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Friday, December 16, 2011

Best of L.A. All Day

From 2006 to 2010 L.A. All Day was in the business of promoting the sport of Rollerblading. Tracy White and myself (Carlos Kessell) started a contest series that was created for the youth of Rollerblading. Our goal was to give the kids an outlet to grow in the sport and give them an arena to display their skills. Here are some of the photos and edits we put out from 2006 to 2010. Lets take a walk down memory lane.

 Lets start with the first ever edit of L.A. All Day by Daniel Scarano on April 28th 2007. This was the old set up at the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club.

L.A. All Day edit  by Daniel Scarano on June 9th 2007. This was the first comp with the new down ledge on the launch ramp. Check out the last trick by Nick Galvin... solid.

On July 14th 2007 the first L.A. All Day street comp went down in Santa Monica & Venice Ca. The elite winners were Russell Day, only 2 skaters to hit the last spot, maybe it was too crazy.

The 2007 finals went off the wall. You can see the progression of the park with the first piece of the massive corner bowl. The bowl was ready for the start of the 2008 season. 

Rat-Tail & L.A. All Day BBQ Day took place March 8, 2008. We had a newly renovated skatepark, free food & the Rat-Tail crew. Skaters like Brian Shima, Alex Broskow, Chris Haffey & Chris Farmer came out and skated the park. Also Jeff Stockwell was finding lines that I haven't seen before. Local heads from the L.A. area came out to represent. All in all it was a good day, and a good day for rollerblading. 

Saturday, May 17th 2008 we had our Real Street competition, which was a Roll Series sectional event. Our first stop was right on the beach in Santa Monica. It was a perfect day for skating, we had music, view of the ocean and we had a rail & kicker set up right in front of the L.A. All Day booth. We started the Advanced & Elite divisions at the tennis court rails and then took it to the Park Rails, guys started to warm-up when the police showed up and we had to move it to the Main Street Rail. Thats where Steve Bundy took over and grabbed the gold for the Elite Division.

Edit of the June 21st 2008 comp by Daniel Scarano & Tanner Madix. The 2008 season went to Steve Bundy who was able to compete in every L.A. All Day that year because of the support of his dad...Mr. Bundy.

LA All Day April 25th 2009 edit By Daniel Scarano & Tanner Madix.

One edit by Justin E. on June 20th 2009

LA All Day June 20th Edit from ONE magazine on Vimeo.

A few OG's showed up at the June 20th 2009 contest, skaters like Dem George, Kevin Gillian and Ben Schwab.

LA All Day June 20th, 2009 from Daniel Scarano on Vimeo.

SD All Day, part of the LA All Day circuit. Thanks to Aaron Churder for letting us use his park and Louie, Robert and Eric for judging.
Filmed & Edited By Daniel Scarano.

SD All Day July 25th, 2009 from Daniel Scarano on Vimeo.

Here's Daniel Scarano's edit of the September L.A. All Day contest of 2009. He captured the elite division skaters battling for the podium. There's a whole lot of action coming from Byron Snatchy & Sean Cowen, not to mention the rest of the elite guys shreddin! 

LA All Day September 5th, 2009 from Daniel Scarano on Vimeo.

Filmed by Tanner Madix & Daniel Scarano, Edited by Daniel Scarano. This was a great ending to our best year in L.A. All Day history. Appearances by international skaters CJ Wellsmore and Soichiro Kanashima. Overall Champ of 2009 was Rick Rodriguez.

This is why we do this, L.A. All day kids rippin it up! Thanks Tanner Madix for this amazing kids edit.

Another fresh edit by my man Daniel, capturing L.A. All Day's 2010 season opener. 

The 2010 LA All Day season kicked-off this past Saturday, so ONE made the trip from SD to show support and hang out with the all-ages crowd these awesome grassroots events bring together. Lots of little shredders rolling around the park — and plenty of full-bore shredders repping the advanced and elite divisions, earning WRS points. Here’s some of what we saw go down. — ONE

ONE @ LA All Day 2010 Event #1 from ONE magazine on Vimeo.

