Lake Jump Contest Den Dungen Holland
A week before this event it was freezing so no one thought it would be 30 degrees Celcius this day but it was hot as hell!
Downtown, Storttrail locals and Paul's Boutique were the organisers with Eastpak and Vans as additional sponsors it was a start of an annual event so bring your bike next year to Dungens Gat and have a nice day.
The August issue of RIDEBMX has entered the newsstands. We're counting 140 pages this month and it does come with a pull out poster of Darin Read and Reuel Erickson. Aitken makes the cover, it won't be his last one. The S&M ad is funny; Go-for-it. After the usuals in Up Front, a Pro Q+A follows with Allan Cooke. Diversions does reviews on CD's and videos and the Spots section is about the China Banks in SF. Then and now: Dave Voelker, still the best show rider alive. Some wooden hubs appear in the Products section and Taj's bike is being inspected in the Set-Up part. The Buyer's Guide shows park friendly pegs. Products tested in the August issue are: Ruben's tires and the Odyssey Reloader Freecoaster Hub receiving an 8.5 both. Find some pics of the old school BMX-ers in the BMX HISTORY GOES HOLLYWOOD article. There's a report on the transition Jam in Baton Rouge and an interview with flatlander Terry Adams. Mirra takes a few riders under his wing for an all expenses paid video trip (that is if you don't count the money lost at playing poker).
2ndSky has a new website going. The clothing company, based in Guethary, France (that's where the waves are) came up with a sweet design to showcase their 2005 Men and Women collection and accessories. 2ndSky has been flowing clothes to your FATBMX editor for over 15 years and are the ones responsible for the concrete pool in Guethary that you've probably ridden or seen in the magazines. Pay them a visit at www.2ndsky.com or look for one of their stores.
During the LG Action Sports European tour the organization had hired 4 Freestyle Motocross riders and Andy Zeiss on the mic for some good FMX shows. The set up was Jimmy Verburgh's FMX4ever take off and landing ramp and Jimmy himself was one of the riders. Well impressive was Gary Taylor on his 250cc KTM. He stretched everything to the max and gave it all he got. Two German FMX riders completed the field. With three shows a day we had the chance to test the zoom lens of the Canon 350D. Although operated with one hand (with the right arm still in the sling), the pics came out quite nice. If you're not into the FMX thing, skip the gallery. If you don't mind watching some MX riders catching huge air, click right here:
Editorial June 2005
You know what pisses me off? Photographers and video dudes on the course that get in the way of riders trying to do their thing. It's great for an event promoter to show his sponsors how many media he had at the event but how many of these camera dudes do actually make a living taking photos or filming BMX? Do they actually use the footage and pics for something other than their personal files? There are people who deserve the best photo pass possible. Those people are used to the riding on the course and keep their heads up. Others that have no clue, better stay away. There's nothing worse than a rider slamming into an inexperienced media guy and getting hurt. I couldn't care less about the photographer but if a rider has to miss the contest because of an injury (Osato at the worlds) or will be out of action for weeks/months (Clint Millar-UG), that really sucks. There will always be unexpected accidents happening at contests but let's work on keeping the platforms for the pro guys.
--Scotty Cranmer has been busy doing some stunt work for a Disney movie called Stick It. He spent all last week in CA doing the stunt work for two actors in the movie. It doesn't call him out for being Scotty but he did do the front flip and double whip flip so it shouldn't be too hard to point him out. He found out Friday morning that he did not have any filming on Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon. He was already going crazy not having a car and places to ride so he decided to fly back to NJ, ride for the weekend and fly back to CA to finish up Tuesday. Ben Snowden, Rooftop and Eddie Fiola were involved also. Scotty said Eddie Fiola is still amazing on a bike and does some crazy stuff (for all the youngsters out there, Eddie Fiola was a top dog BMX rider back in the 80's, pretty sure he was the King of Skateparks)
--The week before Scotty went to the 1st Dew Tour and got a 3rd, next up is round #2 in Denver July 8th. NBC promised huge amounts of TV coverage on this but all I have seen so far is SK8 vert and FMX.
When the ASA/LG decided to go on a World Tour, they forgot to inform the riders and the media. Round 2 took place last weekend in Munich. Round one was held in Moscow. Some of the stops have a vert demo only and no street contest. In Munich both disciplines were on the schedule.
What's that LG circus about anyway? Well, LG is a mobile phone and electronics firm from the East. They're pumping a lot of money in
With over $38G prize money for BMX alone, some of the top vert riders still opted to go to the first round of the Dew tour. Most of them were pulled in by their sponsors but some of them tried to qualify for the rest of the tour. I doubt they had as much fun as everyone had at the Snickers Bowl comp in Donington. The contest is held at the Download festival that attracts 120.000 hardrockers over the weekend. That, in itself, is a show. Had everyone with a black T-shirt left, they would probably have a crowd of 200 left over.
The wooden Soul Bowl with the kink was set up and basically put in the
No Problemo DVD, presented by RedBull
At RedBull they like to do things a little different. This time they invited a good bunch of riders and media to go ride a drainage ditch somewhere in Mexico. Don't ask who comes up with those ideas but it sounds like an adventure every time they put something on. No Problemo is a DVD with footage from the trip. The riders were transported from place to place by local drivers and were welcomed by local riders at each spot. The hired camera men captured the riding but also the fun stuff and did interviews with the riders later on to explain the situations in the DVD. It actually makes for a rather good DVD with some cool graphics and good editing. With riders such as Corey Martinez, Gary Young, Mike Escamilla, Jim Bauer, Jon Taylor, Bas Keep, Edwin Delarosa, Bob Scerbo and Rob Tibbs you can expect some interesting riding on foreign terrain. The actual event almost didn't happen because a day before the ramps were swimming in the ditch. Somehow it dried up for next day's contest and made for some unique footage.
At FATBMX we're not afraid to bring something different, even if it involves skateboarding. During the Snickers Bowl at the Download festival in Donington last week, some true skateboard legends were flown in to do some skating in the wooden bowl. Most of you might not remember names like Kevin Staab, Mike McGill, Duane Peters, Steve Olson, Tony Alva, Sean Goff and Nicky Guerrero but those are some legendary skateboarders who have paved the way for loads of skateboarders that started after them.
Being a judge we were on the same schedule as the true pool skaters. We stayed in the same hotel, drank at the same bar, sat in the same bus and listened to the same bands at the festival (Slayer, Megadeth,