Staying Strong, the autobiography of Stephen Murray, is a raw, inspirational story that will become a collector's item and a 'must have' for every Action Sports fan and beyond and for anyone who, when they think they've got nothing left, can look inside themselves and 'dig deeper'. Following a harrowing accident in 2007 Stephen was paralysed from the neck down and is still confined to a wheelchair. When asked what his ambition for the future is now, after writing this book, Stephen replied: "I want to get out of this f*cking chair and hug my kids".
This book deals with some very dark moments, the challenges faced every day as a father going through a divorce, a custody battle and whether he will ever ride a bike again — Stephen may have lost the use of his body but he has never lost his love or passion for BMX. It's this passion that pushes him through every day. His determination teaches us all that you are more than your disability and that although he has been taken to some dark places since his accident they are also mixed with some of the best days of his life.
Following up on the 2015 Japan-exclusive Patta x Beams x Vans Old Skool "Mean Eyed Cat", Vans has once again teamed up with Patta for another collaboration project, this time with a wider release. While the original "Mean Eyed Cat" came in an all-black colourway, the 2017 edition will be available in two versions: true white and black coffee. Both colours combine premium suede and canvas materials on the shoes’ uppers, leather signature "jazz" striping, and feature the "Mean Eyed Cat" text on the midsole and Patta Script Logo printed across the side panels. Every pair is finished off with Team Patta laces.
The June World of X Games lineup: BMX will take center stage this month with Real BMX, an all video competition highlighting the world’s best BMX riding. Wrapping up the month will be an all-encompassing recap of the Road to X Games Boise Park Qualifier, where 16 athletes will earn spots to compete in the first ever X Games Minneapolis.
Road to X Games – Boise Park Qualifier Airs: 6/18 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT on ESPN and 6/25 at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT on ABC As part of the Road to X Games content series, X Games will host the world’s top athletes in a Park Qualifier event on June 10 as they compete to secure their invitation to X Games Minneapolis.
This weekend, the final stop of the Vans BMX Pro Cup Global Series will bring together the event’s top-ranked athletes for a penultimate battle at Montenegro Skatepark in Guadalajara, Mexico, June 2-4. Stakes have been set high for the inaugural global series, thanks to Málaga event winner Chase Hawk, series points leader Sergio Layos, and top-ranking tour pros Corey Walsh, Larry Edgar, Matt Cordova, and more. Advancing pros will have a chance to prove their ranks at the first-ever Vans BMX Pro Cup World Championships in Huntington Beach, CA this August.
Famed for its many skateparks and prominent BMX scene, the city of Guadalajara is home to the one of the best park terrain courses, the Montenegro Skatepark. The expansive course sits amid a blossoming community park and showcases a spine, hips, extensions, and multiple uniquely shaped bowls that open possibilities for various transfer lines, and a shallow end that empties into a stone-faced wallride. Preview the contest course here!
The Vans BMX Pro Cup Series regional qualifier will take place Saturday, June 3, the day prior to the main event. Open to eligible registrants, the top 3 riders from Saturday’s regional qualifier earn an invite to the World Championship and the top 10 rankings will advance to the main event on Sunday, June 4 to join 18 advancing series pros and 3 wildcards for a final showdown.
Vans BMX Pro Cup Global Series riders, advancing to Mexico:
Pannonian Challenge bringing the extreme elite to Croatia: Whether it's inline, skate or BMX, Pannonian Challenge covers it all. One of the biggest European extreme sports festivals is celebrating its 18th B-day, and bringing some of the best riders to its all-black skate park.
Logan Martin, Michael Beran, Kostya Andreev are just some of the names who are going for the title at Pannonian Challenge, trying to beat the audience's cheering for the national hero - Marin Ranteš.
Skate day, scheduled on Friday June 9, has its own heroes, who find this city a second home. Designed by the local BMX riders, the park awaits to see some of the best tricks of the season.
Inliners will, as usual, open the festival's sports part - with Joe Atkinson and Joey Egan bringing their world-class skills to Osijek's Copacabana part.
