Duluth – Woodward

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Duluth NSIM – WYII 2019 Woodward PA.

Bambi gives me a tour of RiedellLocal ladies of Redwing constructing Moxi’slook at her,Olf farm bluff trail Redwing, Mnview from the blufftraining on the bluffs paved loopdinner in Duluthreflecting over coffeescrumptious this way to North shore In-line Marathon.this dog hangs out with the inventor of rollerblading.chilling with the team.enjoying the race,extreme focus.finishers.if only you knew how nervous I was before the race.crashing during the awards.the crowd pleaser.actually incredibly stoked to have podiumed this day.Brad & Lauren. Duluth, Mnkids at the park.me & Tone,Tone & I,Bambi in the cold late summer waters of Minnesota.contemplation.Myles.the wise,locations.the most legendary cabin weekend ever..breakfast & reorganizing in Minong, Mnnew setup.quick stop to see the Madison homies.dan is cool.best driving partner.lunch with Lia & John, Woodward, Pamorning 20kthe group in motion.sonic attempts to break the sound speed barrier.horse.the sun rising, 📷: Stephanie Falcone.tractor.Selfie.Cameron & Tad, Woodward, Pagood boi.fresh new setup.into the sunset.Cameron, Malik & Sonic. B3Bryce within flightLogan.welp.how lucky am I.Hogan is the man.morning skate day 2.new buddy,let me keep following you.& catching sunrises with you,& following you.i love this setup.jeez, breakfast & coffee, welhiem, pa.the very best humans of wyii 2019vibes, Woodward, pa. tired.but happy.the end.

Stoke the fire.

Saturday may 25th

7th annual Forest city blade fest

The last weekend of May I had the opportunity to attend Tracy White’s 7th annual Forest City Blade Fest in Rockford Illinois.

I’d been hearing about this skatepark competition the last few summers.

A contest for all ages and levels of skill.

Super Grom – 9 & under, Stud – boys and girls intermediate, Kingpin/old man – over 30, and Freakshow Elite.

Not to mention a friendly game of roller hockey, a cones race, and a #rollerblade10k the next day.

I took my proximity of living in Chicago as my first real chance to make it out to this radical weekend event.

So with my freshly tuned up New Jack Pro’s and a longing to spend some of my energy off the trail and in the skatepark I departed with Bambi to make the two hour drive out to Rockford Illinois.

We pulled up to the skatepark to the sight of not only dozens of skaters from around the neighboring states but also dozens of little kids flying in every which way around the skatepark.

It’s not often you go to a skatepark and see young kids in-line skating anymore. The generational gap sometimes worries me for the future of the aggressive side of our industry. None the less I was so thrilled to see all the kids with Rollerblade skates and helmets rolling up and down the various obstacles with smiles beaming across their faces.

Some skaters find kids to be a nuisance at the skatepark, after all it is technically a training ground for this extreme sport we do.

Yet as the day unfolded I watched my fellow skaters as they did amazing high flying stunts, masterfully avoiding the kids at the bottom of every ramp and around every blind corner. Nobody really seemed to mind sharing the course. I think we were just happy to be skating, not to mention the rainy forecast had transformed into a beautiful summer day.

📷: Heather White

I knew I would be participating in the competition so I spent my time searching the park for my flow, for the obstacles I wanted to skate and the maneuvers I wanted to attempt.

I couldn’t seem to find any inspiration though.

There were so many amazing skaters, each suited with their own skills and styles.

I watched what everybody else skated… maybe I’ll go for that… nope, I wiped out…

maybe I’ll try and grind this thing… nope, not for me…

I was feeling like maybe today just wasn’t my day, maybe I would just sit it out..

The time came for the event to officially kick off.

Tracy announced that the kids sprint race around the park was about to happen.

He called my name over the loud speakers, along with my fellow skaters Scotty B & the legendary Tall Tone.

He asked Scotty and Tone to stand in the center of the park as an acting finish line.

Then he asked me to accompany him twice around the park outlining the course of the race.

After that I took my place in the corner of the park to act as a marker and help the kids remember which direction to go in their mad scramble to skate to the finish line.

📷: Heather White

After both the kids and adult races ended we had a little more time to free skate the park.

