It seems like everyone and their uncle is jumping on the Old School BMX freestyle bandwagon. 3 sources in France are getting material together, the Joe Kid on a Stingray movie is coming out soon (premiere 2 April) and now also Bob Osborn is working on getting the history of BMX freestyle out with the help of several Old School freestyle enthusiasts like Maurice Meyer, Oscar Gonzalez, Tim Hughes, Brett Downs, Eric Rothenbusch, Thom Lund, Paul Willis, Perry Kramer and some more.
Wait a minute, Bob Osborn!!???? Correct, that's the man in the picture that was posted yesterday. Oz is back at it and posting a lot on the www.vintagebmx.com site trying to track down the first aerial, the first carve in a pool, define the first flatland trick (is it a rockwalk, or a no-handed wheely, or something else?), the first freestyle specific part, the first contest, the first trick team, the first demo, etc.
Brooklyn Jam (20-02-05)
First ever flatland jam in a supermarketWritten by Hoite PolkampBrooklyn? Isn’t that on the other side of the pond? A hood in New York?
Nope! The original name for Brooklyn is Breukelen, which is a little town in between Amsterdam and Utrecht. Breukelen evolved to Brooklyn, just like New Amsterdam evolved into New York.. But this all took place a pretty long time ago.
Fast forward to 2005.
In this little village, an abondoned supermarket was turned into the perfect flatland spot. This has been a flatland spot for about a year now, where locals Philip and Felix actually lived for a while. The
We received some pictures fromt he second annual GIRLS TOUR. This year's version was sponsored by FOX clothing company and went all over the East with visits to New York City, New Hampshire, Ohio, all over... It took two weeks and according to Anita Hodgin it was a blast:Woodward was our last stop and we had fun. They catered to us and gave us a place to sleep and ride. Every stop was like this. We went to ECT park in Binghamton, New York and those guys are super rad. Heather broke her foot there but they gave her some cruthches and were real great guys...FBM was in full effect with Crandel and the crew. They showed us around their shop and we received some insight as to how the frames and parts are made. Studio 54 was fun and the owners are super cool. I forgot to bring my gear and they let me use some of theirs. That park is small, but every tranny is perfect. They couldn't have done a better job with the place.
A new year has started and soon enough an invitation arrived from the guys from Asphalt Distribution in France for another edition of the now famous Circle Cow. Carhartt got hooked as the main sponsor so the Carhartt Circle Cow 2005 tournament was born. Held on the weekend of 12 & 13 Februari in Servon, a town close to Paris in the same hall as all the previous years.
We went down there on Saturday morning with two cars packing the best of the best of the Dutch flatland scene: James Alberto, Sytse Winkel and Dutch Destroyer Bram Verhallen (FLATtv rider). Plus me, mr. FLATtv and my wife Francis. After a 5-hour ride through some pretty nasty weather we arrived at the scene of the crime and met up with some of our friends from all over Europe: Czech riders with Mirek Hanzl, London Ripper (and FLATtv rough rider) Jason Forde, James Smith & Gareth Hawkins, Stuttgart Boyz Flo & Ass and Sven Steinbach from Karlsruhe. Of course also all our French friends like Alex, Jimmy, Yannick, Stephanie, Arnaud, Cedric Decosse and all the others. Viki Gomez was there, he and Alex were riding the new prototype KGB frames. We were welcomed by organisers Pascal and Ismael, they made sure we didn't miss out on anything.
Next month the Local Exposure Tour 2 is going to take place.
The pros on the tour will be Allan Cooke, Brian Kachinsky, Josh Harrington,Ryan â€œBizâ€? Jordan, Morgan Wade, Dan Sieg, and Dennis McCoy, and last year’s tour winner ,Quinn Semling. The announcers will be Micah Kranz and Zackâ€œCatfishâ€? Yankush.
Expect to see a two-hour demo (in which locals are encouraged to ride), and then the eight best locals as chosen by the pros will have their own jam. Two winners will be picked from those jams, and then an overall winner from the tour will be picked to go on the Local Exposure 3 tour next year. Every jam will be filmed for an upcoming video as well.
March 25 at Scrap in Hoffman Estates, IL
March 26 at Rampage in Davenport, IA
March 27 at 4 Seasons in Milwaukee, WI
March 31 at Midway in Waucousta, WI
April 1 Undercover Skatepark in Kimberly, WI
April 2 Area 51 in Appleton, WI
While wandering around at the pits of the Supercross in Anaheim I stumbled across a set up that I had not seen in a while. The GT/Schwinn team had set up camp to do bicycle stunt shows with the 9 feet tall transportable quarterpipe and a box jump. I have done plenty of these shows in the past with GT but I have to admit that I don't miss them one bit.
It's a good thing to show BMX to a new audience but to me it feels like the sport has moved on.
Contests and parties go hand in hand. A super contest without a party isn't great. A great party combined with a terrible competition doesn't win any awards either. Finding the perfect mix is the way to go. The Pop!Session in Tallinn was good in both respects. Team Holland (Barry, Martin, Bas, Mark, Souf) had arrived early on Wednesday and did not skip an opportunity to go out. Paul and I joined the crew on Friday. Last year we spent a lot of our evening time (and money) in some stupid discotheque. We did not have a clue where to go and in the end it worked out fine.
BMX takes you to the strangest places. Tallinn, Estonia would not be on my list of places to visit when I have a weekend off but actually, it wouldn't be a bad idea. Where the hell is it you might ask? To give you an idea I would say former Russia but organizer Risto Kalmre corrected me on that:
"We don't think of us as former Russia:). Native Estonians have no relations with Russians and not even with Latvians or Lithuanians. We and our language are related to Finland and Hungary but stands as its own. But of course the fact that many Russians have been living here after the Soviet Union came here in Second World War cannot be denied. In Tallinn there is quite big populations of Russians."
Over the weekend the Pop!Session contest took place in Tallinn, Estonia. With 67 riders in street and 7 in vert it made for an exciting contest. Achim Kujawski scored his first victory in 18 months on the RedBull Vertical ramp and Ryan Nyquist put it together once again in street. Full results right here:
BMX Street Final Standings
1. Ryan Nyquist USA
2. Tobias Wicke GER
3. Allan Cooke USA
4. Josh Harrington USA
Everyone knows how hard it is to ride in the wintertime. When the Impact park called for a BMX jam on a Saturday night it was time to make it over there. It was BMX-only from 6pm till midnight. That's 6 hours of riding for a fee of 5 Euros at an indoor park. Not bad.