Founder & Workhorse

Jan Eric Welch
Found & Owner

Jan Eric Welch
Austin, Texas
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bigwheelblading.com is brought to you by Jan Eric Welch. Jan has spent most of his life skating and promoting the sport he loves. He ran Scum Magazine from 1995-1999. Scum started out as a print zine and online magazine that, at first, focused on aggressive skating in Texas and the South before expanding it’s coverage across the United States and Europe. In 1999, after Scum Magazine won the best sports website award at the SXSW Interactive Media Festival, he moved to San Diego, California to work for Daily Bread Magazine until 2001. In 2002 he helped found Rat Tail Distribution and 4x4 Urethane, later adding Vicious Bearings and NIMH skates to the roster. After the fall of Rat Tail, Jan took a few years off to reflect. After moving back to Austin in 2012 he was reunited with his old crew and started skating several times a week again. In the past couple of years he discovered his love of big wheel blading through distance and freeskating. He felt that to help rollerblading grow there needed to be a site that showcased all disciplines of big wheel blading. And here we are...

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer

Chris Peel
San Francisco, California
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Contributing Photographers

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Joseph Gammill
San Marcos, Texas
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Drew Humphrey
Brooklyn, New York
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Brad Oz
Portland, Oregon
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Luke Bender
Contributing Photographer
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Luke Bender
Denver, Colorado
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Jeff Linett
Los Angeles, California
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Daniel John Mohr
Seattle, Washington
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Contributing Videographers

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Tony Martins
Lens, France
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Jeff Linett
Los Angeles, California
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Austin Cooper
Boulder, Colorado
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Contributing Writers

contributing writer
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Jarrod McBay
Westminster, Colorado
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Jon Larrucea
Barcelona, Spain
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Samuel Houston
Los Angeles, California
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Erik Andersson
Madison, New Jersey
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Lee Barwick
Mount Airy, Maryland
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Jacob Barnes
Park City, Utah

Contributing Copy Editor

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Frank Stoner
Denver, Colorado
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Join us and help the sport grow

If you feel like you have a story idea for the website such as:

- documenting a skating trips or long distance skates
- covering a cities skate scene
- talking about the night skates in your city
- covering inline races or marathons
- do you downhill down some crazy mountains? we want to see it.
- any ideas you have that cover either aggressive big wheeling, slalom, downhill, off-roading, freestyle skating, distance or speed skating...

please contact us with your idea.