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A LIFE LESS ORDINARY WORDS BY: DAIVE MCNAMARA | SHOTS BY: CHRIS WEDMAN

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THE JUDGES: JESS DYRENFORTH, ARLO EISENBURG AND AZIKIWEE ANDERSON... BUT WHERE'S JULIO?

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Ryan Northway is the epitome of the private investigator in classic film noir. He is the lone protagonist who lives by his own rules, answers to no one and strives towards goals that only he understands. This is evident in every part of his life. For years his skating ability has been overlooked, despite consistently producing outstanding video profiles, including his monumental Videogroove 20 section. In 2006, the world may finally see what many have known for a long time: Ryan Northway is the complete pro skater package. He can skate any obstacle you put in front of him and, unlike many of his peers, he speaks his mind in a refreshing and well articulated manner. Bakersfield’s lost son of rollerblading is about to set the record straight about his turbulent relationship with Rollerblade™ and his less than ordinary life. This year’s release of his first pro wheel from Undercover and upcoming video sections could see Ryan burst into the rolling limelight. The only problem is... will the world be ready for what he has to say?


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The Story Begins... Ryan’s first venture into the world of rollerblading began in the late nineties, when he was introduced to the sport through childhood friends. “I skateboarded for three years then it just fell off in my hood, no one was doing it. They had this new deal going on, rollerblading. My friends Brian Gifford and Arron Daniels got me into it”. It was then that Ryan was introduced to Ray Tolentino, who at the time co-owned the now infamous Intuition skate shop with Matt Mickey (you may know him as the clown in BANG!). Needless to say, it didn’t take long for the shop owners to see the natural talent Ryan possessed and invite him to join their team. However, Ryan thinks a certain rebellious role model may have had something to do with it. “It’s because Champion Baumstimler was hot in those days and I was a spitting image, or so I thought. I bought his pawn shirts, wrist guards and watched his VG5 section all the time. He even signed my shoe at the NISS ’98 finals. My dad talked to him there and hated that I adored him because he had a foul mouth”.

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When Ryan talks about the work Matt Mickey has done for the skate community in Bakersfield, it’s clear he has a lot of respect for him. “The scene is growing fucking big over the last few years due to Matt’s work at Intuition. He has really gone the extra mile to ensure growth through skate sessions, premieres and shop visits from pros. He knows how to gather all his resources together to make something happen”

I SKATEBOARDED FOR THREE YEARS THEN IT JUST “ FELL OFF IN MY HOOD, NO ONE WAS DOING IT. THEY HAD THIS NEW DEAL GOING ON,ROLLERBLADING ”

INSPIRED BY AN OLD BRIAN JAGGERS ADVERT IN DB. HOLIDAY INN LEDGE, BAKERSFIELD - ALLEY-OOP SOUL.


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Once Ryan started riding for Intuition, It didn’t take long before other companies started noticing his ability. He joined the Rollerblade™ national team, started riding for Black Fabric and appeared in a full-length profile in Dave Paine’s Videogroove 20. Things were going pretty good for Mr. Northway. “I was 18, living with Lonnie Gallegos and James St. Ours, working and losing my innocence”. Videogroove profiles have, in the past, acted as launch pads for the careers of rolling legends such as Randy Spizer, Dustin Latimer and Eric Shrijn but for Ryan, that was when things started going horribly wrong. “I never liked Rollerblade™ skates. They were too puffy and I couldn’t skate to my full ability. It actually made me not enjoy skating for a while. The only reason I stayed with them was because it allowed me to travel and see new places. Then, without warning, I got a letter saying I wasn’t on the team anymore”. This led to Ryan’s infamous backlash on the Black Fabric website where he was quoted saying “skate for fun, not for Rollerblade™”. Ryan never did quite fit the profile of the shrinking violet.

SERIOUSLY A FLASH FLOOD IN THE CARL'S JR. PARKING LOT. STADUIM LEDGES, BAKERSFIELD - ALLEY-OOP TOP PORN.

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JON JULIO - BANK TO FISHBRAIN

TOPBAILEY ACID,WAS ONOUT THEWITH RAILA AGAINST HOP UP TO BACK ROYALE ON THE LEDGE – “THIS RAIL TO LEDGE ERIC RIB INJURY,THE BUT WALL, PERFORMS GETBIRD ANY BOTHER SHOOTING AT THE SCHOOL THIS MANOEUVRE WITH SAYER DANFORTH LOOKINGSO ON.WE ENDED UP STAYING FOR AGES, THIS SPOT IS A PROPER

IS AT A LOCAL SCHOOL IN WEYMOUTH, WE DIDN’T CHILLED SESSION!” RYAN ALWAYS HAS TO POOP WHEN HE ARRIVES AT THIS SPOT. H STREET BERCY LEDGES, BAKERSFIELD - FRONT FARV.


