ONE Staff / March 10th, 2010 / Spotlight
PRINT: 15 MINUTES with Rene Hulgreen

Growing up in Denmark and having lots of vert ramps available to you, how was it traveling to the United States? It was a bit hard; the ramps in Denmark had a lot of vert, my home ramp had three feet of vert, and most of the ramps in the U.S. had only a foot or less. Especially the contest ramps were small.

What was it like back in the day meeting people from all over the world? I was lucky to meet so many great people on my first trip to the U.S. Staying at Daily Bread in Laguna Beach right after the NISS tour was finished I got to meet Angie Walton, Jess Dyrenforth, Tom Fry, Manuel Billiris, Arlo Eisenberg and many more. And later I met Chris Edwards and other skaters from L.A. and from all over the U.S.

What was your favorite comp to go to? Lausanne was one of the really fun comps. I liked to go there, I used to like skating comps, but the more serious it got the more I disliked comps, especially the real big ones in the U.S. Too many rules and less fun skating. The comps in Europe and Australia were a lot more relaxed, and there I could get my six-pack before dropping in, without getting into trouble.

How did you evolve as a person from skating and traveling all over the world? It was great to see other cultures and try different food and beers, but all the traveling and comps stopped me evolving on the vert ramp. I didn’t have time to just skate and try out new things.

What was your favorite place you traveled to and why? South Africa. I went there 15 times skating — cool people, great skate scene, and then Australia. Australia is something else, you don’t get it more relaxed than there, and the skaters were the best in the world. There were skaters I had never heard of who were better than most of the pros.

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  • shamu - March 10th, 2010

    great interview, great guy and great that you posted this same day as chuck norris birthday 😀

  • Lukas - March 10th, 2010

    This is the best! Real hero!

  • felix - March 10th, 2010

    glad that I was happy enough to session with him some times in germany!

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  • Arni - March 10th, 2010

    Awesome! Great piece of skating history!

  • Ben Rogers - March 10th, 2010

    Much Respect

  • Collin Martin - March 14th, 2010

    Rene, this interview was a great read. I loved it! Thanks. You are an inspiration.

  • JP - March 15th, 2010

    REné is THE MAN. Nice to read about his “new life”. Somehow we are always worried about where our legends are, and if they’re happy.

    Well, rené seems to be living life very proudly. Thanks for this, ONE : )

  • thumper - March 22nd, 2010

    Rene is a legend… Vert is still being represented here and there’s a vert DVD out now. presents Vert Rollerblading. Check it out!

  • B - May 10th, 2010

    Rene is a total LEGEND! Great interview – I met him in South Africa when he was down here man that guy can drink beer!

    Respect Rene!

  • herman potgieter - August 12th, 2011

    shoo baby Rene….. ledge!!!!! skal

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