RYAN GUETTLER WINS BMX PARK COMPETITION AT THE DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR'S RIGHT GUARD OPEN; SOLIDIFIES HIS NUMBER ONE SPOT IN THE DEW CUP POINTS STANDINGS
July 8, 2005 - Denver, CO - Ryan Guettler, 21, from Brisbane, AUS, wowed the crowd at the Pepsi Center Friday evening with a flawless run during BMX park finals. Guettler executed some of the most technical tricks BMX has ever seen and nailed them to perfection.
Guettler completed two astounding runs and was in first place after his first run. He sealed his lead as he improved upon his own leading score. The trick that cemented his win was a perfect front flip 720 across the box jump backwards.
"This (victory) proves to everyone who thought my win in Louisville was a fluke," said Guettler. "Everyone's been much more hungry for this Tour than other events. Since I was hurt just last week, I came into this contest just wanting to chill out, but I was so motivated to continue what I had achieved at the first event."
The 2nd stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour was last Friday in Denver, CO. Scotty Cranmer rode great in practice and great for 58 seconds of his 60 second qualifier run (ended up qualifying 2nd). He smacked his head pretty hard on his last trick of the qualifier, 60 seconds at Denver elevation can make you a little tired. He got checked out by the medics and was cleared to ride the final a few hours later that night. In his 2nd run of the finals he went for the flip double whip and came really close to pulling it, really close. He really wanted to pull it and went for it again, this time hitting his head again, knocking out a tooth and earning himself a ride to the hospital. Scotty rode in the ambulance and beat us there, when they were checking him in he was acting so goofy they thought he was drunk and gave him a breathalyzer test... Outcome was a broken tooth, scrapped up face and a concussion.
The Mellowpark is one amazing place and the perfect location for the Rebel Jam. Andy Zeiss and Mike Emde worked together with the Mellowpark crew to pull off their first Rebel Jam. After doing a strong promotion campaign of print advertising, setting up a killer website, printing plenty of leaflets, making buttons, and spreading the word at numerous events, one would expect a huge turn out in both the riders field and spectators. Although there were enough quality riders and enough spectators, the Mellow park wasn't as packed as you would think afer such a strong promotion. This makes you think what needs to be done to get the people there. Are there too many contests that people simply pick their closest event to go to? With the World's in Prague, the Snickers Bowl in Donington, the LG comp in Munich, the BMX Masters in Cologne and the LG contest in Paris going on in June prior to the Rebel Jam, you might think that it was a bit contest overflow for some. But when do you have the chance to see riders like Ryan Guettler, Van Homan, Ruben Alcantara, Dave Osato, Sergio Layos, Dustin Guenther, Clint Millar, Kye Forte, Axel Juergens, Hannuh Cools and more ride together in a relaxed atmosphere?
Rebel Jam Dirt
The normal dirt set-up usually consists of a few big sets with a big roll in. Not at the Rebel Jam. The permanent trails offered more than one line from the steep wooden starting hill. The rain on Friday made it sketchy if the dirt event could be run, but already on Saturday night people were flowing through the sections after the sun came out and the clay trails had dried up. The event was moved to Sunday regardless with amateur and pro qualifying and finals. Most amateurs chose the right line which started with a hip to the left and was followed by at least 7 doubles. Transfer lines were possible but most ams stayed on the straight line to the back. In pro this was a different story, especially when Hans Friedrich got to work. The Mellow Park employee had the lines down and went from the middle line all the way to the right and back through alleys that were barely visible. Hans won the creative award by multiple points and was stoked.
Miniramp contest Rebel Jam Berlin, Germany.
Before the contest took place at the MellowPark, the kink got taken out of the ramp. This helped with the riding both in amateur and pro class. The ams had an important contest ahead of them with a free trip to the USA up for grabs including a week stay at Woodward Camp. This is every rider's dream that entered the mini contest and althought the contest happened on Saturday, the results weren't announced until Sunday afternoon. I bet non of the riders slept well on Saturday.
Paul Roberts is the voice of BMX. His passion has brought him where he is today. And he's everywhere. Paul knows BMX, Paul is BMX and having an MC at the contests that is that into it is a good thing to have. MC-ing is a tough job. It usually means you have no voice left at the end of the weekend. You need to make the crowd get into it. You can try that by acting like a "koekwaus" but Paul doesn't need to put bunny ears on his head and change closes three times a day to entertain the crowd. It's the voice that matters and when Grotbags is on the mic when you arrive at a contest, consider yourself lucky because he's the man for the job.How many everts do you do a year and which ones?
Paul Roberts: I try to do all the ones that I didn't get fired from last year. I really do whatever I'm asked. I always do Ian Morris' contests, Jay Miron's Metro jams and last year somebody was foolish enough to let me do the big American comps suchs as the X-Games, the Gravity Games, Triple Crowns, it was nice. It means that I don't really need to get a real job.
Fun for all at the Fordingbridge Sk8 Fest in the UK.
The countdown to the official opening celebrations for the Fordingbridge skatepark has begun. Tribe Skate will be hosting the event on Saturday 23rd July, jam-packed with competitions, pro-displays, breakdancing and DJs. There will also be an opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy.
Plenty of prizes, trophies and giveaways will be up for grabs for the most talented of Skaters, Inliners and Bmxers, keen to flaunt their skills. The event is being supported by a number of local businesses, including The Skate Shop, Cyclepaths, The Waterboard, and the skatepark installers GBH Ramps.
For those who are steadier on two feet than wheels there is the
Tsunami Bomb DVD "Live at the Glass House" (Kung Fu Records)
The Tsunami hit last year like a Bomb and the "guys"
from Tsunami Bomb had their name on TV all over the world but they didn't want it that way.
Agent M is a combination of talent, beauty, and confidence leave her unmatched in the music scene today. She rocks the house and on the Warped tour they played to short to show the skills of Tsunami Bomb.
This DVD "Live at the Glass House" is covering 18 songs and is the 17th episode of Kung Fu Films' "The Show must go off!". 54 minutes of High quality filming in Pomona California is nice but I rather go to a live concert instead of hanging for the TV.
If you are a fan of Tsnuami Bomb it is a musthave, if you want to spent your money on something else: Send it to the Tsunami Victims!
Cream BMX #12
Entreprise Mexicos put together one big issue with 132 pages. The pages are slightly bigger which makes the photos (of Manu Sanz) look even better. Jay Miron mentioned that he thinks Cream is the best BMX magazine out there at the moment and when Jay says something like that, it means something. He wouldn't say that about anything that is rubbish.
Cream is (in) French but it has some English text in it. The UK text in issue 12 contains the Editorial, Jim Bauer interview, Hollywood flatland jam, Ravage weekend, Dossier Le Sponsoring, Justin Miller interview, trail people jam, Metro jam, Olaf Pignataro photo section/interview, the Circle Jam, 430 Ninja House report, Joe Kid on a Stingray video
We might as well do some self promoting by announcing this summer's FAT-JAM date. Saturday 20 August is Paul's Birthday and also the main day of the annual jam that will go deep into the night.
Everyone is invited to do some riding on the Sugar Hills trails at the Valkendijk on Saturday and feel free to bring the drinks and the barbeque. The chilling factor will be high once again in Aarle-Rixtel so prepare for that. Starts at 14:00hr.
Saturday night will be the Heavy Metal party at OJA. Dress to impress. Black t-shirt, tight jeans, white socks and sneakers. Wigs and make-up are allowed. Get ready for the Metal classics. Those who remember the night at the World's in Portimao in 1998 know what they've got coming. Better get ready for this. Beers are 1 Euro per bottle and if you have never been to OJA before, it's time to come over.