I still couldn’t get into my zone…

So now came time for the kids competition.

I really appreciated this part.

It put on display something I think a lot of us forget about, or push to the back of our minds.

Each kid, boy & girl took their runs with the entire park to themselves for 2 minutes each..

Each one the same, they skated around the park looking straight ahead, not considering what anyone else was doing, not overwhelmed with what tricks they should try, not caring about anything except skating and the obvious fire that it ignited within them.

Watching as each one attempted to make it up and down the obstacles with fierce looks of determination, and glowing smiles when they landed. I began to recall this fire that had started in me so long ago.

Most of the kids chose this one particular ramp on the far end of the course to continuously fly off.

I thought it was interesting because none of us older skaters had looked at this ramp as an obstacle to skate, other than getting up to the hangout deck.

I watched these kids air of that ramp over and over, until finally 6 year old skater Raef Gilber struck a cord of inspiration in me. He has been inline skating for only a year and playing hockey for 3 and you could tell right away he had a passion for it.

He made his rounds about the park speeding towards the corner ramp with so much determination. After a few small attempts everybody watched as he gave his final go with so much fire. Skating full speed as the crowd cheered for him. He started to roll up the ramp and into the air, high, higher, all the way up, until his feet went out in front of him, he seemed almost suspended in the air before he came crashing down to the earth with a solid thud. But the roar of everyone cheering helped Raef jump right to his feet.

This was a powerful message.

🎥: Raef’s father

After the kids comp ended it was time for the “old man comp” (age 30+).

Per usual everybody shredded despite their “old man” status, with Tall Tone taking his third consecutive victory.

Older skaters are a testament to the mantra – A body in motion stays in motion!

It’s never too late to start skating, getting older should be even more of a reason to find a fun & healthy form of exercise like skating..

Finally it came time for the freakshow division..

There were 15 of us competing in this division, divided into three 5 minute heats with the top 5 skaters moving on to the final heat.

Luckily I was in the third heat..

So I waited and watched my homies (including my IOWAT and White Rabbit brothers) shred the park to pieces. Skater after skater dropping sick moves and lines. It came time for my heat so I climbed back up to the top of the tallest ramp and took one more scan of the park.

Tracey called my name signaling my turn to take my initial drop in.

I fell immediately.

Bummer.

I didn’t let that defeat me though.

I climbed back up the ramp, took some deep breaths and meditated on how I was about to spend my energy for the next few minutes.

I thought about Raef and the mad attempt he took to fly, and Suddenly I knew what I wanted to do.

From the ramp Raef had aired off there was a gap to the top of the tallest ramp in the park.

I rolled to the edge of the ramp and eyed the distance from where I was to the ramp below..

I took a scary leap and somehow made it in one piece. My thought then was that if I can make it down this gap I could surely make it back up.

I made my way to the far end of the course to the same place all the kids had started from.

I started to hype myself up. My Iowa friends and fellow skaters knew this was the tell tale sign that I was about to attempt something gnarly.

I took a few deep breathes and started to skate as fast as I could back in the direction of the gap.

I tried to embody the same fiery energy as the kids had earlier in the day.

I smiled, and pushed harder, suddenly I was rolling up the ramp, leaving the ramp, and flying through the air at my target. I wanted to grind the tall ramp.

I missed… yet luck carried me safely back down to earth with minimal damage. My next two attempts only felt further from my goal.

With only a few moments left in the heat I knew I had to do this. I could feel the fire consuming me. I started to rocket down and across the park. This was it I told myself, you can do this.

I launched off the ramp, soared through the air feeling completely weightless. Suddenly my skates locked onto the grind and I knew I was there. I slide across the coping and gracefully dropped back down to earth. My heart racing and emotions charged I threw my fist up into the air as I felt the sense of victory wash over me.

The fire that can be lost and sometimes diminish had once again been reignited. I had conquered my self.

🎥: Aaron Schultz

I took of my skates and helmet and thanked my friends for hyping me up.

Then had the enjoyment of watching them skate in the final heat while I chilled on the sidelines knowing I had accomplished what I wanted.

As soon as the day had begun it was ending.

