Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:40
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“Skate on gut feeling...and have fun with it”: An interview with Julien Cudot

The FISE World Series Roller World Cup this year was full of insane moves and daring feats, sending the crowds into a wild frenzy. One man who found himself doing this more than anyone was Julien Cudot - the 2017 champion. We caught up with the Flying Frenchman to find out how he got into Roller and the secrets behind his aggressive skating style. 
When did you first get into Roller? 
I was around 7 or 8 years old. I tried a lot of sports as a kid - football, judo, basketball, tennis, swimming, but never went further than the first lesson. Then I asked my parents if I could try skating. 
My mom took me to Roller Park Avenue - the biggest skate park in Europe based in the suburbs of Paris.  It was the worst day of my life – I kept falling over. I then asked my father one year later to bring me back there and I started to feel fine on my skates and haven’t stopped since. 
You are 2017 Roller Freestyle Park World Cup winner. What was the FISE World Series like for you this year?
It was sick. Since Roller was at three stops this year there is much more entertainment for everyone. But you need to be completely focused - you can’t miss a step if you want to get in the top 3.  Some of my friends who are skaters came back to compete this year and tied with me (I’ll name Romain Godenaire). The courses were very different and bigger this yeah. I’m praying there will be more steps next year to take Roller to a whole new level. 
Where is your favourite place to skate? 
Roller Park Avenue still in my heart, as is “Les Boudins” in Bercy. 
You have a very aggressive and daring skating style. How did this come about? 
I think it’s because I learnt the basics in skate parks and on vert ramps. I also did trampolining and cliff diving whilst I was very young - so I was pretty comfortable in the air doing spins and flips. Plus, when my local skate park closed, I had to skate in other skate parks and on the street, taking on rails and ledges.  
When I was small, I competed in competitions against big pros and some of my heroes, so I had to do obstacles, which were normal size for anyone, but big for me. 
Having friends and spending time with people like Stephane Alfano make you realize that you can do a lot of things you only dared to think were possible, just because of the standards we set in our minds.
One of the highlights of this year’s series was your huge front clip onto the top of the drop-in ramp in Budapest. Talk us through what went through your head before you did the trick and afterwards. 
I thought a lot about it! I joked to Romain [Godenaire] when we arrived on the course for the first day, “imagine doing a front flip up there.” For my 2nd run of the semi-final I did a 360 up there and I was sure it was possible to do a front-flip. My ankle still was not perfect and even though I was sure it was doable, it would be the first trick of my run and could have screwed up my whole run if I failed, but I really wanted to do it!
I started my run with a bomb (I had to make one of the judges move to do it) and afterwards I just thought “I landed it!” I dabbed and then dropped in to keep my run going.  It was the best feeling run ever, and achieved against all expectations.
You have built a reputation for being a top park skater. Does your approach differ between skating in a park contest and skating in a street contest? 
I didn’t enter many skate street contests – I think my approach is different because I learnt in skate park where it feels more natural to me. I still take time to do some street skating, but it depends on the kind of spot. I just enjoying shouting to my friends and other skaters like a good groupie.
What do you see in the future of Roller?
I think people outside rollerblading will pay more and more attention to aggressive inline because it’s getting more entertaining. Even if we are not the first extreme sport on the list, we’re on it and what we do is sick. 
I hope for more competitions like FISE World Series so people can see this, whether it is at other festivals or shows. 
I’d like it to be seen as a more professional sport with more involvement from sponsors and more coverage – I believe it will happen one day!
What advice would you give to aspiring roller athletes? 
Just skate as much as you can - wherever you want, whenever you want. Let your skills come naturally. Skate on gut feeling - not your head or your heart, and have fun with it. If what you’re doing feels right – go with it. 
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 17:34
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It is official and it was just released today, the first world tour stopover of the FISE World Series will take place in Hiroshima (Japan) from April 6 to 8, 2018.
If you plan on making a trip soon, here is a cool destination to discover. On the programme of this trip, you will get BMX, Skateboarding, Roller skating, Parkour, Bloc climbing and Breakdancing ! 

Focus on Hiroshima 

The city is rich in culture and heritage, and it borders the Seto inland sea. 1945 is a thing of the past and even though Hiroshima was totally rebuilt, it still shows the marks of history. The great Peace Park is located at the heart of the city, with the many tramways making travel very easy but you will need to get on a ferry if you want to explore Miyajima, one of the best views in Japan. Don't forget to taste the local specialities : okonomiyaki (a pancake with noodles, fish or meat and rice) ! 

