. Forever linked with legendary skaters and iconic skate videos, Adam just also happens to be a really good dude. We talk about what it takes to be a decent guest in someone’s home, the current marketplace for rollerblading goods, and, even just […]

#113: Michael D’Andrade

It’s time to learn about the art of the slow walk away… Michael D’Andrade is a New York City native now living in the Bay Area. He always has the best vintage gear — skating-related and not — because he’s always on the prowl for it. On a sunny and seasonably warm Friday morning in […]

#112: Mike Torres

Y’all like Big Wheel skating? Mike Torres is a cinematographer and Big Wheel sensation living in New York City. Rock Town Podcast correspondent Levi Sebastian talks with him about the early Wizard frames, Big Wheel trick names, and more.   You can directly download the episode here, or stream it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. (Subscribe, if you feel […]

#111: Jon Ortiz

We’re going to New York City! Jon Ortiz is a New York City rollerblading legend. After a short session at the Chelsea Piers skate park, Rock Town Podcast correspondent Levi Sebastian talks with him about the pre-ASA days of skating, Go Sports USA skate camps, and more. You can directly download the episode here, or stream […]

#109: Blading on the Brain

Hey, kids. If you’re reading this, wear a helmet. Late last year, Kennan Scott went rollerblading and hit his head. Now, seven months into his continuing and dedicated recovery, Kennan talks about what it means to be head-injured and his new YouTube series, “Blading on the Brain,” along with hella giggles along the way. You […]

#108: Saturday Sounds

Did you hear that? Rollerblading may be a visual sport, but there are wonderfully rich sounds generated while doing it, from the ting and hum of skates locking onto a rail to the thunderous applause when a trick is landed. That’s what this episode is all about. So, here’s a Saturday session in Northern California with skaters […]

#107: NWST 2018

Ya’ll like camping and blading? From blistering hot concrete to icy cold rivers, the Northwest Shred Tour, yet again, brought us together to shred, camp, and remind ourselves why we’re all alive. Reported extensively by Levi Sebastian, with limited help from Philip Moore and Brian Krans, the Rock Town Podcast gives you a complete look […]

#106: Megan Petersen

Warning: there are a lot of dog shenanigans on this episode. Megan Petersen is a photographer and bladie. In town for the Northwest Shred Tour, she, Stephen Durasa, and I talk about her new project: thebladies.com. Starting out with a few T-shirt designs, she hopes to expand it out into a central hub for female-centered blader content […]

#105: Drew Costley

There’s nothing better than going to grad school and getting someone back on their skates. Drew Costley is a born-again rollerblader. Born in D.C., raised in Virginia, and currently being educated in Berkeley, he is also photographer, multimedia journalist, and a fun person to be around. We talk about how the Disney movie Brink got […]