Tracey climbed to the top of the makeshift pyramid podium and started to announce the winners.

I was happy to see so many Iowa skaters up there. I know I mention Iowa a lot but it’s my home. Iowa and the skaters from there molded me into the skater and man that I am. So it’s always a pleasure to be able to chant IOWAT and celebrate in our victories.

📷: Bambi Bloodlust

I was zoned out talking with Bambi, reliving the skating moments we had all just witnessed when suddenly Tracy started to mention the winner for best trick…

Mentioning the trick was done on an obstacle nobody had ever done before..

My friends started to chant my name in unison which was by far the coolest part of the entire day.

It means so much to me to have the respect of all these talented skaters. I made my way up to the podium and couldn’t help but cheese out the biggest smile in the world. Tracy handed me my prize package that included a 1994 asa shirt, a brand new Rollerblade tool (of which I immediately gave to my friend Coltan for his sick best trick “450 back unity”) and the prize I really wanted.. Two bottles of hot sauce.

I can’t think of anything I’d rather have after skating then hot sauce to douse my victory dinner with.

📷: Heather White

All in all the 7th annual Forest City Blade fest was a blast. Tracy and his volunteers ran the event to perfection. Everybody had their moments to shine and express the passion and talents for this sport we all love so much. I can say that this will be an event I attend again. I appreciate Tracy and Rollerblade for helping to make this event happen, and for their support and genuine interest in continuing the growth of our community.

Special shout of to Aaron Schultz (@groundzer0.000) for his dedication to capturing our tricks and telling our story.

And to Heather White for the amazing photos she captured.

📷: Bambi Bloodlust

If there is one thing that I really took away from this day it’s that no matter your skill level, your age, what tricks you do, or how fast you skate, the most important thing is that you stoke that fire inside and remember why it is you fell in love with skating.

Peace, love, & good vibes

– Kaleboston

tuesday,

the blue of lake Michigan swallows we whole,

sorting through the thoughts of late,

overwhelmed by the complexity of crossing these large bodies of water,

we have promised men many things.

We set our sights on the clouds.

sleepless nights spent chasing the vision,

a vision of changing worlds through which we-painfully navigate each day.

we must aim for grace with each movement,

wish to write poetry with the rise and fall of each breaths.

perfection is attempted, simplicity must be noted & adored,

to live below the means

and above the dreams.

“Excuse me sir,…

May I take your portrait?…”

Against the backdrop of wars, of suffering, of anger, hunger & sadness

we are humans, searching for humanity.

No Man Is An Island,

📷: Julio Guerrero

@julio_guerrero_photography

Chi 5/7/19

Tonight in the market I passed by you,

My stomach grew heavy with poetry.

I kept walking.,

like rituals I gathered the regular things.

• eggs

• clementines

• bread

• etc,

I almost left,

Except for you,

I had to go back for you…

STL ⏩ Chi

It feels like only yesterday I was aboard Amtrak 322 Texas Eagle south bound from Chicago to St. Louis.

I remember this city calling to me.

No clue why or what was bringing me here but the feeling was undeniable.

(March 5th 2019)

Eager to explore this city and find my own space within it to flourish I just started skating.

I found the Ted Jones Trail

A place that became my morning ritual.

A ritual of movement through body and mind.

It took me a few week to get used to the train. The rhythm of the stops. The flow of people and which train-car to go for (especially on cards game days).

I had my fare share of bizarro on the train experiences.

but ultimately it became a part of my morning ritual just as important as the trail.

(alone at umsl north)

I rode that train almost every single day the last 2 months.

Downtown STL quickly became my space.

My zone.

My canvas.

I was united with my Pack.

Spending my days delivering food for Foodpedelar downtown.

I learned all the streets and shortcuts

and every crack in the ground,

bump in the road,

You know,

I developed a very intimate relationship with the streets of downtown St. Louis.

(all this ⬆️ turned out to be perfect training for a century…)

I found a place in these streets I could go that I will never fully be able to explain.

(Similar to my vibe with Des Moines)

Time passed,

I was just working towards my goal of getting to Nigeria.

That feeling St. Louis had been sending me slowly started to become clear,

St. Louis would be the location for my first in-city Century.