L.A. All Day June 5th was a hit, Congratulations to Sean Cowen for coming out and skating amazing, FIRST PLACE BOY!!!

L.A. All Day August 7th 2010 once again Sean Cowen & Byron Snatchywaters killed the edit. The 2010 overall champ was Sean Cowen who grew up skating at the SMBGC skatepark.

On September 7, 2010 we were informed that the skatepark will be demolished by Thursday September 9, 2010. Due to the short notice we were not able to line up another location as of yet. We will try to find another location and organize another event in the next two weeks. If we our unable to secure another location we will organize an awards ceremony/blade session for the skaters who came and supported L.A. All Day. The current points will be posted at -posted September 9, 2010

Since the demolition of the skatepark L.A. All Day has been without a home. It was a rough ending to an amazing journey. Tracy White since then has moved back to Illinois where he is from, Tracy continues to support the youth of rollerblading and organizes contest for the city of Rockford, Il.(One Interview) As for L.A. All Day, well, we still own the name, so who knows what the future will bring. I hope you enjoyed the walk down memory lane as much as we have. We thank everyone who was involved in making L.A. All Day a success. -Carlos Kessell

A big thanks to the guys who filmed and shot photos for us;
Scott Moffat
Daniel Scarano
Tanner Madix
Justin Eisinger
Jeremy Condimine
Jeff Linnet
Ozzie Sandavol
Sorry if I missed anyone.

Thanks Bladeheads!

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Legacy of LA All Day

Here’s a sight you won’t see in Santa Monica anymore.

In the time following the end of NISS and the X-Games, and eventually the ASA comps, the stick-to-your-guns-community otherwise known as the rollerblading industry have clung to and celebrated a number of grassroots contests. IMYTA, BCSD, Winterclash, Superhick, Barn Burner, Hoedown—these are some of the bigger ones, some that have stood the test of time in this volatile industry. There’s the Pan Handle Pow Wow, Last Man Standing, The Windy City Riot, The Chaz Sands Invitational, The Seattle Street Battle. I could go on and on about all of these contests, most of which have become events in themselves, traditions in our humble little underground. Some are held in skateparks with hundreds of people on the course and others take place a little closer to the core of rollerblading, on street spots in cities all over the world. However different each contest is, the one similarity that binds them all together as a staple of blade culture is that each one was created by a small group of passionate people, a devoted corps of individuals hoping to give back to the community that brought them up. From 2005 until September of last year former pros and pioneers of blading, Tracy White and Carlos Kessell, brought that passion to the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club with the LA All Day contest series.

Read the full story at ONE

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Old Skoo Playas to New Skoo Foos

Tracy White Lightning, Garr Warrior Kanter, Okie Calkins, Ralph Nine! inch Koch, Carlos Locell Kessell and a bunch of old skoo LBC homies.
Culver City skatepark, Venice park & Stoner park.
Filmed & Edited by Los

Monday, January 24, 2011

BLADE LIFE: An Interview with Alex Miranda

AM 4 life… Alex Miranda, lots of people have an opinion on who Alex is. Some think they know him, few actually do. I’ve known him since we were kids, 12 or 13 years old. When he was still rocking a rat-tail under his A’s cap and wearing a Bash Bros. t-shirt. The first thing we had in common was our favorite baseball player, Jose Canseco… this was before steroids were really illegal. We became friends, and began chillin’, playing football, baseball, BMXing, or whatever the flavor of the month was. In ‘93–’94, rollerblading began to consume us. We saw a great opportunity to be original and have our own crew that did something no one else did at that time. Shortly after that, we were known throughout the city as “Bladers.” Alex had a style that stood out from the rest of us. When Alex skates he strives for perfection, just landing isn’t good enough. There’s a sense of unity when Alex locks on a grind; it seems that he attaches himself to it, while making sure his shirt and hat always match. Alex was getting into the OC scene, skating with Randy Spizer, Arlo Eisenberg and the Senate guys. He was eventually placed on the Senate team, putting his name next to skaters like Louie Zamora, Josh Petty, TJ Webber and B Love. What most people don’t know about Alex is his life outside of rollerblading. I’m sure that there are kids out there who can relate to family issues, health problems and trouble with the law. Alex has had a fair share of ups and downs, but through the fog, he has emerged with a new perspective on life. Alex is a person who can make you laugh one minute and maybe get under your skin the next, but one thing that’s consistent with Alex is that he is always himself, whether you like it or not. — Carlos Kessell
One mag full interview

