Sean Darst

Blade Check: Matt Luda

Have you seen “On The Road with Matt Luda” for The Booted, by James Sharp yet? If not you should definitely check it out at the end of this article. That rad edit reminded us we needed to check in with Mr Ladewski, back in his hometown of Chicago, to get the low down on his current rides.


Boot: Valo B Smith Oxblood
Wheels: Undercover
Bearings: Themgoods
Frames: Valo
Liner: Valo
Cuff: Mid
Buckle: Tight
Soul Plates: Valo
Backslide Plate: Groovy but not too worn.

Photo: Alex Broskow
Photo: Alex Broskow

Describe your personal blade set up:
It fits me best right now. I love the way the B Smith panels look on my feet. It fits my blade style well. I try to keep my bearings clean or new.

What parts do you wear through the quickest:

What part do you break most often:

Which parts are you paranoid about breaking:
My wheels wearing down fast or de-coring.

What spares/tools do you keep in your backpack:
Sometimes I have an Allen key and some wax in my car.

Where do your parts go once you are done with them?
I usually give them away to friends who need an upgrade or someone I think should try Valos.

Flat or Freestyle:
Anti. I’d ride flat but I don’t feel like it would truly benefit me. I feel one of the aspects of hockey that helped me is the simple act of skating, I like how with anti I can grab the ground with each stride.

Anything you plan to change on you current setup?
Naw. Thinking about blading the new Broskow Coffee V13 next, but we’ll see!