Ron Bonner at The Shadow Conspicary was pretty amazed when he got the word that MTV nominated the The Shadow Conspiracy x Invisible man 24" limited edition cruiser for best X-mas present of 2005.
"That is already after Vapors magazine nominated the bike for the top ten best Collaborations of 2005. Shadow not only leading the way in function and fashion in BMX but Shadow is taking BMX in to the proper direction BMX needs to head. Meaning not mass market crap but along the street fashion boutique angle which is a way better fit for BMX." says Bonner.
Fids, Nick Vale and gang of 20 of us volunteers worked through the night and right up to the last minute to get the course finished - it looked pretty damn good and rode a treat. Bands played, music blasted out and the crowds turned up to watch the local talent that most local people are more used to moaning about. We ran a pretty laid back schedule all day so there were no winners but props to Bexhill local Tom Gerrard for getting close to pulling his first flair and Hastings local (and Seventies warehouse packer) Dan Lacey for killing it with dialled nosedive three's over the spine all day long. Thanks to Seventies, Federal, Skin Tight Clothing, Roundabout, Howies and The Source for prizes.
As soon as it got dark, the back of the art gallery was turned into a giant cinema screen for the premier of Federal's new '9-1/2 days in Germany' DVD followed by
Finding free music to use in BMX videos is not an easy task. We've seen companies risk it by simply going for it hoping the band's lawyer won't contact them. For video producers out there that want free music to use, we might have something for you. Becky from a band called The Mutiny sent in the following:
Although aware and in admiration of the good stuff from across the pond, we felt there was a big enough void to fill. To get our own honestly priced T-shirts and hoodies, with nothing fancy, nothing sewn on the Tibetan mountains and loving grafted with 101% pure Afghan virgin hair thread™, it's a T-shirt and we kinda like the picture, that's all, but it's ours and we're proud!
Steve Bartholomew is just about to launch Shindig BMX Distribution by Clicked Videomagazine in the UK... Says Steve: "Its been a crazy 6 months sorting everything out and we have exclusive distro deals on the following: -Vult -VClub Clothing -Formatiks Apparel -Shook Interactive -Local Exposure Tour
Front Brake Revolution Ltd are proud to announce the inclusion of their latest production: LEGEND in the pioneering new film event for 2005 = THE FREESPORTS FILM FESTIVAL. The event is being in held in Leicester square, London between the 8th-11th December 2005 at the Prince Charles Cinema (famous for massive Skate premieres and Quentin Tarrantino's personal favourite cinema!!).
Alex Jumelin from France has opened up his personal website. If you want to know what the flatland pro from Paris has been up to, simply check out the www.alexjumelin.com website. It's got all his activities on it and that includes his shows, his contests, pictures of his friends and photo's of his other hobbies like snowboarding and fast cars.
On the 3-4 of december there is a jam on a new format organised by famous french legend John Petit and the association TIME2RIDE. It’s located in ABBEVILLE, In north west of france, 1 hour from Belgium. The best french riders will be there with also Hannu Cools, Mark Koenig, Timo Mrukwia, Barry Kohne and many more. On saturday it’s amateur with a « flow test » and « best trick », for 2000€ worth of products dotations. Sunday is pro only with a battle and surprises for 2500€ prize money given to 10th first place.
It’s happening inone of the best french indoor park which has a lot of lines and good ramps (micro on top of quarter, volcano, mini with spine, fun and sub boxes, big wall...). There will be a warm tent to chill, eat, drink and watch the video premiere of the latest SHOOK and also « JOE KID ON A STINGRAY ». you’ll find also a SOUL table where you can subcribe and win a complete WETHEPEOPLE Bold, WTP videos and Props 58, tshirts...
- Congrats to HARO UK rider Ben Hennon on his third place finish at the Backyard jam in the UK. Ben almost ran away with the best trick check by pulling a truck driver to tailwhip. That's a 360, a barspin and a tailwhip all in one.
- HARO's Chad DeGroot had a fun event (Baco-a-go-go Jam) going on at his Mesh Skatepark in Florida. If you really want to know what was going on, check the photos on: www.meshskatepark.com
Q: What kind of health care do you get as a pro-rider ? I have seen a video interview with Bucky Lasek and he said he always had a hard time convincing his insurance company that skating is a real sport. A: I personally am not covered by any health insurance. I have always put my faith in God to keep me safe. I actually did have health insurance for about a year. It became a burden because every time I got hurt I went to the ER. But every time I went, I ended up being fine after a few short hours of pain. I still fit in the low income bracket, so if anything bad ever did happen, Medical is available. Medical is an insurance for income qualified homes.