I guess most of you have heard about Poland. This is the country where the WTP trip took place. Althought it looks shady and most people think nothing interesting can happen there, it can prove them wrong. BMX in Poland is becoming more and more popular. We don't have such strong traditions in bmx like Germany or GB but we're chasing them. Few weeks ago the second Polish Championships took place. BMXers from all over the country came to Bialystok to meet their friends, have fun and to compete. The Polish bmx scene is very united. People from different cities know each other, visit each other and stay in touch via internet or simply telephones (advantages of bmx not being so popular). Ok I promise that was the last digression.
Here's a couple of pics from the new "Monster" skatepark in Sydney, Australia. It opened last week. The street course, which is 1000 sq/m indoors, and miniramp were designed by Mike Daly. Bikes are welcome. It's summer over there now so visit monsterskate.com.au and make some plans.
A BMX freestyle comp was held at Ramp Rats skatepark in Petaluma , CA.,USA. Lloyd Ramsay reports: Ramp Rats is run and owned by local rider Mike Krainch and is one of the very few indoor parks in Northern California. 4 different classes were held ranging from 15 and under all the way to the Pro class.
Kevin Kiraly from Livermore , CA had an extremely smooth and dialed run in the pro finals which assured him the number 1 payout. Kevin threw in moves like double tailwhips over the jump box and some flairs.
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Killer cover of KP ripping it up over a chain. You try it, you'll crash. It's weird to see the staff page of issue 49. 4130 wesite: Robin Fenlon, Publisher/Director: Mark Noble, Advertising manager: Tim March. If you've followed the publisher change, you knew this was coming but don't you worry, the mag hasn't changed. Colin Winkelmann RIP. Letters, Tight Set-Up and Reader photos are followed by Dig This news (and lots of it). The Flat Earth society concentrates on Lee Musselwhite. Then it's straight into the Videostore. The coverboy (Kevin Porter) gets a full on interview (10 pages) and so does Ricky Feather (10 pages). The wethepeople crew survived a trip to Poland and you can read the full story in issue 0049. Brian Tunney wasted some time transcribing the Bob Scerbo interview. Man, that must suck. Still 10 pages of coverage and 411 on the S&M rider with 4 piece bars. Options049 compares tires, 20 of them. Now go do a skid. The How-To is an over Ice pick and Back on a spine, performed by Edd Allen. If you're looking for cool X-mas gifts, the product page will help you out.
Chad DeGroot and crew at Mesh Skatepark Inc. are starting a new tab on their site. Actually a phone line you can call...to talk your shit or say what you feel. Take this # down (1) 407.295.2470 Stay posted to the Mesh site to hear the calls of the week and more.
Chad: "We are trying to get a name for this line. If you have any ideas, lettuce know. This phone line is open 24 hours a day. There is a 30 second time limit. So all you babble mouths are going to get cut off, or your gonna have to speed it up a bit. Tell us a story, say a joke, sing a song, make some animal noises, Whatever you feel you need to get off your chest. We are a help line. We’re here for you."
At the beginning of the year I made myself a goal to update the FATBMX site every (work)day. More people make those promises but I believe we´ve been doing pretty good with over 1000 articles posted on the FAT site this year. But then, out of the blue, the server crashed. The USA based server messed up and it was impossible to get on the site to upload stuff. Even worse, the server only had a back up of the site that was 12 days old meaning a bunch of articles got lost. The last few days we´ve been pushing hard to get articles back on the site. Some old, some new, but it looks like we´re back on track. Enjoy the site and feel free to contribute your BMX articles. Otherwise we´ll have to start making up stories to keep our promises. It´s winter you know, and not too much is happening over here in Holland.
Name: Bodo Hellwig Age: 35 years Hometown: Oldenburg, Germany
How long have you worked at Sport Import? I started in the beginning of 1998
What companies does Sport Import distribute? At this moment we have a very good program and carry the following companies: Odyssey, FlyBikes, SundayBMX, G-Sport, KingKong, ACS, ODI, Tioga, Voxom and FeltBikes.
Can you explain the FELT BMX situation? Is it a German or an American company? Our roots are in California, our product development is located in Lahe Forst, California. The German Headquarter and California product development team work very close in product development.
Last week the Premium Team (Joe Riley, Matt Colisch, Ben Hucke, Ryan Mills, Jake Farley, Vince Kroff) began filming for the new Premium DVD. Unfortunately do to a broken collarbone Josh Harrington wasn't able to join the posse. The DVD will include video parts from the whole team, including an Oregon road trip. Look for this DVD to be out some time in the Spring. Keep posted for road trip updates.
Loading is the DVD from the Red Bull road trip held sometime this summer. Damn is the first word that comes to mind after watching the DVD at the release party. Dutch BMX movies have come a long way since BLIXEM (first dutch BMX video??)
This movie rocks!
The idea was to pick a load of the best dutch BMX riders and stack them in a bus and ride the best spots. The riders are: Michael van der Lee, Barry Köhne, Randy Nieuwkerk, Casper Hoedemakers, Mark Vos, Vladdie de Koning, Rutger Pauw, Daniel Wijsmuller, Jeroen Burgstadt, Mario de Waard, Arnout de Boom and Dwayne Verkade
The first thing that you notice when you watch Loading is that the quality is bang on! The filming is done from several angles and edited in a way that gives you a good idea about what is going on. The music is original and really fits the parts.