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Thomas Bortolameolli

Thomas Bortolameolli

Thomas Bortolameolli

Location

Gargazon, Bolzano - Italy

OCCUPATION

Teacher

STORY

I started skating when I was 16 years old. At the time, I was skateboarding but one day I saw what was possible with inline skates and from that moment I knew that is what I wanted to do.

The inline skate community was very small in my hometown, it was just my brother and I and there were only small skateparks around. So by age of 17 I was traveling every weekend for about 250km just to meet some friends from Bologna and Parma so we could skate together.

Every year we did a little tour going to Austria, Germany, Swiss, France and so on. Even today, skating still has me traveling and meeting old and new friends from all over Europe having fun and blading together.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

I'm part of the BLADE is better! Team since the beginning. It consists of a little team of friends going around Italy doing demos and showing our sport to the public. In the last 3 years we have built the biggest inline indoor skatepark of Italy in Bologna.

GOALS

Traveling, meeting friends and having fun that is what I love about this sport. I hope I will be able to do it for many more years to come and inspire some new generation to do it as well. It's awesome to be able to show some kids in the skatepark what is possible with Inline skates and make them wish for a pair of skates for Christmas instead of something else!