Name: Matias Vasquez Age: Aagggh, joined Peter Pan a while ago Hometown: Kongsberg, Norway Hook-ups/Sponsors: Riding Rules helps me out with some clothes
The FAT favorite list:
-Spot to ride: Whatever that's rideable -BMX video: Metal Bikes dead bang -Website: Reddit? -Food: Beer -Person on Instagram: Seitanmatti -Travel destination: Where the sun is -Riders to ride with: The Fuengirola crew -Car: If I got a car? Pfff just hanging around -Movie: Superbad
Shoes specifically designed for BMX. The Vans pro riders have helped with these. They ride in the exact same shoes. And there are options. From high-tops to slip-ons to mids to low-top, they come with the approved Vans BMX sole. If you know how much Dennis Enarson and Kevin Peraza rip, you know that the shoes work. Take a look at www.vans.eu/bmx to see what's in stock. Pick your size. Pick your colour. Choose your favourite model as they're Specifically Designed with BMX in Mind.
They're born from BMX. Made to handle the unique support and durability needs specific to BMX, the innovative, vulcanized mid-top style of the 114 for instance keeps you riding longer and progressing faster.
Name: Theo Chabbert Age: 22 Hometown: Toulouse in France Hook-ups/Sponsors: I don't really have a sponsor, we have a crew on the pink street that represents Toulouse. And I am supported by Performance BMX and Goldhandzgarage
The FAT favorites list:
-Spot to ride: I like to ride pretty much any spot but have a weak spot for bowls -BMX video: Chapter one Doomed -Website: Instagram or Youtube
We've been running into X-mas messages and have yet to create a "Happy Holidays" care of our own. But in the meantime we'll post up the ones we've received and came across. Ours probably won't be as fancy as some, but it's the idea that counts. We made it through 2022 and are glas we could get back to normal life after covid. With some restrictions left and right it was a year full of BMX events back on the calendar and we used every single opportunity to get to them. We covered races from all over the world. We pumped around a bit in circles and had fun at the BMX Freestyle competitions that were back once again. Jams, check. Parties, check. Sessions, check.
We've got 35 years of covering BMX behind us now and are the longest running BMX media around that covers all aspects of BMX. Proud of it? In fact, yes a little. As many have found out, it's not easy to keep things rolling on the daily for that long. 2023 is upon us and we'll keep going, regardless if the money is there. Regardless if BMX business is booming or not (it isn't right now).
What started in 1987 as a street jam was continued at the Sugar Hills trails with the focus on riding dirt. In fact we did three street jams in Aarle-Rixtel before moving to De Valkendijk where the dirt spot has seen annual action for over 32 years now. Is the FATJAM the longest running annual BMX jam in the world? This past Saturday 3 September called for another one. The process remains the same; pick a date, make a flyer, tell people about the jam, and wait and see who turns up.
For the 2022 edition we added a 40-years EK Beek & Donk reunion. The Milky Way Open European Championships happened 40 years ago on our local BMX track in Beek & Donk a few miles from Aarle-Rixtel. If you wanted to talk oldskool BMX, the FATJAM was the place. Gerrit and Mieke Does, and Pieter Does made it to the jam early and first international visitor in 1982 Thomas Fritscher (GER) found his way back to Aarle-Rixtel as well. Former BMX photographer Christ Verhoeven and his son Gert showed up and contributed to the old stories as did Ans Vereijken, Tiny van Brug, André Duijmelink, Jan, Leo and Diny Leenders, Richard Waldt and Johan de Leeuw. Names who probably don't mean much to current BMX riders but were there when BMX was shaped. With 1982 EK Beek & Donk buttons and Milky Ways on the table the old stories came back instantly.
Add Frits van der Linden on the BBQ and a JBL producing songs and you'll get the idea where things were going with some cool Bavaria's being opened from time to time....