2016 is nearly over and it wouldn't be the end of another year without some kind of a round up. If we didn't round things up we would be stuck in a continuous loop of new years eve, fact. I wouldn't have been able to write a list of my favorite freerunning fashion items in past years because, until now, there has not been the diversity in design. 2016 saw many new brands pop up and old ones further establish themselves. New and old drive each other onwards, with new brands bringing fresh creativity and creating more deeply woven links into cultural niche's. Older brands in turn have to step up their game in a struggle not to be lost and forgotten. This cycle continues to excels brands to new heights into 2017.
Luckily I was with a huge group, and when you're with freerunners you're pretty much guaranteed that you have somebody with First Aid experience in the mix. As soon as I realized I was broken open I called for friends. They cleaned it out and sealed it with butterfly stitches then wrapped it all up. I didn't have travellers insurance and I was in the US so I decided to leave early and drive 10 hours back to Calgary. Really thankful my friends were down to leave early and also deal with my injured grumpy ass. My recovery period was 3 and a half weeks, but as soon as I got back to training I re-opened the wound and was out for another 6 and a half. 10 total weeks of recovery was a crazy learning experience for somebody who had never been injured for more than a few days.
The idea of not freerunning was terrifying for me. For the past 6 years I had built up my entire identity around freerunning and to have that taken away, I felt insignificant, naked, and in need of a lot of personal development. I think taking time away from freerunning is something that everybody should do at some point to give them the proper appreciation.
I devoted my entire day to rehab, every day for 10 weeks. Everything I did was in pursuit of rehabilitation in some form. I would eat as healthy as possible, exercise multiple ways, listen to podcasts to challenge my brain, exercise creativity in other areas of my life, mobility and isometric stretching, Super Smash Bros Melee to maintain my mentality towards progression and drilling, meditation, and reading about physical and psychological well-being. Things like that.
I feel a lot of love. Training has a new kind of energy to it lately. Theres points where I get frustrated because my confidence isn't yet at the level it was before, and my body isn't yet accustomed to the intensity of freerunning yet - I get sore and stay sore for longer, and my ankles haven't been happy. I feel more determined towards the goals I've set and have taken a more methodical approach to my training; tricking days, fear days, trampoline days, jumpy days - things like that.
Find other areas of your life to apply the skills you've learned in parkour and freerunning to create new experiences. If you're determined to become a great athlete, find the courage to be determined every day to exercise and be creative.
We spoke to the team's core designer, Drew Taylor about the transition into cut and sew, the Inspirations behind the designer and the future of Storror and the freerunning fashion scene:
The FR titan Team Farang have teamed up with Vaults101 founding member, Zen Shimada to conceive the latest collection for their worldwide label. Don't be fooled though - this isn't a collaboration - Farang have taken Zen on board as one of their key team members.
Parkour Store foresee the growth of freerunning fashion and want to create a community rooted company before larger corporations begin investing and profiting from the sport. It's important that the people that have been rooted in the community for so many years, that are a part of the growth and investors of their own time and money, get a good thick slice of the pie before large corporations come along and swallow up the entire scene with the sole goal of becoming the most profitable.
The Welsh freerunning giant Fluidity Freerunning has been teaching the local Cardiff community in schools, events and gymnasiums for the past 12 years, from working with the original Urban Freeflow to become ADAPT certified the team has developed into their own entity through years of hard work and experience.