#24: Bruce Bales and the Roller Hockey Dream Team

Bruce Bales is a rollerblader, photographer, videographer, and host of the Iowa River Rumble.

We talk about the zen art of blade maintenance, rollerblading as an art form, working for free, and drafting the USA vs. Canada Aggressive Roller Hockey Dream Teams.

You can check out some of Bruce’s work at vimeo.com/deft. Follow him as @D_E_F_T
Cover art by Joshua Cullen Photography.

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Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_BruceBales.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 1:46pm PST
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#23: Bfree, Omezzy, and the Oakland Blade Jam

Brian Freeman and Omar Onitveros run the Oakland Blade Jam, which returns to Town Park on Sept. 19. We talked about the upcoming contest, the rich history of competitions in the Bay Area, recruiting new bladers with skate demos, and more.

Please hashtag responsibility: #OaklandBladeJam2015

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Intro is “Devils Poker” and outro is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks. Music on the break was a segment of “Bay to L.A.” by the Grouch.

Direct download: RTP_OaklandBladeJam.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 11:28am PST
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#22: Mike “Coach” Opalek

Mike Opalek was on the original Senate team, and has performed stunts in such 90s classics as Airborne, Brink, Double Dragon, and Batman and Robin.

From his front porch in Salt Lake City, Mike talks about rollerblading in the movie industry, being a blade coach, and, of course, making whiskey and beer. We end by hashing out possible plot points in the script for Airborne II and whether or not it could ever get made.

The alternate title to this podcast would have been “Ice Thug Life with Mike Opalek,” but we’re better than that.

Follow Mike on Instagram. He’s @opalek.

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Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_Opalek.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 10:46am PST
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#21: John Vossoughi, Tyler Noland, and Neil Chen

Tyler Noland, John Vossoughi, and Neil Chen are three master shredders exploring Montana by escaping wildfire in Glacier National Park, putting in long days skating in the hot sun, and soaking in hot tubs full of dudes.

This episode was recorded this on July 23, 2015, over a few pots of coffee and many cigarettes on the deck of a cabin just outside the Lolo National Forest.

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Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_21Montana.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 8:08am PST
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Brandon Ford is a staple of the Boston blading scene. He stopped by the Rock Town garage while driving across the U.S. for his moving company. We talked about blading in the Olympics, the Jenner effect, neighborhood crime, the power of good weed,  conspiracy theories regarding Middle Earth, the mindset of mass shooters, and dogs.

I had a good time hanging out with Brandon, so I hope you enjoyed the podcast. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss out on future episodes of the Rock Town Podcast.

 

 

Direct download: RTP_BrandonFord.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 11:56pm PST
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#17: Chris Dafick

Chris Dafick is one of modern rollerblading’s most prolific nomads and currently en route to Spain. He stopped by the Rock Town garage to talk about blading, the Shredweiser life, the need to always keep moving, and looking up from your phone every once in a while.

Visit shredweiser.com and follow them on Instagram as @shredweiser.

Support this podcast by shopping at rocktownpress.bigcartel.com

 

Direct download: RTP_Dafick.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 6:34pm PST
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#15: Michael "Gumby" Braud

Michael "Gumby" Braud is a do-or-die blader from the South living in California. He talks about his new video, "On the Rise," almost dying, peeing blood, the right-wing side of UC Berkeley, childhood dreams of being a stuntman, the unionizing of rollerbladers, and $100 skates.

Michael would appreciate if you supported his Kickstarter to pre-order "On the Rise."

You can support the Rock Town Podcast by buying merch from our website.

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: RTP_MichaelBraud.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 8:26am PST
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On Saturday, Aggressive Mall hosted the first San Jose Street Comp. Here's your audio coverage of the event, including guest commentary from Korey "Sneaky" Waikiki, Jose Fuentes, B.J. Bernhardt, Joey Augustin, the Wolves Den Crew, and others. 

Support for this podcast by buying goods from Rock Town Press.

Direct download: RTP_SanJoseStreetComp.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 11:39am PST
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RTP: Fear and Loathing at the Pow-wow Pro/Am

The 9th installment of the Panhandle Pow-wow took place March 12-15 in Jacksonville, Fla. For four days, rollerbladers from across the globe descended for a weekend of camping, blading, and boozing at Kona, the nation's oldest skate park. 

This podcast features the talents of Jason Reyna, Kevin Dowling, Kevin Lapierre, Blake Taylor, Guy Crawford, Brent, Scherer, Mark Weaver, Kennan Scott, Shane McClay, Montre Livingston, Adam Roberts, Adam Bazydlo, and many, many others. 

See you back in the Florida panhandle in 2016. Bring a tent, a beer coozie, and a good attitude. 

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Direct download: PowWowPodcast_FINAL.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 2:20pm PST
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Victor Arias guest hosts this episode as he and friends invade Woodward West for a three-day weekend full of blading.

Guests including E. Rod, Dave Lang, B. Free, Peter D., Cameron Talbott, Matty Scrock, Raymar, and Paco host their own industry meeting and talk (often all at once) about the role of Rollernews, getting broke off, reaching out, selling out, and doing it for the love. 

In keeping with tradition, there are lots of shoutouts.

Support these skaters through Filth JuiceBlader Gang, Aggressive MallValo Brand, Vibralux Denim, SSM, Ground Control, Circolo Wheels, Street Artist, and Gawds.

To support this podcast, purchase books, a poster, a hat, or some toilet paper from Rock Town Press

Direct download: RTP_WastedWoodWardWeekend_2.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 9:34pm PST
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