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Pictured left to proper, Mike D’Andrade , Philip Moore, Cavin Brinkman, Victor Daum and J.P. Primiano. Photograph by Erick Garcia.

Written by Cavin Brinkman

This should have been the weirdest but additionally probably the most enjoyable US journey I’ve had thus far.
I booked a ticket to fly to the 2018 Blading Cup and was to remain three weeks with Russell Day to movie for
ADAPT, however with Russ busting his ankle on the ONE LUX comp within the Bay Space solely few weeks earlier than, I
wanted to vary my plans final minute.

I considered Cameron Talbott right away; we had a very good connection on and
off the blades for some years now and SF is straightforward to get round with out having a automotive.
I texted him and he was down. From there, we might see what we might make of my time with him, since he
had work usually through the days.

A number of weeks move and it’s time for my journey.
I flew out from Paris, the place I had dropped my canine off for the weeks whereas I used to be away.

Cameron Talbott photographed by Cavin Brinkman

My journey ran then its course;


I took the practice to the airport.

One cease earlier than the airport, the practice broke down. All of us needed to get out within the pouring rain and alter platform the place a special practice arrived
15 minutes later; I deliberate forward within the occasion of stuff like this, thus taking an early practice meant I had nothing to fret about.

Checking in my luggage went kinda sluggish as a result of a Russian gymnastic staff of 15 women checked in earlier than me and the language barrier made it take ceaselessly.
Usually I might have an hour to an hour and a half earlier than my flight, however because of the mishaps, that turned 30 minutes, which labored in my favor.
I had a lay over in Frankfurt for an hour and a half. As we land, I take a look at my telephone to verify the time…


My boarding begins at 10:45 and it’s 10:45 now?
I’ll hold it brief; operating with a digital camera bag and fucked up knees suck, however I made it. Barely.
Now on my to the States, it was time to sleep a couple of hours and get some meals…
Oh wait, my particular requested meal isn’t right here although I obtained two confirmations for it?
Positive all good… simply give some fruit and I might be wonderful.


I landed in LA after about two films and some hours sleep and located myself ready on the baggage belt.
I noticed that if I virtually missed the flight, my bag undoubtedly missed it.

I discover a employee and ask for info, and after verifying my flight info, he pulls out a bit of paper; I see my identify straight
away. “Whatever, just tell me where to go to get this solved.”, I inform him. I’m drained and I need to get going.
I lastly get out of the terminal gate and see my non skate good friend.

“Fuck this all, lets get food,” I say as I shrug off the disagreeable tour behind me.

Hollywood Boulevard photographed by Cavin Brinkman

The primary few days I spent roaming Hollywood, and in flip spent Halloween on Hollywood

Among the many highlights of Brinkman’s travels was assembly the long-lasting Dave Paine.

The weekend of Blading Cup was unreal; so many associates that I didn’t know can be there,
pals I had not seen in years, assembly new buddies I solely knew trough social media, and naturally, assembly
my hero and the rationale I’m nonetheless doing this and can do it ceaselessly, David Paine of Video Groove.

I wanted to geek out a bit and get an image with him.
We talked a bit about how filming made me impressed me to do all this cool stuff, and the way his music within the
films was and nonetheless is so in my alley, from A Tribe Referred to as Quest, to Ignite, to Voodoo Glow Skulls.

He defined how that music had all the time been his fashion.

“My brother and I listened to all kinds of styles ( of music ).” He stated, then paused.
“Okay stop it now, you are giving me goosebumps.””

In all probability my solely geek out second ever, however such a superb second.

Brinkman, Victor Daum, Marco Giehm, and Ryan Buck Strauss

I stayed with Cameron Talbott and Sean Keane at a close-by lodge.
After the Blading Cup after social gathering, we went to a meals truck to get some meals.

Cameron walked to the automotive earlier than us and abruptly got here again asking if Sean had moved the automotive.
Keane didn’t use the automotive in any respect, and we then realized the automotive was gone. I slowly started to freak out, figuring out that each one my stuff was in there.

We took an Uber to the lodge, solely to seek out out Santa Ana has a robust parking coverage, with the driving force reassuring us that
the automotive was towed. A couple of calls later, the Uber drivers premonition held true; they picked up the automotive and my luggage have been protected.

On Sunday, I drove with Brian Krans, Danny Malm and Chris Bjerre early to the skate park the place the Negrete memorial was being held.
We skated a bit earlier than it received busy, and ending up leavbing early, as a 7 hour journey to the Bay awaited us.


Brian Krans photographed by Cavin Brinkman

That night time I stayed with Krans, and after a hike with him and his canine Friday on Monday, I did
a podcast with him. Thanks for having me, Brian.


Cameron Talbott photographed by Cavin Brinkman

Monday night time I took the general public transport to Cameron’s home. As I’m strolling in the direction of his home,
I see Cam and his canine Pete strolling in the direction of me; it’s all the time good to see buddies in their very own surroundings, it additionally feels so regular to be at their homes.


Cameron Talbott | Prime Soul | Photograph by Cavin Brinkman

We started to strategize: what can be greatest to do?
Movie at night time and the weekend?
Do a bunkers part?
An evening solely part?
Being it that Cameron injured his groin, we determined to only begin at night time and see the place it
would lead us.