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NORMAL OLD BOOTS AND ANTI-ROCKERS IS ALL I WANT. NO PUFFY JAZZ WITH HUGE EXTRA SOULS AND EXTREME LINERS

KRIS FOSTER IS 32 YRS OLD AND HE MADE A RAMP, HOLLA! BLOOD BANK, BAKERSFIELD - LAUNCH TO BACKSIDE BACKSLIDE

So what does an average day consist of for Ryan Northway? “I spend a lot of my time on the computer. I’m always doing something or creating. I jam to school for a bit during the week and hang out with my girlfriend Kelsey and my best friend Laura. On the weekend, Anthony Luna comes into town to skate and we usually get lots of shit done.” One thing you will notice within a very brief time of meeting Ryan is that he tends to gravitate towards extrovert personalities. “I like to chill with my friend ‘The Darkness’. This kid is raw as fuck, his first rail was a thirty stair. He tattooed a crass symbol on his own shoulder. He’s been showing me a lot of old punk bands. He’s got these old G.G. Allen tapes on VHS with G.G. shitting and beating up his fans onstage. We watch those, drink and play a guessing game called Taboo.”

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Present Day In 2006, things are looking a lot better for Ryan. This year will mark the release of his first pro wheel from Undercover, which he designed himself. He also designed the Victor Arias’ pro wheel, which is also set for release this year. “I was joking around with my ideas. I thought they had a designer who would make them but

they liked my ideas... So I worked out the kinks and submitted them.” However, when asked what the situation is with current sponsor USD, it appears that certain aspects of Ryan’s life are still unclear. “I call and they send me skates. But after switching from Rollerblade to USD, then USD to Roces for a good eight months and back to USD, I might have blown it. One thing is for sure, I like the skates. Thrones specifically for their simplicity. Normal old boots and anti-rockers is all I want. No puffy jazz with huge extra souls and extreme liners.”

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The Gospel According to Northway So who does Ryan Northway think is worth their weight in gold? Who deserves their sponsorship money? Who gets his vote? “For professionalism, Aragon. He has the most drive out of any pro roller I have met. As far as all round ability goes... Rob G, Jeff Stockwell, Eric Shrijn and Bailey. Eric Bailey is a machine”. However, once our discussion delved further into the dark realms of the unknown and underrated skaters, only one name passes Northway’s lips. “Anthony Luna has the most goddamn heart out of any rollerblader I’ve met. More drive than Aragon. If anyone fucks with him they’re gonna get some brass knuckles to the head. He’s an underground legend. Check for his section in my friend Steve Kerr’s new video Humble Beings”. When the conversation deepened and the issue of rolling’s flaws was raised, Ryan was adamant about the solution. “It’s simple. Rollerblading needs a worldwide unified home. Online would be the best way to set this up. We are too spread out. A universal hub through the internet is the key and it hasn’t been done. It would clean up a lot of loose ends and it’s web based so it would be cheap”.


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ABANDONED BUILDING WITH BOOKS ON HEMINGWAY, HOLLYWOOD SCRIPTWRITING, THEOLOGY AND A YEARBOOK FROM 1984. A BARNES N NOBLES EXCLUSIVE. OLD COSTCO, BAKERSFIELD - LAUNCH TO FISHBRAIN.


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NONE OTHER THAT THEN INFAMOUS FORD AD RUMOURED AROUND THE INDUSTRY. 20TH STREET DOWNTOWN BAKERSFIELD - TOPSOUL.

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Source of Inspiration I remember once reading that Ryan’s dad, in a bid to encourage his son to quit smoking, paid him to stop. Upon mentioning this to Ryan, I was fascinated to find that this was simply one of many ways in which Mr. Northway has been a positive influence on his son. It became very apparent that Ryan has a lot of respect and admiration for his father. “My dad is a badass, flat out. He used to work for Apple Computers in the 80’s and at 22 he was driving a Rolls Royce.” Most people would consider this a fairly substantial success at such a young age but Ryan’s father exceeded himself once more. “He was also directly and solely responsible for taking down a video production company who were selling Superman and Star Wars bootlegs before they were released. The company was busted for the largest bootleg production in the world.” This story may sound like a conspiracy theorist’s dream, the truth is Ryan’s father was simply manipulated into working for an illegal operation and upon discovering this, chose to do something about it. “My father moved to Houston, Texas where the duplication facility was and got hired as the art director. Sooner or later he started questioning how the fuck this massive high end facility was staying afloat off helicopter and NASA instructional videos.

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CHAMPION BAUMSTIMLER WAS HOT IN THOSEDAYS “ AND I WAS A SPITTING IMAGE, OR SO I THOUGHT ”


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BAKERSFIELD'S LOCAL WASTE OF SPACE, THE PUBLIC PARK. - MUTE AIR

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The boss was an alcoholic so on top of dad’s daily pay, the boss would give him a hundred dollar bill to buy this bottle of hooch that only cost 20 bucks. So he’d buy the liquor and keep the rest. It was the boss’s way of keeping him quiet and happy. But my dad was working as an ‘inside employee/ spy’ with the Los Angeles Police to bring him down... And they made a 60 minute show about it!”

It goes without saying that Ryan Northway and his family are leading nothing short of an extraordinary life. If you are ever fortunate enough to meet Ryan in the flesh, ask him about his experience working at Eisenberg’s, his legal drug indulgences with Jeff Stockwell or his sexual promiscuity. The future may be uncertain for Ryan but one thing is for sure... it’s not going to be dull.


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