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  • you're about to see a clip.

  • That's really quite amazing in 1998 Aggressive Rollerblading.

  • You probably have heard of it if you're old enough.

  • If not, you don't even know what I'm talking about.

  • I'm David Hoffman, filmmaker, and I made a feature documentary about aggressive Rollerbladers in 1998 and this is a clip from that, and this shows the New Yorkers.

  • Now let me just tell you a little bit of background.

  • So in 1993 9 million kids were rollerblading in line skating.

  • There were competitions that we're headed towards the Olympics.

  • X Games had a whole section on aggressive rollerblading.

  • They were stars who made 500 1000 a 1,000,000 more.

  • It was an amazingly growing sport that died.

  • I'm going to tell you about that after the clip.

  • So this guy in Silicon Valley, one of the Silicon Valley, great entrepreneurs.

  • His son is a Rollerblade ER, and he wants to make a documentary, and the kid never made one.

  • So the guy says to me, Look, I'll pay for the documentary, you make it, and if you use my son, that would be much appreciated.

  • Of course it's a dream for filmmaker to get the money to make a film, But for me to make a film, I have to like the characters.

  • And what did I know about these guys after I studied them?

  • They hated school.

  • They made fun of pretty much school, and everything else involved intelligence.

  • They drank before on the rage.

  • They watch a lot of porn.

  • You mostly hung out with each other.

  • It seemed having fun.

  • But life's not about fun.

  • When you're 16 you gotta learn a craft, learn a skill that was a negative.

  • Where was the positive?

  • And I had to find it or it could not make the movie will.

  • They weren't the athletes there with the big muscle men.

  • They were mostly little guys and they were stars.

  • They were athletic in their own space, and the world was starting to look at them.

  • Girls were starting to notice.

  • These boys on one of the girls look for skill, finesse and courage.

  • So there's a lot of blood, a lot of broken heads and broken knees because these guys have approved themselves and I saw a lot of injuries shocking.

  • They were brave.

  • They knew they were gonna get hurt without a helmet.

  • Stupidest damn thing in the world, but they didn't wear helmets.

  • Okay, I find what's good about him, and I understand what's bad.

  • I'm going to show it a little bit.

  • I'm gonna make this documentary.

  • How do we do it?

  • Well, there's this national competition.

  • The essay, The American Skaters Association has a big competition in Florida, and two of the great teams are New York and L.

  • A.

  • New York Street Guys Puerto Rican and Dominican Republic out Salvador mostly, but also whites and lower class poor kids come out of streets skating the streets of New York.

  • No joke up stuff.

  • He's a tough guys and they're real New Yorkers, and I'm a New Yorker.

  • Really appreciate them.

  • Senate in Los Angeles.

  • $30 million clothing company.

  • Making a mint, beautiful blonde, South Southern California boys.

  • Upper class, lots of money and girls and everything, totally different cultures.

  • You're about to see the New York culture.

  • F.

  • R fR has some real stars, some guys who are making a lot of money.

  • Terrific People treated me beautifully, and this is their story.

  • This is what made their culture, why this didn't become massive.

  • I don't know.

  • I'll tell you what happened at the end.

  • After the clip, What became of these guys at me and the movie?

  • Some people think that far stands for fuck Rollerblade Mixed started it when he quit Rollerblade stunt team Today.

  • There are a lot of companies bigger than that far, but that far was there for us first.

  • What is that for?

  • You know, it's like it's just these two letters snow Real meeting.

  • It's not fucked.

  • Roller blade.

  • It's not finding Rhea was not financial ruin.

  • Skateboarding.

  • Come on, it's nobody's working.

  • There's no endangered man.

  • Great thing.

  • This is it.

  • You gotta have guts to do this stuff.

  • This'll is my sport.

  • It's the old sport worth talking about.

  • Could be the hugest thing in the world way.

  • Call it aggressive in line skating.

  • Nothing's better.

  • Nothing stuff.

  • That's what I want to do.

  • I just want to escape that you never seen anything like this before.

  • You're just like, wow, I feel it way got the best from everywhere.

  • Like those inner city grates on suburban dudes like me who are really good.

  • These are the babes and hang with us.

  • I have a girl in each stop that we get to Gosh, I have a good check this out.

  • It's not just fun of skating is art To me, it's hard work.

  • My job is to skate is extreme.

  • It's about going fast.

  • We kids are turning our sport to a $1,000,000,000 industry.

  • Makes a lot more money than most adults.

  • Try landing on your ass like this.

  • That's cement, man.

  • How this takes skill.

  • And if you're good, I mean really good.

  • The best scarers from coast to coast meet once a year for the championship.

  • We're counting on you guys.

  • This is it, baby friends and everybody Look for that minute.

  • Everybody is the biggest inline skating competition of the year.

  • Some guys make it big, some don't.

  • If you fail here, go back home.

  • Busted.

  • But if you're the best, you're not just a champ.

  • You're a star.

  • It's all true.

  • And it's all good.

  • Doing my times tables isn't gonna help me at all.

  • What I do that one bit.

  • Neither is knowing that Christopher Columbus discovered America.

  • You know what I mean?

  • Cool.

  • I live here.

  • Thanks.

  • What is this?

  • Is this your hand Before that?

  • with his little dorky kids.

  • I went to school.

  • Now they go to school.

  • They dress different, they look different.

  • They have cuts everywhere.

  • They're aggressive in line skaters.

