A Frisian Speed Skate, born out of a long tradition of skate manufacturing.
Early in history in Friesland - a province in the north of the Netherlands with lots of lakes and canals connected to each other - skating was only done in winter. It was used as an efficient manner of transportation. When all that water froze, people could reach far families or friends easier than in summer when they only had walking as transportation.
In this period the region of Friesland counted over 80 small companies that manually manufactured skates. It was a well-known craftsmanship, usually performed by people who in warmer periods worked in wooden hand tool production.
Nowadays, the world has changed. Skating has professionalized and so have the skates. The small companies in Friesland who were dedicated to the production of skates ceased to exist. Professional brands emerged to provide the professional market to their needs. Maplez acknowledges itself as the brand where craftsmanship and Frisian heritage is kept, as producer of speed skates in Heerenveen, the beating heart of speed skating.
Numerous World Records have been broken on our blades. Until today Maplez in Heerenveen has most Individual World Records in Long Track and Short Track speedskating.
At Maplez we are proud of our accomplishments and proud of the tradition our specialism came from. Now in thisspecial year, where we hope to see new champions build their legacy on our blades, we want to honor our roots. And therefor we have taken our successful laser blades and completely redesigned them into a modern Frisian Speed Skate.
The name ‘Pompe Blades’ was given to this special edition of the ‘fastest blades in the world.
The name refers to the ‘Pompeblêd’ which is the symbol of Friesland. The ‘Pompeblêd’ is used to indicate the red lily leaf-shaped blades on the Frisian flag. They symbolize the 7 medieval Frisian 'sea countries': autonomous regions along the coast from Alkmaar to the Weser in Germany.
For Maplez the Pompeblêd symbolizes the beating heart of the skate tradition in Friesland and therefor all over the World. With the new ‘Pompe Blades’ we are 'bjusterbaarlik' proud to show that we are part of it!
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De Kuinder 1
8444 DC Heerenveen
(+31) 513 789 422
Studio 3, 2/F, Hewlett Centre,
54 Hoi Yuen Road,
Kwun Tong, Kowloon,
(+852) 2813 1393
Kyungjinronam 1 gil 3,
Bukgu, 41562 Daegu,