Last weekend the Braun Flatground contest was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. People from all over the world showed up. Jesse Puente, Chad Johnston, Paul Osika, Jeff Desroche and Shane Neville flew in from the West, Simon O'Brien arrived from Down Under, the Japanese delegation wasn't exactly small either. A dedicated Nathan Penonzek drove up from Malaga, Spain which was a 30 hour drive. Next to the flatland competitors we had a few surprise showings; vert rider Gerry Galley for instance, Amos Burke, the 414 crew from England and German flatland guru's Albert Retey, TG, Robert Moeller and Rollo. Also parked outside was a blue Ford Transit van with WeThePeople, Chico, Mars and HDT stickers. If you've been into BMX for a while you know that Marcus Arnoldi made it to Amsterdam as well. While talking to Marcus he mentioned that this would be the last trip for the Transit. The van is not going to make it through inspection so after a good 10 years and 467.000 kilometers of BMX trips it is time to say goodbye.
- Jamie Bestwick is organizing the first round of the 04 GoodTimes contest on 29/30 May next. Venue: FLOW skatepark. $ 8G pro purse. More info on Bestrick.com. It's good to see the pros caring about the BMX future.
- KGB part owner Martti Kuoppa had planned to stay in Signapore for three months as a personal trainer of a kid in the East. After some personal problems the Finnish flatland ace took a flight back to Helsinki where he's riding in a crappy cold garage again working on his solo video project and KGB bikes. He's on his 3rd prototype now and happy about it.
When the new year came around I sent out a mail to a bunch of companies wishing them all the best for 2004 and checked if they were interested in supporting FATBMX. We've got our costs and need to cover those. We've been fortunate enough to have friends who feel that what we do is important for BMX.
The site is pretty informative, has a decent event calender that shows people what's going on and we cover a wide range of contests, races and other BMX related events for people who don't have the possibility to go to all of those. A big thank you to VANS, ACS, SNAFU, HOFFMAN BIKES, Paul's Boutique, EBC, FlyBikes and WeThePeople for their 2003 support.
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Yo went 2 Vegas again 4 another trade show, this time it was 4 Monster Energy, myself & Wee-Man represented @ tha booth, check out tha banner Monster had @ tha booth & got 2 meet tha Harlem Globetrotters, good times.
Yo dudes tha other day Eddie George from tha Tenn. Titans came 2 my ramp house 2 film his show, "Training Camp" I am N tha process of rebuildin' half of tha yard but tha other half is ridable right now. So he brought a lucky winner 2 actually ride tha ramps as if he was N tha video game, "American Wasteland". Cool stuff, B on tha lookout 4 tha show on G4 Network sumtime N December/January 2006, I will let U know 4shore tha air date when I know it.
Another update cause I don't sleep & I like it that way, Hosted Kicker Audio's Big Air Bash N Vegas, signed autographs 4 Toyo Tires with my homie Wee-Man & got C old friends.
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