And like clockwork the universe connected my dream to a motivator..

My cousin was having a benefit dinner to help raise funds for her upcoming pancreas transplant.

I couldn’t make the dinner, I thought at least I could donate. Then I thought wait.

I. Can. Skate.

Not to the dinner necessarily,

but for my cousin.

So next thing I know I’m planning a month long stay in Nigeria while simultaneously planning a week long heart health campaign and a 100 mile skate to raise funds for Shannon.

I don’t know how I didn’t lose my mind.

I’m going to leave a gap in this post right here⬇️

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This is space for me to write about that century skate as soon as the words come to me…

it was a huge success!

My cousins surgery went well, she’s been in and out of the hospital handling both expected and unexpected complications of such a life changing operation.

And it feels incredible to know through hard work and the support of an amazing community we reached the goal of $1,000 to help ease some of the financial worry of this time in her life.

So my last day in STL was a regular yet spectacular beautiful sunny day of skating the trail, taking the train, working the city, and catching an impromptu late lunch with my boss Alex.

I met up with my friend Kaitlin(we discussed our vibes of the city as we often did, we both love STL) we shared home cooked spaghetti with Hannah and Jordan.

And then I spent the evening reflecting as I packed my things in preparation for my next journey… Nigeria…

// special note

Thank you to my baby sister for opening her home and heart to me and my crazy skate dreams,

(Hannah & Jordan, Ted Jones Trail 3/17)

Traveling and living how I do often makes me long for the feeling of having a home and a family to share time with.

So staying with my sister in Ferguson was a nice relaxing time for me.

We shared family dinners and talked about life, we skated the trail and discussed hopes for the future over coffee and cookies.

My little sister is a remarkable woman and I couldn’t be prouder of how she is raising her daughter and living her life as a “woke” and positive human.

//

My experiences in St. Louis were a gentle and necessary reminder that we are all humans,

we all feel this great force that is the human condition,

and most importantly we must generate love from within ourselves to be shared, Otherwise what are we even doing?

I know St. Louis is so much more complex and has so much more to teach me in the future, but for now..

Au revoir St. Louis!

(view crossing the Mississippi from Amtrak 322 Texas eagle stl-chi)

This past week in Chicago has been insane..

Visa issues,

Putting all the skates together

Everything is strangely & perfectly falling into place exactly how the universe sees fit.

Anyways, more on that soon.

For now

Peace, love, good vibes

– Caleb

Toast ya bish 🥑🍞

One of my favorite things about being an adult is the slow, beautiful, sometimes difficult process of learning how to actually take care of myself.

I feel like for myself and a lot of my friends there is this gap to leap.

The gap between when mom’s home cooked meals stop and proper adult life meals start.

That gap is filled with take out, pizza, cereal, and the infamous

RAMEN NOODLES 🍜

and all the other sugar coated, sauce covered, shiny wrapped garbage our society pushes off as food.

It wasn’t until about the age of 25 that I started to close that gap and focus on food that was actually good for me,

Food that will actually sustain my health and allow me to function how a healthy young adult should.

Grocery shopping has quickly become one of my favorite pastimes.

Building my “mental recipes book”,

Learning what my tastebuds are actually capable of,

and being able to share my new found skills of real cooking is a triple bonus.

Today I’m going to share with you one of my go-to breakfast meals –

Avocado Toast.

I honestly don’t think I had eaten an avocado (except for pre-mushed restaurant guacamole) until my mid-twenties.

Since discovering avocado and learning how good it really is I can’t seem to get enough.

So here’s how I make avocado toast.

Ingredients:

1 avocado (you want to look for one that is slightly darker and softer, not mushy though, it’s an art)

2 sweet peppers

1 spicy pepper (optional)

1 green onion

2 garlic cloves

2 eggs

2 pieces of whole wheat toast

butter

shredded cheese (optional)

Start by dicing up the peppers, onion & garlic into small pieces according to your taste.

throw the butter into a regular sized frying pan over medium-low heat.

next add the diced veggies to the pan allowing them to simmer for a few minutes.

Watch them close and you will get the feel of how much you like to cook them.

I prefer mine to just start browning on the edges, for those of you not fancy to culinary terms this is called caramelizing.

