What made you decide to build your own ramp? Drew Bezanson: I always love having my own ramps to ride. As a kid I had a mini ramp in the attic of my parents garage, its still there till this day. In 2017 I moved into a place that had the space for a backyard ramp and I jumped on the opportunity. I was a little burnt out on riding public parks at the time, having to worry about where people were at when trying to do lines, film, shoot photos, etc. I needed a spot where I could fill my craving for BMX. That is why you haven't really seen any footage come out from the yard. I love when the sessions get wild and everyone is in on it, not asking someone to stop and film something, just enjoy the session.
Name of park: The Colony Resort Operator(s): Colony BMX Location: Brisbane, Australia
When did you start planning the miniramp build? Clint Millar: I’ve first had a backyard ramp back in 1998 and then in late 2012 I decided I needed to have one again. I had the spine mini ramp in my old house from then up to early 2018. That’s when we moved it to my new and current house in April 2018. It’s a work in progress and will continue to be for a while yet. Plenty in the works.
Park name: Wolfmac Operator: Kyle Wachter. Location: In Kyle's back yard outside of Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Canada.
From the looks of it being stuck at home could be worse for you. What ramps do you have available for a safe session during Covid-19? Mark Stanway: Right now we are dealing with all our outdoor and indoor skate parks shut down Nation wide. There's a couple people with features in their yards and one guy with a half pipe but most of us have taken to the streets during this pandemic.
What other parks are near you that are closed-off for the moment during the pandemic? Mark Stanway: We have our local indoor park House of wheels in Edmonton that has been shut down and Bline in Calgary that is closed as well.
What's the current situation where you live. Do people need to stay at home? Mark Stanway: We are in a lock down but not full. Yet we have been encouraged to stay indoors and practice safe distancing. We are encouraged to exercise every day and stay active. We are opening in the next couple weeks here and slowly hoping to come out of this pandemic.
Name Park: The backyard ramp Operator: Mike Varga Location: Ontario, Canada
What are the Covid-19 restrictions where you live at the moment? Mike Varga: The Covid-19 has definitely got crazy with restrictions. Haven’t tried going to any parks but I know a few buddy's who got tickets for being at outdoor parks. Basically I can only travel around Ontario and even with that they have checkpoints to make sure your travel is necessary. All indoor and outdoor parks are closed. Basically just at home.
How does it feel having a ramp available whenever you feel like riding? Mike Varga: Man it's absolutely amazing to have my own ramp! Keeping riding is key for keeping me in
Name, operator and owner: Ricardo Laguna Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
You've had your backyard ramps for a long time now. Can you remember how it all got started? Ricardo Laguna: Yes my dirt back yard started in 1999 and the resi yard started in 2008. It all started when I keep building dirt jumps in random deserts and as Las Vegas keeps growing so this would mean the jumps would get leveled because new homes keep getting build in those areas. So my parent bought a home with an acre of land where I build dirt jumps, foam pit, wall rides and mini ramp. Fast forward to 2008 I bought my own home where I have a 9 ft quarter pipe and resi quarter pipe, 6ft tall 8 ft wide resi
You've had your park for some time now. When did you first start it? Alessandro Barbero: Yes Bart it's been a while now! I was very lucky to have a lot of good sponsors that helped out. But in the last 5/6 years I had to find budget. We started out in 2007 but we only finished in 2010. Now it has been 10 years this year I would love to organize an event to celebrate the DECADE I hope this COVID-19 situation will end soon. By the way a lot of work all around I spent days and days
Name Park: The Brew House Operator: Nick Bruce Location: Cleveland, Ohio USA
What made you decide to build your own park? Nick Bruce: It’s been a goal of mine for a really long time, but I really wanted some bigger things to ride regularly without moving, so I decided to pull the trigger.
How long did it take to find the perfect location with a roof high enough?