The Winterclash competition has been the premiere blading event for several years running now, drawing competitors and spectators from all over the world to Area 51 skatepark in Eindhoven Netherlands. We aim to highlight some of these individual adventures that brought so many incredible characters into one location to share in our common passion of inline skating.

This time around we spoke with the Arizona Evel Knievel, Chad Hornish, about his memorable times spent in Eindhoven for the 2020 Winterclash. Here is what Chad had to say.

What was your first Winterclash? And can you explain the feeling of your first Clash event for us?

My first Winterclash was 2019, it was extremely overwhelming. But in a good way.

Chad and Cavin Brinkman filming for “Hibernate 2”. Photo: Andrew Scherf,

What was your favorite Winterclash so far?

This year “2020” was my favorite. I left the Netherlands still able to walk. Compared to the 2019 Winterclash where I had maybe the worst fall of my life, slipping in beer and smashing my leg.

Photo: @official.shreddbot

What makes attending the Winterclash so special for you?

Because there is no other experience like it anywhere else in the world. Being in a place with countless friends that you only see maybe once a year is what makes it so special. The skating is just bonus.

Can you explain your favorite memories from this year’s event?

My favorite memory is the HangLoser’s bowl contest. It’s like a demolition derby with insane skating… and beer! Does it get any better than that?

Photo: Greger Flak @flak_Photo

Who was your favorite skater to watch during the event?

(Diaby) Diako. Period. He’s like a super human. Seeing him skate in person is extremely motivating. He fully deserved his win this year.

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