It seems like everyone and their uncle is jumping on the Old School BMX freestyle bandwagon. 3 sources in France are getting material together, the Joe Kid on a Stingray movie is coming out soon (premiere 2 April) and now also Bob Osborn is working on getting the history of BMX freestyle out with the help of several Old School freestyle enthusiasts like Maurice Meyer, Oscar Gonzalez, Tim Hughes, Brett Downs, Eric Rothenbusch, Thom Lund, Paul Willis, Perry Kramer and some more.
Wait a minute, Bob Osborn!!???? Correct, that's the man in the picture that was posted yesterday. Oz is back at it and posting a lot on the www.vintagebmx.com site trying to track down the first aerial, the first carve in a pool, define the first flatland trick (is it a rockwalk, or a no-handed wheely, or something else?), the first freestyle specific part, the first contest, the first trick team, the first demo, etc.
If you're interested in this topic and think you can contribute to the good cause with valuable information and, more importantly, documentation, check out the link at the bottom of this article. Let me warn you, it will suck you into it. I spent 4 hours just reading (/studying?) the posts last night. It's 18 pages deep right now and is far from finished.
It was good to see they referred to several interviews that are posted on the www.fatbmx.com site. The [url=//fatbmx.com/profiler/200209/stacy_peralta.html]
Stacey Peralta interview[/url] and the[url=//fatbmx.com/profiler/200302/thom_lund.html]Thom Lund interview[/url] were both mentioned. And for those among you who can't get enough of the old school, here's a [url=//fatbmx.com/profiler/issue3/haro.html]Bob Haro interview[/url] that appeared on FATBMX in 1999 and also a [url=//fatbmx.com/profiler/200209/tony_alva.html]Tony Alva bit on skateboarding and a little bit of BMX[/url], interviewed after the Dogtown and Z-Boys movie came out that was produced by Stacey Peralta.
You're not at work, right? You've got some time to kill? Here's the link to the people who are working on the history of BMX freestyle. Now find that old box of pictures, brush up the memories and contribute.
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