LG Action Sports Tour Finals Manchester U.K. This was the end of the LG Action Sports Tour in Europe, it was the first one and it started a bit sketchy but it ended with a Bang. Handing out US$ 200.000 for 2 classes (Vert and Park) is not what we call "Normal" but it happened in the MENA building in Manchester U.K. The streetcourse was way better than we had seen on the other stops of the tour (with many problems like: space, time and even customs) and the ASA guys showed that they learned a lot in Europe this year. The Vert ramp was a huge Kingsize one and it took some time before riders were used to the big transition and lack of Vert.
The 2006 Premium team has been announced with pride. Things have been really good working with the Premium guys on new products and the crew looks forward to putting out even better stuff in the future. Everyone that was on the team in 2005 stays on for 2006. Joining us from Las Vegas, NV is Jake Farley (18), he's already friends with most of the crew and is a perfect fit to the team. Also, from Oregon is Vince Kroff (17), Joe , Ryan, Ben and Matt are all living in Oregon now and have been riding with Vince daily. They all wanted him on the team so he's definitely a welcomed addition. 2006 Premium Team (USA): Josh Harrington Joe Riley Ryan Mills Matt Colisch Ben Hucke Vince Kroff Jake Farley
This jam was at an art exhibition. We had all the ramps from the "Kongsi" where we couldn't stay any longer. We wanted to ride again, so we decided to build for 12 days to be open for just 10 days... With help from Wouter, Rutger, Ron and Ronaldo, Ed and I redesigned the park (in other words trying to sort out the way we could build it, as we used every inch of wood we had...). We did this with a very low budget and even had to use the screws from last time. Maybe next time we need some sponsors. Anyway, it resulted in a good rideable ghetto park.
We were kinda surprised how many people drove to "Dutch Texas". Riders from all over Holland found the place. Many had a longer trip than planned due to traffic jams etc. We really liked the atmosphere at the jam, nice relaxed good riding and live music. It was good to see you guys back again!!
It may take a while but we try to build the park at another location again! Also for permanent use, let's see how that works out.
This summer a group of riders from Holland were invited by Red Bull to go on a road, organized by a guy called Jeroen Burgstad. I met him maybe twice before, and I knew he didn’t ride a bmx, so I decided to wait and see. As it turned out, Jeroen took ten guys he barely knew on a trip in his big Mercedes rig, to go to all the cool spots we have in Holland, just because he thought that would be a nice experience. To top it off, he did all the cooking, cleaning, and driving. Now that is my definition of a nice guy. The rig was sick, a little like a punk version of the roadfools bus: spraypainted flat black, with a 80 kmh speed limit. That didn’t bother us at all since weather that particular week was going to be tropical, so everyone shifted downgear anyway.
What a storming event. Congrats go out to all the riders that participated in this year’s event and to Nate Wessell for a sick course. The Etnies Backyard Jam 2005 began for most involved, on the Thursday 20th â€“ with the course builders working throughout the night and the riders arriving from all over the place.
Taking place at the Brighton Centre, it turned out to be a fantastic venue from a spectator’s point of view and organisation of the team at Seventies. Having finished the floor of the course on Friday morning, the day began with open practice for everyone to get used to and deviously work out their lines and catch up.
The Expert qualifiers started from midday with a massive registration list of well over 100 competitors. With just 15 going through to the following day’s final it was Peter Meakin from Doncaster that took first place with a tuck no hander, 360 over the box and fufanu on the shed roof. Jason Phelan from Waterford, Ireland placed second with a grind up the rail to gap onto the box to gap to rail, which no pro even tried. Third place was awarded to John Blundell, the only rider with a front brake, after a 540 nosepick and a Ruben wallride.
The DICKIES BOWL PRO CONTEST 2005 was held in Marseille last weekend. Looks like Ben Manuel (UK) had some French company in the finals. Find results right here:
1-JEAN BAPTISTE PEYTAVIT
The Boneyard skatepark a.k.a 'the hall' has been on the scene for a long while now and has nurtured some of the best riders the uk has ever been home too; Jon Taylor, Owain Clegg and Alistair Whitton are all riders who have reaped the fruits of the boneyard. Althougth the park may be considered small by some, it features a flowing layout which once mastered is an effortless blast to pump around.
The Boneyard regularly hold good jams which go down a treat; Last Saturdays was no exception! Here's what went down...
BMX BOK Series 2005 Burnside Deventer
Another tradition went on: BMX BOK Series at pegless park BURNSIDE Deventer. Over thirty riders entered the contest and it shows that the scene in the Netherlands is finally growing bigger and bigger and the level is improving a lot lately.
Herm and Crew are always improving the park and even raised the roof so the BMX'ers could go higher on the Wall of Death and other places in the park.
The riders are improving as said before and we saw new talents showing up in the finals and leaving some top riders to the side. More riders were present but didn't enter so next year it is:
Enter the contest or you can't ride the park!