The Results Are In, The 2018 Big Wheel Blading Award Winners

The Big Wheel Blading Awards are the first awards of their kind, blending all aspects of inline skating together. We wanted to give a voice to everyone that blades by allowing them to choose their favorite brands, vlogs, podcasts and skaters in the categories of aggressive skating, freeskating, slalom skating, marathon skating, distance skating and speed skating. To achieve this we started with a nomination period that lasted the month of November, where nearly 1,000 skaters submitted their nominees.

The top nominees in each category were tallied up and we created a poll to allow you to vote for all the finalists between December 1st and December 22nd. We had 2,903 people from around the world cast their votes for their favorite nominees during this period. The people have spoken and we are proud to announce this years winners. To everyone who submitted nominations and voted for the finalists, we thank you very much!


Best Skate Brand


Winner – Powerslide

Runner Up – Rollerblade


Best Frame Company


Winner – Powerslide

Runner Up – Wizard


Best Wheel Brand


Winner – Undercover

Runner Up – Matter


Best Bearings


Winner – Twincam

Runner Up – Wicked


Best Accessories


Winner – Powerslide

Runner Up – Ennui


Most Innovative Product


Winner – Powerslide NEXT Skates

Runner Up – Oysi Frames


Best Clothing Brand


Winner – CCN

Runner Up – Them Goods


Best New Company


Winner – Them Skates

Runner Up – FR Skates


Best Online Retailer


Winner – Inline Warehouse

Runner Up – LocoSkates


Best Brick & Mortar Skate Shop


Winner – Loco Skates

Runner Up – Roex


Lifetime Achievement Award


Winner – Jon Julio

Runner Up – Eddy Matzger


Most Influential Skater


Winner – Joe Atkinson

Runner Up – Eugin Enin


Best Event


Winner – Berlin Marathon

Runner Up – Winterclash


Doing the Most to Promote Skating


Winner – Ricardo Lino

Runner Up – John Rogers


Best Vlog / YouTube Channel


Winner – The Lino Life

Runner Up – Back to Blading


Best Podcast


Winner – Jumpstreet

Runner Up – Inline Talk with Mr. Rogers


Best Social Skate Weekend


Winner – Big Apple Roll

Runner Up – Athens Blade House


Best Camping & Skating Roadtrip


Winner – Colorado Road Trip (CORT)

Runner Up – Northwest Shred Tour


Best Weekly Urban Night Skate


Winner – Barcelona Friday Night Skate

Runner Up – New York City Wednesday Night Skate


Best Male Aggressive Skater


Winner – Joe Atkinson

Runner Up – Nick Lomax


Best Female Aggressive Skater


Winner – Mery Muñoz

Runner Up – Chynna Weierstall


Best Aggressive Frame


Winner – Oysi

Runner Up – Ground Control BIG


Best Aggressive Skate


Winner – USD Aeon

Runner Up – USD Carbon


Best Wizard Skater


Winner – Leon Basin

Runner Up – Mike Torres


Best Male Freeskater


Winner – Nick Lomax

Runner Up – Danny Aldridge


Best Female Freeskater


Winner – Sofi Carreras

Runner Up – Mery Muñoz


Best Freeskate


Winner – Powerslide NEXT

Runner Up – Seba FR1


Best Male Slalom Skater


Winner – Jon Larrucea

Runner Up – Greg Tinney


Best Female Slalom Skater


Winner – Ewelina Czapla

Runner Up: – Sofia Bogdanova


Distance Skater of the Year


Winner – Adam Kucharek

Runner Up – Piotr Mostowiec


Most Inspiring Distance Skater of the Year


Winner – Kacie Clevland

Runner Up – Yanise Ho


Most Inspirational Aggressive to Distance Skater


Winner – Caleb Smith

Runner Up – Eric Cruz


Favorite Distance Skater to Follow on Social Media


Winner – Caleb Smith

Runner Up – Pascal Briand


Best Male Downhill Skater


Winner – Gabe Holm

Runner Up – Sébastien Rastegar


Best Female Downhill Skater


Winner – Irene Jiménez

Runner Up – Elena Dimitrova


Best Downhill Event


Winner – Beton on Fire

Runner Up – Sochi


Best Downhill Frame


Winner – Seba DH90

Runner Up – FR DH90


Best Male Marathon Skater


Winner – Bart Swings

Runner Up – Felix Rijhnen


Best Female Marathon Skater


Winner – Katharina Rumpus

Runner Up – Sandra Spirovska


Most Inspiring Marathon Skater


Winner – Bart Swings

Runner Up – Kacie Cleveland


Best Marathon Skate


Winner – Powerslide R6

Runner Up – Rollerblade Endurace


Best Marathons / Speed Skating Frames


Winner – Powerslide Triple X Trinity

Runner Up – EO Carbon Frames


Best Marathon Wheels


Winner – Matter G13 125

Runner Up – Rollerblade Hydrogen


Best Male Speed Skater


Winner – Bart Swings

Runner Up – Jonathan Blair


Best Female Speed Skater


Winner – Jessica Brooks

Runner Up – Erin Jackson


Best Speed Skating Event


Winner – World Championships Heerde

Runner Up – Spring Fling


Best Custom Speed Skate Boot Maker


Winner – Jimmy Blair (Pinnacle Racing)

Runner Up – Dave Simmons (Simmons Racing)


Best Speed Skating Wheel


Winner – Rollerblade Hydrogen

Runner Up – Matter one20five


Best Skinsuit


Winner – CCN

Runner Up – Triton

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