I'm in the Mercure Eiffel Tower hotel writing this story on the LG Paris stop. It's Sunday and it started raining right when the pro/am street contest was about to start this morning at 10am. Hung-over Koji was stoked about that one. The weather forecast doesn't look too good at the moment and the whole day is a possible rain out for Sunday. The vert riders knew this was a possibility and they went all out on Saturday thinking the prelims might be the final with the rain coming in on Sunday.
Pennywise new CD "The Fuse" out in Europe now!
Yes Pennywise is touring Europe at the moment visiting Amsterdam this Thursday but we have to miss them because of the Rebeljam in Berlin. We take this CD on the trip so we can enjoy the 15 new songs in the plane.
The Hermosa Beach locals were speeding things up with recording this album, as Jim Lindberg says: "We made us put more energy into our performances" and it shows, this album is the real deal.
Mike Ardelean and Juse teamed up to form Lavar Brand, a clothing company that takes things in a different direction. Mike was the one answering FATBMX's questions. Find the answers here: FATBMX: What made you decide to do a clothing company?
Mike: My friend Juse and I started and we were just not really buying BMX clothes so we didn't want to complain about BMX companies so we kind of made our own.
So how do you start with a company, there are a lot of little clothing and BMX companies doing T-shirts, what did it take for you?
Mike: We have a lot of things planned but everything is so slow. We are still doing T-shirts. It took us so long to get our T-shirts the way we wanted them and now we're happy with that so we're going to move forward.
Part of doing your own clothing company is having your own team, who's on the Lavar team?
ESPN’s X Games announces the second wave of athletes who have been invited to compete at X Games 11, to be held in Los Angeles August 4-7, 2005. The event will air live on ESPN, ABC and ESPN Deportes.
The X Games is the definitive annual action sports competition featuring more than 150 of the world’s best athletes competing in: BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. X Games 11 will primarily have a finals-only format consisting of the 10 best action sports athletes per sport discipline.
All athletes receiving invitations to compete at X Games are chosen by a sport-specific selection committee. Criteria and timing of invitations varies by sport and discipline, as it is based on the state and event schedules of that particular sport. The only exception is each gold medalist from X Games 10 (2004) receives an automatic invitation to compete.
The Dirt Finals on saturday evening were sensational with a very good mood. On technical challenging and innovative trails the riders showed lots of great runs.
King of Dirt became the actual World Champion Kye Forte from England. Alex Dropsy (France) became 2nd with very clean and hard tricks followed from Bibi Noirot. The until now nonfamous Alejandro Caro from Columbia placed on fourth position because he impressed the spectators and the judges with incredible runs and tricks.
Results BMX Masters Dirt:
1. Kye Forte (UK) Federal, DC, Primo, Redbull
2. Alex Dropsy (F) TWENTYbikes.co, Paradise
3. Romauld Noirot (F) ripcurl, macneil, oakley, eastpak, primo, paradise
4. Alejandro Caro (CO) Redbull,, Standard, bmxarmy.com
In the category Miniramp Pro which was held on the Braun cruZer Spine Ramp, Ryan Nyquist won sovereign with huge â€ž360â€œ variations over the spine. Mark Webb (UK) followed with runs full of big technical tricks and became 2nd. Dave Osato from Canada became 3rd because he impressed with amazing front wheel tricks and an incredible double tailwhip to tailtap.Results BMX Masters Pro Spine:
1. Ryan Nyquist (USA) Haro, adidas, T-mobile, Napster, Bell, Ogio
2. Mark Webb (UK) Coopers, eastpak, Felt
3. Dave Osato (CA) wtp, little devil, demolition, ten pack
4. Juan Ruiz (E)
5. Bruce Crisman (USA) adidas, hoffman, fender
6. Paddy GroÃŸ (D) carhartt, vans, snafu, macneil, RNC, Woozy, janosch
7. Craig stevens (UK) Country Bikes
Here are the results on the BMX Masters Best Trick Contests:Suzuki mini ramp best trick:
Winner â€“ Mark Webb (UK)
Trick- 540 Truck Disaster
Adidas street best trick:
Winner â€“ Clint Millar (AUS)
(wethepeople, colony bmx, orchid)
Trick- downside whip to nosepick
Germanwings High Air Contest:
Winner â€“ Peter Geys (BE)
(Arai, DC, Haro, Split)
Height â€“ 10 Feet (3,3m)