Brian Freeman photographed by Victor Daum

With Cameron having to work through the day, it led me to hit up Brian Freeman and the champ, Philip Moore.
After reaching out to them, each have been right down to skate a number of days in Oakland and Berkeley.
My first day, I made a decision to bike to the town, having been conversant in the town with my journey right here  in 2011 to movie with Ralf van de Kerkhof for my video, The Breakfast Membership, so I knew my method round a bit.

Photograph by Cavin Brinkman

Slightly rusty on my navigation expertise, I fucked up with taking the incorrect block, and ended up taking over the most important hill.
Taking place was a lot enjoyable although.

Cameron Talbott photographed by Cavin Brinkman

At night time, Cameron and I went to get clips.
We had no concept what and the place to go, so we began downtown.
The first spot was a bust, however we later got here again and received the clip after another spots made us assume
what its true potential was, which helped form our strategy on our second try.
After 2 nights of filming, we decided that a night time edit can be greatest, and from there, we began to form the venture with each session.
With Cameron’s groin damage, he would wish a day’s relaxation after a session, and  with him being a full time bike messenger, it didn’t make the therapeutic course of any simpler.

Cameron Talbott works as a full time messenger within the San Francisco Bay Space. 
Photograph by Cavin Brinkman

We filmed 7 nights, the final night time staying out until 1 am to get the final of the filming accomplished.
1 night time we went out with some extra individuals and my digital camera simply determined to die on me. At first
I assumed perhaps the battery died, however none of my batteries would let it begin.

You possibly can guess what my temper was… I let it relaxation at residence hoping it might magically activate
the subsequent day. I had my hopes up.

I went to a digital camera retailer and the one choice was sending it to Panasonic.
I felt a bit defeated; on my approach again to Cameron I used to be even considering of reserving a flight residence.

We arrived again at Cameron’s and he requested if I needed to go to Ivan‘s birthday.
I said ‘why not’ let’s make the most effective out of this gray day.
Arriving at Ivan’s place I see Victor Arias and he requested if my digital camera was working once more.
When he heard that it wasn’t, he informed me to ask Ivan if I might borrow his previous digital camera, telling me that it was simply
accumulating mud at his home. (I assumed he bought the digital camera since he modified his arrange)
Earlier than I had the prospect to ask Ivan, he already made the supply to mortgage it to me and to drop by tomorrow and
decide it up.

Ivan Narez got here to the rescue, loaning Cavin his previous digital camera, which allowed him to proceed filming all through the remainder of his journey.
Photograph by Cavin Brinkman

My journey was saved by considered one of my inspirations and associates, I used to be buzzing.
We watched Ivan destroy a piñata whereas virtually decapitating a few of his associates.
I acquired to observe VALO 6 for the 2nd time now with all of the Bay Space homies too; for sure that was
one thing particular.

Through the days I principally skated with BFREE, Philip and Victor Daum from Paris, who was visiting for about every week, as he was firstly of his yr journey all over the world.
JP from BUTTER TV was additionally there to shoot a function on BFREE.

Philip Moore hones in on a True Prime Soul | Photograph by Cavin Brinkman

JP Primiano dialing it in | Photograph by Erick Garcia

Brian Freeman with an image good fastslide | Photograph by Cavin Brinkman

B Free with a Prime Soul | Photograph by Cavin Brinkman

The next days, the Bay Space was coated in a thick smoke because of the forest fires.
My nostril was full on a regular basis I used to be there; considered one of my ears was clotted for three days.
Individuals have been strolling round with mouth caps and masks.
At first I assumed People over assume all the things, nevertheless it was not like that in any respect.
For 2 days I didn’t even go outdoors since you might barely breath; the air was full of a poisonous, ammonia-type odor.

Photograph by Cavin Brinkman

We skated principally Oakland and Berkeley through the days shifting ahead
Erick Garcia, aka Mr. JSF himself, joined a couple of periods to shoot footage and even one session he strapped on the previous K2’s and
received some clips of him on the digital camera.

Pictures by Erick Garcia

Throughout one session, Lonnie Gallanos facetimed BFREE within the automotive.
B picks up and who can we see on the display? Rob G!
They have been on the town and deliberate skating the little skate park.
We would have liked to see them it doesn’t matter what.
We completed the session and went to the park.
JP and Victor by no means actually met Rob, however me and B did many occasions.

It was SO good to see him (on blades) and receiving his well-known hug.
One of the best a part of this all was his fixed smile from ear to ear nonstop.


Rollerblading and its powers are so lovely.
This journey made me understand this again and again.
SF and the Bay Space have a terrific scene; I want I might have explored extra as a result of all of the JSF
individuals I met have been nothing however good.
I need to thank Casey, Cameron, Ivan, BFREE, Victor and THE CHAMP Philip Moore, and everybody else
who made this one a one to recollect.

Cavin Brinkman lives in Amsterdam. “My current job is living my life the way I want to live it”, he says of his present occupation.

You’ll be able to comply with him on Instagram right here.

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