Launch through basketball net supports as Jonas captures the action.

Jonas Hansson recently released the third installment of his single profile blading project Elite Series and the latest central figure is Scotland’s Scott Quinn, following Josh Glowicki’s rampage around the steep hills and unintentional epic transitions of Malaga and Eugen Enin’s ten-day massacre of Copenhagen’s extensive street spots. Quinny’s also takes place in Copenhagen, his new home for the past year, and makes good use of the varied and interesting architecture the city has to offer. The great style and huge trick selection that saw him rise to the top of the Razors pro team and receive his first signature skate in 2015 can be witnessed on such spectacular settings as massive waterfront chrome drop rails, large stair sets that lead into suspiciously convenient banks, flawlessly smooth ledge line spots and city centre sculptures doubling up as unwitting drop-ins. It is an interesting mixture of well-thought out lines, traditional stunts that are rarely attempted these days and a couple of surprises that may well have never been done before. The level of production Jonas Hansson has achieved has more in common with an expensive car commercial than a traditional rollerblading video. All the elements of each trick, such as the way the boot is grabbed, the position the feet lock into place in certain grinds and the grace with which the skater approaches the obstacle, are slowed down and exaggerated in order to give the viewer a greater understanding of just how impressive the movements are. He essentially offers you the opportunity to dissect each trick and discover what it is about it that makes it great. The enchanting soundtrack by English producer Forest Swords compliments the elegant manner with which Hansson displays the action he has captured.

Scott Quinn hasn’t produced many street sections in recent years. In fact, in the past four years, the only other full-length parts he has released was his Wheel Scene section in 2014 and his pro skate promo for Razors in 2015. The only other insights we get into his talents are brief social media snippets and appearances in montages. However, what he lacks in amount of exposure is more than compensated by the quality of each appearance. His previous two sections were definite contenders for section of each respective year and this latest venture is no different. If you haven’t picked up his Elite Series yet, you can do so HERE. While you wait for it to download, find out more about the process behind its making from the man himself.

Evidence that Quinny’s topsoul control is amongst the best in the world.

Wheel Scene: Your Elite Series section was released last Friday. Are you happy with how it came out?
Scott Quinn: Extremely happy. Jonas is a true master behind the lens and such a pleasure to work with. It feels great to have something come out of Copenhagen also after a year of being here.

I couldn’t help but notice that true topsoul on the ledge was considerably shorter than the one in your Wheel Scene section though.
Ahaha! True… There was no curvature on that one, right enough, plus I’m on Megas and not anti! It’s more about capturing the beauty of Jonas’s car in the background.

Excuses, excuses! I didn’t even notice the car in the background. What was it like filming a street section in Copenhagen compared to filming one in, say, Scotland?
It’s very flat, which can be challenging as that means not so many traditional down rails, but I love the spots here. There’s always something new to find that you can eventually make work to your favour.

I imagine that makes getting from spot to spot easier. Plus, the weather must be considerably better as well, no?
Yes, there’s bike lanes connected through the whole city. It is a breeze normally, but not when you’re working with the type of equipment Jonas has, so we took the car pretty much the whole time.

How does skating street on Megas compare to previously skating on Featherlites? Are there particular things you noticed? Drawbacks and advantages?
I couldn’t go back to anti rocker now. For me, it’s a little boring and has nowhere near the same flow as you get with riding flat. It can make some tricks a little harder in the beginning but it doesn’t take long to get used to it.

Some of the tricks looked very detailed and the B-roll showed that a few of them took a while to get. What was the hardest trick to land in your section and why?
The long chrome snake rail – that’s the longest it’s ever taken me to do a trick in my life. The tourists, the weather and the mentally draining aspect kept getting us. It took three days to get that one. It was also pretty scary to use the wooden kicker to get onto that thing.

Yeah, that drop looked high as hell! Were there any tricks you tried but didn’t get? Any unfinished business?
There were maybe a couple of lines that didn’t work out and some spots that we had our eye on then ended up not bothering with, but I’m pretty sure all that we attempted we got eventually with just a few extra scrapes and scratches from time to time. To my memory, there definitely was a lot of spot hunting.

How long did it take to film the entire section?
We filmed the first clip in May, but we weren’t trying to rush it

So how many sessions?
We were both in and out of the country over the summer, so sometimes would meet up once or twice a week and try to see what we could get. Also, having Richie over for a while, we would focus more on him to make good use of his time here. The number of sessions I actually have no clue, but we definitely didn’t hammer it out in ten days like Eugen.

Yikes! That is pretty incredible! Ten days?
It was something like that, yeah! Full on.

That leads nicely onto my next question, who do you think has the best Elite Series part so far?!
Hmm, that’s a tough question. I find Josh and Eugen’s both really enjoyable in their own ways, both have their place.

Hahaha! Nice swerve, coward. Okay, once Richie and Alex’s sections drop, who do you think will have the best section in the series?!
That’s a pretty impossible pick. Like I mentioned, the first two so far are very enjoyable in their own way and are shown in a pretty unexpected form to what we are used to seeing the riders. I think that’s how they will all come across as it’s Jonas style to try something new and stay away from the norm.

Speaking of Jonas’ style, how does filming with him compare to filming with someone like Ant Medina?
It’s all the same; we joke, whine, shout, bruise, bleed, drink and laugh! It’s just each videographer catches it through their own personal vision.

“I no longer want to eat anything from an animal. I’m happier with a bowl of grass and a glass of water, thank you.”

Quinny looks like an ant in this setting, which makes the trick he laces on it even more impressive.

I understand you became vegan recently. When did you make this decision and why?
There’s a good few reasons. I’ve been a “veggie” for about four years now. After looking into it a little further, I no longer want to eat anything from an animal. I don’t really believe in it and the industry is pretty damn dark. I’m happier with a bowl of grass and a glass of water, thank you.

Haha! Fair enough. Have you watched Okja yet?
Yes, I have. What did you think?

It definitely pulls at the heartstrings!
I mean, what’s your opinion on meat?

My intelligence tells me that it is not necessary to kill animals for food. We have more than enough resources to get the nutrients we need. However, my selfishness and lack of willpower tells me otherwise.
Haha! I used to work in a small dairy farm when I was a teen, so maybe I have a little more insight into it all than others.

You’ve gotta miss roll and lorne sausage and Scotch pies though, right?!
Haha! I actually don’t at all!

That was a test and you passed. Well done.
The smell of meat makes me boak (Scottish slang for vomit) now.

Fair enough. Are you ever going to move back to Scotland or have we lost you for good?
Never say never! But I certainly am enjoying it here. I advise everyone to visit Copenhagen, blader or not.

Finally, what’s next for Scott Quinn? Any more projects or plans in the works?
The next thing coming is a pretty interesting new project with blading, I can’t say too much because I don’t know much, but I’m sure you will all see shortly. Keep your eyes peeled.

Photos: Richie Eisler and David Grant

An illusion makio so smooth it has to be seen to be believed.

Those shots don’t film themselves! Jonas putting in work.

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