GT - "SERIOUSLY FUN" - MIX SECTION. From the East Coast to the West, GT supports an impressive AM / flow squad including Chase Krolicki, Ty Calis, Jordy Grandinetti, Jay Crowley, Leandro Moreira, & many more. Between Leandro shredding trails and Ty stepping up to some ridiculous roof setups, this mix section does not skimp! And I can't help but shout out to that mobile fire escape clip from Chelsea, so damn good! Stay tuned all week for the rest of the sections from GT's "Seriously Fun"
Soooo, my wireless mic setup is getting zero range in this massive stadium, so I can't do any mic'd up stuff. My apologies. As a consolation prize, I strapped this new GoPro Karma Grip with the Cable Extension setup onto willing victims and had them give you a first person view around all the courses here at X Games. A sincere thanks to Drew Bezanson, Simon Tabron, Morgan Wade, Colin Varanyak, and Anthony Napolitan for being down.The setup didn't work too well for the street course, but hey, can't win 'em all.
X Games has migrated north to Minneapolis and both Jeff and I are doing the ol' X Games shuffle trying to stack both riding and the oddness in between. Got a few things in the works, but I figured that a straight forward, no frills riding edit from the day was in order. Lots of cruising on day one, but some shit will definitely go down. Check back all week...
BMX - ANIMAL HOUSE LA Ride BMX. Animal took their tried and true recipe of no-frills street riding to the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Featuring their west coast contingent along with some east coast heads, the squad includes Augie Simoncini, Colin Varanyak, Andrew Castaneda, Johnny Raekes, Hobie Doan, Abdul Fufanah, Jonathan “Twinn” Jaramillo, Charles Littlejohn, Richard Hernandez, Clay Johnson, and Gabe Brooks. The dudes put a few new twists on some old spots, and unearth some fresh gems as well.
“We have expanded our team to include an insane crew from the west coast like never before with Andrew Castaneda, Demarcus Paul (who got hurt right before the project), Johnny Raekes, Hobie Doan, Charles Littlejohn, Gabe Brooks and Richard Hernandez. We also have two of our top pros, Augie Simoncini and Colin Varanyak—who originally hail from the east coast—currently calling California home as well. So it only made sense for us to get them altogether and do their thing. We rounded out the squad with a couple of our top east coast riders, Abdul Fufanah and Jonathan “Twinn” Jaramillo, and Clay Johnson from Arizona to add to the mayhem. The riding that went down was wild, insane, technical, dope, crazy, smooth, and above all… motivating to get you to hit the streets right after you watch it. Thank you for your support of Animal and real BMX street riding.” —Ralph Sinisi, Owner-Animal Bikes
One of the most influential riders in the history of BMX, Taj Mihelich took a less is more, passionate approach to everything he did. After a chronic back injury forced Taj to put down the BMX bike, he's found a new direction...here's the story of the legendary Taj Mihelich and his Life After Pro.
Jake Seeley got the hell out of snowy upstate New York recently and made his way out to LA for some fun in the sun. He got to sample a grip of sick spots and enjoy 'em with a bunch of his fellow East Coast and Midwest homies. - Guest clips include Stevie Churchill, Mark Burnett, Grant Castelluzzo, Lahsaan Kobza, Brandon Begin, Dan Kruk, Mike Hinkens, & Scott Marceau.
Matt Nordstrom is a young tech prodigy hailing from Austin, TX. In the short time of a year or two Matt has gone from an extremely talented flow dude for Fit/Odyssey, to a full-fledged professional rider. (This project started as an AM Spotlight over a year ago and organically morphed into the Pro Part you are about to watch.) Some might even say Matt has cooked up his own concoction of riding where crankflips, flatland skills and serious ground-control mix with legitimate street setups.
Subrosa Pro Kyle Hart took a break from his #metalmondays series to battle the scorching Arizona sun, multiple filmer changes, and a bullet shortage to lay waste to every spot in his path. Another very entertaining video from Kyle including fun times, a good attitude, and great riding.
Jacob Cable walks you through the feeble to hop-up manual while recently visiting Woodward West in the hills of Tehachapi, California. Jacob is a tech ledge ninja and knows a thing or two about balancing on one wheel. The feeble hop-up manual is a beginner level trick that can be taken to expert level scenarios, a perfect trick to add to the arsenal.
New street goodness coming from Animal Bikes, December 19th. With full parts from, Matt Miller, Andrew Castaneda, Ryan Niranonta, and Colin Varanyak. Plus sections from Chocolate Truck, along with NYC's TheShiftLife, Twin, Tenzin Nyandak and many more.