Prepare for your stay 

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Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram, we will reveal the other tour dates soon ! 

FISE Hiroshima 2018
FISE is going to Japan !
The city of Hiroshima in Japan will welcome for the first time a FISE World Series stopover.
See you from April 6 to 8, 2018 in the old city stadium of Hiroshima for a unique festival with a nice representation of today’s Action Sports.  
On the programme : BMX, Skateboarding, Roller skating, Parkour, Bloc Climbing and Breakdancing ! It will be a chance to enjoy the FISE atmosphere and to really feel Hiroshima’s culture and beauty.  


Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:24
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“I tried to stay consistent and it paid off”: An interview with FISE MTB Champion 2017 Mehdi Gani 

This year’s FISE World Series has been one to remember for Mehdi Gani. The French rider blew the crowd away at every stop, flipping and whipping his way to the 2017 MTB Slopestyle title. We caught up with the current champ to get the secrets of his success.   
When did you first get into mountain biking? 
I started riding BMX first. Then a friend introduced me to mountain biking, which was something like 10 years ago.
You are 2017 FISE MTB Slopestyle champion.
What was the FISE World Series like for you this year and where does it compare to other mountain biking contests?
I’m really happy overall this year. I got 3rd in Montpellier, 4th in Edmonton and 3rd in China, I just tried to stay consistent this year and it paid off. FISE events are part of the FMB World ranking so they are important events with fun courses. My favourite event of the season is Montpellier, the crowd is amazing there and the cool thing about FISE is that you can watch other extreme sports too. 
How do you prepare for a mountain bike contest? Do you have any pre-competition routines? Or any superstitions? 
Before a bike contest, I don’t really change anything about my routine. I go to the gym a few times a week and I just try to ride a lot to feel comfy on my bike and confident on my tricks. I throw salt over my shoulder before all my runs and I always have my four-leaf clover in my pocket! No, I don’t have any superstitions. 
Where is your favourite place to ride in the world and why? 
I really enjoy riding in Queenstown, New Zealand. They have amazing dirt jumps, going there is like a dream for a lot of riders.
What was the French scene like for mountain biking when you were starting out? Do you think the scene has improved today?
When I started 10 years ago the French scene was already good, but Yannick Granieri was one of the only French riders doing the biggest international events. Now the French scene is stronger and you can see a lot of Frenchies at most of the biggest events, which is awesome.
What do you see in the future of mountain biking? 
I think the future is going to be crazy. Every year the jumps are bigger on the events and the level of tricks are more insane. I think there are no limits.
What advice would you give to aspiring mountain bikers? 
I think that if you trust yourself, if you work hard and if you’re having fun, you can achieve all your goals. 
You can follow Mehdi on Facebook and Instagram
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Monday, December 4, 2017 - 11:05
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This new issue honours women with a special report on the BMX freestyle girl scene with new fearless riders coming up. Let's take off to Edmonton with the judge Brian Kachinsky's Family Portrait, before landing in Chengdu with Gabriel Zander and a focus on the first UCI World Championship. That's how we finish the year on the highest note before leaving again to explore new destinations and meet new talents ! 
Check out the new issue here  ! 


Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:46
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“Don’t give up before you try”: An interview with BMX champion Hannah Roberts

2017 has been a remarkable year for BMX teen sensation Hannah Roberts. The American has already won both the UCI BMX Freestyle Park Women’s World Cup and the World Championship this year and looks destined for greater things. We had a quick catch up with her and spoke about her recent successes and what lies ahead for 2018.  

When did you first get into BMX?

I started riding when I was eight years old, so around 8 and a half years ago. 
You are 2017 UCI BMX Freestyle Park Women’s World Cup Winner.

What was the FISE World Series like for you this year and where does it stack up in the world of BMX contests?

FISE is such a huge contest because there is no other like it, so it's definitely one of the most important series to me. This year FISE was fun - but also a huge learning experience! 

Your life must be pretty hectic going to school and as well doing all of these competitions. How do you balance between the two? 

I try to do my school work on the few days off that we get at events, but my teachers are really helpful and understand when it comes to me being gone.

Which BMX rider is your biggest inspiration and why? 

