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Andrew Chaney

Ambassador

Name: Andrew Chaney
Age: 31
Current Location: Atlanta, GA
Skating Since: 1994, 18 years
Current Skate Setup: Twister Edge X

What are your three proudest moments from 2017? Why?
1. I got engaged to my now beautiful fiancé Lisa. We are getting married in December.
2. For the first time one of my videos hit 1,000,000 views on YouTube. (it was about how to make an 8,000 pound wheel of cheddar cheese. Hopefully I’ll hit that mark soon with a skate vid!
3. I passed the unmanned aerial aircraft test and became an FAA certified drone operator. This allows me to have a little more legal freedom when it comes to flying my drone while producing skate films :)   

Highlights from Team Rollerblade® in 2017.
2018 is my first year as a member of Team Rollerblade :)

Knowing what you know now, what three things you would have done differently in 2017?
1. I wish in 2017 I would have attended more evening group skates in Atlanta. This year I’ve opened up my schedule and Ill be able to spend more time skating in the evening. One of my favorite times to skate is during twilight when the breeze is blowing and the sky is orangish purple :)
2. In 2018 I want to skate more often with the Atlanta Peachtree Road Rollers. They are a fun bunch and until recently I was at work during most of their night skates. I attended a couple back in 2017 but I want this to become a regular part of my weekly schedule. 
3. Back in 2017 I wish I would have been better at creating graphics for my skate videos. I have begun to really hone in on developing my own accent graphics and special effects to incorporate into my action sports cam footage. They make a killer combo! I am looking forward to sharing what I’ve done so far…

What are you most looking forward in 2018?
1. I am super jacked to be a part of the Rollerblade Team and am looking forward to skating new cities for the first time. One of my favourite things about Rollerblading is finding creative ways to navigate areas that I am unfamiliar with. I have always had fun while improvising my skate route in busy urban environments while simultaneously avoiding body checking any innocent bystanders. 
2. In 2018 I want to work hard producing Rollerblade content, both photo and video, that helps promote all the glory behind skating and the Rollerblade brand. Skating was a big part of my childhood. From street hockey to aggressive and urban skating. Inline Skating has made a strong comeback in recent years and I hope to spark even more interest in the sport in 2018.
3. Lastly I am looking forward to seeing not only how I progress as a skater, but as a member of the Rollerblade Team and an Ambassador of the Rollerblade Brand. I want to continue to push the envelope on my skating as well as my branding and video production skills. I plan to achieve this through consistently cranking out quality Rollerblade content while pushing myself to further develop my skills in marketing and filmmaking.

What are the top three locations you plan to visit in 2018?
1. St. Thomas, St. Barts, Grand Turk  
2. Miami, FL
3. Asheville, NC
4. Savannah, GA
5. Las Vegas, NV
6. Cincinnati, OH

Give us three ways you prioritize health and fitness in your life.
1. To ensure I maintain a healthy level of physical activity I get up early in the morning to exercise. As the day begins to take shape you can get steered away from you’re your fitness goals. Whether other commitments get in the way, or I am feeling just plain lazy, getting up and getting on it ensures I won’t fall victim to my own excuses. On top of that when you break a good sweat early you feel good through out the rest of your day! I always tell myself that 20 minutes of strong cardiovascular activity will help you feel good for the next 20 hours.
2. I’ve learned that once you string together a couple weeks of consistent exercise you begin to crave it. Then after awhile it becomes addicting. If I take a day off I don’t feel as energetic or refreshed as I do after a good work out. The lull of feeling like this is great motivation to keep on moving. When I am doing strength based work outs I repeat inside of my own head “One more” over and over until I’ve given it my all. No excuses. No one ever drowned in sweat!
3. Lastly, and most importantly, I try to eat a lot of healthy foods. I eat light foods like fruit, vegetables, and nuts during the day and a bigger, more filling meal during the evening. That way I can stay light on my toes until I decide to relax for the night.  I’ve learned that your body craves what you eat. Your brain adapts to what its used to and begins to crave the things that it is given. For example I love Granny Smith Apples. I have one almost every morning. It is because I eat them so frequently that I crave them so often. I can honestly say when I wake up I am excited for my apple :) Train the Brain…it is key…

What are your top three personal goals to achieve this year?
1. I’d like to ramp up my action sports film productions. I shoot most of my own stuff so I’ve been figuring out creative ways to make more complex solo videos. Having someone to roll with while shooting is helpful but I can’t always rely on that luxury. When producing videos as a one man band it can be creatively challenging. I want to spend 2018 trying to break through a lot of those challenges.
2. GoPro just launched the Fusion 360 degree camera. As of January 2018 shooting in 3D is a relatively new concept for me. I have taken a few classes at CNN however I am far from proficient. I feel like I know every other GoPro product inside and out. Adding this one to the arsenal will add a whole new dynamic to my skate videos : ) 
3. In 2018 I’d like to start recording the distances and times of my skate sessions. Not sure why but I have never kept track of this. I just boot up and roll out without ever setting a goal for myself. Once I start keeping track of my speed and time I will have a barometer set and can  begin challenging myself to improve. By the end of the year I’d like to see where I stand in long distance race.

What are the next three upcoming events will you attend.
1. Skater Migration 2018 Miami Florida
2. Atlanta Peach Tree Road Rollers Evening Skates on Monday and Wednesday nights in Atlanta. 
3. At least 1 long distance race most likely A2A Athens to Atlanta.

What is your mantra or key hashtag for 2018? #stayrad

Facebook: Andrew Chaney
Instagram: Andrew_M Chaney
YouTube: Andrew Chaney

Events for 2018:
- Bear Creek Challenge
-  Skater Migration 2018
-  Northshore Inline Marathon
-  More dates and locations pending…

 

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