Over the past few weeks bladers around the world have nominated and then voted on their favorite bladers, edits, brands, products, writers, photographers, videographers, events, locations and more.
The names you see below are the result of your efforts.
2016 was another year of intense social media activity for blading. Instagram videos went up to 60 seconds, FB kept rejiggering their algorithms, and Live videos brought us all closer together than ever. We said it last year and we will say it again: How this has impacted the way participating bladers view the sport cannot be overstated.
And these results once again prove it.
The people, brands, events and products named below represent the best that blading offers. They are on this list because their dedication, passion, perseverance and/or innovation has had an impact that spreads beyond popularity and transcends to international respect.
Many, many talents were nominated to this year’s ONE Awards. Hundreds. But among all the choices available, these are the results CHOSEN BY BLADERS that highlight the top echelon of rollerblading.
Without further delay, please join us in congratulating the 2016 ONE Awards recipients.
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BLADER OF THE YEAR
BREAKOUT BLADER OF THE YEAR
Levi van Rijn
HONORARY CHRIS EDWARDS AWARD
FOR MOST POSITIVE BLADE INFLUENCER
BEST EVENT OF THE YEAR
Motor Town Classic
BEST CONTEST PERFORMANCE (BLADER)
Joe Atkinson (FISE/All)
Soichiro Kanashima (Blading Cup)
Julien Cudot (FISE)
BEST NEW EVENT
Boschi Pope Skate Off
British Inline Championship
MOST HOSPITABLE VENUE
Area 51 (Winterclash)
City of Santa Ana (Blading Cup)
Adrenaline Alley (British Inline Championships)
BRAND OF THE YEAR
PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
Ground Control Mega Frame
BLADE SHOP OF THE YEAR
ANGRY YOUTH AWARD FOR BEST MARKETING
BEST EDIT OF THE YEAR (BLADER)
Eugen Enin (Zoo Revolution)
Alex Broskow (Bleached)
Soichiro Kanashima (Now Thirtieth)
BLADE VIDEOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
BLADE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
BLADE AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
2016 was another unpredictable year for rollerblading, but these people, events and companies did their part to push our sport into the future. Let’s all take the time to give them the respect, appreciation and admiration they are due.
See you in 2017 (if the world doesn’t end first).
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Photos taken from Instagram, Facebook, ONE print issues and oneblademag.com.