I believe in what Chris is doing for our sport—being on the front lines, traveling the world, and opening up people’s eyes to what we do.
If you have ever had the chance to see him skate in person, you can see something else is there. That something has taken Chris all over the world and given him the chance to represent our sport.
At the end of the day, you can see that Chris has a BIG love for rollerblading.
Blade or Die,
— Jose Fuentes
(Editor’s Note: Chris Sent us this last month, but we were greedy and held onto it.)
And here’s Chris…
So, the idea behind this article is to give you some insight into my life outside of skating.
I honestly don’t really have a life that big outside of skating . Haha. Not that I am always on my skates, but I am usually doing something related to it in some way, or at least with other people that skate or that I know through skating.
This year has been a pretty heavy travel year for me, so when I am at home I don’t always spend a lot of time skating. I usually take the time I get here to kick back and enjoy the friends or things I like to do that I don’t get to do when I am out of town for skating.
I live in Long Beach right now, and there has been a serious migration of bladers here in the past few years. JC Rowe, Kevin Gillan, Jeff Stockwell, Kruise Sapstien, and Brandon Smith to name a few. There are also a few people like Sayer Danforth that have lived in the area for quite a while. Now that I think about it, JC has lived here for a while as well. Haha.
Anyway, we usually just hang out or go for a roll during the day and then head down to the local bar for a few beers and some pool at night. I try to make it out to the golf course as often as I can, but don’t get out as often as I would like due to the cost. The winter is very slowly-approaching out here in California (still in the 70’s almost everyday, not that I am complaining!) but when it finally gets here I am planning on trying to do as much skiing as possible in the early season. I will be heading out to the Hoedown and WRS finals at the end of this month, but other than that it seems that tour wise the beginning of the winter should be pretty calm, so I should be able to get a lot of days in.
All of these pictures are things that I saw or things that happened somewhere along the way whether it was at home or on a trip, that for some reason I felt were significant.
Not sure how much of an insight they really give you into my life now that I look at them again haha, but I hope you enjoy them!
The next eight photos make a lot of sense… if you know me. Short explanation is that 222 follows me everywhere…these are just a few times I have seen around. Everyone that knows me usually makes fun of me about it. One time Stockwell called me just to tell me it was 2:22 as I was running a red light and getting a red light camera ticket. Weird.
Just a note on the whole 222 thing again: I don’t truly believe it means much of anything, but I looked it up online and found a lot of different meanings other people think it has.
One that I saw said that when you see it it means you are on the right path. Because I like that one the most, I choose to think that’s what it means. Especially when I am wondering if I am doing the right thing with my life when money gets tight or something and I start seeing it more often. Just reminds me that no matter what life throws at me I am getting to experience a crazy-ass life that almost no one gets the chance to and I need to appreciate it.