Skatepark Zutphen is one of those new all-concrete skateparks that are popping up everywhere. The opening was scheduled Saturday, September 23. The park opened at 10.00h, but knowing the dutch bmx scene the first bmxer would probably show up around 14.00h. Arriving at that time the skatepark was completely (over)filled with skaters, kids, and yes, two bmx kids.
The park is built amazingly smooth. It's got a lot of obstacles, like steers, rails, and huge banks. Even the steel sidewalls looked as if they were ready for some serious wallriding. Next to that the park has a pool with very fast lines and to top it off, the pool was finished with a cradle, the first and only in the Netherlands.
Time to shoot some skate-pics and about one hour later Ricardo and Rick showed up: "the others are on their way". Whatever that means... About 15 minutes later Franky Elshof, Vincent de Vogel and Tim Stijnz dropped into the park and started ripping it instantly...
The Padded Cell road trip went down last week. We worked our way from London to Glasgow and a nine-day tour. Stopping at as many spots as we could along the way. Highlights included: - Riding a drained 120 year old reservoir. - What could well be the strangest skatepark in the world in the ghettos of Manchester? - Sleeping in hedge when we couldn’t find a hotel. - A mini ramp in a pub beer garden. - The whole crew taking to the track for some BMX racing action.
If there was an award for bad flyers, the Toilet Boicot Bowl jam would be a winner. That doesn't mean anything though so if you feel like riding some concrete at the Millennium park you can enter for 10 bucks (pro) and 5 bucks (amateur). Cash pay-out and mad prizes are available for the Hard Trick contest. The date: 14 October 2006. Time: 3 pm. Click on the flyer to find out all the details. BMX is fucking rad man!
This is what ArifMaherali had to say: "There is a bowl contest going
The Nora Cup award show this year was amazing. The Joint at the HardRock cafe turned into a BMX frenzy with everyone waiting to see what rider deserved that big Number One Rider Award (NORA) cup. Of course the cup went to Canadian Jason Enns. Jason has been ripping it up in his local park and even hops on a plane these days if he really has to. He loves his dogs and his lady and takes them out every day over there in Vancouver. Jason never misses a party so all party animals were behind the Volume rider who is finishing up his filming for the next Volume video. In the photo you see that Jason gets the full approval from Corey Bohan (left) and Biz Jordan (right).
Man, we've got Pin-Up material for the next few months since we just spent a few days over in Sin City. Pro riders (even the Failure riders) just have to say they're pro and the ladies line up for a pose. This rider just moved back to Vegas from Portland and here's a reason why...........
The big Swoosh brand is trying hard to jump into the radder sports like skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding and of course BMX. They've developed a team, some shoes that would have to work with these sports and they're creating an image that would have to fit that new direction. The Oncore is a Nike model in their 6.0 NKE range. We got sent a pair to test. I've never been a big Nike fan but giving the shoes a try is always possible. The sole is pretty stiff and feels kind of wide and flat. Feeling your pedal through the sole like in the old Vans is not an option here.
Olivier Morineau, the organiser of the French "Vibrations Urbaines", sent us some info on this year's edition (9th edition). It's one of the best "by and for riders contest" in France. It takes place on 4 and 5 of Nov. 2006 in Pessac (very near Bordeaux airport, or station), and that is the weekend right after the Backyard Jam in England. So if you are in England, you can join the French people because we are trying to organise a road trip from there to France. Last year we had 130 riders for the contest, with all the best French riders and guys like Hanu Cools, Barry Khone... and John Petit on the mic and Manu Sanz on shooting.
Badders hooked us up with a pair of the new Ryan Guettler VANS shoes. We put them through the test for you and can say that they felt comfy right from the start. The waffle sole did its job keeping the soles to the pedals and the little vent holes were a huge help in the after summer heat wave. They really did work as the breeze entered the shoe and the heat flowed to the outside. If Ryan Guettler signed off on these shoes you must be sure that they work for BMX.
We like original stuff. It's hard to come up with that from time to time. The people at Allride found something new: BMX Kwartet. Don't even know the English word for it or if they even play it in the USA but it's something like this: You get some cards and try to collect 4 of the same cards (Kwartet) by asking other players if they have a certain card. Info on each card helps with the questions. The good thing here is that the cards are all BMX companies. Most of them distributed by Allride in Germany. It has 4 FIT Bike Co riders for instance, 4 riders from Primo, four T1 riders, four Failures, 4 Tree Bike riders etc.