I’ve know Corey since he was probably 13 and less than 4 feet tall (2000 era). He was that little dude at the roller rink (smalltown, WI) that skated as good as the big boys and always won at the Limbo. I remember that him and I would do backflips on the launch ramp they had there so that we could get free soda pops from the DJ (and win the hearts of all the teenage ladies!).
Several years later Corey took a break from skating, he didn’t strap the blades up for nearly 4-5 years. He spent that time focusing on music and his amazing guitar skills. It wasn’t until 2009 that he refound his love for blading, moved to Minneapolis and started showing everyone what he was really capapble of. I’ve got to be honest, I’ve been blown away by how much he’s progressed since the rink days.
Outside of MN, chances are you have never heard of Corey. If you had the chance to see The Hooligan Project you would have seen him throwing down some impressive gaps and technical grinds, all with a clean, solid style. He’s in a good place now. He’s been motivated to blade often with people like Jeph Howard and Michael Garlinghouse and has the exposure potential from filmers Blake Cohen, Dan Knapmiller and photographer John Haynes.
I had the opportunity to catch up with Corey for a few days this past summer and about half of these clips are from those few days. The other half of the clips were donated by Knappy and Cohen. It’s my hope that Corey will continue to be motivated to keep his blades on and get more exposure that he deserves. I can’t say how awesome it is to see an old friend progress as much as he has, and more importantly, for making rollerblading look so clean, fun, and effortless. Stay up brother!
filmers: Eric Milliren, Dan Knappmiller, Blake Cohen
editor: Eric Milliren
song: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – I’m gonna leave you
Text by Eric Milliren