  • I mean, this is something stupid about getting on wheels, shoes and rolling towards a hand round and in the 15 feet between where you start and when you jump on the rail, you have to convince yourself that you're not gonna get hit, that you probably will get hurt.

  • And then it doesn't matter if you hit it.

  • Makes things real pain.

  • Make things real on.

  • Make things very simple and easy to understand.

  • It's a wake up call.

  • You feel like you weren't just messing around.

  • Make note mistakes.

  • If you don't get her wrong blood and you're probably doing something that was the fourth time.

  • Oh, how do you feel, son?

  • Like a champion.

  • Where's my bowl of Wheaties?

  • We're in New York City and in the city.

  • Great Street skating starts with Dave Ortega.

  • You haven't seen Street until you've seen David, his crew.

  • They're part of that other world.

  • That 1% that uses the streets of New York as they were meant to be, and I look at the real I C I want I want to put my feet on that.

  • I'm gonna You're close to the top ones, right?

  • I was there at the tippy top of Mount Everest with the flag in hand.

  • Let me taste.

  • It.

  • Tastes better.

  • The second time I was reading Donald Trump's book In order to preserve your function for the longest period of time.

  • We all have limitations.

  • We'll have to operate within our limitation, then pushing out of luck.

  • Thank God it's repairable.

  • You're a great patient.

  • You got it back.

  • You got it down.

  • I use it.

  • This is your second gift from God.

  • Most people don't get one.

  • You got to.

  • You're starting to both kid.

  • Gotta do it.

  • All right.

  • Tough.

  • What's up?

  • Video?

  • What's going on?

  • 18 year old Ryan Jack Phone is also a New York legend.

  • He brought a new style to our sport.

  • More subtlety for nets and hard Do it better than anything else.

  • You know what I mean?

  • Therefore, that's my one love.

  • Enjoy.

  • Maybe people so stupid.

  • He doesn't go to school.

  • You could do escape.

  • Maybe I don't care for that.

  • 25 minutes 30 minutes Sprint of death, jumping shape, blinding everything.

  • Just It's just the most.

  • I don't know.

  • Yeah, in a way.

  • Okay, I'll make it for you.

  • Brian is an in your face.

  • Guy is in your face, and that is a New York trade.

  • He doesn't care who you are, what you've done, where you've been, what you know, if you don't get what he's about, your he's the first to tell you first type of jump I ever did came from you know it was here.

  • So whatever I come back, it's like it's like stepping back into my house.

  • Mother tops to say that basically, you can tell when a car is like this fucking coming down here screaming Slow the fuck down That bastard.

  • It's just so you know what it looks like to me when I watch you skate, It's like he gets to go lead the way.

  • I don't have to go to school.

  • I don't have to work.

  • Really, really.

  • Fortun fortunate.

  • You know, my job is to skate something I really, really, really enjoying love to do instead of like, it's like some brother took a job working an elevator, hated it my job for the summer was to go travel and meet beautiful women, drink exotic beers, rock out all over the world.

  • Sure, you know, I felt bad, but it's like that's my job.

  • You taught me how to live, how to act, how to represent myself and how to skate.

  • So where some bigger kids not going to say what size your skates take him?

  • Basically, I could leave my house to go anywhere I want if I want to escape, the Florida could take 34 days, but I could do it if I really wanted to.

  • I don't really want you dead.

  • I could.

  • This'd is a team video.

  • How far is about New York?

  • And I'm proud to be part of this park, proud to be part of the industry.

  • And I'm really proud of all the guys on the team way be here.

  • What is that for?

  • You know, it's like it's just these two letters.

  • Snow.

  • Real meeting.

  • It's not fucked.

  • Roller blade.

  • It's not finding Rhea was not financial ruin.

  • Skateboarding.

  • Come on, at least running.

  • It's nobody's working.

  • There's no endangered man.

  • A break.

  • Hey, rob these two brothers again.

  • This is my boy Nana, and that's a brother.

  • There's what I like about this team.

  • Everybody has.

  • Brother.

  • Looks like a pretty nice neighborhood.

  • I wish I lived in a place like this.

  • Roger bike everywhere.

  • The coolest thing to do is actually get away with bumming a cigarette Suburbia community school principal sees.

  • Just slip any post aside like I know your parents, Hope Street.

  • I want to move the whole home.

  • It just makes me want to sigh where I'm with Pride man.

  • New York gets a new species.

  • It's not like all these years.

  • What?

  • This is the kid that I'm gonna find one that believes in himself, doesn't follow trends, skates the way he wants to, speaks passionately about the industry.

  • And every time that I'm on the way to find one of those kids, I'm praying that he's gonna fulfill my dream.

  • Hi, Paul.

  • He's, uh, this is Ryan, and then a Nazi.

  • He skates every day, and I gotta admit at first some of the things I've seen him do, you know, kind of kind of got me worried about you know what happens to be as an accident.

  • Sometimes those things are helmets on this stuff.

  • But then I always told me his helmet.

  • But I gotta admit coming from his father and see what he's doing.

  • He's He's good.

  • He's capable of just like a domestic flights without skates, doesn't he?

  • Doesn't in the driveway, right?

  • He doesn't drive.

  • If it's an ability that you find the qualifying for, then we go with the flow because he is good.

  • This is like my favorite thing is my heart.

  • This is what I do every day when I go home, like every day at school.

  • It's like, Boom in the house, Music on my skates on issues of skates.

  • Go on, music