I look up to all the riders because they are all unique in some way. But, I have always looked up to Colton [Walker] because we have been riding together for many years. He is an amazing friend and destroys it on the bike.

The ladies on the BMX scene seem to be a pretty close and get on well with each other. What do you lot do in your downtime when you aren’t training or competing? 

If I’m not riding usually I am sleeping or hanging out with my friends.

What do you see in the future of Women’s BMX? 

The women have been killing it this year! As for the future, I see a lot more progression on our side of the sport. Hopefully there will also be more girls getting into riding.

What advice would you give to aspiring female BMX riders? 

Don’t ever give up before you try - you never know what’s going to happen until you give it a shot.
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 18:07
Garbaccio returns to win on course close to his heart
Chengdu China appears to be a lucky charm for 19-year-old French skateboarding star Joseph Garbaccio who won the FISE Skateboard Street Pro competition Sunday.
“I’m pretty nostalgic because my first ever international competition was FISE Chengdu three years ago—where I won as well,” said Garbaccio.
Initially the site of his breakthrough to professional sports, Chengdu proved the perfect lucky charm for a return from injury this time around. After touring Brazil with the French team and moving to the USA, the talented young rider secured the Montpellier stop then promptly hurt his ankle, sidelining him for two months of this season.
The setback wasn’t evident Sunday as he soared through the air scoring big props from both judges and crowd for his amplitude. His four-and-a-half metre transfer indie proved particularly impressive, though he packed his winning run our with a front-flip down the rail, mollie manual, back disaster, flip front-board and hurricane, to name but a few moves. 
He also secured two of the three “best trick” wins, following the first leg of the competition.
The finals saw the best 12 riders from Saturday’s semi-final round showcase their talent in two one-minute runs, with the best run of two determining their result.
The judges look for the skater’s amplitude, speed, flow, and style, along with the athlete’s technical ability, the degree of difficulty of the tricks showcases, his uprightness and ability to explore the whole park.
“It was a nice contest with a high level of riders coming out from all around the world, and we have a nice experience with the Chinese crowd” said Julien **, head judge. 
FISE opens each of its contests to any athlete who wants to compete. This competition had a qualification Friday, and the top 18 joined the FISE World Series 2016 winner and top five from FISE standings for a Semi-Final. 
Twelve riders competed Sunday before a large Chinese crowd who showed particular affinity for the younger of the riders on course.
Stay tuned! FISE will announce its 2018 calendar later this month.
FISE CHENGDU - Skateboard Street Pro final standings:
1. Joseph Garbaccio - France  watch his run
2. Konstantine Kabanov - Russia  watch his run
3. Martin Pek - Czech Republic  watch his run
Watch the replay of the final :



Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 17:05
Athletes challenged to progress the sport and push themselves with Best Trick bonus
A new competition style rocked the roller world Sunday at the FIRS Roller Freestyle World Cup in Chengdu, China as the series winner missed the podium and a man with the biggest air vaulted to first place.
The athletes had two 50-second runs to assemble a show of their professional artistry, then each got an additional four chances, immediately following their runs, to take things one step further with their biggest and best trick.
“Usually, it’s three rounds and the average of the two best count, which is good, but you can’t show all the aspects of what you can do because you can’t go that hard in a single run,” said Julien Cudot, FISE Roller Freestyle series champion for 2016 and now 2017.
The concept is designed to get riders to push themselves and progress the sport, by concentrating on the hardest thing they're capable of and risking it all, after they’ve already completed the majority of their work—and turned Sunday’s competition on its head.
French rider Yuma Baudoin found himself in first place, while his friend and the series leader, Cudot, finished off the podium, owing largely to those final big tricks. 
“I’m into airtime, so it’s not really a big disappointment, and it’s a friend of mine who has won,” said Cudot, adding “I hope the competition format continues this way.”
Baudoin, a university biology student, brought a 540 true-spin top soul and 1260, three-and-a-half rotations, in the best trick component. “It’s awesome. It’s a big, big competition with lots of riders, so it’s awesome to win this,” he said.
Stay tuned! FISE will announce its 2018 calendar in early December.
FIRS Roller Freestyle World Cup final standings:
1. Yuma Baudoin, FRA watch his run
2. Joe Atkinson, GBR watch his run
3. Stephane Torres, SUI watch his run
Watch the replay of the final :