But, don't forget, the festival prides itself on its nightlife skills, as well, and riders claim it's one of those festivals you rarely sleep at.
Watch the BMX finals live here on fatbmx.com on June 10 from 6pm. Don't miss it!
With our very first AUTUM *STAY HUNGRY®* BMX Flatland complete bike we only had one goal in mind - to create the best BMX Freestyle complete bike possible for a serious start into the BMX Flatland world for the most reasonable price possible. We think that we realized that pretty good! To all the young cats out there - STAY HUNGRY practicing your first BMX Flatland tricks and enjoy your time on this important little bike.
New performance model launches from Vans’ pinnacle innovation pipeline. Heralding innovation to new levels, Vans Pro Skate ArcAd unveils the UltraRange Pro, a revolutionary performance skate shoe model engineered to advance cushioning and enhance comfort like never before with the introduction of Vans’ first ever co-molded outsole — a custom-tuned Vans UltraCush™ Lite formula bonded to Vans’ original waffle gum rubber outsole. Available only to 40 select Vans Pro Skate accounts worldwide and limited to 600 individually-numbered pairs on Saturday, May 20, the UltraRange Pro ArcAd features:
- A lightweight and durable co-molded outsole merging UltraCush™ Lite and translucent crystal rubber waffle tread for unparalleled cushioning and grip
- Seamless LuxLiner™ internal sock-fit construction for a breathable, snug fit.
- Molded Duracap™ reinforced pig suede uppers in high-abrasion areas for added durability
Jason Phelan Loch Down takes BMX to the middle of the Holy Loch, Scotland. Combine deep sea diving and BMX and you get one hell of an idea. Jason has teamed up with The Professional Diving Academy (PDA) in Dunoon, Scotland to take BMX to the sea. GT Bicycle’s Jason Phelan‘s Loch Down video concept saw him crowdfund one of the craziest BMX projects ever seen. Building a series of jumps on a Loch in Scotland as well as head beneath the Loch in a diving cage, Phelan brings his usual approach of anything is possible to this incredible BMX documentary.
BIKE Channel founder and CEO Filippo Ubaldini said “It’s projects like this that we love to show on BIKE Channel. Jason’s dream and approach is captured beautifully in this film and the way he puts his
Mongoose Bikes, a brand of Dorel Industries, Inc., will head back to Woodward Camp in Woodward, PA, for the sixth annual Mongoose Jam. After two years at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California, the brand has decided to bring the event back East with their new Video Battle format. From August 7th through 11th 15 pros, five videographers and five amateurs will film and produce five team edits competing for a $40,000 prize purse. At the end of the week, the teams’ edits will be premiered forWeek Ten Woodward Campers. Prior to that, the edits will be judged by BMX industry veterans on originality, style and the difficulty of tricks used to determine the winning team.
Mongoose riders Greg Illingworth, Pat Casey, Kevin Peraza, Paul Ryan, and Ben Wallace will each captain one of five teams at the BMX-only event. Each captain will invite two pro BMX athletes and one videographer to join their teams. They will then draft one amateur from among the Woodward campers during the Amateur Contest to be held on August 7th.
Following the event on Monday, August 14th Mongoose will begin to release the edits on Ridebmx.com starting from last place to first where online voting will be held to determine which team gets the viewers’ choice award.
“This is our second year with the new video format for the Jam and I’m excited to see how it evolves as we switch up locations and head back east to Camp Woodward,” says Steve Wilcox, marketing
FISE Montpellier is coming up next week already! As an exclusivity, take a look at the 3D drawings of the Parks on which the best BMX riders will be performing. Of course there's flatland too in many different classes. The schedule is now online as well on www.fise.fr. Wait no longer, take a look. BMX Street, BMX Spine ramp, BMX Flatland and the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup all crammed in a five day program. No time to get bored. Many different sports will take place so it's an action filled festival from start to finish down at the Lez river in Montpellier, France.
Can't make it? Watch the live feed here on www.fatbmx.com