While the veggies are caramelizing cut your avocado up.

This is an easy process.

I take the avocado and cut vertically down into it allowing the knife to make contact with the seed in the middle.

then simply rotate the avocado around until you have separated the two sides.

finally use your knife to softly cut the avocado into cubes inside of the skin. Be careful not to cut all the way through the skin.

It’s okay if you don’t do it perfectly, you can take a spoon and scrape out any remaining avocado bits.

When your veggies are browned to your liking add another small piece of butter then drop in the avocado.

Allow it to slowly heat up in the butter tossing the whole mix here and there so everything is mixed and covered with hot simmering butter 👌🏻

(You can add a little pinch of salt & pepper at this point if you’d like)

Now the trick is to just heat up the avocado. Softening it a little bit.

When it’s hot and buttery and the mix feels ready take it out and put it into a bowl.

Then start your eggs in the pan and toast in the oven. (Or toaster)

While the eggs are cooking finish the avocado mix by mashing it up with a fork.

(This is the part where I sometimes add shredded cheese)

Don’t sweat on making it perfect.

When your toast is toasted to your liking take it out. Spread on your fresh delicious avocado mix. Top it with an egg (also some Cholula’s hot sauce 👌🏻) and throw a clementine on the side for good measure.

Enjoy!

This meal takes me 10 minutes.

It’s delicious and has numerous health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

I make this meal 3 times a week.

It never gets old because I change out the veggies I mix in and the style of bread I use.

I hope you find some inspiration to try making this yourself.

And please, don’t deprive yourself of the artful beauty that is eating. We have to do it 3 times a day every day our whole life, so why not do it right.

Cheers!

– kaleboston

A hero’s heart,

Here this goes,

The last few years I have been shifting my life in the direction that feels truest to my soul.

I have learned many lessons and given up many of the things I once thought I needed to be happy in my search for a higher purpose.

I am constantly striving to reduce my negative footprint on this planet,

& striving even harder to greatly improve my positive impact on this world & the people I share with it.

Through fully embracing my passion for skating and allowing my heart to flow freely within this universe I have achieved some of the greatest accomplishments of my life these past few years.

Some of you know about my 492 mile skate across Iowa I connected to a children’s charity, or the double century I did last October at the A2A road skate to raise support and bring awareness to/for victims of sexual violence.

I’ve travelled, skated and filmed awesome things, but it wasn’t until I started doing my skating for something bigger than myself that I finally started to feel like a hero and a human who is contributing to this glorious journey we call life.

My ambitions may be framed differently for the world but that’s okay, because I understand myself and what I wish to achieve and that is the first step to better understanding the world and making a difference.

Through this understanding I am doing things I would have never thought possible.

I’m taking my art, my body & mind, my pure unwavering passion for skating and becoming the hero I envision within myself.

I don’t have a hero name other than my online handle @kaleboston which most people seem to think is my real name and I’m okay with it.

But I do have something far more important than a name,

I have the symbol

This symbol is an idea I have felt and embodied for a while now.

It’s the combination of two things I love…

I love clementines.

&.

I love rollerblading.

Anybody who knows me knows I always have a clementine with me, especially when I’m skating and I’m always ready to share, take a segment please and enjoy my friend.

So this is my hero symbol.

And here I am, as an artist, a friend, a regular person and aspiring hero trying to use their potential to change the world asking you,

Will you support these causes I am taking on as the inline skating, clementine eating crazy man that I am.

If you believe in me and the things I’m trying to achieve I want to share with you my next big project.

I’m starting an adventure club.

As the universe unfolds and shows me the next cause I am destined to pursue I will build campaigns

I’m calling them campaigns because a campaign is organized activity with an end goal often around social causes.

With each campaign I will be creating a set amount of patches tied around my causes and ideas.

I will layout each campaign and the goal I intend to reach and give you the opportunity to support this cause if you so believe in it.

So without further ado here is the launch of my first campaign,

it’s a double wammy!

Pt. 1

Shannon’s Century

– 100 mile/one day skate in STL, Mo

Starting today I am launching a week long campaign focusing on heart health both physical and emotional.

