North and South America
Name: Andrew Chaney
Date of birth: April 1,1986
Current Location: Atlanta, GA
Skating Since: 1994
Current Skate Setup: Rollerblade Twister Edge X
Explain the feeling you had the first time you put on skates.
The first time I put on skates I had a hard time keeping up with other skaters. The kids in my neighborhood were older and more experienced on wheels so I knew that I needed to practice to gain their respect. After a few months of tenacity and hard work, I was able to keep up and have been addicted to skating ever since.
What is your inspiration to keep skating?
I find that skating isn’t only a great work out, or method of transportation, but it allows you to express yourself in ways not comparable to other fitness activities. Unlike jogging or going to the gym, which merely kills calories or builds muscle, skating is about style, fashion, and creativity, in addition to pushing your psychical capabilities.
Also, because all you need is smooth pavement, the city is full of potential skating spots for you to roll around. Figuring ways to infuse your skating style into your surroundings is what I find so special about the sport. Using your skates not as just a method of transportation, but athletic expression, is what makes inline skating one of my biggest passions.
Lastly, I love skating early in the morning when no one is up and out on the streets yet. There is usually an hour or two after sunrise on weekend mornings where the city is wide open with very few cars or people on the sidewalk. There is nothing better than combining open streets to shred through with a good song coming through the headphones.
We truly believe skating makes a better world. How do you think skating makes the world a better place?
Skating brings people together not just when you skate with groups or go to the skate park, but as a community of people sharing a similar interest. If the only thing I have in common with somebody is that we both inline skate, I know we are going to get along just fine. In a world where perception seems to be more important than reality, it is good to get out and find something completely free from deception. Skating is all about you, the wheels beneath you, and what’s in front of you… I like to say that skating is the most fun you can have for free. After you buy a pair of Rollerblades of course!
How do you keep progressing and reinventing yourself?
Incorporating video production into my skating has been a big help for me to find ways to add style to my skating that matches what I am trying to accomplish on video. Simply skating around, exploring, and breaking a sweat would be ideal for someone not being filmed. However when photography is factored in you have a whole new set of factors to be concerned with. Location, time of day, framing your shot, not thrashing your GoPro etc. With that being said reinventing my skating would go hand in hand with my video production progression. The more I see myself skating on camera the more I notice things I could change or do better both as a skater and filmmaker.
What’s the most helpful tip you want to share with any skater?
Just like everything else in this world, you get out what you put in. Inline skating is no different. The more time you spend skating, the better you get. Don’t worry about practicing at first, worry about developing confidence and comfort under your feet. If you fall get back up. Learning to fall is just as important as learning to stay on your feet. At the end of the day, skating helps you live a more thrilling and fulfilling life. It would be a shame if a few scrapes or blisters deterred you from realizing your potential.
Imagine a world filled with animals who can skate. If you could be any of those animals what would you be and why?
I would be a Gazelle because my skating style is fast and graceful without being too crazy lol.
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