Big Wheel Blading’s COVID-19 Coverage
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every skater in the world in some way. In this new series, Inline Skating and Life During COVID-19, we will be checking in with various inline skaters from around the globe to see how the pandemic has affected their life. This is only one part of our COVID-19 coverage, which includes editorials, interviews with skaters who are deemed essential workers and an in depth report of what long term affects the pandemic will have on our sport and industry. Also check out the series, Essential Workers, Inline Skaters on the Front Lines of COVID-19, where we talk to inline skaters from around the world who are considered Essential Workers. If you’d like to contribute an editorial piece or have any comments or suggestions you can email email@example.com.
Json Adriani is a 34-year-old inline skater and freelance videographer living in Milan, Italy.
What is the current situation with COVID-19 in Italy?
Italy has been locked down since March 8th. All gatherings and outdoor physical activities are prohibited. You are only allowed to leave your home to go to supermarkets and pharmacies in your town of residence. In early may things may change with some activities reopening. It is possible we will be allowed to leave the house, but must always wear masks and keep a safe distance from other people. We may also be allowed to travel by car from town to town as long as we don’t leave the region.
Are you still skating?
Luckily before the quarantine, I was able to get the necessary materials to build a grind box and a practice rail in the underground garage of my building. It is perfect because I can skate in the garage without having problems with the police. I try to skate the safest I can and am not doing it everyday, because I don’t want to bother the tenants of my building.
Behind the box there is a funny story. The box is not as perfect as it should be! Since the lockdown started all the hardware stores closed, meaning I had to find a way to acquire materials. One day I was browsing through Instagram stories and came across a post from my cousin, where he was handling pallets at the bar he works at. I called him right away to inquire about them and he told me they were all going to be thrown away. I made my way to the bar and secured twelve pallets to bring to my home. I had to haul each one by hand on my skates because, by that point, checkpoints had already been installed on the streets. The bar is half a mile from my home and I made nine journeys between there and my garage with the pallets.
Are you doing any cross training?
Before the lockdown I was frequently at the gym to build muscles over my joints and would also go bike riding. Nowadays I’m doing CrossFire cardio workouts at home put together by my good friend Nicola Fiorenza.
What other activities are you doing to occupy your time?
Cooking, cleaning the house, watching skate videos and of course reading all of the old issues of Daily Bread Magazine.
How has COVID-19 affected your normal everyday life?
Before this whole thing happened I used to work quiet a lot and skate whenever I was able to, but now all the video projects I was working on have been postponed. I’m hoping that by the beginning of May we are going to be able to at least go out and skate.
What are your major concerns right now and looking into the future?
I’m concerned about the economy of Italy. Also I am hoping that companies will still need and be able to afford future video work opportunities for me.
How is your local skate community responding?
Some of the other skaters also built practice rails and boxes to skate during the lockdown. In general most of the people are taking coronavirus very seriously, being responsible and not making any trouble.
Make sure to check out Json Adriani’s Blading Chats.
The video was filmed and edited by Andrea De Luca.
- Go to Inline Skating and Life During COVID-19 to read more interviews from skaters from around the world.
- Go to Essential Workers – Inline Skaters on the Front Lines of COVID-19 to read about inline skaters from around the world who are considered Essential Workers.
- For our full COVID-19 coverage go here.
- Follow Json Adriani on Instagram and keep up with the blading chats he is doing with skaters all around the world on Instagram Live.
- To check out all the past episodes of Blading chats visit Jason’s YouTube Channel.
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