I will be sharing some of my favorite things I do that help me to take care of my heart.

Things like skating, yoga, and recipes for some bomb delicious easy meals.

As well as some fun tidbits about the heart you might not know.

All of this building up to my first century skate of 2019.

For those of you unsure of what a century skate might be…

It is skating 100 miles in one day.

It takes extreme mental and physical tenacity to be able to achieve a goal as mighty as 100 miles.

I’ve discovered with success and failure that I can never do this alone.

It always takes two extra ingredients that I don’t have.

1 – the support, energy and faith of my friends(you)

2 – an end goal that is bigger than me & farther reaching than 100 miles.

(a.k.a – the motivator)

The motivator for this campaign is my cousin Shannon.

Ever since we were kids my cousin Shannon has always had a beaming smile and cheerful disposition on life.

I have fond memories of her doing diy magic shows for us kids at family reunions. Jumping on the trampoline at her house, and general kiddo activities that were good for the heart.

I also have memories of her giving herself insulin shots since she was 11.

That’s when she developed type 1 diabetes.

As a kid not fond of shots I always thought how awful it must be to have to do this everyday.

Those shots were the least of it though.

Shannon’s heart has a bicuspid valve that should be a tricuspid valve. This causes her heart to push blood to irregular places in irregular amounts, and the constant fluctuation of blood sugar forces her heart to work even harder.

Before my cousin could consider the struggles of her heart she had to first address the issue of her pancreas.

Type 1 diabetes can be cured but only with a very risky transplant of the pancreas and even that isn’t a guarantee.

For those of you who don’t know about diabetes or the pancreas,

basically your pancreas does two things, it creates enzymes to help digest the food you eat,

and it creates insulin which regulates your blood sugar allowing your body to absorb and use glucose which can effect various parts of your body including your heart.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by your immune system attacking the pancreas slowing and or stopping completely the creation of insulin in your body.

My cousin Shannon is an amazing person and I love her very much.

I am so happy to say that last week she had the pancreas transplant she so desperately needed and it was a 100% success!

BUT We all know that insurance is a bitch.

Straight up.

So as soon as I heard my cousin was having this life changing surgery but insurance could only do so little to help her I knew I had to step up and do something.

So I feel very blessed and excited to make Shannon’s recovery the motivator of my first campaign of 2019.

After all if family isn’t a motivator for the heart I don’t know what is.

I have started a GoFundMe to reach the goal of $1,000 to aid in my cousin’s recovery and time off work the next two months.

You can find the gofundme here⬇️

https://www.gofundme.com/ShannonsCentury

All I’m asking you for is a donation of a couple dollars, the price of a cup of coffee.

The proceeds will go directly to helping shannon with her medical expenses and basic necessities while recovering from surgery.

Each donation is also a sign to me that you believe in me and my goal to use my skating and love to change the world.

Pt. 2

The Clementine

&

The Kaleboston adventure club & Blog

Today I am finally making my blog public.

I’ve been searching for my voice and direction for a while now and I’m finally feeling comfortable with where I am headed.

So I am releasing my blog to the public with the promise to share with you honest, raw human emotion and detailed stories about my life, adventures, and campaigns to change the world.

I’m a little nervous but nervousness is part of being a human.

So.. about that adventure club..

With each campaign I do I will be creating a set amount of patches/ original artwork to help aid in the support of my causes.

So it’s only fitting that my first patch would be my hero symbol

The Clementine

I have hand embroidered 30 patches each unique in their own way like every clementine.

You can find my patches here ⬇️

The Clementine Patch

This week 50% of the proceeds from these patches will go directly to Shannon’s recovery aid.

The other 50% will go towards my next big campaign of getting 7 pairs of skates and wheels to skaters in Lagos Nigeria, (and to help support the kids in the skate scene there) more on that very soon.

If you’re still here thank you.

It means the world to me that you have given me some of your time and energy today.

I hope that no matter what I do I inspire you in someway to see the beauty and potential of this world.

We are all hero’s in our hearts and have so much to give to those less fortunate than us.

I hope that I see you very soon and we can share segments and laugh and celebrate this lovely life we have.

Until then

Peace, love, good vibes

– Kaleboston