Blader of the Year 2011 - Richie Eisler
By Todd McInerney

"All the ways you wish you could be, that's me. I look like you wanna look, I fuck like you wanna fuck, I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not." - Tyler Durden

Take a good look at this man's face. His name is Richie Eisler, and he's the Blader of the Year. The decision was an obvious one, seeing how he skated WAY faster than anybody while doing the most difficult tricks with the most control and the whitest teeth. He even beat Chris Haffey at a game of skate and showed the world it's possible to do full torques on powerblades.

To prove he deserved another pro skate from USD, a pro wheel from Undercover, and another pro frame from Kizer, Richie released a tonne of online edits and video sections, all of which showed that he has come to a point where he is not only a wizard on his skates, doing shit with ease that the rest of us can only dream about. He also seems to enjoy skating and life so much it's enough to make anybody who's watching say to themselves, "what does that guy know that I don't?"

Richie Eisler is one of the only people who can pull off the over-glamorized, "bling, bling, all in your face, I think I might have to put on my shades" rollerblading edit, simply because he really is THAT FUCKING AWESOME. He's travelled all over the world, lived in Australia and Barcelona this year. His persona reminds me of Tyler Durden, "All the ways you wish you could be, that's me. I look like you wanna look, I fuck like you wanna fuck, I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not." If you think I'm on Richie's jock, its because I am. You can't touch this guy, plus he's Canadian.

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