Blade Check: Aritz Ortega

Through his many trips across Europe, Josh Glowicki has been a great scout for some of the continent’s new talent. The international gypsy’s recent move to Malaga has helped shed some light on local blader, and fellow Razors & Ground Control team rider, Aritz Ortega. The young spaniard has caught quite a bit of attention recently, dropping a handful of edits and joining a couple of Razors tours as well, but it is safe to say that until Josh moved down to the southern coast of Spain, very few could spell Aritz’s name right. With the growing excitement surrounding his powerful skating, and a few trips lined up for the summer already, it was just the right moment to get in touch with Aritz and take a look at the gear that keeps him rolling, just before he hits the road!


Interview: Freddy White
Photography: Angel de la Iglesia

Boot: SL Scott Quinn & Rzrs Cult Street

Wheels: GC 64mm & GC 72mm

Bearings: Titen Abec 9 & Titen Abec 9

Frames: GC Featherlite 3 & GC BIG


Liner: Razors & Jug

Cuff: Razors SL (black) & Rzrs Cult (black)

Buckle: Black & White

Soul Plates: Black & Black

Backslide Plate: Black & Black


Describe your personal blade set up:
Actually I’m riding two pairs of skates with different setups: the SL Quinny ones with a regular setup, and Cults with BIG frames. I really like both skates and use them on different terrains, also I use the Cults one for my daily stuff (no more walking in my life though).

What parts do you wear through the quickest:

What part do you break most often:

Which parts are you paranoid about breaking:
I’m always paranoid about breaking my wheels while I’m doing a gap or something like that where I can get stuck and get hurt.

What spares/tools do you keep in your backpack:
Allen key, screws , wheels and bearings (you never know what could happen in a full day session, and I don’t want to get the day ruined because of a wheel or lost screw).

Where do your parts go once you are done with them?
I give them to my friends, there’s always someone who needs bearings, buckles, liners or even a full skate.

Aritz Drop in

Flat or Freestyle:
Depends on the spot, but both, I get really addicted to that BIG setup.

Anything you plan to change on you current setup?
Having 2 pairs of skates, I think my setup is perfect, nothing to change yet.

Do you skate different setups for different terrain?
I just play with both setups depending on the spot we are going to hit that day.

What was your very first skate setup?
Roces Majestic 12 I guess, but I had a couple of random fitness skates that I can’t remember the name of.

What was the best setup you’ve had to date?
I really love my actual setups but my favourite skate so far was the first Rzrs Dre Powell.

Could you describe your dream setup?
For sure: grey / cream color skate, with super fast wheels and some smooth frames. My actual skates match perfectly with my own way to skate though, and I’m super happy with them.



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