Thursday, September 30, 2010

2010 L.A. All Day Champion Sean Cowen

Well, what can I say, Its been a fun ride. The last 5 years have been quite a Journey. Ive seen groms grow into amazing skaters like Sean "Schmib" Cowen. Ive seen kids put on there skates for the first time and now there hittin 360's over a man size box. It was a hard hit on these kids when the skatepark was demolished, but I can tell that a good handful of these kids are sticking to Rollerblading. Here is a short edit, nothing fancy just a digital camera and Imovie, but I think it captures what L.A. All Day is all about. I want to say a special thanks to all the moms who rolled through with refreshments, snacks and of course the "Ace of Cakes". Also thanks to Hiedi from SPA who let us use the Park, the rest of you know who you are, thanks for the support.

Nnaji Agbasi
Ace McAfee
Jude Agbasi
Luca Canny
Hunter Feldmen
Max Canny
Mason Seiber
Sam Whittert

Jack Simmonds
Julien Budge
Ajani Bryant

Cameron Davis
Kerron Donnelson
Raymell Williams

Sean Cowen
garret Kanter
Eric Pieper
Garret Whitney
Mike Mcmillian
Jared Adams

2010 Overall Standings
1. Sam Whittert - 2550
2. Daquan Johnson - 2325
3. Nnaji Agbasi - 2200
4. Jude Agbasi - 2150
5. Ace McFee - 2050
6. Hunter Feldman - 2000
7. Maxamillion Bader - 2000
8. Joshua Johnson - 1500
9. Morgan "The Animal" Nejadpour - 1225
10. Cameron "lil scooby" - 1150
11. Seth Gunawardena - 1025
12. Luca Canny - 1000
13. Christian Trice - 500
14. David Zamora - 475
15. Max Canny - 450
16. Mason Sieber - 45

1. Julien Budge - 2800
2. Jack Simmonds - 2700
3. Ajani Bryant - 1800
4. Phillip Kostic - 1500
5. Raymell Williams - 1300
6. Jalord Santos - 750
7. Dillon Cobb - 750
8. Desmond Cook - 650
9. Austin Moerke - 650
10. Devin Redman - 600
11. Ernesto Gonzales - 550

1. Cameron Davis - 2300
2. Garret Kanter - 1900
3. Gavin Livesy - 1800
4. Kevin Moore - 1000
5. Connor Garlick - 900
6. Nathan Genda - 800
7. Tyler Riso - 800
8. Scooby - 750
9. Jose Arce - 700
10. Nolan Jun - 700
11. Dennis Lopez - 650
12. Zach Blevins - 600
13. Robert Besabe - 550

1. Sean Cowen - 2800
2. Unknown - 2600
3. Rick Rodriguez - 2000
4. Shawn Rodriguez - 1975
5. Byron Snatchywaters - 1900
6. Andrew Sherf - 1500
7. Garrett Whitney - 1400
8. Daniel Rosado - 1050
9. David Jenkins - 1000
10. Chris "Okie" Calkins - 750
11. Chad Hornish - 700
12. Nacho Romero - 650
13. Garrett Kanter - 600
14. Tony Rivituso - 550
15. Matt Ardine - 500
16. Damon Franklin - 450
17. Michael Obedoza - 425
18. Alex Clifton - 375