The Carriers Open went down last weekend in Frisco, Texas (North Dallas area), and the Jumbo crew was in attendance for the 2nd annual event hosted by Carriers Skateshop and presented by Fritz Peitzner and announced by the legendary Arlo Eisenberg. The turnout for the event was massive, and skaters from all over the globe were in attendance. And I can honestly say that I have never seen so many young skaters attend an inline skating event, EVER! The city of Frisco assisted in lending a helping hand in organizing the event, and their professionalism was noticed as the event was handled incredibly well with skaters utilizing QR codes that linked to an application that calculated their votes for whom they thought were the best skaters competing. Pretty clever, eh?
Cody Sanders of Jumbo had this to say about the event:
Wow. Where do I start? Fritz, Carriers, the city of Frisco did such a great job putting on this event. The turn out was really massive. The park is really spread out, but even with that in mind you can tell the numbers were huge. I want to write in depth about the event, give you every detail, etc… But I’m going to leave that to whoever is handling the legit edit. This is the non-legit edit. This is the Jumbo experience… So here’s how it went from our perspective.
I’ve never ran a booth before… Hell, I didn’t even know this was going to be a company when I started it. It’s a joke that’s gotten really, really out of hand. I love it. I didn’t think about this beforehand, but running a booth, a side event, trying to skate a little AND film an edit of the experience is… A lot. Almost too much, but I still managed. Thank god for the crew helping me hold it down. Bcam basically covered the booth and sales the whole time, Gogo and Aaron helping me film. Heath, Ant and Caleb helping me facilitate our mystery event… Oh my god, I can’t believe they let us do the mystery event, hahaha. Jumbo World Tournament. It was so stupid. No one had a clue, not even the people running the contest. I’m not sure how people actually felt about it. I can’t really remember much of it, because I was so focused on announcing. I edited the footage, but I do it all so quickly I haven’t taken the time to really grasp the crowd reaction yet…. …….But if you ask me? I laugh every time. I laugh just thinking about it. That’s really all I want to do, just have a good time. If we’re ever allowed to do another mystery event, it might be more focused towards skating… But I love the slapstick, pie-in-the-face, loony toons nature of it all. Without ranting for too long (because I’m sure maybe only 10 people read these descriptions anyway), I think everything about the event was a success.
I love my friends. I love the rollerblading scene. I especially love EVERYONE that came by the booth and said what up. For real, I say it every time and I mean it… I’m shocked that people care. I care so much about skating and about us as a community, it’s just really great to know that there are people out there that I can resonate with. Thank you to everyone that came out, that shows love, that watches this… This is the best. Jumbo forever.