Name: John Povah Age: 36 years old, married, got a kid on the way Hometown: Corona, California. Been in the USA for 17 years.
When you moved here you didn’t have a job in the bicycle industry, what did you do to survive so you could still ride your bike in sunny California?
Povah: Originally the reason why I came over here was to ride my bike. I had a job painting cars. I always rode and in the weekends I did shows and made a lot of extra money that way but I still painted cars for a living. Down the line I was fortunately enough to get a job building ramps instead of painting cars which was also better for my health. From there I met Jay Miron, got a job with Schwinn. Schwinn went bankrupt and from there I got a job at etnies.
Do you feel you’re fortunate with the way your life turned out or do you feel that with your BMX history and BMX dedication, you deserve a job in the industry?
Povah: I think anyone can have what they want. When I was a kid what I wanted to do is ride a bike and have fun and never thought about a job because I rode in the early eighties and there wasn’t that much money in it, you know.
gOrk and his posse of riders including Redline's Rooftop, Dustin Gunther, Tyrone Williams and Bubba Harris are now working/riding for a Dutch firm called Accell Group. We're pretty sure it will be business as usual over there at SBS but the company got bought by the Accell Group at the beginning of this month. Accell will probably use this position to sell Redline bikes through their giant network in Europe so if you happen to see a Redline in the shop window of your local bike shop, you know where that's coming from. Here's a bit of official info on the acquisition:
March 13th 2006.After over 10 years of working with Seventies/Backyard and Stuart Dawkins I have decided to leave the company to launch my own venture. I will resign from my position as co-director of Seventies on March 28th this year. This is one of the most difficult decisions I¹ve ever had to make. This role has given me the opportunity to work with many great people and develop some great friendships throughout the BMX world. As a result these have been the most exciting years of my life.
We Dutchies like speed skating, simply because we're good at it. We conquered several (gold) medals at the recent winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. If you take a good look at the speed skaters, you must have noticed the number of Oakley Pro M-frame glasses on the athletes. Well, it's the work of Steve Blick, who next to anything on 2 wheels that has no motor on it, was stuck dealing with the damn speed skaters. All joking aside, Steve has strong NorCal BMX roots that go back to riding with Maurice Meyer and Dave
The world is full of surprises. Brad McDonald is leaving Transworld Media. After starting Ride magazine from his bedroom in the early 90-s McDonald had worked his way to the top at Transworld media as their Group Publisher. He also had a hand in starting SNAP, BMX Business News, Transworld Motocross and their latest addition, TW Quad. Now what's McDonald going to do?
"It is with both sadness and excitement that I announce my departure from TransWorld. I am returning to my entrepreneurial roots and am launching a new venture, which will be an online media company." stated McDonald, he continues:
Quality Bike Products distribution had their 18th annual Frostbike show last week. With brands present like Snafu, MacNeil, FBM, KHE, Eastern, Props, Profile, ACS and Primo it starts to look like a little trade show of its own. The open house had over 150 booths with representations from 13 countries. More than 950 dealers showed up at the QBP warehouse despite frosty weather. The QBP retailers followed seminars and checked out the latest products that Davenport, Goering, Corley, Collins, Miron, Massei and Crandall brought to Minnesota.
Over the weekend I was in Indianapolis for the Dealer Expo trade show. It's a show that can be compared to Interbike but is motorcycle related. When I was a kid all I wanted to do is ride motocross. That is until BMX arrived which was the perfect fit. It seems like more people were like that and at the Indy show I ran into several ex-BMX-ers such as Hutch pro BMX-er Toby Henderson (now at VSI) and Torker factory rider from back in the day Dave Marietta. Dave also did Wizard number plates and is now running a 25 employee screening business called Hot Shoppe. Todd Huffman was also present (as was his brother who works in the motorcycle industry). Huffman used to run the marketing department at GT and was a former racer (Auburn/SE) himself. Bob Haro was running the Axio booth with his brother Ron who used to announce GT shows. Bob’s hard shell backpacks are something else.
February 10, 2006 - Carlsbad, CA. In a joint statement issued today, newly formed Mirraco LLC and Trek Bicycles announced they have entered into an agreement whereby Trek will be granted exclusive worldwide distribution rights to Dave Mirra's new line of BMX bikes, bike components, and accessories.
S&M Bikes, Inc a California corporation has agreed to terms with Marketing Manager John Paul Rogers for fiscal year 2006. Mr Roger's responsibilities will include overseeing all marketing functions with an emphasis on Team Management and corporate branding. Initial projects slated for completion include a short play video and revised advertising strategy. Mr Roger's will focus on increasing shred boners across the board in 06.
In other words, JP is finally working with S&M permanently and not just on special projects. JP has been involved with S&M pretty much since day one and has been responsible for some really cool shit in the last few years, including Props Mega Tour, Transworld BMX's Road To NoWhere trip, helping bring Bob and Wiz to the team and getting Please Kill Me made and promoted.
January, 2006 - The Dew Action Sports Tour, the first-ever, season-long professional multi-sport tour in action sports, has added MasterCard as the Tour’s official payment brand and ConAgra Foods’ Slim Jim as the official salty snack. MasterCard and Slim Jim join a roster that includes the Tour’s founding partners, all of whom return as sponsors in 2006. As associate partners of the Dew Action Sports Tour, MasterCard and Slim Jim receive Tour-wide category exclusivity and fully integrated marketing benefits, including television ads, print promotion, event signage and branding, online assets, grassroots marketing elements, hospitality, and inclusion in the Tour’s multi-million dollar marketing campaign.
“Our latest partnerships with MasterCard and Slim Jim demonstrate the breadth of the Dew Action Sports Tour’s appeal to the corporate community as a marketing platform,” said Wade Martin, General Manager of the Dew Action Sports Tour. “Our newest partners will support their initiatives with innovative onsite activation that will enhance fans’ experiences and promotional programs through their respective retail channels.”